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Vegan strawberry hemp heart ice cream! It is high in protein (8.6 g per 1/2 cup) creamy, rich, healthy, easy-to-prepare, and is made without nuts, coconut or banana.

Vegan Ice Cream made with Hemp Hearts

It’s back to school time at our house.

So I did what every good mother does: I made ice cream!

While not entirely true (I made the ice cream Sunday, served it Monday), it is no lie that this is one decadent-tasting frozen treat. It is the perfect way to use up some late-summer strawberries, too.

Oh, and by the way: I made this dreamy ice cream with hemp.

Benefits of Vegan Hemp Ice Cream

This heavenly ice cream is:

  • Vegan (dairy free, egg-free)
  • Paleo
  • LOADED with two essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6)
  • High in protein (8.6 g per 1/2 cup!)
  • Nut-free
  • Coconut-free
  • Banana-free

You may have heard of–or tried–a variety of other vegan ice creams, including options made with soy, coconut milk, and cashews, or “soft-serve” ice cream made with frozen bananas. Now you can add hemp to the list. Specifically, hemp milk and hemp hearts.

Hemp milk has a rich consistency, making it an excellent choice for creamy concoctions such as this ice cream. Look for it in tetra packs where other non-dairy milks are shelved.

However, it’s the hemp hearts–shelled hemp seeds–that take this dessert creamy.

What Do Hemp Hearts Taste Like?

Hemp hearts are similar to cashews in their neutral flavor–they remind me of pine nuts–so it was more of a hop than a leap to consider trying them in an ice cream recipe.

Additionally, I had a specific request from a reader, who asked if I knew of a nut-free and coconut-free ice cream (other than banana-based ice creams). She has children with allergies to both. I had a big bag of hemp hearts in the freezer, so it was time to experiment!

I love fruit ice creams in the summer, and my son feels the same. Strawberry ice cream in time for the first day of school became the plan!

Making the ice cream is simple. First, combine the hemp hearts and hemp milk in a covered container and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Blend both the milk and hearts in a blender, along with the remaining ingredients, until smooth, and process in an ice cream maker.

In no time, you have ice cream that is as good for you as it is irresistible!

Enjoy it straight away, or pack into an airtight container and freeze until very firm.

I am confident it would be smashing made with other late-season options, too, like peaches, blackberries or nectarines, so feel free to swap in your favorite fruit.

Enjoy these final days of summer, everyone!

More Easy Vegan Ice Creams To Try:

Mango Banana Coconut Ice Cream

Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream {5 ingredients}

3-ingredient Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

2-Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry Hemp Heart Ice Cream {Vegan, Paleo}

Strawberry Hemp Heart Ice Cream {Vegan, Paleo}

Yield: 7 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Vegan & Paleo strawberry ice cream, made with hemp hearts, hemp milk and plump, juicy, summer strawberries! It is creamy, rich, healthy, easy-to-prepare, and made without nuts, coconut, or banana.


  • 2 cups hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds)
  • 3-1/2 cups hemp milk (or nondairy milk of choice)
  • 1-1/2 cups strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (see options in notes)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. In a covered container, combine the hemp hearts and hemp milk. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours (do not drain).
  2. In a blender, process the hemp hearts and milk, strawberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla and salt until blended and smooth.
  3. Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions. Serve right away (softer serve) or pack into an airtight container and free to desired firmness.


Sweetener options: An equal amount of natural cane sugar can be used in place of the maple syrup. If not vegan, 1/3 cup honey can be used in place of the maple syrup.

Storage: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 185Total Fat 11.4gSaturated Fat 1.3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 43.5mgCarbohydrates 11.9gFiber 2.4gSugar 9.8gProtein 8.6g

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  1. I wonder if this could be done with flax instead of hemp? It’s just what I have on hand, so I’m curious. It sounds great!

    1. Hi Jessica,
      No, I think that would not be pleasant, at all. The hemp seeds have a creaminess, more like cashews, and a very neutral flavor. Flaxseed is quite different, and has a fairly strong flavor, too. Sorry!

  2. Beautiful recipe, I was so inspired! The hemp base still turned icy after freezing, though lush and creamy straight out of the blender. I think this is why many recipes add coconut, banana or such. Still love the idea of an ice cream without!

  3. How important are the vanilla and lemon juice? We have sensitivities to both but I am dying to try this!!!

    1. Hi Jasmine,
      They are not essential for the recipe. You can leave them out without having to replace with anything else. I use some lemon juice to brighten the flavor of the strawberries; if you like, and if you can have it, a small amount of vinegar (apple cider or other) can be added 🙂