Dairy Free Cashew Maple Ice Cream Recipe

Cashew Maple Ice Cream {Dairy Free and Vegan}

Written by Becky

I made dairy free ice cream! Miraculous right?! I have a few lactose intolerant friends who my heart almost literally breaks for, when there’s ice cream around. As an ice cream fanatic, I had to share the love with those who can’t have dairy by making sharing this cashew ice cream recipe.

Dairy Free Cashew Vanilla Maple Ice Cream Recipe

Cashew Ice Cream was introduced to me by Jen of Closing the Gap and Melissa of Raw Melissa. I made it a couple summers ago for the first

time and have been enjoying it ever since. I’ve adapted the original recipe only slightly. The only hang-up on this recipe is that it’s a little pricey but you can save a little buy buying cashew pieces instead of whole cashews.

Dairy Free Cashew Vanilla Maple Ice Cream Recipe

We topped ours with a strawberry rhubarb sauce but you could also try it with this strawberry tomato sauce. Dairy Free Cashew Maple Ice Cream Recipe

Enjoy with lactose intolerant and dairy lovers alike, everyone will love this maple nutty ice cream!

Dairy Free Cashew Maple Ice Cream Recipe

Dairy Free Cashew Maple Ice Cream Recipe

Cashew Maple Ice Cream {Dairy Free}

Here's a dairy free ice cream using cashews that you don't even need an ice cream maker for.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Dairy Free, Paleo, vegan
Servings 2 pints


  • 3 1/3 cups cashews
  • 2 2/3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup agave
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Soak the cashews in the water for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Blend all ingredients (including water from soaking the nuts) together in a high speed blender or food processor until completely smooth. Freeze in an ice cream maker OR pour into a shallow baking pan, place in freezer and freeze, stirring every 20 minutes until set.

Comments (23)

    • I’m thinking that the cashews would make a creamier texture but it’s definitely worth trying with almonds! I also have a recipe for almond frozen yogurt on the site!

  1. Previous vegan icecream recipes I’ve followed use some oil, and I note that in your picture you have a jar of coconut oil (in front of the maple syrup), however the ingredients list doesn’t mention the oil. To oil or not to oil, that is the question.

    Thanks and regards, Simon

    • I haven’t but I think it would taste great – definitely more maple-y. You can definitely taste the maple with the amount that it already has so if you don’t love maple you may want to stick with agave since its more neutral.

  2. Hi,
    It’s hard for me to find coconut oil and agave syrup, actually maple syrup is difficult as well, can I substitute or omit any of those ingredients?

    • Vivian, you could try ordering them online. I think you could sub honey for agave but the maple syrup is key and the coconut oil is what makes it dairy free.

    • I think it would be okay without the oil. It just makes the ice cream a little more creamy… usually heavy cream is a little oily so thats the reason why it’s added.

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