Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream

Dairy free ice cream (click through for recipe) I love ice cream. I especially love hot fudge sundaes. Trey can tell you, I pretty much try to con him into getting hot fudge sundaes every week. I’m shameless. 

This is no ordinary sundae, as the base of this is something totally delicious but a little bit unexpected. This ice cream recipe is soy-based, so if you’re vegan or just dairy free for whatever reason, I highly recommend you give this a try. It’s a treat!

Three ingredient vegan ice cream (abeautifulmess.com)Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream, makes one quart.

two 8 oz. packages of dairy-free cream cheese (I used Tofutti brand)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or the seeds from one vanilla bean)

Allow the cream cheese to soften to room temperature. Whip the sugar and vanilla into the cream cheese. Then slowly add the milk so the mixture is well combined and free of lumps. Refrigerate the mixture until cold (at least 2 hours or overnight).

How to make ice creamNow pour the ice cream batter into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer instructions (all ice cream makers work a little bit differently).

I recently bought this Cuisinart ice cream maker (in teal, of course) for the office kitchen. At home I use a KitchenAid attachment ice cream maker. I often get asked about what ice cream maker is best, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to try out a different one and also not have to lug mine back and forth from home. 

This ice cream maker was good. It pretty much yielded exactly the same results as my KitchenAid attachment, and it was a little less expensive. The more you know, right? 🙂

How to make ice cream As with most ice cream makers (from what I can tell), the ice cream right out of the maker tends to be more of a soft serve consistency. If you like your consistency a little more solid, more scoop-able if you will, then freeze the ice cream again overnight. 

Above, you see the consistency of this ice cream recipe if you freeze it the additional night after making it. It’s the perfect consistency, if you ask me. But, like I said, if you like soft serve then you’ll have less time to wait for your homemade ice cream. 

Three ingredient vegan ice cream (abeautifulmess.com) Dairy free ice cream (click through for recipe)Top with hot fudge, sprinkles, cookie dough, or chopped up Oreo bits. Did you know Oreos are vegan friendly? Weird, right?

Homemade soy ice creamIt’s gonna be summer before you know it, so get your ice cream makers out, guys! xo. Emma


Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography by: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited using Stella from the Signature Collection

  • Altered the recipe to make coffee ice cream with oatmeal cookie dough. The vegan cream cheese is KEY! Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Tweaked the recipe to make it a coffee ice cream with oatmeal cookie dough. Turned out amazing! Vegan cream cheese is definitely key!

  • Hey Emma,
    great recipe! It’s wonderful that you share vegan recipes! I will save this recipe and try it when I will have a ice cream machine again 😉
    Best, Luu

  • What a great idea! I really need to invest in an ice cream maker for this summer!

  • Ohh looks delish (and love your sweater too, such pretty colors!)

  • Where did Emma get that sweater? It looks incredible on her! Where can I get one?

  • Thanks for this! I’m currently dairy free as my daughter (who is breastfed) has cows milk protein intolerance, so great to have what looks like a yummy recipe to try out!

  • Loved this! This ice cream looks so yummy and I love that it’s vegan!


  • YES! I can not wait to try this out.
    xox Logan


  • Saw this delicious looking post and immediately went and ordered the ice cream maker off Amazon! I have been debating on getting the kitchen aid attachment or not, but this one had great reviews, price, and colors! Can’t wait to try it out, happy ice creaming!

  • I’ve only ever tried dairy-free ice cream with a mix of full fat coconut milk and almond milk. I’ll have to see if I can track down some dairy-free cream cheese because this looks yummy!

  • @ Mary…. ABM is about recipes, crafts, parties, style… and kindness

  • Oh this looks so delicious. And I LOVE the sprinkle photos. They are just too cute.
    Greetings from Germany, Eva

  • This looks delicious! Perfect for the summer heat here in the Philippines!

    xo Trisha

  • These look so awesomely yummy! My sister and brother-in-law are both vegan, so I now can’t wait to have them around 🙂

  • Mmmm I love a good ice cream sundae! I’ve made vegan ice cream before and loved it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Lulu xx


  • A better question would be, “Why don’t I have an ice cream maker in my office kitchen?!”

    Maybe I’m just ice cream crazy but it sounds like a good idea to me!

  • Love that you guys are posting something vegan!! Since I don’t have an ice cream machine, I like to blend up sliced frozen bananas (usually with peanut butter and cacao powder)for quick vegan ice cream.

    Emma, I love your sweater! Where did you find that gem?

  • Was the hot fudge vegan too?! Please post the recipe if yes!

    xoxo, The Occasional Indulgence

  • You HATE bananas?

