Say hello to the BEST vegan ice cream recipe! Made with just 3 ingredients, it’s super creamy, smooth, rich, delicious, and easy to make.
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Best Vegan Ice Cream Recipe Ingredients
Lately, this vegan ice cream recipe has become my new favorite. To make it, you’ll need three simple ingredients:
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1. Coconut milk – My go-to base for dairy-free ice cream. 2. Maple syrup – It gives this recipe a deep, complex sweetness. I love the maple flavor here! 3. And…tahini! The creamy star ingredient in this recipe.
I know, I know. If you walk into any American ice cream shop, tahini probably wouldn’t be among the ice cream flavors there. However, sesame ice cream is popular in Japan. During our trip to Tokyo last spring, I had the most incredible sesame ice cream, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it.
Luckily for me, this homemade version is just as good as the delicious ice cream I had on our trip. The toasty, nutty flavor of the tahini pairs wonderfully with the maple syrup and coconut milk, and though the tahini flavor is present here, it’s not overpowering. It mostly lends an extra-creamy texture to the coconut milk base, which makes this vegan ice cream really exceptional.
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Vegan Ice Cream Recipe Tips
- Spice it up! Try adding a pinch of cinnamon or cardamom or a drop of vanilla to the coconut milk base for an extra layer of flavor.
- Don’t forget the toppings. I love this dairy-free ice cream on its own, but it’s delicious with toppings as well. I served mine with tart cherries, melted dark chocolate, vegan chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
- Eat it right away, or freeze it for up to a week. This vegan ice cream has the perfect creamy, smooth texture right after it comes out of the ice cream maker. Enjoy it as soon as it’s done, or store it in airtight containers in the freezer for up to a week. It hardens while it’s in the freezer, so if you’re planning to serve it 24 hours or more after you make it, let it soften at room temperature for 20 minutes before scooping it into bowls.
If you love this dairy-free ice cream recipe…
Try one of these plant-based treats next:
- Vegan Chocolate Cake
- No-Bake Cookies
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Vegan Sugar Cookies
- Coconut Macaroons
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