Vegan Ice Cream

Cinnamon Ice Cream

Cinnamon Ice Cream by Vicki Brett-Gach

Since I’ve been making ice cream twice a week (at least) for the entire month of July, it’s only fair that I share, right? I made this ice cream with my students in our Vegan Desserts class a few weeks ago and everyone really enjoyed it. The consistency is a little like soft-serve. You can allow it to firm up more in the freezer for a while, if you have more patience than I usually do. But honestly, this is ridiculously good either way. Recipe and photo contributed by Vicki Brett-Gach from her blog Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen.

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Chocolate Chip Gelato

Chocolate Chip Gelato by Vicki Brett-Gach from Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen

Instead if buying store-bought non-dairy ice creams, you can make a batch of homemade vegan ice cream, with the best ingredients from your own kitchen, in just about 30 minutes. That’s close to what it might take to gather your group, drive somewhere, and wait in line for vegan ice cream – that is, if you were able to find one you really liked. Last weekend I got so inspired that I made three separate batches of ice cream. Here I share one of my all-time favorites – Chocolate Chip Gelato. It knocked everyone’s socks off, and could not be easier, with just four ingredients. Recipe and photo contributed by Vicki Brett-Gach from her blog Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen.

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Blackberry Watermelon Popsicles

blackberry watermelon ice pops

Who doesn’t love an ice cold, refreshing treat? Popsicles are all the rage right now, & when I saw them, I knew I had to try them. I’ve never made popsicles before, so I was really excited to dig in & give them a shot. I was really surprised how quick they were to make, and how delicious the outcome is. I also love that you can make these with any fruit you can blend! Recipe and photo contributed by Meg Staples, of Veggie Staples. more→

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Creamy Pineapple Crush

Frozen vegan pineapple crush

Need a little treat? Pineapple ice cream with a dusting of shredded coconut and cacao nibs satisfies any sweet tooth…without the fat and processed sugar! Three basic ingredients, all pure foods, whipped up into a creamy frozen dessert that couldn’t be easier to make. Recipe and photo  contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from Begin Within Nutrition.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chip Ice Cream

This frozen dessert is so delicious you will never know it’s made from bananas and avocados. Avocados power up the nutrition in this dessert and gives it that beautiful green hue. Add a few drops of mint extract, chocolate chips and voila…Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! Recipe and photos contributed from Cristina Cavanaugh of BeginWithin Nutrition.

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Fresh Mango or Nectarine and Blueberry Ice Pops

Mango ice pops

With ice pop molds and fresh summer fruits, it’s so easy to create refreshing and healthy treats, like these, made of pureed mango or nectarine and whole blueberries. Make sure your fruit is lush and ripe or these won’t have optimal flavor. Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds,* shown in this photo, are easy to use and easy to clean. But use what you have! You can even make ice pops in small paper cups, with wooden popsicle sticks.

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Mocha Banana Frozen Soft Serve

Vegan mocha frozen banana ice cream

When you taste this, you won’t believe that this frozen treat is made almost purely of banana. The velvety texture and mild chocolate-coffee flavor will have you hooked. Best of all, you don’t need an ice cream machine to make it, though a food processor or blender is a must! Freezing bananas that are getting almost too ripe is a great thing to do, for treats like this, or for using in smoothies. more→

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Tropical Tofu Ice Pops

tropical tofu ice popsThese ice pops feature oranges, kiwis, and mangoes, plus coconut water, which is chock-full of electrolytes, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Recipe and photo from Ice Pop Joyby Anni Daulter (Sellers Publishing, © 2012), reprinted by permission. more→

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