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Your Freezer Doesn’t Need Bar Codes to be Fun for Summer! 50+ Dairy-free Frozen Treats You Should Make and Not Buy

Three kids eating diary-free frozen treats

Hooray, summer! Time to break out the (homemade, dairy-free) ice creams, popsicles, and other frozen treats.


Who am I kidding? I have been pretending it is popsicle season for a few months, ever since we were able to sit outside in only a light jacket, and barely shiver, while eating them.

No matter what the season, you could probably always use more healthy lunch ideas for kids, too. We make healthy lunches fun with our favorite bento lunch box. Dairy-free smoothies are delicous breakfast or snacks year round too!

As for ice cream, I consider it a seasonless treat. Give me a warm blanket, and let me eat it in January. But, as the weather gets warmer I am even more inclined towards eating it.

Whether or not you think frozen fruits are best in the summer or not, I am sure you can agree they are a fantastic way to cool off. They taste great dipped in Cashew Cream.

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Little girl enjoying a diary-free popsicle

You need not rely on heading to the store and getting frozen treats with less than ideal ingredients though. You can easily make them yourself. Especially if you have an ice cream machine. But, even if you don’t, this list includes popsicles and no-churn/blender ice cream treats.

What makes this list unique though? Every single recipe is dairy free!

I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t be able to find a good variety of dairy-free frozen treats. Most ice creams are, after all, based on cream. But, my fellow bloggers did not let me down. They showered me with a huge variety of frozen treats. Everything from the classic mint chocolate chip, to deliciously unique flavors such as persimmon, lemon mint, and blueberry basil rum.

These recipes are all made from real, natural foods. Some are sweetened with white sugar (you can use organic unbleached), but I kept those to the ones where it wasn’t a huge portion of the recipe. Of course, they’re all free of artificial sweeteners.

(Pssst – if you want to avoid white sugar completely, honey is super easy to sub into frozen deserts like this: simply use 2/3 the amount of light flavored honey.)

Absolutely keep the kids involved; most frozen recipes are kid-friendly on all sides (the eating and the preparing!) and they’ll love knowing that they helped make a really fun dessert.


Dairy-Free Dessert Recipes for Summer

*WARNING* Do NOT go through this list while hungry
Dairy free ice cream, sorbet and Popsicles

Dairy-Free Ice Cream

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream.

Vegan Coconut Raspberry Ice Cream

Even More Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes

Because I have never been told “Debra, that is too many dairy-free ice cream recipes!”

Lemon Blueberry Banana Ice Cream

(Almost Completely) Fruit Sweetened Frozen Treats

Want some frozen treats that are fruit sweetened (or very very nearly only fruit sweetened)? Here you go!

Layered Whole Fruit Popsicles

Dairy-Free Gelato and Sorbets

Because other great things come from the ice cream machine than just ice cream.

blueberry basil sorbet

Dairy-Free Popsicle Recipes

…or “sitles” if you ask my two-year-old. Whatever you call them, they are almost always incredibly easy and well received.

Over 50 Dairy-free Frozen Treats You Should Make and Not Buy

Dairy-Free Cakes, Sandwiches, and Bars

As if ice cream on its own wasn’t awesome enough…

Over 50 Dairy-free Frozen Treats You Should Make and Not Buy


How do you like to cool off in the summer? Does it include frozen treats?

You might also be interested in learning how to make gluten and dairy-free pastry, and this dairy-free smoothie recipe or gluten-free and dairy-free diet tips.

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6 thoughts on “Your Freezer Doesn’t Need Bar Codes to be Fun for Summer! 50+ Dairy-free Frozen Treats You Should Make and Not Buy”

  1. This post has my mouth watering and my printer smoking. I think a KS frozen treat cookbook is definitely needed in my kitchen. (Hint, Hint)

  2. nutrition mate

    I’m not the ice-cream lover type, honestly. You asked 😉 I eat ice-cream about 2-3 times every summer and it’s totally enough for me. However, last summer we often ate blended frozen fruits (mixed with a bit of coconut milk or almond milk). I didn’t mind them, but it wasn’t my idea… I just went with the flow 😀 Strawberry is my favourite.

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