While your local grocery store's dairy-free ice cream selections may be slim pickings, there are many great non-dairy recipes available to the home chef. But I have bad news for those wary of fat: ice cream of any kind needs fat. Lactose intolerance may be all about substituting sugars, but the key to tasty, homemade, non-dairy ice cream is to replace one natural source of fat for another. Not only do fat molecules hold flavor, but they're essential to achieving the smooth consistency we all know and love. These homemade dairy-free ice cream recipes give traditional ice cream a serious run for its money.
Mint Chocolate Chip Vegan Ice Cream
This recipe had us at "Not Gross." Besides, in a diet that doesn't leave much room for homemade ice cream, this Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from the Edgy Veg might just be a lifesaver.
Some days we'd pass up any number of exotic ice cream flavors just for an iconic scoop of vanilla with rainbow sprinkles — and this Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream is made for days just like that.
Paleo Carrot Cake Ice Cream
This recipe for flavorful homemade Carrot Cake Ice Cream goes to show that ice cream made without dairy milk doesn't have to be bland. Heads up: this recipe calls for eggs. To avoid using eggs in your homemade ice cream, use arrowroot powder.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream
For added creaminess, make your next batch of non-dairy ice cream with avocado, like this recipe for Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream. Coconut milk, avocado, maple syrup and cacao powder — now that's a short ingredient list we can get behind.
Prickly Pear Sorbet
When you eat dairy-free and crave ice cream, making sorbet should be your no-fail fallback. But who says fallbacks have to be boring? This recipe for Prickly Pear Sorbet is certainly something we haven't seen before.