In the hot summer months, I love cooling off with a frozen treat. Classic ice cream is full of questionable ingredients, sugar, and not to mention… dairy. Whether you’re a committed vegan or just looking for some healthier alternatives, these vegan “nice cream” and sorbet recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Many of these recipes are also free of refined sugars. So, they get their sweetness from the fruit alone, or additions like maple syrup. I also love topping some of these recipes with crushed dark chocolate or coconut to get that crunch factor.
So, let’s dive into some of these tasty dessert and snack options. I know some of them look pretty fancy, but they’re honestly a breeze to make!
1. Cherry Garcia Nice Cream
This nice cream was inspired by the classic Cherry Garcia Ben and Jerries icecream. It’s made with only 5 ingredients, and you probably have them on hand already!
2. Avocado Nice Cream
If you have never tried avocado in a frozen treat, trust me, you’re gonna want to. Avocado adds are irresistible creaminess to nice cream, and its full of healthy fats. This delicious treat is also gluten-free, and best of all… no ice-cream maker needed!
3. Chocolate Chickpea Ice Cream
I know, I know… another weird ingredient for a dessert. Chickpeas? Yes! Believe it or not, chickpeas make an amazing addition to vegan desserts. This recipe is free of nuts, dairy and coconut. It’s a creamy and decadent chocolate ice-cream made with chickpeas. Don’t knock it till you try it!
4. Lavender Nice Cream
This nice cream is free of added sugar and made with one of my favorite ingredients, lavender. It’s such a unique flavor, and sprinkled with fresh berries or coconut, it’s truly unique and delicious.
5. Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Cream
This wouldn’t be a list of healthy ice cream without peanut butter on it. This nice cream is no-churn, and it’s super creamy and tasty. I LOVE peanut butter desserts, and this one doesn’t even taste healthy.
6. Vegan Banana Pudding Ice Cream
Is your mouth watering yet? If you’re a fan of banana pudding, you’ll want to try this vegan banana pudding nice cream. It’s a great treat for summer (or any time of year, really).
7. Vegan Matcha Ice Cream
I like to drink an iced matcha the mornings I’m not drinking coffee. It has such a unique flavor and when combined in a dessert as a frozen treat, it’s SO good. Green tea ice-cream is standard in many restaurants and I love this light and tasty treat.
8. Pear and Blackberry Banana Nice Cream
If you’re a fan of fruit, you’ll want to check out this fruit-packed berry and banana nice cream. If you’re lucky enough to grow your own wild blackberries, this is the perfect way to put them to use.
9. Easy Watermelon Ice Cream
What could be more refreshing than watermelon-coconut ice-cream? This creamy and delicious treat is the perfect frozen dessert for summer. And, the kids love it.
10. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Paleo, Vegan Nice Cream)
Mint with chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations. A lot of people criticize me for this saying it tastes like toothpaste, but I LOVE IT. This vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream is incredibly easy to make. And, it uses one of my favorite ingredients… avocado!
11. Vegan Chocolate Pecan Ice Cream
Chocolate and nutty, this vegan pecan ice-cream is completely free of dairy. So, its a good option for vegans or even just those who have dairy sensitivities. Your friends and family will have no idea that it is vegan.
12. Homemade Strawberry Basil Sorbet Recipe
If you’re looking for a unique summer treat that incorporates fresh herbs from the garden, give this strawberry basil sorbet a shot. It may sound funky, but the flavors really go well together.
13. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream with Mini Chocolate Chips
In need of a spooky treat? This vegan pumpkin ice-cream is perfect for fall. But, it’s also good ANY time of the year. I could eat pumpkin in the middle of summer and be happy. If you’re a fan of pumpkin, give this one a shot.
14. Raspberry Lemon Sorbet
This raspberry lemon sorbet is free of guilt, dairy and refined sugar. What more could you really want? It’s fresh and fruity, making it the perfect sorbet for a tasty treat at the next BBQ.