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Extra Creamy Strawberry Floats (Dairy-Free)

What could be better than Extra Creamy Strawberry Floats?  How about ice cream floats that are also on the healthy side!  This recipe uses our dairy-free strawberry ice cream, plus an extra creamy strawberry and coconut milk puree.  Top with your favorite sparkling water and you have a delicious, lightly-sweetened frozen treat!  

A glass of strawberry ice cream float

Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream

To make these strawberry floats, we are starting with our Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream.  So, you will want to make sure you have a batch made ahead of time to prepare the floats.

The good news is, the strawberry ice cream is no-churn and comes together pretty quickly.  Just a few ingredients in the blender, then freeze for a few hours.  More good news – the ingredients in the ice cream are the same ingredients in the creamy float mix.  

Extra Creamy Strawberry Floats

I’m going to age myself a bit and tell you that I have fond memories of the old-fashioned soda shops.  It was a Woolworth’s that was a few blocks away from my childhood home.  Unfortunately, Woolworth shut their doors many years ago, but if you ever find yourself in Asheville, NC, you can visit a restored version of the original.  

The general store sold a variety of merchandise, but it was the soda fountain that took my friends and me there at least 3 days a week.  Delicious ice cream drinks with a side of french fries and our day was complete!

While this ice cream float (and any other I make or drink), reminds me of the good ol’ days, I’ve taken a healthier spin on the classic drink.  Just this once.  🙂  The ice cream floats are dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and full of fresh strawberries.

But, please indulge every once in a while in a classic soda shop treat. 

Ingredients For The Dairy-Free Ice Cream Floats

There is lots of good news with this recipe … and to add even more, the floats don’t require a laundry list of ingredients.

  • Strawberry Ice Cream – If you want to keep it dairy-free and healthy’ish, I recommend my recipe.  
  • Fresh Strawberries – I’m using fresh because, well, it’s summer.  But by all means, frozen will work.
  • Canned Coconut Milk – This is in ice cream and the creamy float mix.
  • Honey – My sweetener of choice, but feel free to swap in your favorite sugar.
  • Sparkling Water – Use any sparkling water and flavor you like.  I’m currently loving Good & Gather or Aha – both available at Target boutique.  

Now that you’ve seen the ingredients, you can imagine that these strawberry floats are not super sweet.  Which makes the creamy and refreshing flavors of the strawberries shine through!  

Ingredients for strawberry ice cream floats

How To Make Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream Floats

You have your ingredients, and making the floats is easy.  Almost so easy it seems silly to write the steps.  But because I want this recipe to show up in Google searches, I’m going to write them.  Wink.

  1. Make the strawberry ice cream – Sounds obvious, but think of it this way – if you make it ahead of time, you will have ice cream ready for you in the freezer any time you want it.
  2. Make the creamy float mix – This is where the extra creamy in these floats come in.  The mixture is essentially a strawberry smoothie.  Less the kale, bananas, and protein powder.  Yes – that is what is in my smoothies.
  3. Add the sparkling water – Once you have the first two steps done, this is the final touch.  

Ridiculous steps I know, but … 🙂

Creamy strawberry ice cream floats

Tips For Making Strawberry Ice Cream Floats

The how-to aside (giggle), I do have some tips for the floats:

Canned Coconut Milk – This may be the only recipe where I tell you to shake the can of the coconut milk.  And I do recommend the canned coconut milk vs. carton.  It is so much thicker and creamier.

Make It Vegan – Swap the honey in both the ice cream and creamy float mix for maple syrup.

Chill The Creamy Float Mix – It is an ice cream float after all, so it is extra refreshing when everything is cold when you put it all together!

Experiment With Flavors – Try any fruit you like.  I may make a float out of the Pina Colada Ice Cream I still have in the freezer.  And for the creamy float mix – swap the strawberries for pineapple. 

Sounds like that needs some rum too.  Just sayin’.

More Summer Drink Recipes

Strawberry ice cream scoops in a float

Extra Creamy Strawberry Floats (Dairy-Free)

What could be better than Extra Creamy Strawberry Floats?  How about ice cream floats that are also on the healthy side!  This recipe uses our dairy-free strawberry ice cream, plus an extra creamy strawberry and coconut milk puree.  Top with your favorite sparkling water and you have a delicious, lightly-sweetened frozen treat!  
Prep10 mins
Total10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Floats
Author: Erin | Butter and Bliss

Equipment

  • 4 – Serving Glasses

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk (shake well)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • Sparkling Water (any flavor)
  • Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream

Instructions

  • Shake the can of coconut milk well. The coconut milk will be super creamy and thick.
  • Add the fresh strawberries, coconut milk, and honey to a blender or food processor. Blend until the mix is smooth. I recommend chilling the strawberry mix so it is cold when you assemble the floats.
  • In the serving glasses, pour equal amounts of the strawberry mix. Add scoops of the Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream (as many as you like!), and top with your favorite sparkling water. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Canned Coconut Milk – This may be the only recipe where I tell you to shake the can of the coconut milk.  And I do recommend the canned coconut milk vs. carton.  It is so much thicker and creamier.
  • Make It Vegan – Swap the honey in both the ice cream and creamy float mix for maple syrup.
  • Chill The Creamy Float Mix – It is an ice cream float after all, so it is extra refreshing when everything is cold when you put it all together!
Keywords Coconut Milk, Creamy, Dairy-Free, Ice Cream Float, Strawberry
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