It’s ice cream season – no, it’s dairy-free ice cream season! And did you know that June 20 is National Ice Cream Soda Day? I may be a little late, but this is still a perfect time to celebrate the many ways to enjoy vegan and dairy-free ice cream beyond a simple bowl and spoon.
All of the following vegan recipe ideas were created by me for So Delicious, but are based on my own personal cravings. I think you will agree these are some amazing ways to enjoy summer’s perfect treat.
Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sodas (and Root Beer Floats!)
Grab two tall glasses (dairy-free root beer floats must be shared!) and drop 1 scoop of vanilla dairy-free ice cream in each, fill halfway with root beer, add another scoop of the ice cream, and then fill to the top with the rest of the root beer. For the ice cream, we used So Delicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Ice Cream, and coupled it with 365 Root Beer (Whole Foods generic), which is pretty darn good. For a low sugar or sugar-free float, I recommend the No Sugar Added Vanilla Bean Non-Dairy Ice Cream with Zevia Ginger Root Beer Soda (though it lacks that deep root beer hue and Zevia has a definite stevia taste).
Other varieties of dairy-free ice cream sodas can be made much like a root beer float, but with your favorite variation of ice cream and soda flavors. Use the same process of a dairy-free ice cream scoop, followed by soda, then another scoop, then a final glug of soda. For a fruitier flavor blend, I recommend Passionate Mango ice cream with Lemon-Lime Soda (again 365 brand works nicely).
Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cookie Cups
I admit it – once in a while I get so excited about a concept that I see on the internet that I don’t even stop to think about what could go wrong. You know that “here’s how you make cookie cups!” concept? Yeah, this is how it really turns out. But, I did find one yummy way that DOES work:
Keep those muffin tins right side up. Use a silicone muffin pan or cupcake liners and press your favorite cookie dough in as thinly as possible (be sure to use mini chips if doing chocolate chip). Bake as you normally would. They will puff inward (do not be tempted to omit the baking soda / powder in your recipe – I did this once – epic fail), so while they are still hot, go ahead and press them down on the sides and bottom so that your scoop of dairy-free ice cream (or two), will fit. Enjoy while still warm if you like melty ice cream, or let cool. Store the cookies tightly to keep them from firming up to much. In the picture above, I used my chocolate chip cookie recipe from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook, but with mini chips and good ‘ol Vanilla Bean ice cream. Yes, I’m a vanilla girl.
Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches
This was a VERY popular recipe idea that I created using simply graham crackers (gluten-free at that!), chocolate coconut milk ice cream, and allergy-friendly chocolate chips (either melted to coat, or dotted like above). Simply amazing!
Feel free to mix it up with your favorite cookies (homemade oatmeal are a favorite, but allergen-free store-bought are good, too) and dairy-free ice cream (I think cookie dough ice cream would be fabulous, don’t you?). For more detailed instructions, see my dairy-free ice cream sandwich post.
Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sundaes
Though you just see it here in the making, the Chocolate Almond Sundae above, complete with a rich almond sauce and allergy-friendly chocolate chips, is AMAZING! I used the lower sugar Chocolate Almond Milk Ice Cream to keep with the almond theme in this one, but you can use a rich coconut milk or cashew milk ice cream for your sundae base.
And what would dairy-free ice cream season be without a mint chip brownie sundae? Bake up some delicious brownies (the chewy fudgy brownies in Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook or my flourless brownies are my recipes of choice here). While warm, top with mint chip coconut milk ice cream and chocolate sauce. In a hurry? Try my Mint Chip Mug Brownie Sundae (pictured above).
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This post is sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free, but the cravings, recipes, photos and ideas are my own.