Guess who DOESN’T come running when they hear the ice cream truck jingle playing down the street? Cows!
Cows exploited by the dairy industry are treated as nothing more than milk- and baby-making machines. They do NOT sign up to give up their bodies, babies, lives, and dignity so that ice cream vendors can churn a profit off people who might not know the dairy industry’s dirty secret.
So this summer, instead of making the world a darker, more agonizing place for animals, get out in the sun and treat yourself to some cruelty-free DIY vegan ice cream truck favorites. We’ve successfully “veganized” our personal faves—and now you can, too!
Check out these simple and scrumptious recipes:
Vegan Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
- 1 pint nondairy vanilla ice cream (we used So Delicious brand)
- 2 vegan cookies (Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies are sold at 7-Eleven)
- 1 handful nondairy chocolate chips or carob chips (hint: Ghirardelli’s semi-sweet chocolate chips are vegan)
First, slice off the bottom of the ice cream carton. No, really:
(You can scoop the rest into a freezer-safe container to enjoy later!) Just place that perfect slice of heaven nondairy ice cream on top of a cookie and top it off with, YES, another cookie.
Sprinkle the edges of the sandwich with chocolate chips and enjoy!
Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Bars
What you’ll need:
- 1 pint nondairy vanilla ice cream
- 1 1-lb.container fresh strawberries
- 10 small vegan shortbread cookies (try Nabisco’s Lorna Doone shortbread cookies)
- 1 8-oz. pkg. freeze-dried strawberries
Just blend the nondairy vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries together, then pour the mixture into ice-pop molds (which can be found at your local dollar store) and freeze for at least 2 hours. Next, crush up the cookies with the freeze-dried strawberries (we did this in a plastic baggie), and put the mixture on a plate. Roll the frozen pops in the dry mixture and enjoy! Four ingredients have never tasted so good. ♥
Vegan Fudge Pops
What you’ll need:
- 1 13-oz. can organic coconut milk
- 1/3 cup vegan cocoa powder (try Hershey’s brand)
- 4 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla
- Pinch sea salt
Get ready, ’cause this one is going to be tough: Blend all ingredients together, then pour into ice-pop molds (which can be found at your local dollar store). Freeze and enjoy! Hint: True chefs sprinkle chocolate chips into the mixture before pouring into the molds.
Ditching cruelty and saving cows tastes sooooo good!
Share these treats with all your friends to show how easy and delicious eating vegan can be this summer (and every season). And while you’re at it, make TODAY the day you break up with dairy foods.
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