If you are looking for a plain vanilla vegan ice cream, then my Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe is the one for you!
You can't go wrong with a classic vanilla ice cream...there are so many toppings you can add to it like Raw Chocolate Sauce, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, Vegan Caramel Sauce and on and on.
What's different about this ice cream is it doesn't solely rely on vanilla extract to give it vanilla flavor. I added 100% pure organic vanilla bean powder, which is amazing. It's a deep, dark brown powder with the most delicious, potent pure vanilla aroma you will ever smell - or taste!
I like to use it, especially in raw recipes, because it doesn't have or retain the alcohol flavor that vanilla extract has. It's usually not a problem because the alcohol evaporates when something is baked or heated, but not when in a raw recipe. I never use vanilla extract anymore for that reason, but keep a bottle on hand just to make ice cream, because it helps with reducing the number of ice crystals that form.
And because we're using vanilla bean powder, your vanilla ice cream will not be "pure" white like you might be used to seeing in store-bought ice creams. Because of the dark color of the vanilla bean powder, it will have a slight "beige" color and beautiful tiny specks of pure vanilla bean powder throughout.
This vegan ice cream is another addition to my collection of vegan ice cream recipes I've made so far over the years:
- Gluten-Free Vegan Hazelnut "Nutella" Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip Cookie Chunks
- Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Dark Cherry Ice Cream
- Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream
- Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Turtle Ice Cream
- Vegan Vanilla Bean and Peach Ice Cream
- Vegan Pecan Praline Ice Cream
- Vegan Superfood Ice Cream
- Vegan Black Forest Ice Cream
- Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream
- Vegan Chocolate Chip Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream
- Cacao Nib and Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
- Pumpkin Ice Cream and Brownie Parfait
- Creamy Mango and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Popsicles
- Chocolate Fudgsicles
I kind of like my ice cream...maybe just a little bit? 🙂
Traditional store-bought ice cream contains dairy, white sugar and other unhealthy ingredients:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Tillamook Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Ingredients: Milk Non-Fat, Cream, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Contains 2% or Less of the Following: Vanilla Beans, Flavors Natural and Artificial, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan
This healthier version is "almost raw", vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, lectin-free, nut-free, egg-free, soy-free, alkaline, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Protein Balls, Vanilla Bean and Blueberry Chia Pudding, Vanilla Bean and Mango Chia Seed Pudding, or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Coconut:*
- 2 tablespoons contain 4.6 g RDA of dietary fiber
- healthy source of medium-chain fatty acids
- can help to decrease cholesterol
- high in lauric acid
- excellent source of manganese at 60% RDA and iron at 11% RDA
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean:*
- high in anti-oxidants
- can help reduce inflammation
- contains small traces of minerals
- 1 tablespoon contains 2 g of fiber
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Yield 2 - 4 servings
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Lectin-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Alkaline, Paleo-Friendly, No Refined Sugar
- 2 can full-fat organic coconut milk (13.5 ounce cans)
- 1/2 cup organic granular sweetener*
- 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon organic vanilla bean powder
- 1 pinch Himalayan pink salt
- Add all ingredients to a Vitamix and blend until everything is well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to your ice cream machine and make the ice cream according to your machine directions.
- Once the ice cream is finished, you can either a) enjoy it as soft serve ice cream or b) transfer the mixture to a BPA-free freezer-safe container, cover tightly and freeze for a couple of hours, or until it firms up to the consistency of regular ice cream.
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Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan (with a heavy focus on Medical Medium® compliant) and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.