8 Non-Dairy Milks That You Can Use To Make Ice Cream

One of the hardest things to let go of, when you no longer consume dairy is cheese. And then of course ice cream comes in at a close second. At least for me it does😁. There is nothing like indulging in a cold, creamy bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day. But if dairy is a dietary restriction for you, it can feel like you are missing out. People choose to abstain from consuming dairy for various reason like veganism or to control hormonal issues. Another common reason people avoid dairy is due to an intolerance to lactose. Lactose is a sugar that is present in milk. Our stomachs produce and secrete enzymes that digest the food that we consume. One of those enzymes is the lactase enzyme. The lactase enzyme is what breaks down the lactose that is in milk. When lactase is not being produced in the stomach, the lactose is not broken down which prevents it from passing through the small intestine in smaller portions. This is what causes symptoms like belching, bloating, diarrhea, indigestion, abdominal cramps and flatulence.

Lactose intolerance can be treated with lactase supplements that can be taken before or after consuming dairy. There are also lactose free products on the market but that doesn’t mean the product is dairy free. Some of those products still have milk proteins like casein or whey. But there shouldn’t be any issues if you don’t normally experience negative reactions to them. Dairy products should be avoided all together if you are not certain about what is causing the negative reaction.

The list below contains non-dairy options that can be used as an alternative to the dairy milk that is normally used to make ice cream. All of these milks are healthy substitutes, you just have to try different options until you find the one that works for you.


1) Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is the liquid that comes from the grated meat of a mature coconut.

2) Almond Milk

Almond milk is a plant milk manufactured from almonds with a creamy texture and nutty taste.

3) Rice Milk

Rice milk is a grain milk made from rice. It is mostly made from brown rice and normally unsweetened.

4) Flax Milk

Flax milk is flax oil that has been cold-pressed from flax seeds and simply mixed with filtered water.

5) Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is the liquid that has been strained from the solids or pulp of the cashews after they have been blended with water.

6) Oat Milk

Oat milk is the liquid that has been strained from oats after they have been soaked and blended together with water.

7) Hazelnut Milk

Hazelnut milk is the liquid from hazelnuts that have been soaked, blended, strained, and sometimes boiled.

8) Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is a plant milk made from hemp seeds that are soaked and ground in water, creating a beany-nutty cream-flavor.


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You should consult your physician to recieve a professional diagnosis and get more advice about whether it’s safe for you to incorporate any of these items into your diet.

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