I scream, you scream, we all scream for a dairy-free ice cream recipe—especially when these vegan desserts taste like the real frozen deal
Dairy-Free Ice Cream Alternatives
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It's been a long summer of sweet treat indulgences. But just like too much sun and saltwater can leave you feeling more like a beach bum than beach babe, too many bloat-inducing dairy treats can leave you sluggish. Dairy-free ice cream alternatives—dubbed "nice cream" by the food blogging world—can help you cool off without compromising that bikini body. Plus, since most of these recipes are made from fruit or nuts, you're scoring nutrients from the sweetness. Score! (Ice cream not your thing? Try one of these 10 Diet-Friendly Frozen Dessert Recipes.)
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Fig, Coconut, and Blackberry Ice Cream
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Just like with milk, an easy dairy-free swap for ice cream concoctions is coconut milk. This fig-coconut-blackberry recipe from Green Kitchen Stories isn't super sweet on its own, but you can add in a little more honey when you cook the figs.
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Banana Nice Cream Sundae
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Bananas are one of the most reliable nice cream bases because they're naturally sweet and, when you toss frozen bananas into your blender with a little almond milk, you'll be left with a consistency similar to ice cream. This sundae recipe from Begin Within Nutrition takes the basic banana-cream and ups the ante with dark chocolate peanut butter cups.
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Vegan Chocolate Avocado Soft Serve
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To get all the creamy consistency of your favorite soft serve, try an avocado-based option. This vegan chocolate avocado recipe from Half Baked Harvest definitely does the dairy-free trick. Make sure to use really ripe avocados to keep the recipe at its sweetest. (We love these Creamy Avocado Popsicles too.)
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Toasted Coconut Ice Cream
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Keep it sweet and simple with this pure coconut ice cream from Girl Cooks World. With a coconut milk base and toasted coconut sprinkle on top, what more do you need?
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Lavender Banana Coconut Ice Cream
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Edible flowers add nutrients and beauty to any dish, and, in the case of this lavender coconut ice cream from For The Love of Food, they can also add flavor to your dessert! This recipe spices up the banana base with edible lavender petals, and also suggests using canned coconut milk for a creamier taste. (Also check out 5 Flower-Infused Juice Recipes.)
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Chocolate Soy Ice Cream
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You finally got on board with tofu in your smoothie, but now your nice cream?! Question not—the soy source helps make for a super creamy and pretty flavorless base, which is where this chocolate-loaded soy ice cream recipe from Eat Healthy Eat Happy comes in. Try adding a pinch of cinnamon for a little extra spice. (Try one of these 6 Decadent Vegan Chocolate Recipesegan Chocolate Recipes while you're at it.)
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Black Sesame and Ginger Ice Cream
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This earthy, dairy-free black sesame and ginger ice cream from Golubka Kitchen is a great way to take your nice cream cravings into fall. Try pairing these two flavors made from canned coconut milk for a unique combo.
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Vegan Cake Batter Ice Cream
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Who knew you could have your cake and go vegan too? What's Munchin With Munchkin's vegan cake batter ice cream's secret? Dairy-free butter extract, almond extract, and maple extract make the secret sauce.
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Sorbet is a tried and true dairy free alternative to ice cream. But the chocolate sorbet from Impromptu Kitchen is as fresh (it has lemon zest in it!) as it gets. Not into the sweet tart thing? Substitute almond extract in for the lemon.
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Cinnamon Toast Ice Cream
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Who says you can't have ice cream for breakfast? With Minimalist Baker's dairy-free cinnamon toast ice cream recipe, you just might want to. This version of coconut milk-based ice cream even has cinnamon sugar toast crumbs mixed in.
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Blueberry Banana Ice Cream
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This gorgeous vegan blueberry banana recipe from Divine Healthy Food comes without any guilt and just three ingredients: frozen bananas, blueberries, and vanilla extract. Not a big banana fan? Try adding pineapple to the mix to mask the taste in this dairy-free treat. (Leftover blueberries? Try one of 10 Berry Creative Ways to Use Blueberries.)
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