5 Vegan Ice creams (soy free) by Dia

Posted by ♦***Admin--Dia***♦ on July 4th, 2009. Filed under: Casein Free, Dairy Free and Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat and Gluten Free.

Vegan Sweet Potato Ice Cream
One of the first things I thought about after becoming vegan was ice cream: How would I replace it, What if I didn’t like the soy stuff, how on earth could I make it creamy without cream??? So many questions, but I finally cracked the code. I personally don’t love the soy ice cream available, and I wanted to come up with soy free ice creams for those of you who are allergic or just can’t stand the taste. My key ingredient is oat milk–You can either buy it by the name brand Oatly, or make it at home. It is very simple to make, please see the recipe here.

Another favorite dairy free milk of mine is peanut milk. I have seen it sold in China Town, but for those of you who cannot find it at your local food store, try making it at home.

Peanut Milk
5 cups of boiling water
1 1/2 cup of uncooked raw peanuts
1/4 cup of unrefined sugar to taste
1/4 tsp of vanilla essence

Pour the peanuts into the boiling water and let sit for half an hour.
Pour everything into a blender including the sugar and vanilla essence.
Blend until liquefied.
Sieve the peanut milk into a jug or bowl.
Refrigerate the jug and enjoy peanut milk with your cereal in the morning or with your homemade ice creams.

All of the recipes here make approximately 1 liter of ice cream, give or take a scoop. So you will have a nice sized tub of homemade ice cream for each of these. In other words, you might not want to make two or three of these in one day, unless you are having an ice cream party!!

If you are not vegan, you can still enjoy these dairy free ice creams! They are still sweet, still creamy, and much more healthy…sort of. :)

Vegan Ice Cream (soy free)

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream (Soy Free)
This is a basic vanilla ice cream recipe–it is more like gelato than ice cream because it is based on milk rather than cream. I prefer gelato to ice cream because it has both the water ice and ice cream consistencies and tastes fantastic.

2 Cups of Oat Milk
1/2 cup of vegan icing or confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup of unrefined cane sugar
1 vanilla pod

Pour the oat milk into a mixing bowl.
Slice the vanilla pod in half and soak it in the oat milk over night or for a few hours.
After soaking take the vanilla pod out and mix the icing and cane sugar in with the oat milk.
Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and churn for 15-30 minutes. Scoop out and devour!

Vegan Ice cream (soy free)

Vegan Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream Swirl (Soy free)

2 cups of oat milk
250 g of dark chocolate
1/2 cup of unrefined cane sugar
1/2 cup of soy free vegan spread (Earth Balance)
2 tsp of vanilla essence
250 g of vegan white chocolate

Melt both the white and dark chocolate in the microwave or in a saucepan over low heat.
Once melted add to the oat milk and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the sugar, vanilla essence and soy free vegan spread.
Mix for 5 minutes with hand mixer.
Pour into ice cream machine and churn for 15-30 minutes.
Tastes amazing!!

Another thing you can opt to use is xanthan gum. Adding 1tsp to each recipe will bind the mixture even more.

Vegan Sweet Potato Ice Cream

Vegan Sweet Potato Ice Cream (Soy free)
This ice cream is to die for. It is very sweet, so 1 scoop on a cone or in a bowl will do just fine.
You can opt to not put the extra 1/2 cup of unrefined caster sugar in at the end, the ice cream
will still have plenty of sweetness to it.

2 cups of oat milk
1 large sweet potato
1/2 cup of unrefined caster sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of maple syrup

Peel and slice the sweet potato into 1/2 inch pieces or thinner.
Put the sweet potato pieces in a casserole dish or square baking dish.
Pour the brown sugar and maple syrup over the sweet potatoes.
Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until tender.
Let cool in fridge over night which will help the potatoes get more soft.
When ready to make ice cream, put the potatoes in a food processor or
if you have the Kenwood Chef, use the K Beater for approximately 5 minutes on min 1 setting.
Make sure all of the sugary goodness and maple syrup is being mixed in with the potatoes and not
still in the bottom of the dish.
Once food processed add to the 2 cups milk and mix thoroughly.
Add the 1/2 cup of unrefined caster sugar and continue to mix until the milk has turned
a light orange color.
Pour into ice cream machine and churn for 15-30 minutes.

Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream (vegan)

Vegan Chocolate Coffee Gelato (soy free)
This flavor has become a fast favorite for me. Even though there is only 1 tsp of coffee mix, it goes a long way. The ingredients all compliment one another, and I shall be scooping this up during our next heat wave.
1 tsp of instant coffee mix
2 cups of peanut milk (see above for recipe)
150 g bar of cooking chocolate (vegan)
1 tsp of vanilla essence
1/2 cup of unrefined caster sugar

Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream (vegan)

Heat the milk in a saucepan and make sure not to bring to a complete boil.
Add in the chocolate, coffee and vanilla and stir on a low heat until it has melted into the milk
Add in the sugar and stir until it has dissolved.
Pour mixture out into a large bowl and leave to cool down.
Once cooled down pour into ice cream machine and churn for 15-30 minutes.

Oatmeal and Maple Ice Cream (vegan)

Vegan Oatmeal and Maple Ice Cream (soy free)

Perhaps the idea of frozen oatmeal scares you a bit, but mixed in with the other ingredients it tastes fantabulous.

1 cup rolled organic oats
1 cup of boiling water
1/2 cup of light brown sugar
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 tsp of vanilla essence
2 cups of Oat Milk
Handful of chocolate chips (optional)

Mix the oats with the boiling water and stick in the microwave for 1 minute.
Add the light brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla essence and oat milk.
Stir thoroughly until it is well mixed.
Add in the chocolate chips if you wish.
Allow the mixture to cool down, and once cooled pour into ice cream maker and churn for…you guessed it, 15 to 30 minutes. :)

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37 Responses to 5 Vegan Ice creams (soy free) by Dia

  1. Southfillygal

    GREAT JOB! Holy ice cream batman!

  2. Michael

    These look like real ice cream. :::Scratches head:::: are you sure it isn’t real ice cream? J/K Great work!

  3. Dave

    It all sounds so yummy. I’m a glutton for ice-cream and would happily eat this lot and any more you care to make. Any more flavours you can suggest ?

  4. Jen Jen

    sweetpotato ice cream? NOOO. You joking? It’s good? I’ll have to see for myself.

  5. April B

    Very pretty work. I love the polka dot plate and the beachy cup.

  6. oregonsally

    Just what I need after tonight. It isn’t as humid as it normally could be. Who wouldn’t want something so refreshing after a longgggg barbecue! Happy 4th Dia!

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  8. Tracey (SugarPunk)

    Ohh, these are amazing! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for pointing them out :)

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  10. Sandy

    Great pictures, though I am not nor do I want to be Vegan; I believe over time more things will become available. I understand people are allergic and need to stay away from a few things, but don’t understand people choosing to eliminate essential items from their diet. I think we all have a purpose, and animals purpose is food for humans, rabbits and chipmunks purpose is food for hawks etc. To me it’s the circle of life, and that sorta balances it all. I think we humans are messing around too much with the natural balance of things.

    But, your recipes look and sound good, cause I did taste soy once…and once was most definately enough. lol

    Made my way here via blogupp, I keep telling people that when pop in; though no one let’s me know that. I find it helpful to know how people found their way.


  11. Administrator

    Hi Sandy,
    I hope my blog never comes across as forceful. I just enjoy doing these recipes because they aren’t frequently available. I am vegan, but also have a lot of lactose intolerant friends who cannot eat or drink dairy products.
    A lot of them complain about the taste of soy, or are allergic.

    But as far as animals only being here on earth for our consumption–well, a lot of people are going to disagree with you. I love animals, and once I saw how they were basically manufactured and slaughtered, I personally couldn’t eat meat anymore. I don’t judge meat eaters however, I will just say since becoming vegan, I feel 100 times less sluggish, more refreshed with a lot more energy.

    My palate has grown in the sense where I am trying new veggies and fruits each day that I ordinarily wouldn’t have given a second glance, and I feel the world has a lot of food to offer without having to involve meat. I never crave it, and I was afraid I would when I first turned vegan, but haven’t at all.

    I enjoy oat milk and peanut milk far more than I ever enjoyed dairy milk, but that’s just me and a gazillion other vegans. :)

  12. Veggiemama

    Oh no she didn’t! Nice rebuttal Admin, I don’t know if I would have been as nice. Fact is animals are here to be enjoyed, and not necessarily in one’s mouth. They are beautiful creatures roaming this earth just like us.

  13. Veggiemama

    Didn’t mean to take away from a wonderful post on vegan ice creams. Great job, how long did you work on this for?

