Eating dairy-free is so misunderstood. Some people think it’s all about missing out, but really it’s about finding delicious indulgences like this easy Homemade Oat Milk Ice Cream! Everyone deserves a sweet treat from time to time, and diet should not get in the way of that! Dairy-free living doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! This recipe is designed to be easy, minimal, and oh-so-delicious!
This lush and creamy treat is sure to become everyone’s favorite dessert. It is vegan, nut-free, and totally delicious! All ages and diets can agree that this is the perfect after-dinner sweet snack!
This awesome Homemade Oat Milk Ice Cream is more than just delicious, it’s so easy to make! This doesn’t require special equipment or fancy ingredients. All this recipe takes are a few household staples and a food processor (or blender) to make the perfect ice cream! Plus, if stored properly, this treat can last weeks in the freezer because this is the treat that just keeps giving!
- Coconut Cream
Traditional ice creams use cream from cows, but coconut cream is an amazing non-dairy twist! It has great fat content, texture, and flavor for ice cream making. Coconut cream is common in many Asian styles of cuisine and it is very popular with vegan cooks. While coconut cream is rising in popularity in the United States, it can still be tough to find. This ingredient is typically found in a can in either the baking aisle or the Asian food aisle of major grocery stores. An international or Asian specialty grocery store is always a safe bet for finding this delicious ingredient.
- Oat Milk – Oat milk is the signature flavor of this ice cream. It’s wonderful toasty and almost nutty flavor makes this sweet treat sing! Oat Milk comes in many varieties; from flavor to unflavored and sweetened to plain, there are so many choices! Pick a brand and flavor that suits your tastes, and if they have extra-creamy always choose that. Original and vanilla-flavored oat milk both work very well in this recipe and create a flavor similar to oatmeal cookies!
- Granulated White Sugar – White sugar is the perfect way to bring sweetness to this decadent and smooth treat!
- Salt – Everything sweet needs a little salt. Salt is actually proven to make the sweet flavor taste sweeter and more appealing. Adding a small touch of salt to sweets gives everything balance and excitement!
- Vanilla Bean Paste – Vanilla gives this a deliciously inviting flavor. Opting for vanilla paste allows you to stir this ingredient in with ease.
Optionally this ingredient can be swapped for vanilla bean, just scrape the seeds from the inside of the beans out and use this instead.
It’s not suggested to swap this ingredient with vanilla extract. Extracts are made with alcohol and tend to taste more artificial. To keep the flavor of the ice cream authentically delicious, choose a more natural form of vanilla!
- Ground Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon adds a wonderful warmly spiced flavor that makes this ice cream inviting and familiar.
- Honey (Optional) – Honey adds a little extra sweetness to the ice cream, but also a great complimentary flavor, too! Honey and oats were made for each other and opting to add this ingredient will make a treat that reminds you of comforting milk and cookies.
Notes and Equipment
- Large Pot – To make this recipe, cooks start by making the ice cream base. This is the mixture of cream, milk, and sugar (or in this case coconut cream, oat milk, and sugar) that gets briefly cooked to incorporate the sugar. To make this ice cream base, home cooks will want a pot large enough to accommodate all that liquid. A nice 6-quart pot is perfect for this recipe.
- Bowl – To make churning easy, the ice cream base is chilled for a while before it takes a spin, so having a large bowl to pour the ice cream base into is very handy!
- Rubber Spatula – The rubber spatula may just be the most important tool for this recipe. It is used to stir the base and to scrape the churned oat milk ice cream. Choose a spatula with a head that is small enough to fit in your blender or food processor for easy scraping.
- Food Processor or Blender – The food processor or blender is the ultimate trick in ice cream making! These powerful tools whip and churn this non-dairy ice cream until it is smooth and creamy. Any blender or food processor will do, but if using a food processor or personal blender make sure the pitcher is large enough to hold at least 4 cups of liquid.
- Freezer Safe Container – Ice cream just wouldn’t exist without the freezer! A freezer-safe container helps to ensure less frost on your dessert. A freezer bag is a fine choice or a sturdy reusable container with a lid.
- Always practice mise en place in the kitchen! Take out ingredients, measure them, and grab all the necessary tools before getting to work. That way you’re never scrambling!
- Chill the blade and bowl of the food processor or blender briefly before churning.
- Do not skip the chill time after cooking the ice cream base! The colder the base is, the easier it is to churn.
- Optionally, pour the ice cream base right into the blending pitcher and chill that for an hour so both the base and the blender are nice and cold!
- Don’t jump straight to the highest blender/food processor setting when churning. Often the lower settings produce a move even flow that will give the mixture a slow-churned texture.
- Choose a freezer container that allows the ice cream to spread out. If the liquid is spread thin in the freezer this allows it to freeze more rapidly.
- Store the finished ice cream in the freezer door. This keeps it frozen, yet soft and scoopable.
- Do I Need an Ice Cream Machine for This Recipe?
No! You can absolutely use an ice cream maker if you have one. This tool cuts down on the ice cream’s chill time, but not everyone has access to an ice cream maker. To keep this recipe simple and accessible it is made with household appliances that can be found in most kitchens.
If you have an ice cream maker and want to use it for this recipe, go for it! Follow the steps to make the Homemade Oat Milk Ice Cream base, chill, but rather than churning in a blender or food processor, churn the base in an ice cream maker.
- Can I Add Dry Mix-Ins?
Absolutely! This is a very basic flavor profile and if you want to jazz it up with fruit, nuts, or other fun flavors, have fun! This simple recipe makes the perfect base to build on!
Stir additions like granola, nuts, or fruit into the ice cream just after it is churned. It’s best to fold these things by hand with a rubber spatula. After adding these flavor enhancers, chill the ice cream as directed and enjoy!