31 May Random Recipe: Vegan Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (Soy Free)

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This website is all about my healthy majority plant-based meal plans, but sometimes I just want to share a random healthy recipe that I made.  You might see these Random Recipes pop up every now and then!!

Vegan Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice CreamVegan Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


If you have never tried any of my recipes yet, that needs to change right now.  This recipe is a game changer!

Healthy, vegan, soy-free, 3-ingredient, homemade Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream!  I have seen a lot of vegan ice cream recipes on the internet, but they always contain bananas or soy milk.  I’m not a big fan of the banana “nice cream” that everyone makes and I can’t eat soy very often due to my endometriosis, so I could never have ice cream  🙁 .

Well now I can have all the ice cream I want!  I’m telling you, this ice cream tastes like the real deal.  I’ve worked in many fine-dining restaurants during my career as a chef and we would always make ice cream from scratch.  I can’t count the amount of times I have made fresh ice cream the traditional way, with cream, egg yolks, and sugar.  I’m pretty much an ice cream connoisseur!  I know my ice cream, and this vegan recipe tastes just like regular ice cream.

The key to this awesome recipe is using cashew milk and whole vanilla beans.  You can definitely make this recipe with vanilla extract, but I can tell the difference between ice cream made with vanilla extract and ice cream made with whole vanilla beans.  Vanilla beans are pretty pricey.  Mine cost $10 and it only came with 3 whole Madagascar Vanilla Beans (the best variety), but it is soooooo worth the price.  I prefer using my homemade cashew milk in this recipe over Almond Milk, Rice Milk, or any of the other vegan milks, because cashew milk takes on the flavor of whatever you season it with.  Almond milk tends to leave an “almondy” aftertaste in everything, which is why I never cook with it.  With cashew milk, all you taste is dates and vanilla bean in this recipe.

You don’t have to feel guilty about eating this ice cream.  It is made with whole foods and has no preservatives, just wholesome goodness.   The dates give a caramel taste and I just can’t say enough good things about this ice cream.

I really really hope you try this vegan Caramel Vanilla Bean ice cream recipe, especially during these HOT summer months coming up for many of us!!


Vegan Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I drizzled a little peanut butter on the ice cream this time.  YUM!


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4.5 from 6 reviews
Vegan Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (Soy Free)
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Recipe type: Pantry
  • 2 ice cube trays
  • 2 ½ cups + ½ cup unsweetened cashew milk (recipe on my website), or any other vegan milk
  • 12 - 14 dates, pitted (I used California Dates)
  • 1 whole vanilla bean (the pod and everything)
  1. I highly recommend you use a Vitamix for this recipe. If you do not have a high powered blender then use your food processor. I do not recommend trying this in a regular blender because it might break the machine.
  2. Blend 2 ½ cups cashew milk, or whatever vegan milk you use, with the pitted dates and whole vanilla bean until smooth. If you do not have a high powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec then you might need to strain this mixture after blending if you see chunks of vanilla bean.
  3. Pour this mixture into your ice cube trays and freeze until fully solid. I like to freeze mine overnight. Once completely frozen place the cubes in your blender, along with ½ cup cashew milk (or any other vegan milk).
  4. If you have a Vitamix, place the lid on, have your tamper ready and turn it on high. Use the tamper to press the frozen cubes down (this might take some strength!) and keep pressing and pushing the cubes down until everything is mixed. The Vitamix will start to make a loud growling sound, as if it is broken, but IT'S NOT. Once you hear the loud growling sound stop using the tamper, let it blend for about 10 more seconds and turn off the machine. The frozen cubes should now be creamy delicious ice cream!!
  6. I did not try this recipe in a food processor, but I think it should work fine and will be much better than using a regular home blender.
  7. To make this in a food processor just place the frozen cubes, and ½ cup vegan milk in the machine. Turn it on and watch it closely. Let it spin for a a few seconds, turn it off and stir it, let it spin some more, turn it off and stir it....you get the deal.
  8. The reason you have to keep turning it off is because the processor might leave chunks in the ice cream if you skip this step.
  9. You will know the ice cream is finished once the frozen cubes have turned into smooth creamy goodness!
If you use Medjool Dates then you might only need 8 or 9 because they are sweeter than the California Dates.

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  • China Balinto
    Posted at 06:52h, 31 May Reply

    Nice! I haven’t seen this recipe before (probably the reason why I need to keep looking at your blog). You’re so creative I wish I could make my own recipes too!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 07:16h, 31 May Reply

      What a sweet comment! Thank you. 🙂

  • Pal Raine
    Posted at 09:02h, 31 May Reply

    Need to save the recipes, love to try this at home. Hope my kids will love this recipe.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:38h, 31 May Reply

      This would be great to make with children!!

  • Kylie cre8tone
    Posted at 09:27h, 31 May Reply

    Ice cream yummy! Soy free sounds good.. The recipe is nice.. I’ll try to prepare it.. Looks great!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:38h, 31 May Reply


  • Leelo
    Posted at 15:22h, 31 May Reply

    Although I’m not vegan then your healthy, vegan, soy-free, 3-ingredient, homemade Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream sounds absolutely delicious! I will have to try it this summer 😉

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:38h, 31 May Reply


  • Natalia
    Posted at 15:27h, 31 May Reply

    This looks so delicious! I’ve never tried making ice-cream at home before but you make it look so easy that I think I’ll give it a go : )

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:37h, 31 May Reply

      Thank you, I hope you do!! 🙂

  • Sharon Beauty Prime
    Posted at 20:36h, 31 May Reply

    I really like these great photos. Great shots! The ice cream looks so tempting. Yummy

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:45h, 31 May Reply

      Thank you very much!

