The day has finally arrived: healthy vegan ice cream is here! Ice cream is a classic favorite in my family. Growing up we honestly ate an absurd amount of ice cream, like every night was ice cream night. However, once I went vegan this obviously came to an end. During the early vegan days I ate a lot of “healthy” vegan ice creams such as halo top. I loved these, but it wasn’t until I really started digging deeper into whole foods plant based veganism vs veganism that I realized a lot of vegan foods were simply marketed as healthy when in reality they really aren’t all that healthy.
After swearing off all ice cream for a period of time, I decided it was time to embark on the mission of creating the healthiest vegan ice cream ever. Well friends, I did it! I present the healthiest vegan ice cream recipe to you all today! This ice cream recipe is just a classic vanilla. However I have made all kinds of flavors with the base. Here are some of my recent healthy ice cream creations:
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Keys to making Healthy Vegan Ice Cream:
There are plenty of vegan ice cream recipes out there. However many of these are loaded with highly processed oils and refined sugars, neither of which you will ever find here at Theallnaturalvegan.com. I was very intentional about making this recipe with the simplest most natural ingredients out there. This healthiest vegan ice cream recipe is made sweet using my all time favorite natural sweetener: dates! I love dates because they are a low glycemic sweetener, they have fiber, and lots of vitamins and minerals. Therefore dates are not only helping you stay away from unhealthy sweeteners, but they are health promoting, and that is what I am all about here.
I always thought dates were way too expensive, but recently I found the best way to get bulk dates, I am talking 4.4 pounds of premium quality medjool dates for $24!! I am a huge fan of buying bulk foods in general. Things like dates that I use so often in my healthy desserts are normally pretty pricy at the store, so I have completely shifted over to buying dats online.
Can this healthiest vegan ice cream recipe be made no-churn?
Although this healthiest vegan ice cream recipe is made using an Ice Cream Maker, it can technically be made without one. I say technically, because I would still strongly recommend using an ice cream maker. If you do not own an ice cream maker, take this as your sign to invest in one. I honestly use mine all the time in the summer. Not only is it great for making homemade ice cream, but it’s also great for making super thick smoothie bowls and nice cream.
If you do choose to go the no-churn route for this healthiest vegan ice cream, there’s a few things you must keep in mind. First of all, it will be a bit more time consuming. Second, you will need a quality blender. You will need a blender regardless for this recipe, but you will need one again to make this no-churn. You will also need ice cube trays. Last, but not least, you will need a quality vanilla extract. It’s important to use an extract, because the small amount of alcohol with help keep the ice cream from turning into a solid block.
To make this healthiest vegan ice cream no churn, you have to follow the recipe instructions until you get to the ice cream churning part. Instead of churning you will pour the ingredients into the ice cube trays and then freeze. Wait a couple hours, then remove from the freezer and add cubes of ice cream to the blender and blend until smooth. You will need to scrape the edges down throughout this process, but in the end it will come out like creamy soft serve!
Making oil-free vegan ice cream:
There are way too many vegan ice cream recipes out there that contain highly processed oils to substitute for the fat from the cream. However, the only time I use oil here is cold-pressed oils for salad dressings. With that said I knew I needed to find something with a healthy fat content for this healthiest vegan ice cream recipe. I went with the beloved raw cashews and coconut milk for this ice cream. This healthy vegan ice cream recipe is by no means low-fat (that is in the works though), however it is made with whole foods plant based ingredients and is high in fiber! Remember it’s more important to eat whole foods plant based foods than low-fat/low-calorie diet foods!
Ingredients for the Healthiest Vegan Ice Cream:
Healthiest Vegan Ice Cream
- Begin by soaking the cashews and the dates in the 1 1/2 cup water for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Place the coconut milk can in the fridge overnight as well. ensure the your ice cream bowl and maker is ready for use as well.
- Once the cashews and dates have soak, make sure the you save 1/2 cup of the water(I personally save it all, and use the extra in smoothies for a little sweetness, but make sure you save 1/2 cup for this recipe).
- In a high speed blender, add the cashews, dates, vanilla extract, the 1/2 cup of soaking water, and the white coconut cream scooped off the top of the can. Blend the mixture for 2 minutes until everything is blended up and you get a super smooth cream mixture.
- Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker a churn for 45 minutes. It should be soft serve ready! If you want it to harden up more you can place it in a plastic or glass container for about 2 hours, and you will be able to scoop it (as seen in the picture). Either way, enjoy!