Dairy-Free Sweet Tea Ice Cream that’s Brewing with Possibilities


This dairy-free sweet tea ice cream recipe was originally submitted by Moriah Geller for a recipe contest we were hosting. It was paired with her Vegan Peach Bread Pudding. Since National Iced Tea Day (and summer!) is coming up, we thought it would be the perfect time to give this cool, creamy frozen dessert it’s own post.

Dairy-Free Sweet Tea Ice Cream Recipe that's Brewing with Possibilities - just happens to be vegan, soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly too!

Dairy-Free Sweet Tea Ice Cream that’s Brewing with Possibilities

Here are some ingredient notes and tips that can help you make this dairy-free sweet tea ice cream recipe your own.

Coconut Milk or Cream – Moriah used So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk to make this recipe. It’s been discontinued, so we’ve adapted the recipe without it. It was basically a high-quality coconut milk with lots of coconut cream. Just be sure you use a good quality coconut milk or coconut cream for best results. It should thicken into quite a bit of spoonable cream when refrigerated. Do not use coconut milk beverage, which is sold in larger cartons for drinking – it is too thin.

Iced Tea – The basic recipe uses black tea, but you can swap in another tea for a different flavor vibe. We also like these Four Refreshing Takes on Iced Tea to mix things up.

Dairy-Free Creamer – Moriah used So Delicious French Vanilla Coconut Creamer, which provides more richness, and the sweetness, to this recipe. If you opt to substitute another dairy-free creamer, keep in mind that this might affect the sweetness and flavor of the recipe. You can add in a little vanilla extract and/or sweetener, if needed.

Sweetener – As mentioned, we swapped full-fat canned coconut milk or coconut cream for the culinary coconut milk. They are basically the same thing, but the culinary coconut milk came in slightly smaller packages. We’ve added an option for sweetener since you are adding a little more coconut milk, and creamer sweetness can vary. We like brown sugar, cane sugar, or agave, but you could even use a sugar-free variety, if preferred.

Dairy-Free Sweet Tea Ice Cream Recipe that's Brewing with Possibilities - just happens to be vegan, soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly too!

Special Diet Notes: Sweet Tea Ice Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. You can make it sugar-free or paleo with an unsweetened dairy-free creamer and your favorite sugar-free or unrefined sweetener, to taste.

Dairy-Free Sweet Tea Ice Cream
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This refreshing vegan ice cream uses a complimentary creamer for richness and sweetening. Please note that the Prep time is hands-on time only. Allow for churning and chilling time. And see the post above for tons of options!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: about 1 quart
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 1 cup dairy-free vanilla coffee creamer (used So Delicious French Vanilla)
  • 1 ½ cups strongly brewed black tea
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice, plus additional to taste
  • Sweetener, to taste (optional)
  1. Put the coconut milk or cream, tea, creamer, and 1 tablespoon lemon in your blender and blend until combined.
  2. Taste test, and add more lemon juice and/or some sweetener, if desired. Keep in mind that it will taste a bit less sweet when frozen.
  3. Churn the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure the insert is pre-frozen, if instructed. If you don't have an ice cream maker, use one of these methods.
  4. Pack the churned ice cream into an airtight container and freeze until solid, about 4 hours. Let sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before scooping.

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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.


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