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Vegan ice cream ideas

Cool down this summer with our top vegan ice cream recipes. Our guide includes classic flavours such as chocolate and vanilla, plus fruity sorbets and boozy ice lollies.

Who says you need dairy to enjoy good ice cream? Our vegan ice cream recipes are still rich and creamy thanks to coconut milk, avocado and frozen bananas. We’ve also included refreshing fruity options like sorbets and ice lollies, and all of the recipes are easy enough for beginners. These recipes come together with minimal ingredients, and most don’t require an ice cream maker.

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In need of something savoury to accompany your ice cream? See the ultimate vegan collection for our top picks.

Vegan vanilla ice cream

A classic summer staple, our vegan vanilla ice cream is sure to please a crowd. This is an incredibly versatile substitute for traditional dairy ice cream. Try it in ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes or on top of your favourite pudding. Or, serve it on its own with fresh berries.

Try serving with our top-rated vegan cherry & almond brownies or our sticky toffee pear pudding for a truly indulgent vegan dessert.

Matcha froyo ice lollies

These matcha froyo ice lollies offer a unique twist on a classic treat, and are made with frozen coconut yogurt for a gorgeous velvety texture. Matcha, a popular ingredient in Japan, is made from finely ground green tea leaves. It adds a bitter flavour to offset the sweetness from the maple syrup.

For more adult ice lollies, check out our piña colada ice lollies or cider & blackberry ice lollies.

Avocado & strawberry ices

These avocado & strawberry ices are a luxe treat, perfect for a summer evening. Avocado, full of healthy fat, is a great dairy alternative. Celebrate the seasonal flavours of summer with strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

For more seasonal favourites, check out our summer dessert collection.

Gin & tonic ice lollies

Our gin & tonic ice lollies combine the flavours of a classic G&T with mint and cucumber for a fresh way to cool down in the sweltering summer months. Make these for your next summer party or to have on hand in the freezer for up to two months. There are certainly a crowd-pleaser, bringing everyone’s favourite cocktail to the next level.

For more boozy ice lollies, try our strawberry & prosecco ice lollies, mojito ice lollies or Pimm’s ice lollies.

Vegan chocolate ice cream

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This vegan chocolate ice cream is packed full of dark chocolate, making for a rich summer treat. Creamy coconut milk makes for a great dairy alternative. Sandwich between two of our vegan chocolate chip cookies for a decadent ice cream sandwich.

For more mays to serve up an ice cream dessert, see our ice cream collection.

Rhubarb & star anise sorbet

Our rhubarb & star anise sorbet is packed full of bold, vibrant flavours. This bright pink sorbet balances fresh rhubarb with powerful star anise for a complex summer dessert. Add a cheeky nip of vodka if you like to make this a little more grown-up.

For more colourful inspiration, see our rhubarb collection.

Vegan chocolate banana ice cream

Our vegan chocolate banana ice cream couldn’t be simpler. It requires only two ingredients and comes together in just five minutes. This clever chocolate ice cream blends a frozen banana with cocoa powder for a low-fat, delicious result.

For more veggie inspiration, check out our vegan summer collection.

Lemon sorbet

This lemon sorbet is a refreshing option for a hot summer day. Taking just 10 minutes and using just four ingredients, our recipe couldn’t be easier. Serve between courses at a dinner party or on its own for a light dessert.

For more fruity sorbets, try our pineapple sorbet with fresh mango or strawberry lemon sorbet.

Raspberry tea ice lollies

These raspberry tea ice lollies are low-fat, low-calorie and dairy-free. Look for raspberry tea bags with hibiscus to add a delicate, floral note. These serve six and are sure to be a family favourite.

For more ice lolly ideas, see our ice lolly collection.

Orange sorbet

Our orange sorbet is the perfect finish to a summer dinner party. This simple recipe only uses three ingredients and takes just five minutes to prepare. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, tip into a freezerproof container and freeze until firm, whisking every hour with a fork to break up the ice crystals.

For more sorbet inspiration, see our ultimate sorbet collection.

Enjoyed our vegan ice creams? Take a look at our other summer recipes…

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