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How to Make Dairy Free Soft Serve Ice Cream

If you have an intolerance to lactose or are trying to stay away from dairy altogether, your love for soft serve may come to a screeching halt. Whenever people say soft serve ice cream, we’re sure your mind immediately wanders to gallons of milk and other dairy products.

But, the beauty of soft serve ice cream is how versatile it is. You can tweak any recipe to fit your dietary needs, even changing what would appear to the star ingredient. We promise these substitutes will still give you the creamy and delicious soft serve ice cream you hope to enjoy.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is one of the best dairy substitutes for soft serve ice cream recipes. It has the same fat content as milk, which will give your recipe the creamy texture you are craving. Coconut milk comes in a wide variety of flavors, including sweetened and unsweetened versions. If you are conscious about your sugar intake, opt for the unsweetened version. Sometimes the other ingredients of your recipe will up the sweet factor of the soft serve ice cream. The best part is, the coconut milk gives your ice cream a subtle coconut flavor (or not so subtle if you love the flavor!).

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Almond Milk

Almond milk is a great contender in the dairy substitute family. It has a very subtle flavor that will work well in most recipes. Almond milk is also a great complement to other dairy-free ice cream bases. So, if you don’t like the taste of coconut, substitute your recipe with half almond milk instead.

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Yes, bananas can be used to create the base of your dairy-free soft serve ice cream recipe. It will definitely make everyone go bananas after their first bite (well...lick...but you know what we mean). The secret is blending the bananas until you get a smooth and creamy texture, then add in the ingredients of your recipe.

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Other Dairy Substitutes

There are many other dairy substitutes available to make your soft serve ice cream recipe dairy free, such as:

  • Avocados
  • Soymilk
  • Nut Butters
  • Plant-based milks

Some of these dairy substitutes will bring their own flavor to the recipe, that you can try to mask or embrace. We’ve seen more success when we embrace the ingredients for what they are!

Perfecting Your Dairy-Free Soft Serve Ice Cream

Once you’ve selected your base, don’t forget to add your sweetener and a thickening agent – only if you like your soft serve extra creamy. Making dairy-free soft serve ice cream takes a few trials and errors till you get the consistency and flavor profile that you are looking for. It all comes down to preference!  

These dairy-free soft serve ice cream recipes are also vegan-friendly! Let’s just call this guilt-free soft serve ice cream. All the goodness you could ask for in every spoonful using ingredients that are good for you! That’s the best part about making soft serve ice cream at home; you control what goes into the recipe, so your soft serve is nothing short of perfection.