Dairy-free frozen desserts that are healthy, clean, and oh-so-delish? I’ve got them all right here! In this post, I’m sharing 7 satisfying recipes and answers to all of your dairy-free FAQs.
Frozen desserts are my go-to when I need a little cheering up. And it must run in the family because my kids usually request (some sort of) ice cream after a tough day at school.
Food is my love language! So when one of my kids (or myself or Dustin) feels a little off, I’ll often head to the kitchen with the perfect recipe in mind.
I look for recipes, specifically, that won’t bombard my family with weird preservatives, excessive sugar, and artificial ingredients.
And while I’m not totally opposed to dairy, I realize that many people are trying to cut back.
I’ll choose to make a coconut milk ice cream or a super refreshing sorbet.
No need to head to the grocery store cuz the availability of the ingredients isn’t an issue. Stock your fridge and pantry with a few frozen-dessert-making ingredients and you’ll be well on your way to cool treats satisfaction at a moment’s notice. Yay!
So, I’m writing this post for YOU if you want to find dairy-free, clean-eating, lower-calorie frozen desserts that are also very simple to make.
Shall we begin?
Which Frozen Dessert Has No Dairy Products?
Where do I start? There’s a whole world of fantastic options you can try. Whether you’ve recently gone dairy-free / vegan, or you’ve been in this lifestyle for a while now…good news! You’ll never run out of choices.
Here are some samples of non-dairy frozen desserts:
- Dairy-free chocolate ice cream
- Dairy-free fruit ice cream
- Fruit popsicles
- Ice pops
- No-bake frozen cakes
And I’ll be sharing more easy recipes you can try at home below.
What Is The Healthiest Alternative To Ice Cream?
“Nice cream” is my healthy and satisfying alternative to sugar-loaded, fattening ice creams.
It’s a simplified version of ice cream without questionable ingredients. It nixes saturated fats, refined sugars (and other unhealthy additives like guar gum, xylitol, and even nitrates you commonly find in store-bought pints of ice cream). Oh yeah, it’s also dairy-free!
Another healthy but equally yummy alternative is homemade sorbet if you want to go the cool and refreshing route.
Non-dairy ice cream, delicious sorbet flavors, and even frozen fruit bars are yours for the making (and ENJOYING) below!
Does Dairy Free Ice Cream Taste Good?
Dairy-free ice cream can taste amazing. And there are ways to substitute the cream or milk that gives traditional ice cream its smooth richness.
In my “Nice Cream,” for example, the banana provides that creamy, rich texture.
You also have the option of using full-fat coconut cream for that luxurious and silky taste, which is what I did in my Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream.
Is Dairy Free The Same As Vegan?
Nope. Dairy-free diets exclude all kinds of dairy products. So anything coming from animal milk such as yogurt, butter, ice cream, and cheese is not allowed.
Vegan diets avoid all kinds of products from animals. We’re talking everything; eggs, meat, fish, and dairy. Instead, you’ll see everything from soy milk to pea protein to even brown rice oat flour in ice cream in grocery and specialty stores.
So while all certified vegan food is dairy-free…not all dairy-free food is vegan, if that makes sense?
What Are The Best Dairy Free Frozen Desserts?
I think plant-based frozen desserts and desserts made with clean or organic ingredients and with love, of course, are the creme de la creme. Here are 7 of the yummiest dairy-free frozen treats you can easily whip up any time!
Calories: 98 kcal per serving
This perfect-for-summer sorbet is easy on the eyes, the palate, and the calories. Plus, you get all the goodness of antioxidants and nutrients from the raw honey, lemon and blueberries. for anyone allergic to ingredients that may be in store-bought products, like peanuts, tree nuts or soy, this simple-to-make sorbet is ah-mazing.
Super delish, super fresh — you’ll wonder where this recipe has been all your life.
Serving: 0.5 cup
Calories: 90 kcal per serving
Oh yes, the classics can go dairy-free too! This healthy vanilla ice cream uses only 4 ingredients, none of which are dairy. The creamy texture comes from the full-fat coconut milk. You can also use other types of milk if you prefer, such as cashew milk, almond milk, or an oat milk base.
I love to make ice cream sandwiches with this vanilla ice cream. Cookies, anyone? Try my peanut butter protein cookies and sandwich some of this creamy ice cream (it’s got maple syrup!) in between.
Serving: 0.5 cup
Calories: 101 kcal per serving
I mean, coffee AND ice cream…I’ll take it! This creamy deliciousness is a perfect pick-me-up. It’s super easy to make, no need for an ice cream maker. While some people like to use seeds from vanilla beans as flavoring, I add pure vanilla extract as a simple way to get that wonderful coffee and vanilla taste.
This vegan ice cream is also paleo, clean, and gluten-free! You’re welcome.
Serving: 1 popsicle
Calories: 195 kcal per serving
This will bring out the happy kid in you! This is just like our orange creamsicles back in the day, minus the heavy sugar and artificial flavors. Rich, creamy, and oh-so-good for you! These frozen treats pack a punch of vitamin C, an immunity boost, and a burst of flavor.
I use full fat organic coconut milk. It’s a base ingredient that gives a natural flavor filled with sweetness and a delightful aroma.
Serving: 0.5 Cup
Calories: 274 kcal per 0.5 cup
Avocados have had their share of fame and it’s not hard to see why. They’re creamy, decadent, and nutrient-rich with a good dose of fiber. So, I’ve made it into a 5-ingredient ice cream you can make with a food processor, blending the avocado into a texture like an avocado puree. So smooth. Yay! It’s also vegan, dairy-free, clean, and paleo approved!
It’s what I call the best dairy-free ice cream for those who love color, decadence and fabulous flavor. You’ve gotta try it.
Serving: 1 g
Calories: 369 kcal per 0.5 cup
You can have it all with this no-bake cheesecake. It’s small (portion control), pretty, clean, and super easy to make! Anything with a strawberry flavor means sunshine and smiles in my family.
I’d say it’s perfect for summer but it’s perfect for any time you need a dessert that screams “OH MY GOODNESS, THAT WAS GOOD!”
Serving: 0.5 cup
Calories: 80 kcal per 0.5 cup
This is the fruity, summery, dessert you’ve been looking for! And with only 4 simple ingredients, it will make you cool as a happy cucumber. This should satisfy your sugary craving minus the processed sugars and fats. Raspberries are packed with antioxidants so it’s definitely healthy.
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