Vegan Root Beer Ice Cream Recipe (Nut-Free Option)

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It’s National Root Beer Float Day, which reminds me of a fun recipe that Hannah Kaminsky shared with us many years ago. It’s dairy-free root beer ice cream! Hannah makes reverse floats with it, bobbing a scoop or two in vanilla crème soda. But she also says it’s delicious on its own, or smothered with dairy-free hot fudge sauce.

Vegan Root Beer Ice Cream - light, dairy-free, refreshing! Enjoy on a cone, in a vanilla creme float, or with vegan hot fudge

Float Away with this Vegan Root Beer Ice Cream Recipe

When temperatures are hot, we love refreshing desserts, like this dairy-free root beer ice cream. It’s a little closer to ice milk in consistency, but still so satisfyingly creamy. That said, I have a couple options and answers to common FAQs.

Why Can’t I Use Diet Soda?

Sugar is essential for soft, melty, creamy ice cream. Without it, your frozen dessert will be more like a brick. That’s why sugar-free ice creams are often hard, and why they use more additives.

How Can I Make this a Root Beer Ice Cream a Bit Creamier?

The easiest way is to substitute full-fat canned coconut milk or coconut cream for the milk beverage. You’ll also want to add vanilla extract. I would use 1 to 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla, to taste. You can add it at the same time as the root beer extract.

Where Do I Find Root Beer Extract?

I have seen it in stores, but not very often. It’s easiest to find online from retailers like Amazon. Believe it or not, there are quite a few brands available. In addition to root beer ice cream, you can use the extract to make your own sodas and in root beer float cupcakes!

How Can I Make this Recipe without an Ice Cream Maker?

There are a few methods. See our guide to Homemade Dairy-Free Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker.

Special Diet Notes: Vegan Root Beer Ice Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Just be sure to choose the milk beverage that suits your dietary needs.

Dairy-Free Root Beer Ice Cream



Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: American

  • 1 cup vanilla dairy-free milk beverage
  • 1½ tablespoons arrowroot starch (can sub cornstarch)
  • 1 cup root beer (NOT diet)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon root beer extract
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the milk beverage and starch until the starch is dissolved. Whisk in the root beer, sugar, and salt.
  2. Place the pan over medium heat, and cook, whisking every few minutes, until the mixture comes to a rapid boil. Immediately remove the pan from the stove, and whisk in the root beer extract.
  3. Pour the mixture into a large glass measuring cup or similar container, and refrigerate for about 2 hours, or until cold.
  4. Churn the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Transfer the churned ice cream to a freezer safe container, and freeze for 4 to 6 hours, or until sold.

Serving size: generous ½ cup Calories: 140 Fat: .9g Saturated fat: .1g Carbohydrates: 34.2g Sugar: 30.8g Sodium: 193mg Fiber: .3g Protein: .3g


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