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6 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes


We all scream for ice cream, but if you’re lactose intolerant, you’re probably screaming for a different reason, like, “I want ice cream so bad! It’s not fair!” Well, Natural Healthy Concepts is here to help you out! We’ve rounded up some amazing DAIRY-FREE ice cream recipes to allow you to indulge in the creamy deliciousness no one can resist. These recipes are so tasty and healthy, they could even replace ice cream for traditional milk-drinkers. Scroll on down and get the scoop! 

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream


Do you remember the famous childhood treat on a stick? The artificial orange sherbet flavor and that creamy center? This recipe takes you back to the delight you remember without all the artificial ingredients – or the dairy! Made with REAL oranges and coconut milk, it’s sure to be a treat for you and your kids. Get the full recipe from Super Healthy Kids.


Almond Chunky Monkey Ice Cream


You’ll go ape when you learn the secret ingredient of this recipe. There’s no milk – not even coconut milk – but it’s still super creamy. And it’s completely raw.

It seems like some sort of magic trick, but the base of this ice cream is actually made from bananas! Mush them up, freeze them and you get sweet, creamy deliciousness. It gets extra smoothness and flavor from almond butter and chunks of crunch from almonds and chocolate. Go with raw, unsalted almonds.

For an extra boost to the potassium and nutrients from the bananas, you can even add some protein powder to this recipe. To keep the flavor a little more neutral, go with this vanilla protein powder. But if you just can’t get enough chocolate, give this one a try. And don’t worry, both of these options are dairy free!

Here’s a neat tip for the chocolate chunks: Try breaking up this chocolate maca bar. Maca is a Peruvian herb that can help give you a boost of energy!

What are you waiting for? Get the recipe from The Simple Veganista!

Blackberry-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


Feeling fruity? Try this recipe from Paleo Newbie. With dark, juicy blackberries and rich chocolate, it’s a decadent delight without the dairy!

This recipe uses both coconut milk and bananas for optimal creaminess and honey as a natural sweetener. Feel free to add a little more if your berries are a bit tart.

Healthy Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream


This recipe from The Humble Plate really is as healthy as its name promises – and it’s fast, too! If you’re not a fan of coconut milk (and its fat content), this is a great option. The base is actually made using avocado and hemp seeds, giving you healthy fats, protein and plenty of other nutrients. And for natural sweetness, use pure maple syrup, which we’re very happy to now carry at NHC! Finally! (You can also use agave.) And you can get your hemp here, too! Not too familiar with hemp? Take a look.

Vegan Mocha Chip Ice Cream


Gather ’round coffee lovers! Whole New Mom has your vegan, dairy-free fix! Avoiding dairy, sugar and coconut, this recipe is made using cashews, a staple for vegans looking to create some creamy texture. (If you’re allergic to cashews, go with macadamia nuts.)

Put your own spin on it by using your favorite coffee – just make sure it’s strong so you get that great, bold flavor!

For natural, sugarless sweetness, go with Stevia and adjust the amount to meet your taste.

Clean Eating Ice Cream Sandwiches


Here it is! The big one! The famous, irresistible ice cream sandwich! Homemade cookies, homemade ice cream – perfection! All Sorts of Pretty has created a recipe that’s a clean eater’s dream. It’s grain free, free of refined sugar, and can easily be made dairy free.

The cookies are made using almond flour for a celiac-friendly treat as well as natural honey and maple syrup for pure sweetness. And don’t forget the Coconut Oil!

Then whip up your creamy, coconut milk vanilla ice cream and sandwich it between your tasty cookies! Dessert is served!

Give these recipes a try and let us know what you think. Can they stand up to the original?

For extra help with your lactose intolerance and those times you just can’t avoid the dairy, try Dairy Assist. It’s got probiotics and enzymes to help your body break down dairy.

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