Summer is just around the corner (or, in some places, already here!), and everyone’s looking for an icy treat that will help take the edge off the heat. When you restrict yourself to a vegan diet, it limits your options regarding ice cream; but when you make your own, you can create the same flavors that your friends are enjoying without chowing down on animal products. Here are the 3 best vegan ice-cream recipes you’ll love:
The easiest ice cream you’ll ever make doesn’t even require an ice cream maker, just a food processor. Freeze a bag of fruit–any fruit will do, though pineapple, strawberry, and peach are favorites in our house. The bag should have around two cups of fruit in it: more if you’re sharing with the kids, but only around a cup if you’re making a single serving of ice cream for one. Place the fruit in your food processor, and process until it takes on the smooth consistency of ice cream. At this point, taste your sorbet. Sweet enough? Eat it as it is! Looking for something a little sweeter? Add a tablespoon of agave nectar and process for about ten seconds, then taste it again. In general, I find that pineapple and strawberries don’t need any additional sugar, but peaches benefit from extra sweetener. If you want to get creative, mix flavors: strawberry pineapple is excellent.
Looking for a creamier texture? Add a banana or two into the mix to add a little natural sweetness and a creamier final product that will have you swooning for joy. Strawberry banana ice cream is always a hit at our house! Also, feel free to add extracts to increase the flavor.
Ice cream coming out too thick? Add a tablespoon of almond milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency, or allow your frozen fruit to melt a bit before mixing again.
Chocolate Ice Cream in Your Food Processor
Looking for a perfect chocolate-filled treat? Try this vegan hit:
4 ripe bananas, frozen
2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or another nut butter)
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
Combine all ingredients in your food processor and process until you have a smooth, creamy texture. Make sure it’s a good, high-powered food processor; it’s going to have to work at it a little to get all those bananas nice and creamy. Also, be aware that it might take a few minutes to get the wonderful, creamy texture you’re looking for.
Again, feel free to add a little vanilla to the mix to add to the flavor–but this wonderfully chocolate-filled treat doesn’t need it!
Almond Milk Ice Cream
For a more traditional ice cream that will also allow you to make more at a time (which comes in handy when you’re trying to prepare dessert for a house full of kids), try this almond milk ice cream recipe:
4 1/2 cups almond milk
4 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
2 tsp cinnamon
Chocolate chips (optional)
Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a high-powered food processor–you might have to mix them in a couple of different batches. Keep processing until you get all of the lumps out. Then, pour all of the mix into your ice cream maker (adding chocolate chips if you want them) and follow the manufacturer’s directions on your machine to create the perfect vegan ice cream to finish out your meal.
Can’t get enough of our vegan recipes? How about vegan pancakes for breakfast, click here for the recipe.
No matter which alternative you choose to pursue, it’s nice to know that you have plenty of vegan options for a wonderful cold treat this summer. Everyone should have the chance to enjoy a creamy treat on the hottest days of the year, so pick out your favorite recipe and mix it up, or get creative and try out an ice cream recipe of your own. You won’t be disappointed!