As the summer season approaches, the joy of eating a bowl of chilled, smooth, and creamy ice cream is unbeatable. But this summer, let’s skip the dairy-based ice cream and choose a rich, sweet bowl of homemade plant-based ice cream instead. With plant-based milk like coconut milk or nut milk like cashew or almond, you can make yourself a healthy bowl of ice cream with the same creamy, luxurious texture that you love and crave. 

Try these easy-to-make creamy plant-based ice creams without any dairy cream:

  1. Creamy Coconut Ice Cream

This recipe is quintessentially simple and satisfying. All you need is a can of full-fat coconut milk, maple syrup, or any other sweetener, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Add these to a blender until they are combined. Chill the mixture in the freezer for 2 hours. Once the mixture is chilled, pour the mixture into an ice cream maker or a blender to churn it.  When it thickens, transfer the ice cream to an air-tight container for chilling. Once it’s chilled, scoop, add your favorite toppings, or serve as is and enjoy.

  1. Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This is another delectable ice cream recipe that requires only five ingredients. You need two cups of plant-based milk and sweetener of your choice, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and of course everyone’s favorite – peanut butter. You can also add some chocolate chips or banana for added flavor. Blend all these together and freeze them for a couple of hours. Then, add to an ice cream maker or a blender till the mixture becomes thick. Chill in the freezer and store in an air-tight container till it is firm. Scoop and serve!

  1. Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Refresh yourself with some fresh strawberry ice cream. Take some strawberries, sprinkle some sugar on them, and let the juices be released. Mash them up in a blender till you have a smooth strawberry puree. Now, heat a cup of coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan and whisk till the sugar has dissolved. In a separate bowl, add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to some coconut milk, mix it, add it to the saucepan, and cook. Keep stirring until the ice cream begins to thicken. Set it aside. 

Stir in the mashed strawberries into the cream. Pour into an air-tight container and refrigerate for a couple of hours. Now, churn this in a blender or ice cream maker till it thickens. Serve right away or freeze it for some more time. While serving, add some chocolate shavings or fresh strawberries and enjoy!

  1. Decadent Plant-based Chocolate Ice Cream

For chocolate lovers, there’s nothing more satisfying than a  scoop of delectable chocolate ice cream. All you need is some coconut milk or cream, almond milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, and a sweetener like date paste. 

Whip some coconut milk or cream until it is smooth. Add cocoa powder, vanilla, almond milk, and sweetener and whip until they mix. Adjust the ingredients as per your taste. Now, add this to an air-tight container. Freeze it for a couple of hours for chilled mousse-like ice cream. Or, freeze overnight for firm ice cream. Scoop and garnish with some chocolate shavings and dig in!

  1. Coffee Ice Cream

For that added kick to your cravings, follow this coffee ice cream recipe. Take 2 large frozen bananas, coconut cream, or almond milk as the base. Add vanilla, instant coffee, or a shot of espresso, sweetener, and a pinch of salt, and blend it well till it is smooth. You can add some cinnamon and choco chips if you wish. You can serve this immediately or transfer it to an air-tight container and freeze it for some time. Scoop up and enjoy coffee ice cream for dessert.

With these delicious plant-based recipes, beat the heat and make your summer a healthy and animal-friendly one. Make these yummy plant-based ice creams that are totally cruelty-free at home and enjoy them guilt-free.