This is THE best super creamy and ultra rich no churn cashew ice cream recipe. Full of sweet vanilla and so incredibly easy to make (just 6 simple pantry ingredients!), you’ll be making this vegan ice cream all summer long! Perfectly sweet, dairy free and no ice cream maker required!

vegan vanilla ice cream scooped

Why you’ll love this super easy creamy cashew milk ice cream

I’m serious, you’re going to love this vegan ice cream recipe. Not only is this cashew milk ice cream ultra creamy and rich, but it’s so incredibly easy to make.

I was inspired after trying a pint of So Delicious’ cashew milk ice cream, which is absolutely incredible I might add. But I wanted to see if I could make something a bit lower in sugar while keeping the ingredients pretty simple and healthy.

Not to mention, the process is so easy: we just blend and freeze! No ice cream maker required! (Though if you wanted to use an ice cream maker, there’s actually a way for that!).

scoops of ice cream

The cashews in this ice cream just add a level of creaminess that regular ice cream can’t even do. So trust me when I say that even your dairy consuming friends and family will love this recipe (I’ve got proof!).

Cashew Ice Cream Ingredients

To make the creamiest cashew milk ice cream, you’re going to need some top ingredients:

  • Cashew milk: you can make this from scratch, such as this cashew milk recipe, or buy in stores. If buying in stores, I highly recommend Forager Project: this is the creamiest brand I’ve found, and it yields the best results.
  • Coconut cream: I used coconut cream from the can. This will yield the best results, as coconut milk from a carton is not the same thing and will give you an icy ice cream. Not good!
  • Cashew butter: I recommend making this from scratch too, but I also love Georgia Grinders and Aritsana Organics cashew butter. Those are my top two recommendations!
  • Vanilla Extract: I recommend a high quality vanilla here, as it will really make this vegan vanilla ice cream out of this world. I used a little bit of Anima Mundi’s Vanilla Powder too for extra rich vanilla. Trust me, it’s worth it!
  • Coconut oil: this helps with creating a softer scoop, so don’t omit! You’ll definitely need this.
  • Coconut sugar: I wanted to keep this vegan ice cream completely refined sugar free (as well as lower in sugar than other ice creams). So I used coconut sugar. I will note that the coconut sugar gives the ice cream a bit of a caramel taste and look. However, it’s still absolutely delicious! If you’d prefer to have a stronger vanilla flavor, you can use granulated sugar or a keto-friendly vegan sweetener, like Wholesome Sweets’ Allulose.

Additional optional ingredients: if you’d like to make this vegan vanilla ice cream protein packed, you can also add in 1/4 cup of your favorite vegan vanilla protein. I recommend Nuzest pea protein for the best results!

vegan ice cream ingredients

How to make cashew ice cream without an ice cream maker

What I really love about this vegan ice cream recipe is that it’s so incredibly easy. All you’re going to need to do next is add every ingredient to a food processor and blend.

This cashew ice cream recipe is entirely no churn, so the food processor is really the only crucial piece of equipment. You can also use a high-powdered blender.

Once everything is blended, you can pour the vegan cashew ice cream mixture into a container that can be sealed and freeze.

The key to making this no churn vegan ice cream is mixing the ice cream mixture every 30 minutes or so for the first 2 hours. This will prevent any ice crystals from forming, and give you that ultra creamy texture.

When ready to scoop, I recommend running the spoon or scoop under some hot water to ensure that it can run smoothly through the cashew ice cream.

Can I make this cashew ice cream with an ice cream maker?

While I intended for this cashew milk ice cream recipe to be no churn, you can absolutely make it in an ice cream maker. If you do decide to use an ice cream maker, follow the directions that the manufacturer provides, as each machine is slightly different.

However, I have tried this version of cashew ice cream in our own ice cream maker (a Cuisinart one), and it works just as well!

scoop of cream vanilla ice cream

Can I make cashew milk ice cream with another nut or seed?

I wouldn’t recommend it. I do have a Paleo vegan nut free vanilla ice cream recipe that’s absolutely delicious and is also no churn. But I would not suggest substituting ingredients for this recipe.

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream Add Ins

Personally, I love a plain scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream (whether or not that makes me boring, I’m unsure haha!). However, I also do love add-ins! Check out some of these suggestions to elevate your vegan ice cream game:

  • Swirl in some chocolate chips to make it a chocolate chip vanilla ice cream.
  • Add in mint extract and a bit of match powder or spirulina to create vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream.
  • Top with some sprinkles and leftover vegan vanilla cake for a vegan cake batter ice cream.
  • Make it a vegan half baked ice cream with rolled cookie dough balls and chunks of Paleo vegan brownies.
  • Go *just slightly* healthier with a swirl of fresh strawberry jam (or any jam!).
  • Make it a sundae and top with hot fudge, homemade Paleo vegan caramel sauce, and some coconut whipped cream! Don’t forget the cherry on top 😉
scoops of ice cream

You are just going to love this creamy vegan cashew ice cream recipe as much as I do! You’ll never know that this healthier ice cream recipe is entirely Paleo, low sugar, and dairy-free. It’s definitely one for all eaters.

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment down below, as well as a rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. This helps others find the recipe!

As always, I love to see your beautiful creations on Instagram and Pinterest so be sure to tag me there.

Happy no churn ice cream making!

More amazing vegan ice cream recipes you’ll love:

Paleo Vegan No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Healthy Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream

Paleo Vegan Snickers Ice Cream

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No Churn Creamy Cashew Ice Cream (Refined Sugar Free!)
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scoops of ice cream

Vegan Cashew Milk Ice Cream Recipe (No Churn, Paleo)

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  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 120
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Churn
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This is THE best super creamy and ultra rich no churn cashew ice cream recipe. Full of sweet vanilla and so incredibly easy to make (just 6 simple pantry ingredients!), you’ll be making this vegan ice cream all summer long! Perfectly sweet, dairy free and no ice cream maker required!


  • 2 cups (420 grams) homemade Cashew milk 
  • 1 cup (270 grams) creamy cashew butter
  • 1 cup ( 200 grams) coconut cream (fat from coconut cream can)
  • 1 cup (160 grams) coconut sugar*
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract or  1/2 tsp vanilla powder (from 1 oz container)


  1. In a large food processor, combine all the ingredients until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a container that can be sealed and store in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
  3. For the first 2 hours, every 30 minutes, give the ice cream a stir to make sure that the ice cream doesn’t become icy. 
  4. When ready to scoop, allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, then run a scoop or spoon under hot water to help scoop.
  5. Serve with vegan sprinkles, chocolate chips, homemade peanut butter or cashew butter, fresh berry jam, or more.


Coconut sugar: using coconut sugar will make this cashew milk ice cream entirely refined sugar free and will give it a slight caramel color and taste. If you’d prefer a stronger vanilla taste, you can swap in an equal amount of granulated sugar.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 281
  • Sugar: 19.5 g
  • Sodium: 48.4 mg
  • Fat: 18.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg