Luxurious Vegan Cheesecake Ice Cream


I originally created this vegan cheesecake ice cream recipe for Go Veggie!, and they loved it so much that they created an entire recipe contest around it! I shared it here on Go Dairy Free a few years ago for National Cheesecake Day and thought it was time to update the recipe for this year’s festivities.

Vegan Cheesecake Ice Cream - Dairy-Free and Gluten-FreePhoto by my good friend, Hannah Kaminsky.

The vegan cheesecake ice cream is darn delicious on its own, but it also serves as cool and creamy canvas for your flavor cravings. My favorite toppings are this Maple Blueberry Sauce and “Cheesecake” Graham Cracker Crust Crumbles. Yes, cheesy graham crumbles – they are as good as they sound!

Special Diet Notes: Vegan Cheesecake Ice Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

For soy-free vegan cheesecake ice cream, swap in a soy-free, dairy-free cream cheese alternative (there are a couple of options). Go Veggie! cream cheese alternative unfortunately contains soy.

Vegan Cheesecake Ice Cream
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Creamy cashews and rich cream cheese alternative make an amazing base for ice cream. To get a little extra cheesecake tang, I add a dash of salt and generous squeeze of lemon. Please note that the Prep Time does not include chilling and churning time, all of which is hands off. Actually making the ice cream just takes a few minutes, the rest is just a waiting game!
Serves: 6 servings
  • ¾ cup raw cashews (I use Navitas Naturals)
  • 8 ounces dairy-free cream cheese alternative (I tested with Go Veggie!)
  • 1 cup water or unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage (I use So Delicious Cashew Milk Beverage), divided
  • ¾ cup sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Optional Toppings:
  1. Place the cashews in a spice grinder or food processor, and whiz for 60 seconds, or until powdered.
  2. Add the ground cashews, cream cheese alternative, ½ cup of the water or milk alternative, sugar, lemon juice (to taste - use more for a bigger "tang"), vanilla, and salt to a blender or food processor, and mix on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until well blended. Briefly blend in the remaining ½ cup of liquid.
  3. Place the blender jar in your refrigerator, and let the mixture chill for 2 hours.
  4. Make sure the canister for your ice cream maker was frozen overnight. Add the mixture to your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. When done, you will have some tasty soft serve. Pack it into a freezer safe container, and chill in the freezer for several hours to get hard packed ice cream.
  6. Enjoy scoops straight up or with optional toppings.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup

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Alisa is the founder of, 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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  2. Place the blender jar in your refrigerator, and let the mixture chill for 2 hours. Make sure the canister or your ice cream maker was frozen overnight.

  3. Just a head’s up it says the recipe is nut-free, but then contains tree nuts. Also, out of curiosity, any idea whether one could substitute anything for the cashews?

    • Thanks J, just a typo, should have just said peanut-free – fixed now. You can sub full-fat coconut milk for the milk bev and cashews – probably around 1 1/2 cups, but I haven’t tested, so I’m not sure on the exact amount.

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  5. Can you tell me what to do with the other half cup of “milk”? The recipe looks fabulous but I’m just not sure where the other half goes? Lol thanks!

    • Oops, thanks for catching that error Cabrini! I’ve fixed it. You blend in half at first as it will blend better when thicker. Then blend in the other half. If you want it ultra-rich, you can just use 1/2 cup, and adjust the lemon juice to taste.

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