Raw Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream

This raw, dairy-free vanilla ice cream recipe is delicious on it’s own and it makes a perfect base for many other YumUniverse ice cream recipes like Raw Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream and Raw Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream. It is definitely a treat that is enjoyed by vegans and dairy-lovers alike. I almost always hear “I can’t believe that there’s no dairy in this, it’s so creamy—it tastes like real ice cream.” High-five.

Makes: approx. 1.5 quarts  |  Preparation Time: 45mins

Tools needed:
Ice Cream Maker (optional)

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2 cups fresh, Raw Vanilla Almond Milk
1/3 cup raw, wild-harvested honey
1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean seeds from 1 vanilla pod
2 tbsp raw coconut oil
1/4 tsp fine ground sea salt
2 1/2 cups of fresh, young coconut meat

Put all vanilla ice cream ingredients in the blender and blend for 3 minutes. You want to blend it for a while to bring it to the creamy, almost aerated consistency that an ice cream maker would create. If you have an ice cream maker, after mixture is blended, chill for about 1 hour in the refrigerator until cold, and then pour into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you won’t be using an ice cream maker, once your 3 minutes are up and your mixture is properly blended, pour mixture into a deep dish, cover it and place in the freezer.

When ready to eat, let ice cream thaw on counter for about 15 minutes until you can use a scooper to dish it out with ease.

YumUniverse raw ice cream recipes are crowd-pleasers, and the kiddos loooove them. See for yourself:raw vegan recipes

Do you enjoy vanilla ice cream plain, or do you like to top it with Crunchy Granola

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or Mixed Berry Compote?

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I know, you like to scoop some on Peach Cobblers

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and Chocolate Lava Cake don’t you?

Chocolate Lava Cake


Tell me your favorite combo with a comment below!

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  1. I’ve done raw cashew cream based ice cream before, but I wouldn’t have thought of young coconut meat. Harder to find ingredient for sure, but it sounds super delicious! I will keep this in mind!

  2. Genia Weaver

    I made this and it was very good!!!!:) The sad part was that I only got a little over a cup of coconut meat so I had to cut the recipe in half. So next time I’ll buy 10 coconuts!! Then I’ll have spare ice cream. For those emergencies. 😉

    • Heather Crosby

      Hi Genia! So glad you liked this one—it also makes a great base for other ingredients like berries, cocoa, mint or spices like cardamom and cinnamon… have fun with it. And coconuts vary, sometimes they can be full of meat and sometimes not so much. Better luck next time 😀

  3. Daiga

    Hi! Is there anything I could replace the coconut meat with? In area where I live there is no chance to get any coconut except the shredded one.

    • Heather Crosby

      Hi Diaga,
      Use the shredded coconut that you can find in equal amounts to replace the fresh coconuts 🙂 Maybe just add 1 tbsp coconut oil for creaminess to make up for the lack of coconut meat. Blend until ultra creamy. I am also working on a new ice cream base for the YumUniverse book, so stay tuned. Let us know how it turns out! x

  4. Ravi

    I added some of my twists in this recipe and it turned out ultra awesome – I added 2 frozen bananas, 1 frozen mango, vanilla whey protein powder, oat flour, almond butter, PB2. After blending, added sliced almonds, crushed cashews, and raisins.

    • Heather Crosby

      This sounds awesome. THANK YU for sharing these “twists”. I know what I’m making for dessert this weekend—I’ll try it with either Vega or Plant-Fusion protein… x H

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