Vegan maple cinnamon ice cream

[This is sponsored by Pure Maple Syrup Canada, which is one of my favorite natural sweeteners. Read on for a simple yet decadent summer treat recipe]

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The ice cream machine:

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stashed in the pantry of kitchen appliance wedding gifts. Many that were initially used with gusto, but now sit waiting to be unearthed for a special occasion. While going through the laundry room, I saw the serving trays and dishes that were used on a weekly basis for dinner parties. I’d definitely like to get in the hang of that again! But for now, I’m reacquainting myself with the ice cream machine.

This recipe was made possible by my wonderful nana, aka the woman with the incredible Mary Poppins bag. No joke, at any time of the day, you could ask her for anything (comb? knife? nail clippers? house plant?) and it will appear from her handbag. The bowl to the ice cream maker was in that category. We accidentally left it in the freezer at our Tucson house, and while we were moving out, nana saved it for us. For her first visit to San Diego, she had it with her. I definitely needed to make ice cream to celebrate πŸ™‚

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This vegan ice cream uses coconut milk for a deliciously creamy texture, along with soaked cashews (as a thickening agent; if you’re allergic, Thai coconut meat works well too) and pure maple syrup for sweetness. Over 80% of the world’s syrup comes from Canada, and exciting news: I’ll be traveling there for the first time fairly soon. My dream of a maple syrup-soaked snowball may actually come true πŸ˜‰

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For this ice cream recipe, I combined the base ingredients with some cinnamon and vanilla. That’s it! 5 ingredients in the blender, and poured into the ice cream maker.

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After about 30 minutes, this is what it looked like:

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I transferred the mixture to a loaf pan for easy serving, and set it in the fridge to freeze completely.

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try! You could easily customize with your favorite mix-ins, too. 


Vegan maple cinnamon ice cream
Serves 4
An easy and delicious ice cream recipe using 5 whole ingredients. Sweetened with maple syrup and spiced with a cinnamon kick!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
4 hr
  1. -2 cans (5.46oz each) coconut milk (I used light, but regular would be even more decadent)
  2. -1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour and rinsed
  3. -1 cup pure Canada maple syrup (check your label as many syrups have added ingredients. Look for pure maple syrup)
  4. -1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. -1 tablespoon vanilla
  1. 1. Blend all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.
  2. 2. Pour into the ice cream maker and allow to process according to manufacturer's directions.
  3. 3. Transfer the mixture to a covered glass dish and place in the freezer to freeze completely, at least a couple of hours.
  4. 4. Serve with fresh mint as a garnish.
  1. -Thai coconut meat is a great substitute for cashews
  2. -Add any mix-ins you'd like! Chocolate chips, gluten-free brownie bites, mini marshmallows.. the possibilities are endless
  3. -Use this as the ice cream for a delicious root beer float!
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This post is sponsored by Pure Maple Syrup Canada. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that help to support this blog <3

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  1. As a Canadian, I’m thrilled that you’re using maple syrup, and that you’re coming here too! If you have any questions or need recommendations etc, feel free to hit me up and I will tell you everything I know! πŸ™‚

  2. My ice cream maker sits in the back of my appliances as well, I never break it out. But this recipe sounds delicious and easy! I love the use of maple syrup for a subtle sweetness. Sounds awesome for a root beer float, too!!

  3. And this is why I need an ice cream maker! This sounds fabulous!

  4. So happy you’re coming to Canada! You’ll love it πŸ™‚

  5. This looks SO delicious Gina!! I love maple and I bought the kitchen aid ice cream attachment last year and have only used it twice so far – so this gives me another reason to bring it out!

    Can’t wait to try. Yum!

  6. OMG I need an ice cream maker. That looks amazing!

  7. yes, yes, yes.

  8. OMG maple syrup is the BEST. This looks amazing!!

  9. i’ve been making vegan ice cream this summer and love using maple syrup as the sweetener. great idea to add cashews!