  • alison
    Posted at 05:05h, 01 June Reply

    That ice cream looks amazing! I am so impressed with the recipe. I think I may need to try making homemade cashew milk, too! Sounds so good!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:18h, 01 June Reply

      Thank you Alison! Making cashew milk is so easy, especially because you don’t have to strain it like Almond Milk. 🙂

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 06:42h, 01 June Reply

    This is why I love reading this blog, because of healthier alternatives like this recipe right here! It’s totally perfect for the summer as well. Vanilla beans can be pretty pricey but they are definitely worth every penny. Thanks for taking the time to try this recipe out so we can all enjoy it!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:33h, 01 June Reply

      Thank you so much Elizabeth!

  • Lana Slaybell
    Posted at 06:44h, 01 June Reply

    I’d like to make this recipe. I just don’t know where to get the ingredients. If I knew, I wouldn’t have the money to buy them 🙁

  • Amanda Love
    Posted at 07:19h, 01 June Reply

    I don’t own a Vitamix but I do own a Blendtec and I think they’re just about the same when it comes to quality. I’ll have to give this a try and see how it turns out. Thanks for the recipes.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:32h, 01 June Reply

      Yes, this should work just fine in a Blendtec 🙂

  • Retlyn Ereca Ceballos
    Posted at 08:14h, 01 June Reply

    What a unique recipe! The ice cream looks really yummy! btw I really love your shots!! Flatlay goals! <3


    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:32h, 01 June Reply

      Thank you very much!

  • Phylicia Marie Pineda
    Posted at 10:31h, 01 June Reply

    This looks so yum! i’ve never tried making vegan ice cream before, and have never tried cashew milk, so this would be a fun experiment for me

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:32h, 01 June Reply

      Thank you!

  • Franc Ramon
    Posted at 10:42h, 01 June Reply

    You had me at ice cream. This looks really tasty and I never thought I’d say that an ice cream can also be healthy but this looks loaded with nutrients.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:32h, 01 June Reply

      I’m glad the recipe won you over!! Thanks.

  • Roxy C
    Posted at 14:40h, 01 June Reply

    This looks so good! Is there anything you can’t make a vegan version of?!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:31h, 01 June Reply

      lol! Thank you.

  • Mardene Carr
    Posted at 15:52h, 01 June Reply

    Love it! I have printed and will add to my growing list. Thanks for sharing

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:31h, 01 June Reply

      Thank you!

  • Sunshine Kelly
    Posted at 21:33h, 01 June Reply

    Omg the vegan Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream looks so good, I might wan to try this weekend.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:49h, 01 June Reply

      Thank you, I hope you do!

  • Bhushavali
    Posted at 21:34h, 01 June Reply

    Vegan & soy free??!!!! Now, we’re talking. I’m gonna try this out..

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:48h, 01 June Reply

      Lol! Thanks!

  • Fred
    Posted at 04:12h, 02 June Reply

    The plating here is so attractive and tempting. I know I will like it even just by looking at it.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 04:13h, 02 June Reply


  • Stargazer
    Posted at 04:46h, 02 June Reply

    I am in the process of trying to lose weight and my biggest struggle is my discipline towards food. Maybe the reason why I don’t eat healthy stuff that much is because they don’t look that much attractive to me than those found in fast food chains. Looking at this post, it really looks like delicious so I will try this over the weekend. Thanks!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:20h, 03 June Reply

      I completely understand. In culinary school they teach us to “eat with our eyes first”, so I always try to make my healthy recipes look as great as they taste! Good luck on your weight-loss journey! Thank you 🙂

  • Jasmine Watts
    Posted at 10:29h, 02 June Reply

    This looks so delicious! I would love to try this recipe at home!!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:18h, 03 June Reply

      Thank you!

  • Karen
    Posted at 13:27h, 02 June Reply

    Your Vegan Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream looks delicious and just perfect to help us beat the scorching heat here in PHL without worrying to get fat.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:18h, 03 June Reply

      Yes, this will definitely cool you down this summer!!

  • CourtneyLynne
    Posted at 15:41h, 02 June Reply

    Omg how yummy!!! I must give your recipe a try. Sounds absolutely delicious

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:18h, 03 June Reply

      Thank you!

  • Zwitsy
    Posted at 19:30h, 02 June Reply

    I really envy people who are really creative and brilliant in creating good recipes. And this vegan caramel vanilla bean ice soy free is something to give a try indeed. Just wondering if what other alternatives you can offer should we do not find dates here?

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:17h, 03 June Reply

      Thank you so much! You could use agave nectar, or maybe coconut sugar, or cane sugar. I would probably start with 1/4 cup of one of these since they are pretty sweet. 🙂

  • Shubhada
    Posted at 21:07h, 02 June Reply

    Simply superbly delish! This icecream is yummy and healthy at the same time.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:16h, 03 June Reply

      Thank you!

  • Rosey
    Posted at 18:29h, 04 June Reply

    I”m glad you found a way to have ice cream. I love to have it too, every now and then for a treat.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:52h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you! I’m so glad I can eat ice cream again too! 🙂

  • shivansh
    Posted at 18:34h, 04 June Reply

    Looks so yummy, thanks for sharing!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:49h, 04 June Reply


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