7 Dairy-Free Ice Creams You Can Make at Home

updated May 28, 2019
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Ice cream is my kryptonite. Under no circumstance will I turn down a cup or cone — especially when summer turns up the heat. There’s no shortage of ways to whip up a batch of this frozen treat, and that includes when you prefer to skip the dairy.

From three-ingredient fruit nice creams to versions made with coconut milk and cashews, here are seven dairy-free “ice creams” to keep on repeat all summer long.

This cool treat might not include dairy or eggs, but it is no less creamy or satisfying than ice creams that do. The secret is a couple of cans of creamy, full-fat coconut milk.

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If coconut milk isn’t really your thing, cashew butter is the trick to making a rich and creamy (three-ingredient!) ice cream using the nut milk or your choice. It comes together without any cooking, and tastes like cashew meets caramel in each cool bite.

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Rather than fold in whole chunks of berries, this classic fruit flavor starts by cooking the strawberries down into a sauce. Save about 1/4 cup to pour over the finished ice cream, before going in the freezer, for a sweet, vibrant swirl.

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Inspired by Ben & Jerry’s, this coconut-based ice cream is irresistibly creamy, crunchy, and chocolatey. This version relies on agave as a sweetener, but if you’re not keeping it vegan, honey makes a nice alternative.

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This sweet frozen treat is so simple to pull off that after you make it once, you won’t need to look at the recipe the next time around (and there will definitely be a next time!).

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Mango nice cream has the richness of ice cream and the intense fruitiness you expect from sorbet, and it’s going to change the way you think about your summer dessert game plan.

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Move over, smoothies! This cool, creamy dessert is my number-one reason for always stashing chopped bananas in the freezer during summer. A pinch of cinnamon, dash of cocoa powder, or spoonful of nut butter make fun add-ins.