  14. Rebecca and Mom

    Dear Dia,

    My mom and me love your cooking blog. We left you a comment on your article in the review. My mom wants to make the vegan cheesecake and we’re not even vegan. I never thought to make ice cream at home, sure will try it now.

  15. mamamiavegancrazy

    you’re killing me!!! Oh myyy vegan icecreams soya free? thank you so much, you have no idea how much i can’t stand soya sometimes. the taste doesn’t mesh well with some vegan chocolates. thank you thank you thank you!

  16. fresh365

    Wow! These look really great. I like the unusual combinations and will be sure to give it a try.

  17. Can Eat

    How wonderful to find vegan ice cream without soy! I can’t wait to try this! Thank you!

  18. peachkins

    These vegan ice cream looks really delicious..

  19. Ieatlikecrazy

    Nice vegan ice creams. The coffee/chocolate gelato looks the best

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  21. Krissy @ The Food Addicts

    Hi Dia,

    Thank you for visiting The Food Addicts! Your website is great – a lot of healthy recipes! I love this section on ice cream because it’s my favorite dessert. We are actually going to make some ice cream this weekend! Yay for summer!

  22. Evita

    Hello Dia!

    Wow I am speechless, you are such an artist! I love photography too, so I really apprecaiate all the work that you do here!

    And vegan, soy-free ice-cream, who knew? You are so creative! Fortunately or unfortunately I am not one for sugar, but I wholeheartedly share in your path of going vegan. All the food that you have on this site is just so beautiful!!!

    One more thing too, I couldn’t help notice what Sandy above said, that she doesn’t understand people choosing to eliminate essential items from their diet.(talking about animal products)

    More and more people out there need to really embrace the current nutritional science and education that animal products are NOT essential to our diet. In fact more and more we are proving people are thriving without them. I understand to each his own, but I also think we have to open ourselves up and understand more than anything that we are constantly evolving as species, and cannot compare ourselves to other animals.

  23. Felicity

    yumm, I’ll be your ice cream taster any time! The recipe for peanut milk looks really good. I’ve made milk from cashews & almonds, but have not tried peanuts.

    Booja Booja make delicious vegan ice cream that is soy-free, but it’s pretty pricey. They also make the most amazing vegan truffles.

  24. Наум

    А вот мне в таком случае кажется, тема слишком сложная для новичка :)

  25. janice

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Finally found a recipe that works with oat milk! My 2 year old is allergic to dairy, soy, eggs and coconut. Now she can enjoy “ice cream” with her friends. Next time I’ll do less sugar other than that it creams up more like a fudge-cicle consistency.

  26. linny

    great recipe tastes like real ice cream

  27. Administrator

    Thanks Linny!

  28. bekkitae

    Ooooh just what I was looking for! Oat milk based ice cream… am very down with the gelato texture, so big thumbs up.

    Presently have two flavours in the freezer: fresh mint and blueberry/maple.

  29. k

    does the ice cream get hard when put in the freezer and is there a way to make vanilla oatmeal ice cream?


  30. Administrator

    K, you can just adjust the recipe to make it vanilla flavored. Add in vanilla extract or soak a vanilla bean for a while. It gets hard by using the ice cream machine.

  31. VeggiePeggie

    I just made a batch of the sweet potato ice cream, goes down great with the kids!

  32. Tom&Anna

    mm these look good

  33. Fran

    Oh thank god! I hate hate hate hate soy! Very happy to find these recipes for soy free vegan ice cream!!!

  34. janet

    Have you had any success replacing the oat milk with another non-dairy milk? my husband is allergic to oats and soy/peanuts. I would love to try one of your recipes.

  35. ♦***Admin--Dia***♦

    You can use coconut cream instead, the result is an even creamier texture. Or you can try rice milk.

  36. Deese

    I am so glad I found this post! I can’t wait to make all of these…but alas I will have to as my kitchen aid ice cream maker attachment hasn’t arrived yet. But I will be back!

    Also, I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t Pin this post on Pinterest…it said to ask site operator, I’m not sure if you did this on purpose or not, just wanted you to know! Pinning is the best way for me to “refind” recipes and websites! :)

  37. andrea

    Hi I am not vegan, probably because I cannot eat, soya, peanuts, fruit, vegetables (unless boiled to death) and dairy, the list has just expanded over the years from childhood :-( .
    these recipes look fantastic, I was wandering if you have tried the oatly alternative to cream and if that would make it really creamy? also are their any substitutes for flavours such strawberry and cherry due to not being able to eat fruit :-( .

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