Who doesn’t love a scoop of delicious ice cream? With the rise in veganism and the growing interest in healthier dessert options, vegan ice cream has become incredibly popular. Not only is it dairy-free, but making it at home also offers numerous health and environmental benefits. Plus, you get to control all the ingredients that go into your delightful frozen treat!

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To whip up some creamy vegan ice cream, you'll need a few essential plant-based ingredients. Here’s a handy list to get you started:

  • Non-Dairy Milk: Coconut milk, almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, etc.
  • Sweeteners: Agave syrup, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or dates.
  • Thickeners: Arrowroot powder, cornstarch, or xanthan gum for that perfect creamy texture.
  • Flavorings: Vanilla extract, cocoa powder, matcha, fruit purees, etc.
  • Add-Ins: Nuts, chocolate chunks, fresh fruits, or vegan cookies.


Before you start, ensure you have the right tools to make the process seamless:

  • High-Speed Blender: To blend your ingredients into a smooth mixture.
  • Ice Cream Maker (optional): Makes the churning process easier.
  • Mixing Bowls and Spatulas: For preparation and mixing.
  • Freezer-Safe Container: For storing your finished ice cream.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preparing the Base

Start with creating a creamy base:

  • Coconut Milk Base:
  • In a high-speed blender, combine 2 cans of full-fat coconut milk, 1/2 cup of agave syrup (or your preferred sweetener), and 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Thickening the Base:
  • For added creaminess, mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or arrowroot powder with a little cold non-dairy milk before adding it to your blended mixture.
  • Heat the mixture in a saucepan over medium heat until it thickens, then allow it to cool.

2. Flavoring and Add-Ins

Now, it’s time to get creative with flavors and add-ins:

  • Classic Vanilla:
  • Add 1-2 additional teaspoons of vanilla extract to your base.
  • Exotic Flavors:
  • For matcha, mix in 2-3 tablespoons of matcha powder.
  • For mango, blend in a cup of mango puree.
  • Add-Ins:
  • Stir in chopped nuts, fruit pieces, or chocolate chunks after blending.

3. Churning and Freezing

Churning is key to achieving the perfect texture:

  • Using an Ice Cream Maker:
  • Pour your mixture into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions until it reaches a soft-serve consistency.
  • Manual Method:
  • Pour your mixture into a freezer-safe container, freeze for about 30 minutes, then stir vigorously to break up ice crystals. Repeat every 30 minutes for 2-3 hours.

Once churned, transfer your ice cream to a freezer-safe container, cover tightly, and freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm.

Serving and Enjoying

Now comes the fun part—serving your homemade vegan ice cream:

  • Serving Tips:
  • Scoop your ice cream into bowls or cones.
  • Use an ice cream scoop dipped in warm water for easy serving.
  • Garnishing Suggestions:
  • Top with fresh berries, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, or a sprinkle of nuts.
  • Pair with a slice of vegan cake or cookies for an indulgent dessert.


Making vegan ice cream at home is not only healthier and more eco-friendly, but it also allows you to enjoy a myriad of flavors tailored to your taste. We hope this guide inspires you to get creative in your kitchen and try out different combinations.

Ready to start your vegan ice cream adventure? Share your creations with us and join our community of dessert lovers. Happy scooping!

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