5 Homemade Dairy Free Ice Cream Maker Recipes
How to Make Homemade Almond Milk Ice Cream & Cashew Milk Ice Cream
Say hello to the BEST homemade dairy free ice cream ever made! (Or, at the very least, the best I’ve ever eaten…) If you want a genuinely creamy, rich, scoopable ice cream, you have got to try these homemade almond milk ice cream and cashew milk ice cream recipes. Use either cashew or almond milk, whichever you prefer, and the result is the same: AMAZING.
Seriously, this isn’t just a “oh, it’s pretty good for ice cream without dairy” kind of tasty. No, this tastes just like REAL ice cream—even better than store-bought! With both the homemade almond milk ice cream and cashew milk ice cream, our entire Mind Over Munch team couldn’t believe our taste buds.
No chunks of ice, no dairy, no coconut, no banana, and you only need 3 main ingredients for the base recipe! The secret? It’s all about the eggs. Learn how it's done in the 5 homemade dairy free ice cream maker recipes below. They all follow the same essential process, but with a few flavor twists: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and peppermint!
Or, for a totally vegan and no machine option, try my no churn homemade vegan ice cream made with coconut milk!
My Go-To for Homemade Almond Milk Ice Cream & Cashew Milk Ice Cream
Today, there are tons of store-bought nut milk options, but most contain preservatives and other unnecessary additives. Plus, they actually don’t retain most of the healthy nutrients from the nuts themselves. Most brands are significantly watered down, sometimes as much as 98% water and just 2% nuts. And, for homemade dairy free ice cream recipes, all of that water makes for an icy, not-so-creamy texture.
Instead, I’ve used JOI’s almond and cashew plant to make my own nut milks at home! These are shelf-stable plant bases that you just blend with water to make nut milk. And the result is a cleaner, more nutritious, and more sustainable milk that you can whip up whenever you want it. Plus, both JOI’s cashew and almond milks are so creamy and tasty!
JOI stands for Just One Ingredient, because each plant base is made with just almonds or cashews—nothing added. Better yet, JOI nut milk gives me up to 6x more nut content than store-bought, which means more nutritious fats, protein, and fiber.
Like I said, it’s super easy to prepare. I just blend my JOI plant base with water, and I’ve got my nut milk. Plus, I love that I can adjust the ratio to make my milks as creamy and flavorful as I want. That allowed me to make creamier, more fat-rich nut milks to use in my homemade cashew and homemade almond milk ice cream recipes!
If you’d like to give JOI plant bases a try, enter the code “MINDOVERMUNCH10” at checkout for 10% off!
Ingredient Substitution Notes:
All of these homemade dairy free ice cream recipes will work with either almond milk or cashew milk. Use whichever you like! Of course, I used JOI nut milks which I highly recommend. But, you can also try these recipes with the nut milk of your choice. Just substitute the water and JOI plant base for 2 cups of your nut milk.
As mentioned, the egg yolks are essential to the custard ice cream base. They’re the secret to making homemade almond milk ice cream that’s actually creamy and not icy at all! So, I haven’t personally tried any substitutes in these recipes. But, I do have a no churn vegan coconut ice cream recipe as an alternative.
The custard ice cream base did work when made with coconut sugar as well as no-calorie sweeteners. However, both alternatives altered the taste and texture a bit. With coconut sugar, keep in mind that a lighter vanilla ice cream will turn browner, but you won’t notice it in a darker flavor like chocolate. Personally, I think granulated white sugar works and tastes best in all of these recipes!
Rather than vanilla extract and/or vanilla bean paste, you’re welcome to use a whole vanilla bean scraped out of the pod. That would be the most authentic vanilla bean flavor! Personally, vanilla extract and paste are just the more convenient and affordable options for me. Also, I like the paste because of its stronger flavor. Or, you can also omit the vanilla paste and just use additional extract.
Homemade Dairy Free Ice Cream Maker Recipes
Now, you’re ready to grab your ice cream machine and get started! First up, we’ve got a classic vanilla ice cream as the most basic model of the custard making and churning processes. Then, following that same procedure, you can make homemade dairy free ice cream in 4 additional flavors!
Chocolate, strawberry, cookies & cream, and peppermint—all can be made with either almond milk or cashew milk. And of course, you can always get creative and come up with your own flavors!
To see the entire process for each of these recipes, watch my Homemade Cashew & Homemade Almond Milk Ice Cream video!