“What, is there vegan ice cream?!” is a question I’ve heard many times. The answer to that question is simply put just “YES”! There’s quite a few different vegan ice creams out there, usually based on soy, oat or rice, or simply based on fruits or juices. Since it’s summer and we’ve had many weeks with nice sunny weather in Finland (after we had snow here in Helsinki in the end of June!), I felt that it will fit to do a post on ice cream.
There’s a whole bunch of vegan ice creams in the normal grocery stores, the larger ones usually have the biggest selection, but smaller stores usually carry some vegan ice creams as well. The site “Vegaanituotteet” lists all the available vegan ice creams in Finnish grocery stores here (you don’t necessarily have to be able to understand Finnish to use the list). Some ice cream stands also carry vegan ice creams (Ingman and Sia, for example).
You can also make your own, very simple, ice cream based on frozen banana and plant-based milk that you mix in a blender until smooth and proper consistency. You can flavor it any way you want, maybe with cocoa if you want chocolate flavor, or vanilla powder for vanilla. Your imagination is the only thing that is stopping you! Just be aware that this ice cream melts quickly, so it should be eaten immediately.
If you have an ice cream maker it is of course possible to make even more different kinds of vegan ice creams. I don’t own one, so I don’t know much when it comes to this, but someone who does is the blogger behind Kamomillan konditoria, which you could check out if you understand Finnish. If you don’t, the rest of the internet is still full of recipes of all kinds. Good luck!