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 vegan ice cream recipe]

Vegan maple cinnamon ice cream

The ice cream machine:

Ice cream machine

We keep this 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 once used on a weekly basis for dinner parties. Iโ€™d definitely like to get in the hang of that again! But for now, Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Vegan maple cinnamon ice cream

This vegan ice cream uses coconut milk for a deliciously creamy texture, along with soaked cashews (as a thickening agent. If youโ€™re allergic, Thai coconut meat works well too.) and pure maple syrup for sweetness. Over 80% of the worldโ€™s syrup comes from Canada, and exciting news: Iโ€™ll be traveling there for the first time fairly soon. My dream of a maple syrup-soaked snowball may actually come true ๐Ÿ˜‰

vegan ice cream ingredients

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


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


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

vegan ice cream

Vegan maple cinnamon ice cream


It’s light and refreshing for a perfect summer treat, but the maple and cinnamon flavors make it perfect for year-round enjoyment.

Hereโ€™s the recipe if youโ€™d like to give it a try! You could easily customize with your favorite mix-ins, too. 


Vegan maple cinnamon ice cream

An easy and delicious ice cream recipe using 5 whole ingredients. Sweetened with maple syrup and spiced with a cinnamon kick!

  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 180
  • Total Time: 240


  • -2 cans (5.46oz each) coconut milk (I used light, but regular would be even more decadent)
  • -1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour and rinsed
  • -1 cup pure Canada maple syrup (check your label as many syrups have added ingredients. Look for pure maple syrup)
  • -1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • -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.


  • -Thai coconut meat is a great substitute for cashews
  • -Add any mix-ins you’d like! Chocolate chips, gluten-free brownie bites, mini marshmallows.. the possibilities are endless
  • -Use this as the ice cream for a delicious root beer float!


  • Serving Size: 4

This vegan ice cream uses coconut milk for a deliciously creamy texture, along with soaked cashews and pure maple syrup for sweetness. #veganicecream #coconutmilkicecream



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. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 13, 2014 at 7:41 am

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andrea on August 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Yay from a fellow Canadian! Although I have to say I’m not a huge fan of maple syrup…*gasp*

      • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        (we won’t tell haha)

    • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on August 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Dito from me — Go, Canada! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:43 pm


    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      thank you so much, angela!

  2. Brynn on August 13, 2014 at 8:09 am

    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. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on August 13, 2014 at 8:35 am

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

  4. Joanne on August 13, 2014 at 8:41 am

    So happy you’re coming to Canada! You’ll love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football on August 13, 2014 at 8:47 am

    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. Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes on August 13, 2014 at 8:50 am

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

  7. haley @Cupcakes and on August 13, 2014 at 8:51 am

    yes, yes, yes.

  8. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on August 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

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

  9. kristin on August 13, 2014 at 9:01 am

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

  10. John F on August 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Okay, now im hungry ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on August 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

    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!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      STOPPPPP. let me know how it is (even though i know it will be amazing)

  12. Vera on August 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

    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. Aya on August 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    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!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      thank you so much, aya! i’ll be in BC but hopefully will make my way to toronto eventuallY!

  15. Nicholle on August 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Maple syrup is great in coffee.

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      you just blew my mind. i can’t wait to try this!

      • Erin on August 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

        Yes, I make my own pumpkin lattes sweetened with maple syrup. Soooo good!

        • Cassie on August 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm

          Haha, this made me think of Elf – “Syrup in coffee?! Why didn’t I think of that!?”

  16. Britt@MyOwnBalance on August 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    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. Tracy on August 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Oh my word, does this ever sound delicious!! Yum yum ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Jade on August 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    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… ๐Ÿ™ 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. Jaclyn on August 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Coming to Toronto? Let’s barre!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      no, i’ll be in BC! wish we could barre together!

      • crystal hodgson on August 17, 2014 at 4:37 pm

        Eeeep! Where in BC!? I’m in Victoria and would love to help ya out with your trip in anyway! Or take a class with you?


        • Fitnessista on August 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

          that would be awesome!! i’m not sure where exactly in BC we’ll be, but i’m excited!!

  20. Crystal on August 13, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on August 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      let me know if you do!

  22. Jill on August 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Where in Canada are you going?
    I’m Canadian (Toronto) and love maple syrup! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love the use of cashews in this recipe.

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      agh i’ll be on the opposite side of you (BC)

      • Jill on August 14, 2014 at 9:20 am

        Where in BC? You’ll love it! My bf’s parents live in Kelowna and it’s pretty much the most beautiful place on earth!

  23. Alison on August 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    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.

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      thank you- i’m so excited! i’ll be in BC. always wanted to visit!

  24. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on August 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    This looks delicious!! I WISH I had an ice cream maker ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on August 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    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. Jess on August 13, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Looks amazing! Yum!

  27. Lily on August 14, 2014 at 12:18 am

    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. Leanne on August 14, 2014 at 1:14 am

    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. shaina on August 14, 2014 at 1:57 am

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

  30. hayley maher on August 14, 2014 at 4:27 am

    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. Courtney Bentley on August 14, 2014 at 5:00 am

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

  32. Rebecca on August 14, 2014 at 6:54 am

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Michelle on August 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I love all the vegan recipes you’ve had on here lately! I will definitely be making this ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Kristen on August 14, 2014 at 11:32 pm

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

  35. Elisa on October 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I made this today, and we loved it! Felt like Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‰ and no dairy stomachache after, double bonus!

    • Fitnessista on October 20, 2014 at 8:06 am

      so awesome! happy you enjoyed it!

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