Easy Dairy-Free Nog Ice Cream, Soft Serve or Frosties


Last week, on our first Dairy-Free Nog foray of the season, I had an epiphany about this creamy dessert. True, it isn’t earth-shattering, but don’t you think Nog ice cream sounds like an amazing dessert? Yes, I know it is cold outside, but it is warm inside. And when an icy treat is paired with the warm flavors of the season, it shouts ‘Tis the Season to me!

Frozen Dairy-Free Nog Ice Cream, Soft Serve or Frosties (Vegan)This recipe highlights my current favorite ingredient, and was created for So Delicious Dairy Free. It is insanely simple. I mean, it is really, really, really easy. So easy that maybe even posting it as a recipe is cheating, but darn if it isn’t worth sharing.

I used So Delicious Dairy Free Nog, which has a nice, rich consistency, added a little gold rum (come on, it’s the holidays!), churned it in my cheapo ice cream maker and viola! A wonderful, yet surprisingly refreshing dessert. The Nog is lighter than cream, so the resultant ice cream is a bit frosty. Adding a little alcohol (though optional for tots) helps to keep ice crystals from forming, but it still has that chilled edge.

No worries if you don’t have an ice cream maker. Freezing it in little cubes and then blending away in a food processor or powerful blender yields a delicious dairy-free Nog soft serve!

Frozen Dairy-Free Nog Ice Cream, Soft Serve or Frosties (Vegan)

Please ignore my poor soft serve swirling skills. For a prettier presentation, whiz the frozen mixture until it is nice and creamy, then pipe it into the serving dish using a piping bag (with wide hole) or plastic bag with a bottom corner snipped.

I think the soft serve may have been my favorite way to enjoy this treat, but even if it starts to melt, you will still have mazing dairy-free nog frosties!

Frozen Dairy-Free Nog Ice Cream, Soft Serve or Frosties (Vegan)

The frosty is an excellent option if a) your blender isn’t very mighty (simply let the frozen dairy-free nog sit at room temperature for 15 minutes or so, then blend away) b) your soft serve gets a little too soft (if it is melting, toss all back in the blender, give it just a quick pulse or two, and pour into glasses) or c) you prefer a slushier treat.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Dairy-Free Nog Chilled Treats

When made with this Nog, the recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, vegan and vegetarian. For concerns with coconut, see this post: Are Coconut-Based Dairy Alternatives Safe for Nut Allergies?

Note: Dairy-Free Nog is a seasonal thing, so get some now! You should see the So Delicious Dairy Free quarts in the refrigerated section (at grocers in the U.S.) through January.

For a Discount: on some dairy free nog, print this So Delicious Coupon

Easy Dairy-Free Nog Ice Cream, Soft Serve or Frosties
Prep time
Total time
I like a hint of booze, so we stick with 1 ounce of rum, but if you are celebrating, feel free to add more to taste. For a virgin version, you can add a little rum extract instead. I created this recipe for So Delicious Dairy Free.
Serves: 4 cups
For Nog Ice Cream:
  1. Combine the ingredients and churn in an ice cream maker.
  2. At this point, it will be soft serve. You can spoon it into a chilled freezer safe container, cover, and freeze for 3 hours for hard-packed. If it sets up too much, let the container sit at room temperature for 10 minutes for the ice cream to soften a bit.
For Nog Soft Serve:
  1. Follow the instructions above, but serve immediately rather than freezing, or...
  2. Freeze nog into ice cube trays.
  3. Pop out into a food processor or high-speed blender and let sit for 10 to 20 minutes to soften.
  4. Blend until smooth, creamy, and soft serve consistency.
  5. Spoon or pipe into serving dishes.
For Nog Frosties:
  1. Follow the Soft Serve directions, but let the cubes sit for a little longer before blending, or...
  2. If your soft serve begins to melt, blend it briefly and reserve as frosties.
The prep time does not include freezing.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. The best use for leftover nog, by far! Although I must admit, there’s almost ever such a thing as “leftovers” around here… I may or may not have gotten into the habit of enjoying nog over a bowl of cereal every now and then during the holidays. 😉

  2. This looks AMAZING! I love egg nog but I don’t want all that dairy. My boyfriend is painfully lactose intolerant, as well, so I don’t eat ice cream or anything dairy around him. I am SO making this. Thanks for sharing!!

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