Looking for a Vegan (Dairy Free) Ice Cream Recipe?

Over the past few months I’ve been gradually transitioning to being “dairy-free.” And since I love ice cream that means I really need an awesome dairy-free ice cream recipe!

I’ve been making coconut milk ice cream and will definitely continue to make it. And after today I now have another option – ice cream made from cashews!

I based my cashew ice cream on the vanilla “vice cream” recipe in Vice Cream: Gourmet Vegan Desserts by Jeff Rogers. I made his basic vanilla recipe and added in butterscotch flavoring and chocolate chips and it is delicious! The consistency is creamy and smooth, although a bit soft. We ate ours just about an hour after coming out of the ice cream maker, but I think it will be firmer after being in the freezer for a longer amount of time.

So here’s my Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cashew Ice Cream recipe!

IMG_0680Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cashew Ice Cream


  • 2 vanilla beans OR 1 tablespoon alcohol-free* vanilla extract
  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup maple syrup OR 2/3 cup agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons alcohol-free* butterscotch extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  1. Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape the seeds into your blender.
  2. Mix all ingredients except the chips in the blender for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  3. Freeze the mixture for about 1 hour.
  4. Transfer mixture to your ice cream maker and process according to instructions. Add in the chocolate chips when there is about five minutes left to go.
  5. You can serve the ice cream right out of the ice cream maker (it will be like soft serve), or put back into the freezer until firm.

*It’s important to use alcohol-free flavorings as the alcohol in regular extracts will affect the freezing process.


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3 Responses to “Looking for a Vegan (Dairy Free) Ice Cream Recipe?”

  1. Doris Kalish Says:

    Great timing. We just purchased an ice cream maker.

  2. Kathy Says:

    We made this basic recipe (plain vanilla) today, using vanilla flavored agave nectar. It did turn out very nicely and my son is pleased with it. Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe for a non-dairy ice cream substitute.

    • doubledogyoga Says:

      Great, Kathy! I’m glad it came in handy. And I learned something new – I didn’t know vanilla flavored agave nectar existed 🙂

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