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Vegan Ice Cream Creation: Recipe Guide and Handy Tips

Nobody should miss out on the joy of ice cream, even those following a plant-based regimen. By modifying a few ingredients, it's simple to create a lush, dairy-free vegan ice cream delight. If you're unsure about the process, the great news is that you don’t need an ice cream machine. A blender, food processor, or even a stand mixer can all be employed to craft homemade vegan ice cream. Follow this guide for an uncomplicated vegan ice cream recipe. You'll also gain insights about various flavours you can incorporate to diversify your culinary adventures.

Understanding Vegan Ice Cream

Vegan ice cream stands apart from other dairy-free alternatives like sorbet, granita, and nice cream, due to its base which comes from plant milk. The other variants consist of various combinations of frozen fruit, sugar, and water. These are certainly tasty, but not as creamy as vegan ice cream.

For the creamy ice cream texture in your blender, frozen bananas will be your ally. If you possess an ice cream maker, the freezing and churning process allows for a dense vegan ice cream creation without the requirement for frozen bananas. Often, this method incorporates cashews that have been left to soak overnight in water.

Easy Vegan Ice Cream Recipe

This recipe suggestion employs a blender for a convenient way to create vegan ice cream in your home kitchen. Skip the frozen bananas and use the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer Ice Cream Attachment* for churning a dense vegan ice cream. Combine and alter the list of common ingredients below to craft your ideal homemade vegan ice cream.

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  • 4 servings


  • Full-fat canned coconut milk

  • Toasted shredded coconut, chopped nuts, cocoa or other flavoring

  • Pitted dates or soaked cashews

  • Virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter or other fat 

  • Peeled & sliced frozen bananas for blender method

  • Additional fruits like mango or berries

  • Optional sweeteners like honey, agave nectar or maple syrup


  • 15 minutes


  • 20 minutes

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Step 1: Prepare Blender

Ensure your blender is placed on a cool, flat surface. If you’re using a stand mixer, fit the ice cream attachment into position.

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Step 2: Incorporate Ingredients

Add all ingredients except frozen banana to your KitchenAid® blender jar. Blend on high for 30 to 60 seconds until ingredients are pulverized.

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Step 3: Insert Frozen Banana

Scrape the sides of the blender container and the inside of the lid. If you're going with blender ice cream, include the frozen bananas. Fasten the lid, take out the center lid cap, and introduce the tamper if your model has one. If you prefer the ice cream attachment, forego the bananas and proceed to step 5.

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Step 4: Blend

Process on high for 20 to 30 seconds, utilizing the tamper to guide the fruit through the blades until it's smooth, but still frozen.

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Step 5: Churn

If employing the ice cream maker attachment, skip step 4. Simply add the blended mix, sans the frozen bananas, to the bowl of your ice cream maker attachment and churn.

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Step 6: Serve & Savour

Dish out and serve promptly like a frozen yogurt, or cool in the freezer for roughly 4 hours for a firmer texture.

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Best Plant Milk for Vegan Ice Cream?

Coconut milk, nut milk, and soy milk are used in most vegan ice creams. The creamy consistency of full-fat coconut milk makes it a popular choice. Due to a lower fat content, nut milks, such as almond and cashew, may not be as creamy. Feel free to experiment with flavours no matter what plant-based alternative you choose. You can also add vanilla or coconut extract, or you can infuse your favourite espresso with it.

Does Vegan Ice Cream Taste Like Plant-Based Milk?

The plant-based milk you choose can affect not only the taste but also the texture. Nut milks impart a neutral flavour with a lower fat content, leading to a slightly icier texture and a neutral flavour base. Canned full-fat coconut milk may offer a more distinct taste, creating a creamier consistency that pairs well with other fruits or chocolate.

What Thickens Vegan Ice Cream?

Plant-based fats are ideal for thickening vegan ice cream. Coconut cream, full-fat coconut milk, and coconut oil yield the creamiest and thickest outcomes. It is also possible to thicken with cornstarch and tapioca starch, but the end result might be less creamy and icier.

Is Vegan Ice Cream Gluten-Free?

While gluten can find its way into many commercial vegan ice creams, a gluten-free homemade version is simple to create. Often, gluten originates from the flavours you incorporate, such as chunks of cookie dough or pieces of birthday cake. If you're gluten-free, avoid wheat flours as thickeners and stick to whole ingredients like fruits and nuts.

Can a Blender or Food Processor Be Used for Making Vegan Ice Cream?

Blenders, food processors and even stand mixers are great tools for making homemade vegan ice cream. If you own the ice cream maker attachment for your stand mixer, it’s an excellent method to produce vegan ice cream after blending fresh ingredients together. However, even with only a blender, you can still craft a delicious outcome. The key is the ingredients and choosing the optimal appliance from what you have in your kitchen.

Elevating Your Vegan Ice Cream: Serving Inspirations

Though vegan ice cream is a delightful treat by itself, there are plenty of ways to jazz it up for a change of pace. Consider constructing a classic sundae or a banana split, garnishing it with an array of fresh fruits and crunchy nuts. You could also whip up some homemade cookies to fashion an ice cream sandwich. Furthermore, a scoop of vegan ice cream serves as the perfect partner for a freshly baked brownie.

Preserving Your Homemade Vegan Ice Cream

While store-bought vegan ice cream contains preservatives to extend its shelf life, your homemade version won't, but with correct storage methods, it can stay fresh for around 3 weeks in the freezer. To inhibit ice crystal formation, deposit your vegan ice cream in a loaf pan or similar container. Cover the ice cream directly with a piece of plastic wrap, add another layer of wrap over the container, and pop it into the freezer.

Get Started

Dive into the world of homemade vegan ice cream! Embrace the creativity and satisfaction of crafting your own delicious, plant-based dessert. With the right tools at your fingertips, the process becomes an enjoyable and rewarding experience. With these essential KitchenAid appliances, you can enjoy vegan ice cream anytime, anywhere

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