Instant Strawberry Cashew Ice Cream Recipe

4 ingredient cashew ice cream recipe made with just wholefoods. make healthy dairy free ice cream in 6- seconds with this vegan ice cream recipe

The best things in life are simple and this instant strawberry cashew ice cream with just 4 ingredients is a perfect example. No churning or waiting is required, just a minute of blending and you will have frozen and thick natural ice cream.

This healthy ice cream is suitable for vegan, paleo, plant based, raw, whole food, oil free and refined sugar free diets. This cashew ice cream also tastes like it isn’t healthy even though it’s loaded with nutrition!

Instant Strawberry Cashew Ice Cream ingredients include cashews, dates, vanilla and frozen berries

You need not tell anyone it’s raw vegan – they won’t notice and just think it’s a delicious strawberry ice cream. The trick to this quick recipe is to use frozen strawberries. You can buy pre-frozen strawberries or freeze your own, but remember to de-stem before freezing.

Serving healthy strawberry cashew ice cream in a bowl. this churn free healthy ice cream is so quick to make

The cashew ice cream is reasonably firm but will melt quickly so either make and serve immediately or put straight into the freezer. It’s a lot more solid than the pictures and video show. It melted quickly in the 5 minutes while fiddling with the camera and setting up to get the right shots.

I do have an ice cream maker but since I’ve discovered how quick and easy it is to make instant blended dairy free ice cream I haven’t used it. 

Strawberry Cashew Ice Cream Video Recipe

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This cashew ice cream uses frozen strawberries to make it instantly frozen. I love using frozen fruit as it’s often more nutritious than fresh due to the fast freezing locking in the nutrients.

Instant Strawberry Cashew Ice Cream from above

Also it’s convenient so leads to less waste and is available year round. Frozen fruit also has a much lower carbon footprint as it’s transported by shipping containers rather than flown like fresh fruit.

Use a high powered blender to make instant ice cream. No oil or sugar in this cashew ice cream recipe

A high-speed blender is perfect for making no-churn instant vegan ice cream. Just blend and use the tool to push the creamy goodness to the middle to make a luscious and smooth ice cream.

Healthy dairy free cashew ice cream made without refined sugar and sweetened just with fruit. Strawberry ice cream topped with blueberries and mint

You can top this ice cream with anything you like such as berries, fruit, nuts or seeds. Below I’ve topped the cashew ice cream with blueberries and a mint leaf.

Dates and water are blended with cashew nuts to make a creamy healthy ice cream. Use raw cashew nuts and pitted dates in this ice cream recipe

Use fresh filtered water to make this ice cream. I don’t soak my cashew nuts as they are just about the only nut where it isn’t needed. A high speed blender can make even unsoaked cashew nuts totally smooth in less than 60 seconds.

Yield: 4 cashew ice cream portions

Instant Strawberry Cashew Ice Cream

4 ingredient cashew ice cream recipe made with just wholefoods. make healthy dairy free ice cream in 6- seconds with this vegan ice cream recipe

4 ingredient recipe to make yummy cashew ice cream in minutes. This dairy free ice cream tastes so good no one often notices it's healthy and made without dairy cream. Frozen strawberries make this an instant ice cream with no churning

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • Cashews, 1 handful
  • Dates, ½ a handful
  • Frozen strawberries, 1½ handfuls
  • Vanilla, ½ a pod scraped / ½ tsp extract


  1. Place the cashews, dates and vanilla in a blender and add just enough water to cover.
  2. Whizz up until the cashew ice cream mixture is all smooth.
  3. Add the frozen strawberries to the blender and then blend again until they are all broken.
  4. If you have a blender with a tamper you can use this to push the strawberries towards the blade.
  5. You may need to add more water if it isn’t mixing or more frozen strawberries if the cashew ice cream is too runny.
  6. The cashew ice cream should be frozen enough that you can turn the blender upside down and none falls out.


You can use any other frozen berries in place of the strawberries if you like, but strawberries do work very well with this recipe.

Macadamia nuts can be used in place of cashew nuts if you prefer.

Sunflower seeds can be used to make nut free, but I'm not going to lie they don't taste as good as nuts. But they are much cheaper. If you use sunflower seeds do soak in water to sprout and make easier to digest.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 170Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 91mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 6g
Instant strawberry cashew ice cream made from just a few whole food ingredients. Make healthy ice cream in seconds #vegan #veganrecipe #dairyfree #healthy #healthyrecipe

Like many berries a strawberry isn’t technically a berry it’s a aggregate accessory fruit. Strawberries were first mentioned in Roman times as a medicinal fruit to treat depressive illnesses.

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14 thoughts on “Instant Strawberry Cashew Ice Cream”

  1. Shirley Gomes de Sousa

    Hello. I’m loving your recipes, I’m just wondering if I can change the cashew nuts for other of my preference, like Brazil nut or almond. Cashew is very difficult to find in my pantry, ????. Thanks

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi, yep you sure can! Cashews are good in this as they go really smooth but you can use another seed or nut if you like. I often use sunflower seeds – not quite as smooth but its still very good 🙂

    1. Bastian Durward

      Sure they work great for this recipe. I just avoid raspberries for this ice cream recipe as the seeds get stuck in my teeth.

    1. Bastian Durward

      Sorry about that, this cashew ice cream recipe is rough and ready! Check out the video for a rough amount and idea

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