Dairy-Free and Vegan Root Beer Ice Cream


The vegan ice cream recipe book from Hannah Kaminsky may contain some of the most creative and enticing vegan ice cream recipes to date …. but Miss Kaminsky just can’t stop dreaming up new flavor and dessert combinations. This vegan Root Beer Ice Cream swimming in vanilla creme soda, is a bonus recipe (not found in her cookbook) that she has offered to share for a sweet Sunday …

A few generous scoops of luscious vanilla bean ice cream, leisurely bobbing about in a tall glass of fizzy root beer, slowly melting and becoming one creamy concoction … Now that’s a drink that would make any difficult season more enjoyable.

The real beauty of this time-honored treat is that no matter how dead simple the components are, and how easy it is to assemble, it simply never gets old. Plus, it’s a snap to change ice cream or soda flavors, and end up with an entirely new taste sensation. Root beer and I go way back, so I could never forgo that staple in my floats, but this time, I thought it might be fun to use it in a different way. Flipping the usual ingredients, just a little twist makes a big difference.

Vegan Root Beer Ice Cream Recipe - Dairy-Free - and a Float!

Like using root beer ice cream and vanilla cream soda instead! Sure, it takes a little bit more work and planning to make your own root beer ice cream versus buying a pint of vanilla, but your patience will be rewarded. A delight to eat on it’s own, or smothered in hot fudge sauce, I’m shocked that root beer ice cream hasn’t found a place in parlors or on freezer shelves yet. It’s time to change that, and whether you make yours into a float or not, a few creamy scoops will definitely help take some of the pain out of a hot summer.

Dairy-Free and Vegan Root Beer Ice Cream
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Recipe by Hannah Kaminsky, author of My Sweet Vegan and blogger at Bittersweet
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Soymilk (can substitute your favorite milk alternative for soy-free)
  • 1 Cup Root Beer Soda (NOT Diet)
  • ½ Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1½ Tablespoons Arrow Root
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Root Beer Extract
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients, except for the root beer extract, in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Beat vigorously to ensure that there are no lumps whatsoever before turning on the heat to medium.
  3. Cook, whisking every few minutes, until the mixture comes to a rapid boil, and immediately remove from the stove.
  4. Whisk in the root beer extract, and then chill thoroughly before churning according to your ice cream manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Transfer the churned ice cream into an air-tight container, and stash in the freezer for at least 4 – 6 hours before scooping, or until frozen solid.

About Author

Hannah is the author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, and Vegan a la Mode. She works as a food stylist and recipe creator for several international publications, and is currently pursuing a career in food photography. Hannah blogs many of her crafts, photos, and food creations at Bittersweet.

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