Ice cream might be a summer staple, but not everyone tolerates or chooses to eat dairy products. Having a handful of dairy-free frozen dessert recipes at the ready makes for much more enjoyable – and delicious – summer days.

You won’t even be thinking about ice cream when you try your hand at one of these 15 tasty, dairy-free frozen summer desserts.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Freezer Cake

Not only does this dairy-free freezer cake check all the boxes – a creamy exterior, brightly colored icing, chocolate and vanilla filling, and a crunchy chocolate middle – it’s gluten-free to boot!

Get the recipe from What the Fork

Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches

These ice cream sandwiches are a new twist on the classic flavors of carrot cake and vanilla ice cream, and come together easily. Roll them in chopped walnut pieces for an added crunch.

Get the recipe from She Likes Food

Avocado Paletas

If you prefer creamy ice pops over icy versions, this recipe is just the ticket thanks to the addition of perfectly ripe avocado. They are free of refined sugar, and require just a quick blend before pouring into your favorite molds for a tasty summer treat.

Get the recipe from Caroline’s Cooking

Grapefruit Sorbet

Everyone will love the tart, refreshing taste of grapefruit in this dairy-free sorbet recipe, that requires just two ingredients to make. It’s like a glass of icy lemonade with a twist!

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats

2-Ingredient Choco-Banana Treats

This make-ahead, low-calorie frozen treat features a creamy center and crispy chocolate coating that’s hard to resist. Use dairy-free chocolate chips to keep this recipe free of any dairy products.

Get the recipe from Belly Bootcamp

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

These frozen cheesecake bars feature the classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate, but are free of both gluten and dairy. The puffed rice cereal in the base layer gives a hint of crunch to this decadent summer dessert.

Get the recipe from Food Faith Fitness

Lime + Mint Popsicles

The combination of lime and mint in these popsicles is reminiscent of a refreshing summer mojito, but without all the morning-after guilt that comes from indulging in a few too many.

Get the recipe from A Beautiful Mess

Fruit Juice Snow Cones

Skip the artificial colors and added sugars of traditional snow cones with a make-at-home version that’s just as tasty as the original. If you can’t get your hands on a snow cone maker, shaving the ice in a blender or food processor works just as well.

Get the recipe from Five Heart Home

Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

This homemade frozen dessert offers the rich creamy taste of the original, without the need for a fancy ice cream maker or the use of dairy. With just five ingredients, it’s a delicious dessert you can feel good about.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food

Watermelon Pineapple Ice Pops

These ice pops are so easy to throw together with fresh watermelon, pineapple, and coconut water, and can easily be made in whatever shape molds you have in the cupboard. The addition of gelatin helps them melt more slowly on those hot days, so you can enjoy them just a little longer.

Get the recipe from Against All Grain

5 Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream Snickers Bars

This indulgent, dairy-free frozen summer dessert requires just 5 ingredients, and can be made even easier if you skip the homemade caramel ice cream and opt for store-bought instead. They should last in the freezer for up to a couple weeks, perfect for when cravings strike!

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker

Salted Peanut Butter and Honey Ice Cream

The recipe for this dairy-free ice cream is incredibly versatile, and includes several options from spicy to lower-fat, for changing up the flavor profile to match your specific tastes.

Get the recipe from Cookie + Kate

Chocolate Drizzled Frozen Fruit Kabobs

Perfect for little ones or a summer dinner party, frozen fruit skewers are endlessly customizable with whatever fruits you have on hand, and can be made ahead of time for a healthy frozen dessert.

Get the recipe from Carl’s Bad Cravings

Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

These tasty pudding pops are perfect for a cooling breakfast, snack, or dessert, and feature the addition of fibre-rich chia seeds for an exciting look and texture.

Get the recipe from Skinny Taste

Frozen Citrus Fruit Cups

Bursting with the refreshing taste of citrus fruits, along with a punch of color, these frozen treats are perfect for a backyard get-together or summer picnic in the park.

Get the recipe from Taste of Home


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