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When I learned how to make safe dairy-free ice cream for my family, it was the best day ever.
Ten years ago, there weren’t all the store-bought options there are today.
And I was super proud of myself for creating safe ice cream my milk allergy kiddo could enjoy with everyone else.
After all, everyone deserves sweet summertime ice cream, right?!
Even though we can now buy soy, coconut, almond, cashew, and oat ice cream at the store…
we still opt to make our own now and then.
Because it’s so good!
And it’s fun!
Simple dairy-free vanilla ice cream.
Just 5 basic ingredients.
Thirty minutes in my gel ice cream machine.
And the family thinks it’s some kind of special celebration.
No fam, I just love you like that!
Once we make the ice cream, we can make even more fun milk-free ice cream creations!
The options are endless!
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If you don’t have an ice cream machine (affiliate), I highly recommend getting one.
It’s been an awesome investment in our food allergy journey.
We have used the same one for 10 years, and it’s still going strong.
And it saves us money not having to buy small dairy-free pints of ice cream all the time.
Sugar content varies by which creamer and milk you use. Feel free to taste the mixture before adding the 1/4 cup of sugar and see if it’s already sweet enough. You can easily omit the sugar from this recipe.
Sometimes we chill the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes before churning and/or chill the finished ice cream in the freezer for 15 minutes before eating.
Experiment a little and you’ll find a good system to get the best texture depending on the ingredients you choose.
Always check ingredients, of course.
Now see our easy recipe below!
DAIRY-FREE VANILLA ICE CREAM
Makes 4 Servings
1 cup plain dairy-free coffee creamer
1/2 cup plain dairy-free milk
1.5 tsp vanilla extract (affiliate)
1/4 cup maple syrup or sugar
pinch of salt
Whisk all the ingredients together in a large measuring cup or bowl.
Put mixture in the freezer for 15-30 minutes to get it really cold. (optional)
Remove mixture from freezer and pour the mixture into your ice cream maker.
Churn according to your machine directions. Ours takes about 30 minutes in our small gel machine.
If you want the ice cream firmer for cones, cover container and put the ice cream in the freezer for another 15-30 minutes. (optional)
If you have any leftovers, freeze it for later. Put the leftover ice cream in your blender before serving in order to make it creamy again.
Or these homemade ice cream storage containers with nearly five stars look great! (affiliate link)
Enjoy your simple homemade dairy-free vanilla ice cream!