Vanilla Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Many of you participating in Menu Plan Monday also deal with food allergies so I thought I’d share this ice cream recipe that I’ve been making for my son for years. He loves it although keep in mind he’s never tasted regular ice cream πŸ™‚ My ice cream maker is a simple one (Cuisinart) and it does the job just fine.

As a parent of a food allergic child I know how rewarding it is to be able to offer something similar to what the other kids are eating. If sharing this recipe helps even just one person, I’m a happy girl. Enjoy!

Vanilla Dairy-Free Ice Cream

2 cups dairy alternative, divided (I use Rice Milk)

2 cups safe marshmallows (I use Jet Puff)

1/3 cup sugar

3 tbsp oil (I use Canola)

1 tsp safe vanilla extract

1 package gelatin (I use Knox)

In a medium saucepan combine marshmallows, sugar and one cup of dairy alternative. Stirring constantly bring marshmallow mixture to a slow boil until sugar and marshmallows have dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Meanwhile combine gelatin, one cup of dairy alternative and oil, allow to stand for five minutes. Using a stand or hand mixer (I use a whisk) beat gelatin, oil and dairy alternative mixture until foamy. Add vanilla. Combine all ingredients together and transfer to the frozen canister of an ice cream maker. Process according to manufacturer’s instructions (mine takes approx. 20 minutes).

Filed under: Recipes-Allergy Free


30 Responses to Vanilla Dairy-Free Ice Cream

  1. 1
    The Roost says

    I am passing this on to a mom who will be thrilled to get it:)

  2. 2
    Andrea M. says

    Just wanted to say thank you for this recipe! My DD is lactose intolerant and we’ve quit eating ice cream because she can’t have any. Now she can have her own!!

    • 2.1
      Kathi says

      My daughter is lactose intolerant also.

      We have found the best product for ice cream. BRYERS sells a lactose free vanilla ice cream (black box, little red lactose free sign). Real ice cream that has been made lactose free like the lactaid mail. It is sold at Super Target and Walmart. Check the stores in your area. We love it and all eat it so our stores will continue to stock it. It has really helped her.

  3. 3
    Andrea says

    You have totally made my day. Thanks!

  4. 4
    Barb says

    I have the Cuisinart ice cream maker too, Laura. This recipe looks easy and sounds good too. Your photo made me remember I need to get my Cuisinart out and put it on the counter where I’ll remember I need to make ice cream.

    By the way, I love your new big girl desk. You got a great deal on those two pieces!

  5. 5
    Marianne says

    That looks interesting! Andrea M, Breyers makes a lactose free vanilla that is good, and I’m severely intolerant and can eat it. But I am so trying this… Thanks, Laura!

  6. 6
    Susanne says

    I have a Quisinart too! Love it!

    I’m sure lots of people will be very thankful you posted this.

  7. 7
    Amy says

    Thank you sooo much for posting this! I have a lactose problem myself and we’re getting ready to go on vacation next week where we make lots of homemade ice cream that I can only have a spoonful or two of…this will be an excellent treat for me! THANK YOU!!!

  8. 8
    Gopher Mommy says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am going to have to try this recipe be out. I don’t have an ice cream maker, but I am hoping the coffee can inside of a coffee can method will work!!!

  9. 9
    Erica says

    Thank you so much. My daughter is allergic to Milk, Eggs, and Peanuts and I am really tired of paying 5 dollars for a pint of ice cream

  10. 10
    SpeedbumpKitchen says

    This was forwarded to me from a friend, I have everything in the pantry and my allergic kids have sore throats (in summer!) and are sick of popsicles, so I’ll give this a go today!

  11. 11
    Hunnybunny says

    I’m a lurker, but had to send you a big thank you! I miss making ice cream with my kids, and they will be more than thrilled with this alternative!
    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

  12. 12
    SpeedbumpKitchen says

    Great recipe! I tried it yesterday and it worked really well. I used the microwave to melt the marshmallows and used avocado oil (trying to get my skinnie minnie to chub up!). Thanks again!

  13. 13
    Tricia says

    Thanks so much for sharing this. We have just become aware of a milk allergy in our family. This recipe sounds like a special treat that will be very much enjoyed.


  14. 14
    Cara says

    Thank you so much! My youngest daughter has a milk allergy and I cannot wait to try this!

  15. 15
    Desiree says

    You have just made my day:) I don’t have an ice cream maker. But this recipe is enough to make me want to go buy one tomorrow. I have a son who is both SOY and DAIRY allergic. I can’t wait to try this for him. Thank you.

  16. 16
    Jozana says

    Thank you for your recipe. My son has a Dairy Allergy. I have made ice cream using frozen juice concentrate and rice milk, but this sounds even better. Do you have any other Dairy free recipes to share?

  17. 17
    Kathi says

    Sounds Good, we’ll try it. For all those lactose intollerant Dryers now makes a lactose fee icecream. It is a whopping $5-$6 for 1 1/2 quarts but for special occasions my daughter loves it as a treat.

    • 17.1
      Kathi says

      That would be BRYERS (with a B) sells a lactose free vanilla ice cream (black box, little red lactose free sign). Real ice cream that has been made lactose free like the lactaid mail. It is sold at Super Target and Walmart.

  18. 18
    Kathi says

    That would be lactose FREE not fee.

  19. 19
    Jenna says

    We use coconut milk to make delicious dairy free “ice cream.” Yum!

  20. 20
    Suzanne says

    How clever to use marshmallows! Great idea! can’t wait to try it for my husband who has a milk allergy! πŸ™‚

    Thanks a bunch!

    • 20.1
      Elizabeth says

      I am a breastfeeding Mommy who’s 5 month old has a milk intolerance and I can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much!!!

  21. 22
    Erin says

    Thank you for sharing this! My son previously could have coconut ice cream, but now he has tested allergic to that as well – and soy is out, the rice milk ice cream in the store even has soy in it, glad to have something we can make for him that is safe!

  22. 23
    Lisa says

    Thank you for the recipe! I tried it last night and it turned out awesome!

  23. 24
    Maryp says

    Is there a trick to getting the rice milk, canola oil and dissolved gelatin foamy? I’m using a cold bowl and beater on my Kitchenaid stand mixer. It’s not getting foamy at all after five minutes.
    This is my second attempt. I did freeze the first try in my ice cream maker and the flavor is great…just not a light texture.

    • 24.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      I just used a regular bowl and a whisk and it got foamy for me. Not sure why it didn’t for you. It could be the type of gelatin. I just used the Knox brand.


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