Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream (Ben & Jerry’s Copycat!)

This healthy and decadent Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream does not disappoint, and it’s guaranteed to cool you down in the sweltering heat! Vegan Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

It’s about time I came out with a new ice cream recipe on this blog! And I think you might see them more from now on because I just bought an ice cream machine, and my LIFE HAS CHANGED. I have a few no-churn ice cream recipes on here, and while they are delicious, they don’t compare to the texture of the churned version and I’m fully on board with making the switch.

Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe

I was a bit ambitious with my very first churned ice cream, and decided to make a version of Ben & Jerry’s classic favorite. This Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream tastes pretty darn close to the real thing, but it’s made with coconut milk and soaked cashews and is JUST as creamy!

I used to LOVE Cherry Garcia ice cream growing up, and would go crazy over the combination of tart cherries and crunchy chocolate in the sweet vanilla ice cream. While the original version contains guar gum, carrageenan, and soy lecithin, my version is squeaky clean with all REAL ingredients and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

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Finding Vegan and Paleo Chocolate

This Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream recipe uses shaved chocolate that you should NOT omit, but I completely understand that it can be a bit difficult to find dairy free and soy free chocolate bars. After doing some research, I discovered Enjoy Life Chocolate, and I highly recommend you use their chocolate bar for this recipe.

Not only is it delicious (I love to enjoy a piece for dessert), it’s paleo and vegan, free of eggs, wheat, dairy, soy, and nuts, so it’s great for anyone with food allergies.

I hope you love this recipe as much as my husband and I did. We’ve been enjoy a scoop each after dinner, and I love that I can indulge in one of my favorite desserts without a ton of sugar and fake ingredients. It’s the best and most delicious way to #treatyoself in my opinion!

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Paleo & Vegan Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

This healthy and decadent Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream does not disappoint, and it's guaranteed to cool you down in the sweltering heat! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Soaking & freezing time: 4 hours
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Jean Choi



  • Place drained cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. 
  • Pour this mixture to an ice cream maker and churn following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Once the ice cream begins to thicken, add shaved dark chocolate and cherries to the ice cream. 
  • Serve right away for a softer ice cream, or transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer until ready. 
Nutrition Facts
Paleo & Vegan Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Potassium 276mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin C 2.4%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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19 thoughts on “Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream (Ben & Jerry’s Copycat!)

  1. Renee

    Oh my WORD – this looks amazing! Cherries are just about finishing up here, so I’m going to grab the last of them to make this! Thanks!

  2. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    No way!!! I used to live on the B&J frozen yogurt version in my college days. It was one of my favorites, I probably had it at least twice a week – maybe daily lol. I cannot wait to make your version!

  3. Kathryn

    This looks so yummy. I’ve tried a few recipes without an ice cream machine and they’ve always been a little disappointing. Is there an ice cream maker that you recommend? I would love to make treats like this!

    1. Jean Choi Post author

      I honestly just got the cheapest one I could find because I wasn’t sure if I would use it a lot, which is this one. But it works so well and I may upgrade to a fancier one in a few months. 🙂


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