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5 Soy Milk Ice Cream Recipes That'll Change Your Summer Forever

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Is the summer heat making your head spin?

Do you want a delicious, cold treat, but can't have the milk many contain?

If so, it's time to make yourself some tasty ice cream. Whether you're lactose intolerant or vegan, our soy milk ice cream recipes are sure to cool your head and make you desperate for more.

We're not shy about sharing our secrets, so if you want in on the five best soy milk recipes, consider this article your personal escape pod from the heat.

An Equal Opportunity Note

If you do some digging, you'll notice practically every ice cream recipe calls for an ice cream machine.

But we're going to let you in on a little secret: you don't need a machine to make your favorite summer getaway dessert. Instead, ice cream lovers can rest easy knowing there are other methods to go about finishing their recipe.

We recommend the freeze and stir method because it's the easiest, but you'll be married to your ice cream for several hours. When a recipe reads "place mixture in your ice cream maker," instead, place the mixture in a deep stainless steel baking dish. Every half hour, take it out and mix it yourself.

You can do this the good old fashioned way with a spatula or with electric mixers or blenders. Do this for three hours or until the ice cream is frozen.

The 5 Soy Milk Ice Cream Recipes That You'll Use Again and Again

We all know ice cream is not kind to our bodies. It's loaded with sugars and milk that tack a few extra pounds onto any self-respected eater.

Ice cream with soy milk is a healthier alternative. Soy milk helps you lose weight, is excellent for bones, aids your immune system and does a whole bunch of other great stuff to your body.

If you want a delicious and healthy go-to for ice cream, these recipes are it.

1. Coffee Ice Cream

The summer heat can't stop the energy and delicious taste this coffee ice cream recipe offers.

Ingredients:

  • Two 14.5-ounce cans of a thick soymilk of choice. (Silk works well.)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • One cup of strong coffee, chilled

1. Start with the vanilla base by combining the soymilk, sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl. Chill the mixture in the fridge overnight.

2. The next morning, pour your coffee into the mixture before churning.

3. Follow your ice cream machine's instructions for the perfect blend of refreshing energy or toss it in the freezer to mix yourself.

2. Strawberry Ice Cream

Need a little sweetness in your life? Consider this recipe your nectar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of plain, unsweetened soy milk
  • 3/4 cup of fresh strawberries, pureed
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

1. Mix the soy milk, strawberries, syrup and vanilla extract in a large bowl until combined.

2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions or slide into the freezer for some mixing love.

Easy as pie! Or, in this case, homemade ice cream.

3. Chocolate-Hazelnut Ice Cream

Do you like chocolate? Hazelnuts? Then this chocolate-hazelnut ice cream is the recipe for you.

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces of extra firm silken tofu
  • 1 cup of soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon of hazelnut-flavored syrup
  • 4 teaspoons of instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Pour the tofu, soy milk, syrup, espresso powder and vanilla extract into a blender. Puree the combination until it is smooth.

2. While the mixture is blending, melt the chocolate chips. Pour in the melted chocolate into the blender and puree until the chocolate is incorporated evenly throughout the mixture.

3. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions or try the freeze and stir technique.

4. Let the ice cream harden for 4 hours in the freezer before serving.

4. Vanilla Ice Cream

If you're ready to go all-out classic, this vanilla ice cream recipe won't do you wrong.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Silk Original soy milk
  • 2 cups of Silk Original or French Vanilla creamer
  • 1/2 cup of honey, agave or sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean or two teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or arrowroot

1. Whisk together the soy milk, creamer and honey, agave or sugar in a saucepan.

2. Slice the vanilla bean, scoop out the seeds and add the seeds and pod to the saucepan mixture. [If you are using vanilla extract, skip this step.]

3. Heat the mixture at medium-high heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Remove the saucepan from the heat. [If you are using vanilla extract, whisk it into the mixture after removing the saucepan from the burner.] If you want a dash of fruitiness, such as raspberry or mango, add in the desired flavor here.

5. Remove about 1/4 of the mixture from the pan. Whisk it with the cornstarch or arrowroot.

6. Replace the 1/4 mixture back into the pan. Cover the pan to let the mixture infuse for 20 minutes.

7. After the mixture has cooled completely, process it in an ice cream maker per the manufacturer's instructions or use the freeze and mix method.

5. Vegan Oreo Ice Cream

Simple, creamy and refreshing, this Oreo ice cream recipe will make adults and children alike beg for more.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of soy milk
  • 6 8 fluid ounce soy whipped cream
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut sugar
  • 14 Oreo cookies, chopped

1. In a large bowl, mix the soy milk, whipped cream and coconut sugar.

2. Toss in the chopped Oreo cookies.

3. Place the mixture in the fridge for 4 hours. If you are not using an ice cream machine, place it in the freezer, instead.

4. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the directions for your model.

You Scream, I Scream . . .

We all scream for soy milk ice cream!

These five tasty and refreshing soy milk ice cream recipes are sure to make your summer pass by in a breeze.

But ice cream is only as good as the ingredients put into it. If you truly want to enjoy everything this dessert has to offer, it's time to make your own soy milk. It's easy, full of health benefits and delicious.

Find out more here and get one step closer to a cool, dessert-filled summer.