Watermelon Ice Cream- Fresh watermelon blended with coconut milk, agave nectar, cashew butter, and a hint of vanilla is frozen and blended into a creamy, delicious, dairy-free ice cream that the whole family will love.
Did you know that ice cream is the world's most popular dessert? It's undoubtedly one of my favorites. Whether I'm in the mood for something classic like vanilla or strawberry, or something more adventurous like pistachio or rocky road, there's flavor out there for everyone. What's your favorite flavor?
There are so many amazing flavors to choose from, and watermelon is one of my favorites. I love that it's both sweet and satisfying and perfect for a hot day.
Why You'll Love This Vegan Watermelon Ice Cream Recipe
No-Churn- No ice cream maker needed.
Delicious- This dairy-free ice cream is amazing: sweet, creamy, and packed with fresh watermelon flavor!
Family-Friendly- The whole family will love this deliciously easy vegan ice cream recipe.
Refreshing- Perfect way to cool off on a hot day.
Easy To Make- This recipe is simple to follow with only 5 ingredients and doesn't require any special equipment or complicated culinary techniques.
- Food Blender
- Cutting Board
- 12-Hole Silicone Muffin Pan
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Coconut Milk
- Vanilla Extract
- Agave Syrup
- Cashew Butter
How To Make Homemade Vegan Watermelon Ice Cream
Start by cutting watermelon into chunks and remove any seeds. Place the watermelon pieces in a food blender along with all the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Divide the mixture evenly into a 12-hole silicone muffin pan and freeze for at least an hour. Once firm, pop the ice cream out and place it back into the food blender until you have soft serve. Serve and enjoy.
Note- If you don't have silicone muffin pans, pour the ice cream mixture into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to 4 hours, then serve as desired.
What to Serve/Pair With No-Churn Watermelon Ice Cream
If you want to get really creative, try using it as an ice cream cake filling or top it with dairy-free chocolate sauce and chopped nuts for a decadent dessert. Serve it on its own as a refreshing summer treat, or top it with fresh berries and granola for a healthy snack. You can also use it to make vegan milkshakes or smoothies.
No matter how you choose to enjoy it, I guarantee this recipe will become a summertime favorite in your household!
Popular Substitutions & Additions
There are so many delicious ways to customize this watermelon ice cream recipe. Here are a few of my favorite substitutions and additions:
- If you don't like coconut milk, you can use any other type of dairy-free milk in its place.
- Not a fan of cashew butter? Feel free to use any other kind of nut butter.
- Looking for a little extra sweetness? Try adding more agave syrup or using a different type of sweetener.
- For a fun flavor twist, try adding in some fresh mint leaves, lime juice, or chopped tropical fruits.
- Add a few ice cubes before blending to make this recipe even more refreshing.
How To Reheat & Store Watermelon Ice Cream
What Is The Best Way To Store Vegan Watermelon Ice Cream?
This watermelon ice cream is best served fresh, but you can store it in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
How Long Will This Homemade Ice Cream Last In The Fridge?
Ice cream is best when stored in the freezer instead of the refrigerator, so I do not recommend storing it in the fridge.
Can I Freeze Watermelon Ice Cream?
Yes! Freezing is the best way to store homemade ice cream. Simply place it in an airtight container and make sure to press a piece of plastic wrap directly against the surface of the ice cream to prevent freezer burn. When you're ready to enjoy it, allow 10-15 minutes to thaw before scooping.
No-Churn Watermelon Ice Cream FAQs
Do I need an ice cream maker to make this watermelon ice cream?
No! The watermelon and cashew butter help to create a smooth and creamy consistency.
How long does it take for Watermelon Ice Cream to freeze?
For this watermelon ice cream recipe, plan to freeze it for at least an hour if you want soft-serve or 4 hours for a harder consistency.
Can I use a different type of milk?
Yes, you can use any type of dairy-free milk in this recipe. I've made it with almond and coconut milk, and both work great.
How can I tell if a watermelon is ripe?
When picking out a watermelon, look for one that is uniform in shape and has a dull exterior. Avoid watermelons with bruises or cuts on the surface. To test for ripeness, tap the watermelon with your knuckles. It should sound hollow.
Is Watermelon Ice Cream healthy?
This watermelon ice cream is made with all-natural ingredients and is lower in sugar than most store-bought ice creams. However, it's still a treat and should be enjoyed in moderation.
Can I use frozen watermelon for this recipe?
Yes, although it will not taste as sweet and fresh, you can use frozen watermelon in this recipe.
Easy Watermelon Ice Cream
- 2 cups watermelon
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
- ¾ cup cashew butter
- Remove any seeds from the watermelon.
- Cut the watermelon and place it in a food blender.
- Add coconut milk, vanilla, agave, and cashew butter.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a 12-hole silicone muffin pan.
- Freeze for 1 hour.
- Once firm, pop out the ice cream and place it in a food blender. Blend until you have a soft serve and serve or pour the ice cream mixture into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to 4 hours.
- Serve and enjoy.