Ice cream, popsicles, and other frozen treats are icons of summer living – but when they’re homemade, they taste even sweeter. Making these desserts at home is a fun way to pass the long, light-filled days and build memories. As a bonus, your DIY sweets are likely to contain less sugar and more wholesome fruits, juices, and natural ingredients than many store-bought versions. To help you chill out, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes from VT and around the web.
Mango Sunrise Ice Cream with Coconut Lime Dust (Vegan) – Vegetarian Times A sunny-hued, tropical-flavored treat, the coconut-lime ‘dust’ on this dish elevates it to fancy party-worthy status. If you prefer, the same base mixture also works well in popsicle molds rather than spun as ice cream.
Basil Ice Cream (Vegan) – Vegetarian Times You might think of basil as a savory component, but this ice cream recipe lets the herb show off its sweet side. The cream is sweetened with maple syrup and rice syrup, rather than table sugar.
Pineapple-Banana-Coconut ‘Tropsicles’ (Vegan) – Vegetarian Times It might be going to far to say these are a tropical vacation on a stick, but if you use your imagination, it could be true.
Dairy-Free Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream (Vegan) – Vegetarian Times Made with rice and coconut milks, this vegan matcha ice cream is delicately flavored and beautiful on its own or served with almond-based baked desserts.
No-Churn Coconut-Lime Ice Cream (Vegan) – Vegetarian Times Another riff on our favorite flavor combo of summer, this frozen treat doesn’t require an ice cream freezer or any other special equipment. A loaf pan and blender (and spoon!) are all you’ll need.
Triple-Berry Popsicles (Vegan) – Vegetarian Times These frozen treat pops contain no additional sugar and are perfect for using up those baskets of gorgeous summer berries you bought at the farmers market without a plan.
Vegan Mango Lassi Popsicles (Vegan) – Choosing Chia Inspired by a mango lassi, these vegan pops are dairy-free, refined-sugar free, take only 10 minutes to prep, and look extremely cool with their orange-white marble pattern.
Peach Ice Cream (Vegan) – Vegetarian Times Peaches and cream are an iconic duo for a reason. This frozen treat uses coconut for the creamy element and gorgeous yellow summer peaches. Accompany with a splash of bourbon, perhaps.
Cookies and Cream Popsicles (Vegan) – VegKitchen Oreos are everyone’s favorite “secretly vegan” snack; this recipe puts them to work in a creamy frozen treat. Swap them for a gluten-free cookie of your choice if you’re GF, or experiment with different cookie flavors.