Ice-cream sandwiches are such a fun eating experience, here’s an easy, melt-in-your-mouth vegan ice-cream sandwich recipe.

I love coming up with healthier versions of a classic recipe and switching up a good old classic. Give this recipe a whirl, I’m sure you’re going to love it.

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich

Why you’ll love these vegan ice cream sandwiches

  • Healthier option: Made with plant-based ingredients, which are typically lower in saturated fat and calories compared to traditional ice cream sandwiches.
  • Customizable: Experiment with a variety of flavors and mix-ins to create your own unique treat.
  • Easy to make: Super simple to make at home with just a few simple ingredients. You can have fun making them with family or friends.
  • Delicious: These are as tasty as traditional ice cream sandwiches, with a creamy texture and a variety of flavor options to choose from.
  • Versatile: Enjoy as a dessert. They are perfect for any occasion or time of year.
  • Kid-approved: Kids love ice cream sandwiches, and vegan ice cream sandwiches are no exception. They are a great way to introduce kids to plant-based eating in a fun and tasty way.

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Ingredients and substitution notes 

  • Natural Cane Sugar. You can substitute the sugar with a natural sweetener such as maple syrup or agave nectar.
  • Coconut oil. You can substitute the coconut oil with any other neutral-flavored oil such as vegetable or canola oil.
  • Milk. You can use any non-dairy milk of your choice such as soy milk, almond milk, or oat milk.
  • Lemon juice. Lemon juice gives a fresh and citrusy flavor.
  • Flour. All-purpose flour can be substituted with gluten-free flour if needed.
  • Almond flour. Almond flour can be substituted with any other nut flour such as cashew flour or hazelnut flour.
  • Salt. You can use any type of salt you have on hand, such as sea salt or Himalayan salt.
  • Organic pears. You can substitute pears with other canned or fresh fruit such as peaches or strawberries.
  • Coconut milk. Coconut milk gives a creamy consistency to this vegan ice cream. You can also experiment with other non-dairy milks such as soy milk or almond milk in place of coconut milk.
  • Xanthan gum. This is an optional ingredient that helps to create a smoother texture in the ice cream. If you don’t have xanthan gum, you can leave it out.

Recipe variations and add-ins

  • Nut Butter: Add a dollop of almond, peanut, or cashew butter to the ice cream base for a nutty flavor and creamy texture.
  • Carob or Chocolate Chips: Mix in vegan carob or chocolate chips for a classic ice cream flavor.
  • Fruits: Add fresh or frozen fruits like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or bananas for a fruity flavor and added nutrients.
  • Caramel Swirl: Drizzle vegan caramel sauce into the ice cream mixture before freezing for a sweet and indulgent treat.
  • Cookies: Crumble vegan cookies like gingersnaps, carob or chocolate chip cookies into the ice cream mixture for added crunch and flavor.
  • Coconut Flakes: Mix in shredded coconut for a tropical twist.
  • Spices: Add cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for a warm and comforting flavor.
  • Nuts: Chopped nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts can add a crunchy texture and nutty flavor.
  • Vegan Whipped Cream: Top your ice cream with vegan whipped cream for an extra creamy and decadent dessert.

Top Tips for Making Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • Use full-fat coconut milk: Coconut milk is a great vegan alternative to dairy cream and provides a creamy texture. Be sure to use full-fat coconut milk for the best results.
  • Experiment with flavors: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and add-ins. Vegan ice cream can be made with a variety of fruits, spices, and sweeteners.
  • Be patient: Making ice cream takes time and patience. Allow your ice cream to freeze for several hours or overnight before serving for the best texture and flavor.
  • Don’t overfill your ice cream maker: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and don’t overfill your ice cream maker. Overfilling can prevent the ice cream from churning properly.

Make ahead of instructions and storage

These can be made a good few days or even weeks in advance of eating  them.

To store vegan ice cream sandwiches:

Place the assembled sandwiches in an airtight container or freezer bag.

Store them in the freezer for up to 1-2 weeks.

When ready to serve, let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften before enjoying.

Serving suggestions 

  • Serve with fresh fruit: Top the ice cream sandwich with your favorite fresh fruit, such as sliced strawberries or blueberries.
  • Add carob or chocolate drizzle: Drizzle melted vegan carob or chocolate over the top of the ice cream sandwich for a decadent touch.
  • Sprinkle with chopped nuts: Add some crunch and flavor by sprinkling chopped nuts, such as almonds or pecans, over the ice cream sandwich.
  • Pair with a cold beverage: Serve the ice cream sandwich with a cold glass of your favorite plant-based milk for a refreshing treat.
  • Make an ice cream sandwich sundae: Break up the ice cream sandwich and place the pieces in a bowl. Add your favorite toppings, such as carob or chocolate chips, vegan whipped cream, or caramel sauce, to create an indulgent ice cream sandwich sundae.
  • Serve as a dessert platter: Arrange a variety of ice cream sandwiches on a platter and let your guests choose their favorite flavor combination.


Can I use a different type of flour in the cookie recipe? 

Yes, you can use different types of flour, such as whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour, but the texture and taste of the cookies may vary.

Can I use a different type of sweetener instead of sugar? 

Yes, you can use a different type of sweetener, such as maple syrup or agave nectar, but it may affect the texture and taste of the cookies.

Can I use store-bought vegan ice cream instead of making my own? 

Yes, you can use store-bought vegan ice cream for convenience, but making your own allows you to control the ingredients and customize the flavors.

Watch My Recipe Video on Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches:

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Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

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  • Author: Chef Ani


Ice-cream sandwiches are such a fun eating experience, here’s an easy, melt-in-your-mouth vegan ice-cream sandwich recipe.




  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Vegan Ice Cream:

  • 1 can of organic pears, drained

  • 2 cans of coconut milk (full fat)

  • 3 tablespoons organic sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)



  1. Heat oven to 350F.

  2. In a bowl mix coconut oil and sugar until well combined. Stir in milk, vanilla, and lemon juice. 
  3. Combine the flour, almond flour, baking powder, and salt.
Combine the wet and the dry ingredients. Stir until it forms a dough.

  5. Bake for 12 minutes, until edges are slightly brown. 
  6. Let cool completely.
 Before assembling the ice cream cookies, cool cookies in the freezer for a few minutes.

Vegan Ice Cream:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
 Cool in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

  2. Churn in ice-cream maker.
  3. Pour into parchment paper lined pan. Make sure the mixture is pretty flat on top. Place in Freezer for about 45 min.
  4. Cut out shapes and place back in the freezer for another 30 min. or so. 
  5. Assemble the cookies.