Blender Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

This homemade, no-churn Blender Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream is ultra-smooth and creamy and couldn’t be easier to make.  It is loaded with sweet vanilla flavor in every bite.  Best of all, this quick and easy frozen dessert recipe is naturally sweetened, contains nutritious ingredients (including a vegetable!) and is completely dairy-free.  

No-Churn Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Blender Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Knowing how to make this easy Blender Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream is critical to summer survival.  Really though, with just a couple nutritious ingredients and your blender you can have amazing no-churn creamy vanilla ice cream in no time!  We are talking about five minutes of hands on prep (and then of course time for it to solidify in your freezer).  The creamy base is infused with addictive sweet vanilla flavor in every bite.  I almost called Vegan French Vanilla Ice Cream because it is so rich and creamy.  But I didn’t want to scare anyone away that it was complicated or fancy in any way.  I know you guys are going to love this quick and satisfying recipe.  I cannot wait for you to give it a try.

No-Churn Vegan + Refined Sugar-Free Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients for the Best No-Churn Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

The ingredients list for this recipe may surprise you.  You will notice in the list below there is no heavy cream or refined sugars.  Just whole foods that are nutrient dense.  

Ingredients:

  • zucchini – yes really!
  • coconut milk
  • cashews 
  • coconut oil
  • pure maple syrup
  • pure vanilla extract

Everything goes into a high-speed blender.  Once everything is smooth and creamy you pour the mixture into a loaf pan or any freezer friendly container.  Then, cover and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.  That’s it!  While you do have to wait for it to freeze, the actual hands-on time for this recipe is probably less than five minutes.  

Zucchini in My Ice Cream!?

I know most ice cream recipes don’t contain zucchini.  But, the zucchini actually adds healthy creaminess to the recipe and sneaks in a bunch of beneficial nutrients.  Plus, once you peel the zucchini it is white and won’t alter the color for this recipe.  Zucchini has a mild and slightly sweet flavor profile so you will not notice it at all in this recipe.  I throw zucchini in my smoothies all the time for added creaminess and nutrients.  

Coconut Cream and Cashews for Creaminess

For more thick creaminess I added the coconut cream from canned full-fat coconut milk.  It is so decadent and yet totally dairy-free.  It works perfect in this recipe!

Raw cashews provide even more creaminess in this recipe.  Here, we are using one cup of raw, unsalted cashews.  Cashews offer plant-based protein and are also incredibly nutrient dense.  Cashews are considered an excellent source of copper and a good source of magnesium, manganese, vitamin K, phosphorous and zinc.   

I buy raw, unsalted cashews in the bulk section of my grocery store and store them in my refrigerator in a large mason jar that is airtight.  In the refrigerator cashews can last up to six months.  They can actually last up to a year if you store them in your freezer. 

Should I Soak My Cashews?

It is up to you and the type of blender you own.  My high-speed blender does a great job of making a creamy ice cream without any soaking.  Some people like to soak cashews in advance to make them easier to blend and also to make them more easily digestible.  I’ve also read that soaking helps make the nutrients more available.  

If you do decide to soak you can soak them in room temperature water overnight.  Or, you can use a quick-soak method and cover them in boiling water for an hour or two.  Either way you will want to drain and rinse the cashews before using in this recipe.

 

Looking for more quick and easy summer desserts?

Here a few of my most popular summertime treats:

No-Churn Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

No-Churn Vegan Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Vegan Nutella Fudge Pops

Mango Sorbet

Strawberry Sorbet

Easy Watermelon “Pizza”

Creamy Chocolate Avocado Fudgesicles

Vegan Berries and Cream Popsicles

Vanilla Ice Cream in Ice Cream Cone with Sprinkles

Now, Let’s Make Some No-Churn Vegan + Refined Sugar-Free Vanilla Ice Cream!

This easy No-Churn Vegan + Refined Sugar-Free Vanilla Ice Cream recipe will be your new go-to secretly nutritious summer frozen dessert.  It is naturally vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, legume-free, paleo-friendly and refined sugar-free so it works well for many types of diets. 

I cannot wait for you to give this recipe a try!  Let’s get blending!

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream with Sprinkles in Ice Cream Cone

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No-Churn Vegan + Refined Sugar-Free Vanilla Ice Cream

No-Churn Vegan + Refined Sugar-Free Vanilla Ice Cream


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This homemade, no-churn Blender Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream is ultra-smooth and creamy and couldn’t be easier to make.  It is loaded with sweet vanilla flavor in every bite.  Best of all, this quick and easy frozen dessert recipe is naturally sweetened, contains nutritious ingredients (including a vegetable!) and is completely dairy-free.


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Ingredients

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk – white solid coconut cream portion only*
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked in advance, drained and rinsed**
  • 1 large zucchini, ends removed, peeled and chopped (2 cups when chopped)
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredient to a high-speed blender.  Be sure to only use the solid white coconut cream from the canned coconut milk.  See notes below.
  2. Blend starting on the lowest speed and slowly increase to the highest speed.  Stay on the highest speed for 60 seconds until smooth and creamy.  If your blender is having trouble blending use the tamper/plunger to safely push the contents into the blades while it is blending.  If you do not have a tamper or plunger then you will have to stop and scrape down the sides throughout the blending process to ensure all ingredients get incorporated properly.
  3. Pour the ice cream into an 8 x 4 loaf pan or freezer-friendly container.  Cover and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Before enjoying, remove the loaf pan from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before scooping.  You can also place the bottom of the loaf pan in warm water to speed up the process.  Scoop and serve like you would regular ice cream.  Top with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips or fresh mint if desired.

Notes

*For this recipe, we are only using the solid white coconut cream from the can of full-fat coconut milk.  In order to easily separate the coconut cream from the coconut water, place the can in your refrigerator the day before you plan to make this recipe.  The solid white coconut cream will naturally float to the top of the can.  When you open the can you can easily use a spoon to scoop out just the coconut cream leaving the coconut water behind.  You can save the coconut water for smoothies or popsicles.  I usually get about 1 cup of coconut cream out of one can of coconut milk.

**Soaking your cashews in advance will make them extra creamy, less gritty and more easily digestible.  Soaking cashews also helps to make the nutrients more available.  You can soak in water overnight or do a quick soak using boiling water for an hour or two.  Drain and rinse before using in this recipe.  Measure out the cashews before soaking since they will swell and measure differently post-soak.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blender + Freezer

Keywords: No-Churn Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

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4 Comments

  1. Whitney Mullenax

    YUM! I made this yesterday and currently have it sitting out on the counter to thaw for another sugar cone treat! It is definitely creamy and tastes great! Of course I added sprinkles. My husband liked as well!

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Thank you so much! I’m SO happy to hear this! You jumped on this one quickly :). Good job! Glad your hubby loves it too! XO

      Reply
  2. Sara

    Unmmmmmmm it’s better than dairy ice cream. Best desert EVER!

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Haha! Yes, I agree! And thank you SO much! So happy to loved it! XO

      Reply

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