It’s that time of year again – you know, when eating vegan ice cream is a perfectly acceptable part of your daily life as you try not to wilt in the heat.
Got Vegan Ice Cream?
Whether you can't find any vegan ice cream at a store near you or you just want more control over what goes into your food, creating your own ice cream is simple. I must confess: I did buy an ice cream maker. I got mine for £30 because it was inexpensive and had good reviews.
Any basic ice cream maker should get the job done. Check out some good ice cream maker options. I also made use of my blender, although you could try my method without one.
I feel this is the point to make a little disclaimer: I'm no expert! I just had fun experimenting. With that said, here are my vegan ice cream creations. All would generously serve 4-6.
Coconut Chocolate Chip Vegan Ice Cream Recipe
Final verdict: This ice cream was delicious. I can't even tell you.
Strawberry Vegan Ice Cream Recipe
Final verdict: This ice cream was really fruity. I used almond milk because I was making it for someone avoiding soy, but I think you could use whatever alternative milk you like.
Pineapple Vegan Ice Cream Recipe
Final verdict: This ice cream was less creamy than the others, possibly due to the omission of milk. I used less agave because of the sweetness of the pineapple and it worked well.
Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe with Caramel Chocolate Pretzels
I'm no scientist, but I must warn you that I fear even reading the ingredients of this one could give you the sugar shakes. Health be damned, I finished up my ice cream making in decadent style.
Ingredients for ice cream:
Ingredients for caramel chocolate pretzels:
For the ice cream, simply blend all your ingredients, then add to your ice cream machine. I put it in the freezer for a few hours then added the pretzels on top when serving.
Final verdict: This ice cream was so sweet and creamy. My dad, who has faithfully tasted all of my vegan ice cream creations, said this was his favourite. I have to say on texture I agreed, but the flavour of my very first creation still holds my heart.
Article by: Kathy Chamberlain. Kathy is a PhD student with dreams of opening a vegan restaurant where she can hide out and finally write a novel. In the meantime she dedicates a considerable amount of time to researching and discussing delicious foods online.
All photographs copyright Kathy Chamberlain.