  10. Okay, now im hungry πŸ™‚

  11. I need an ice cream maker! This look super yummy!

    Isa Chandra just opened her Vegan restaurant in Omaha. I have reservations for tomorrow and can’t wait to try out all the delicious vegan desserts!

  12. Hey Gina – that ice cream looks so good. Where in Canada will you be travelling to? I live in Ontario and would be more than happy to help you with anything you may need while you are here πŸ™‚

  13. Thank goodness Nana save the ice cream maker for you! I’ve always wanted one, but theh thought if buying another gadget prevents me. This recipe makes it tempting though.

  14. HI Gina!
    How thrilling that you will be visiting Canada!
    Please let us know if you will be “appearing” anywhere, you have so many Canadian fans who would love to meet you!
    I’m in Toronto, if you’d like any advice or recommendations, please contact me!
    I hope you enjoy your stay!

  15. Maple syrup is great in coffee.

  16. I know how you feel about the kitchen appliances. I should really use my slow cooker and panini press more but the whole getting them down from a top shelf, taking them out of the box and then washing and putting away is just too much for me to handle sometimes! My food processor does get a good workout though!

  17. Oh my word, does this ever sound delicious!! Yum yum πŸ™‚

  18. So true about reading the labels in regards to maple syrup. I picked up a bottle of it the other day and the front said “Organic Maple Syrup” it was a different kind than I normally do and I just had a feeling to look on the back and first ingredient? Cane sugar… πŸ™ That got put back quickly and then I grabbed the right one.

    This looks delicious and another shocker of what one can do with cashews!

  19. Coming to Toronto? Let’s barre!

  20. Omg, I haven’t had lunch yet, and that ice cream looks amazing! I’ve never been to Canada, but that sounds like fun! My sister and I are talking about taking a trip to Vancouver some time next year, so I’m super excited πŸ™‚

  21. I have a major sweet tooth and I think this looks so delicious! I like how it doesn’t require too many ingredients. I will definitely pin this and give it a try!

  22. Where in Canada are you going?
    I’m Canadian (Toronto) and love maple syrup! πŸ™‚
    Love the use of cashews in this recipe.

  23. Another Canadian happy you’re coming to visit, even though I seriously doubt Saskatchewan, my home province, is on your destination list. I googled “best things about Saskatchewan” to see if there was anything I didn’t know about which could really tip the scales in Saskatchewan’s favour…an article in the Winnipeg Free Press on the topic of great things about Saskatchewan listed CanMar’s roasted flax seed, but I’m pretty sure you could just find some at your local TJ’s…I look forward to hearing about your Canadian adventure in the future.

  24. This looks delicious!! I WISH I had an ice cream maker πŸ™‚

  25. I love using my ice cream maker! It is actually much simpler than I ever thought it would be to make treats at home.

  26. Looks amazing! Yum!

  27. This ice cream was AMAZING! I made it this afternoon and between myself, my husband and my 14 month old son, it is devoured. Thanks for the easy and delicious recipe!
    I love the new website design. I am happy to see that a request I made for the new website was heard. I was having a difficult time with the search results and now they are direct and easy to find what I am looking for. Thanks for listening!

  28. You’re coming to my neck of the woods!! You will absolutely love it! I assume you’ll be staying in Vancouver? I have a guess as to why you may be coming…though I could be wrong. You will not be short on things to do/see/eat, that’s for sure!

  29. 1. Yum.
    2. The blog looks amazing!!!

  30. hayley maher says:

    just logged on to see if there were any new posts up today and saw the new blog format and layout !!! congratulations its great love the colors!!

  31. OMG this literally made my mouth water! So amazing thank you for sharing <3

  32. That looks amazing, I will definitely be trying this recipe! Also, the new website looks fantastic, I love the colours and layout. Lovely photo too! πŸ™‚

  33. I love all the vegan recipes you’ve had on here lately! I will definitely be making this πŸ™‚

  34. Yeah for coming to Canada!!! BC is glorious…

  35. I made this today, and we loved it! Felt like Christmas πŸ˜‰ and no dairy stomachache after, double bonus!

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