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How to Make Nice Cream

Sharon Palmer

Learn how to make nice cream (also called plant-based, vegan ice cream) with this foolproof step-by-step guide.

Making home-made vegan ice cream is not as hard as you might think it is. With a basic recipe, you can make a wonderful batch in a matter of minutes for special occasions, or just plain old comforting meals with friends and family. While it only takes a few minutes to mix up this recipe, you do have to plan ahead. I freeze my ice cream maker container a few days ahead of time to make sure it’s really cold. In fact, if you make this recipe often, you can keep your ice cream maker container in the freezer, so it’s ready for a batch in no time. Then you just mix up with only 4 ingredients—coconut milk, coconut cream, agave syrup, and vanilla—over the stove to emulsify it, and chill it down before putting it in your ice cream freezer container and turning the machine on. There are many types of these machines, so just use this guide below and follow the instructions that come along with your ice cream maker for best results. Once it’s thickened, then you can freeze it for an hour or two until it achieves your desired consistency. Check out my basic recipe, which I’ve added dark chocolate chunks and toasted walnuts to, for an ultimate taste explosion. It really is the best! Follow along with my Step-By-Step Guide below.

Step-By-Step Guide:

How to Make Nice Cream
Gather these 4 key ingredients: coconut milk, coconut cream, agave syrup and vanilla.

Here’s what you’ll need before you get started:

  • 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk (do not use coconut milk beverage, or light coconut milk)
  • 1 13.5-ounce can coconut cream
  • ¼ cup agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Immersion blender or blender
  • Ice cream maker
How to Make Nice Cream
Combine coconut milk, coconut cream, agave syrup and vanilla in a medium pan, and heat over medium heat setting, stirring frequently until mixture starts bubbling.
How to Make Nice Cream
Remove from heat and mix with an immersion blender (or pour into a blender container) for 1-2 minutes until very creamy and well combined. Transfer mixture to a container, cover, and chill in the refrigerator until it completely cools down (about 2 hours).
Once the mixture is chilled, fold in any flavor ingredient of your choice, such as dark chocolate chunks and walnuts, seasonal fruit, peanut butter, sprinkles, or spices.
Churn in an ice cream maker, following manufacturer’s directions, until thick and creamy (depending on ice cream maker, about 5-15 minutes).
Place in an air tight container in the freezer until it achieves desired firmness to scoop (about 1-2 hours).
Scoop into dishes and serve. Makes about 4 cups for the basic recipe.

Get the full recipe featured above here.

For other plant-based how to guides, check out some of my favorites:

How to Make Cauliflower Rice
How to Grill Vegetables in a Grill Basket
How to Roast Garlic

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