You have to try this EASY, NO CHURN, VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE ICE CREAM RECIPE! The texture and taste is super creamy and you will never believe that it is dairy free. The topping gives the ice cream an extra boost of flavour. With just a few simple ingredients, you will be eating this mouth watering dessert in no time!
If you had a chance to read my About page, you can see I have a busy household with 4 kids and 5 cats (we had to find another home for 1 of the cats😢). That wasn’t enough for me… I decided to put together this blog. That still wasn’t enough… I started training for a marathon. Now I can add wedding planner to my many hats. My beautiful sister is getting married in a few months and as her maid of honor, I am taking part in planning for this amazing day. I love her fiancé and they make a fantastic couple. I am doing my best to manage all the wonderful things taking place in my life at the moment. Can you see a breakdown in the near future?😜
With all the craziness going on I do enjoy finding the time to create new healthy recipes. I would have to say my favorite dessert is ice cream. Since we discovered my older son is sensitive to dairy, I have found several options available in the store. I am never satisfied with the ingredients though. All the added refined sugars and unnatural flavouring makes my favorite treat undesirable. For a while now, thoughts of making my very own ice cream has crossed my mind and when I discovered I do not need an ice cream machine, I finally went for it!
The best part about this recipe is that not only does it taste delicious it is not as complicated to make as you may think. Cashews are a wonderful substitute for dairy because once soaked they have a smooth, rich consistency. Using a bit of fat, like the kind found in coconut oil, creates a barrier which prevents ice crystals from formulating.
I decided to use a combination of natural toppings to add a bit of additional sweetness to the dessert. As for the texture, the chewy taste of the dates combined with the crunch of the pecan worked well with the smooth and creamy consistency of the ice cream. I chose to sneak in some chocolate chips to give this dessert an added touch of richness. Unfortunately, I did not make them, but Enjoy Life’s Mini Chips are a great alternative if you are avoiding dairy, soy and gluten. I got a thumbs up from my 4 little critics which made my hectic day complete. I hope you will try this recipe and I would love to hear what you think!
NO CHURN, VEGAN, CREAMY ICE CREAM TOPPED WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS, DATES & PECANS
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This ice cream is smooth and creamy you will never believe it is dairy free. With just a few natural ingredients and just a couple of simple steps you will be eating a healthy ice cream in no time. The topping is an added bonus to bring out the flavour of this creamy delight.
- 2 cups raw cashews soaked overnight in filtered water
- 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk
- 3 tsp. coconut oil virgin and unrefined
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 4 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips Enjoy Life
- Place the cashews with the non-dairy liquid into a vitamix or food processor and blend until it is a smooth consistency.
- Add the remaining ingredients and continue to blend it for about 1-2 minutes until the mixture is smooth.
- Transfer to a freezer-safe bowl, covered and place it in the freezer for at least 5-6 hours or overnight.
- For the topping, place the dates in a food processor and pulse until they are small pieces. Do not over-pulse because the consistency will become too gooey.
- Add pecans and pulse until crumbled. You may need to break a few pieces apart by hand so they are small pieces but not too small.
- Transfer into a container and add the chocolate chips and stir. Place it into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Once the ice cream is ready take it out to thaw for 15-20 minutes before scooping it into a serving dish. Add the topping and enjoy!
16 thoughts on “No Churn, Vegan Creamy Cashew Ice Cream Topped with Chocolate Chips, Dates, & Pecans – Here Comes the Bride…”
This is just amazing! Making your own ice cream!! Your boys seem to love it and I need to make it!! I will try to replicate your recipe. My husband and I love strawberry ice cream with chocolate toppings!
Thank you! It really isn’t hard to make. I am so glad you will try it. I actually thought about making strawberry ice cream next.
Wow Gab! It looks amazing!!
When are you making this for us? Sounds delicious!
Thank you! When are you guys coming over:-)?
This is such a great recipe idea! I’m a big fan of dairy free ice creams!! I love chocolate and nuts as a topping to my treats! I see you use apple cider vinegar in the recipe! It holds so many benefits and it’s wonderful that you fit it into your children’s diets.
Thank you! Chocolate and nuts are so delicious. I love creating recipes with that combination.
I love coffee ice cream. Have you ever tried to make it? I think homemade is the best!
I never tried making coffee ice cream. I actually dont drink coffee. I have too much energy lol!
hello do you think this would work with soya milk instead of almond milk as im not keen on it also havnt made many vegan sweet foods but this ice-cream sounds delish!
Hi Kevin, I am so excited you are going to try my recipe! You can substitute the milk with any non-dairy option of your choice. I would love to hear how it turns out:-)
I just made this today and it is sooo yummy! Thank you very much! Would this work without the apple cider vinegar?
Hi Barbara, I am so glad to hear you gave this a try and like it! I’ve never tried it without ACV. The ACV is used to enhance the dairy-like flavor.