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Dairy-Free Ice Cream (Rich ‘n Creamy)

4.8 from 4 reviews

Dairy-free and egg-free, this delicious ice cream is surprisingly rich and indulgent. Use whatever add-ins you like in this dairy-free ice cream; a fantastic base recipe that’s super easy!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins

Yield: 6


  • 1 can (13.5 oz) whole coconut milk (usually in ethnic aisles of grocery stores)
  • 1 cup original or vanilla almond milk*
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (gluten-free thickener)
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • Optional Add-Ins: 1/2 cup diced strawberries or other fruit, chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc.


  1. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend on high until thick and creamy, 1-2 min. Transfer mixture to an airtight container and chill 2-4 hours.
  2. Place chilled mixture into an ice-cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions (might only need half the amount of suggested churn time, as it thickens pretty quickly.) If using add-ins, gently add them during last 5 minutes of churning.
  3. May serve immediately for a frozen custard-like texture that’s ultra creamy, smooth, and soft. Otherwise, transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze 30-60 minutes for a firmer texture. If frozen much longer, it will need thaw time at room temp before serving (actual thaw time depends on your room temp.)


I recommend Dream Ultimate Almond Milk, if possible, as it has a creamier consistency than other brands and turns out better. 

Look for certified vegan xantham gum, which is dairy-free.

This ice cream is best enjoyed shortly after churning; it’s soft and velvety right out of the ice cream maker and can be served immediately. If preferred, 30 minutes in the freezer will firm ice cream up a bit. If freezing longer, please allow ice cream to soften a bit at room temp before serving.

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  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 190
  • Sugar: 12.5 g
  • Sodium: 144.2 mg
  • Fat: 14.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: churning
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: dairy free ice cream, vegan ice cream, almond milk ice cream, coconut milk ice cream