Ice cream is always a good idea.
Well, at least in theory. The lusciously sweet frozen treat seems like the perfect way to end a leisurely summer evening. But three scoops (or a whole pint) later, and you’re left feeling bloated, lethargic … and even a little nauseated. Not ideal, right?
The conventional cartons you probably grew up eating are full of questionable quality—AKA not organic—dairy, artificial flavors, and processed sugar. One of those ingredients on its own could turn your stomach—and when combined, it’s practically a miracle if you don’t feel awful after eating.
Solution? Scoop a non-dairy ice cream instead. It’s easy to find vegan alternatives at the grocery store—even Ben & Jerry’s has a selection of almond milk- and coconut milk-based flavors. But because these healthier alternatives require higher quality ingredients, they can cost a pretty penny. Save your money and make your own non-dairy ice cream, instead! All you need are a few ingredients, a freezer, and a few hours to make all of your sweet dreams come true.
Some of these recipes call for an ice cream maker, which can whip up a gallon of soft serve in less than 10 minutes. You can buy one for less than $50 if you’re interested, but they’re totally unnecessary if you don’t have the room in your kitchen for a new appliance.
Keep scrolling for nine of our favorite non-dairy ice cream alternatives that will keep you cool (and happy!) all summer long.