Strawberry Cream Cheese Vegan Ice Cream

This may be the best ice cream flavor ever invented by Ben and Jerry’s, not that I would ever know. In my non-vegan days I was too consumed with all things chocolate to appreciate the other flavors. There’s something about becoming vegan that’s awakened my taste buds. Guess what? There’s a world beyond chocolate out there, people. Can you believe it! This is the part where I run into the street, twirl in a circle, and throw my hat into the air. Hopefully I keep my balance after that twirl and don’t lose my lunch along with my hat…or get hit by a car. But that’s a topic for another day. For now, let’s just focus on this über-delicious Strawberry Cream Cheese Vegan Ice Cream.

Vegan Specialty Ice Cream Flavors: Strawberry Cheesecake!

I thought my days of enjoy specialty pints of ice cream were in the Omnivorious time of my life. You know, pre-vegan? It’s not as if I had Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer at all times. No way. Of course, that was only because any time I bought one of my favorite pints, calories be damned, that pint was gone soon after. Finito!

Eureka!

But then one day I had one of my Eureka! moments. That’s sort of like an Oprah’s Aha moment, but without all the spiritual depth to it. I’m a little more ferrel than that.

So, my Eureka! moment involved a little conversation with myself that went something like this:

Self #1: I sure miss eating those delicious specialty pints of ice cream.

Self #2: Yeah, me too.

Self #1: Hey. Why don’t I just make my own!

Self #2: Now why didn’t I think of that?

Self #1: Don’t worry about it. Everyone knows I’m the bright one anyway. Go back to watching reruns of Green Acres.

Self #2: Hey! That was a darn good show.

 

The best vegan ice cream, Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

That’s how a lot of my Eureka! moments go. I wonder how certain flavors would work together, or I’m curious how to create a vegan version of a favorite non-vegan dish, and then I get lost in the thought of it all.

The first Vegan Specialty Ice Cream moment began with Chubba Hubba. I mean, seriously, people. We’re talking dark chocolate covered pretzel bits and caramel swirls. Isn’t that where all good specialty ice cream moments should begin? And then I moved on to  Chunky Monkey.  And that’s when I realized I might have a full-blown series on my hands.

Because  with these three delicious flavors on my belt, I don’t intend to stop.

Easy and Delicious: Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Easy Does It

You want to know something even better? This recipe is SO easy! That’s because I don’t start these specialty ice creams from scratch.

Hey. I figure if So Delicious wants to come up with a tasty, creamy soy ice cream, I’ll let them. I’m just adapting their product to fit my needs.

See how manipulative I can be?

Anyway, this recipe takes about 15 minutes to throw together, then another 10 minutes for it firm back up in the freezer. That means this recipe fits in my plan of world denomination of the 30 Minute or Less recipe category.

Did I say world domination? Sometimes I get a little ahead of myself.

Super delicious vegan ice cream: Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

I think this may be the best vegan ice cream I’ve had, but I have a few more flavors to try so I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

Strawberry Cheesecake Vegan Ice Cream

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the carton of soy ice cream on the counter to soften it up a little. Place the softened non-dairy ice cream and the 5 tablespoons of vegan cream cheese in a food processor or blender and pulse until combined.
  2. In the meantime, combine 5 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs with 1 tablespoon of softened non-dairy margarine. Stir to combine it as much as possible. Feel free to place this in the microwave for 2-3 seconds to help distribute the margarine throughout the graham crackers.
  3. Chop the strawberries and use a fork to mash them.
  4. Now you're ready to assemble your ice cream. Spoon about 3 dollops of the ice cream back into the container from whence it came (I like recipes that use the word "whence") or into a separate freezer-safe container. Now sprinkle a layer of the graham cracker mixture with a couple of pieces of the strawberries. Add another layer of the cream cheese ice cream, followed by another layer of the graham cracker mixture and strawberries. Continue with this process, ending with the ice cream at the top.
  5. Place the carton back in the freezer. When you're ready to serve, simply remove it from the freezer 5 minutes or so ahead of time to allow it to soften. Serve with additional graham cracker crumbs sprinkled on top.

Enjoy!


Posted 6 months ago by Marly on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 · Permalink

28 Responses to Strawberry Cream Cheese Vegan Ice Cream

  1. Vegan never looked so good! Quick, pass me a spoon…

  2. You did make this special! I am going to love this!

    • I know you will Ginny! This is right up your vegan freezer alley!

  3. Sounds and looks absolutely amazing and creamy!!

  4. This is perfection right here!! Now I want/need ice cream!

  5. I can’t get over how good that looks! I love ben and jerry’s but would love to be able to make it at home! can’t wait to give this a try!!

    • I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. It’s like a Ben & Jerry’s DIY tutorial! Except this is vegan. I don’t think do vegan yet…but we can dream!

  6. Eureka is right Marly!

    • It’s my new favorite word. I like to walk around and say, “Eureka!” It makes me feel as if I’m mulling over life’s big questions. You know, like what should we have for dinner?

  7. I am SO making this. Immediately. Like now. Like right now.

    Your photos are fabulous. I wanted to lick the screen. But I restrained myself.

    • You’re so sweet. Thanks! Let me know if you give it a try.

  8. Heaven in a bowl! I want to lick my screen!

  9. WOW, I want this whole bowl of ice cream! Looks delicious :)

  10. Vegan? Seriously? This is the exact same ice cream I order when we go to our local shop and I LOVE it. I gotta say though, this looks so much better.

    • I know, it’s crazy! I want to eat it up with a spoon. Hey wait. I do eat it up with a spoon. I crack myself up sometimes!

  11. Such a good combination. I love reinventing tubs of ice cream to better meet my dessert cravings. My go to combo lately is pistachios, almonds, a pinch of cinnamon, and a drizzle of this honey-like syrup I created. It’s just like baklava. Now I need to put it in a filo bowl!

    • OMG. That might be my next new favorite ice cream flavor. You need to talk to Ben & Jerry about that one!!

  12. I’m just so in love with the color of this ice cream! Plus I love that you topped it with some graham crackers for a little extra crunch!

  13. This ice cream so creamy and delicious! I’m totally sharing this with my vegan little brother :)

  14. I can’t wait to share this with my friend – she will totally appreciate this since its vegan! Looks fantastic!

    • Thank, Joelen. It’s not only vegan, but it’s so easy too!

  15. I need a moment. I’m just gonna cry… a tiny bit. I’m okay. Really, I’m okay. *sob* It looks so good! :-P

    • Oh, don’t cry because then I’ll have to cry too! I guess if it’s tears of joy it’s not so bad!

  16. This is currently in my freezer waiting to be eaten..Can’t wait! Shared your recipe link on my website: http://www.facebook.com/PlantStrongNewEngland
    Hope you get a lot of hits :-)