    You know, their not my favorite fruit either. Except banana chips. I love banana chips.

    Hope you’re having fun in Chicago!


  • Such a great idea! Thanks for the recipe. Feeling inspired to make my own ice cream. YUM.

  • Without dairy??? WHoooa love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!


  • I seriously love the way you styled these pictures! Stunning! Also, I’m so glad to finally see a dairy-free ice cream recipe that doesn’t involve bananas! I hate bananas, sadly.


  • Yes, it’s very much a base recipe. You could EASILY add in berry puree, chopped nuts, etc. Just add it in toward the end of mixing the ice cream (most ice cream maker directions will prompt you to do this way).

    You could turn this into SO many different recipes. Let us know what you end up making!


  • I thought it would be fun to make a dairy free version of my husband’s favorite ice cream batter I make (cheese cake ice cream). Originally I thought I’d call this recipe something like “Dairy-Free Cheesecake Ice Cream” but after working on it some it just never tasted like cheesecake. But it was still really yummy. So, in a way, I guess it’s actually a failed attempt at something else. 🙂


  • I have an egg sensitivity so the absence of eggs in this recipe has me thrilled…I cannot wait to try it. It also seems like a great foundation recipe to add a berry puree or some other totally delicious add in.

  • What made you want to come up with a dairy free recipe? Just curious.

  • *Fabulous* – thank you for the excellent recipe…please….MORE VEGAN recipes our way!! Mucho thanks…..Valerie 🙂

  • Since going gluten-free and vegan (for health reasons) I have been lamenting soft serve vanilla ice cream more than any other food. I have been thinking about getting an ice cream maker for ages, so I think you just pushed me over the edge! Thanks for these vegan and gluten-free recipes, it can be such a challenging way to eat.

  • LOVE that you’re including dairy-free recipes! I’m doing the whole “conscientious omnivore” thing and cutting out dairy has been the hardest part. I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

  • This is amazing! I was vegan for a year but switched back to vegetarian because I felt it fit my lifestyle better. I still do a lot of vegan foods and hold to the ideals though. Thanks for sharing this! Looks yummy 🙂

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star


  • I need an ice cream maker in my life ASAP. I have been avoiding dairy because I have discovered it is the cause of break outs for me. At least I will have this awesome soy ice cream on hot summer nights.

  • Yummmm this looks delicious! Did the Tofutti give the ice cream a strong cream cheese flavor, or was it masked by the vanilla?

  • I am THRILLED to see a vegan recipe! Thank you, ladies. I would love to see more of these! XoXo

  • I’m sure sure it’s leftover suspicion from when I was a pip and my mom tried to smuggle tofu into everything, and that this ice cream is actually great (because your food opinion is like gold, Emma!) but ice cream with an ingredient called “Tofutti” makes me a bit nervous 😉


  • THANK YOU for this recipe!! I just found out this week that I have to begin going dairy-free (among other things) for medical reasons and was crushed at the thought of not being able to make ice cream in my beloved ice cream maker (I have the same Cuisinart one!). And then… this! So excited to try this recipe. Your pecan pie ice cream has been my favorite that I have ever made, so perhaps that can be reworked to be non-dairy…?

    You ladies (and gents) are fantastic.

  • This is great! I do love the vegan recipes as well. Looks delicious!

    PS… your sweater = amazeballs!


  • Because she shares recipes on the internet for a living.

  • Thank you for letting them now that. Some people just jump on this vegan band wagon with out informing them selves about the food they eat everyday.

  • Oreos are vegan, but they contain palm oil so they’re still not a good idea if you care about animals or the rain forest.

  • Why would you need an ice cream maker for the office kitchen? Sounds super pretentious to me :/

  • Not all sugar is vegan, just an fyi. 🙂 Most granulated white sugars are processed with bone char.

  • Me too! I have no idea what they use for the centers. But I do love an Oreo every now and again, especially on top of a sundae. 🙂


  • No. I’ve only tried it with soy milk so far. I bet it would still be very good though as long as you use some kind of non dairy cream cheese. The thickness of the cream cheese off-sets how thin the alternative milk consistency can be.

    If you try it let us know how it goes. Good luck!


  • Ooo… I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for adding some vegan recipes to your blog! And yes, when I first learned Oreos were accidentally vegan, I was surprised.

  • I am a sucker for sundae’s. I wish I wasn’t going into winter!

    Beautiful photos x


  • Have you tried making this with any other dairy alternatives (almond milk, coconut milk)? Just curious.

  • I like that you guys are doing some vegan recipes now! I’ll have to try this


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