Dairy Free Frosted Lemonade is a copycat version of Chickfila's tasty milkshake - made with plant based vanilla ice cream and homemade lemonade.
Update: This recipe was originally posted in August 2016. The recipe and photos have been updated and republished in June 2022.
Lemonade was always one of my favorite summertime drinks as a kid. Adding ice cream was never a thought until I tried it at Chickfila. Unfortunately, I'm lactose intolerant so I'm unable to have their version anymore, so I had to make my own dairy-free version to enjoy.
What is dairy free frosted lemonade?
Dairy Free Frosted Lemonade is a milkshake made with planted based vanilla ice cream, lemon juice, water and sugar.
- fresh lemon juice
- plant based vanilla ice cream
First, combine warm water and sugar. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves into the water.
Then, squeeze the lemons. Squeeze lemons, approximately 2 large lemons, until you have a half cup of lemon juice. Stir the lemon juice into the sugar-water mixture.
Finally, blend into a milkshake. Add plant-based vanilla ice cream of your choice to a blender, along with the lemon and water mixture. Blend until smooth.
Serve frosted lemonade. Pour the lemonade into glasses and garnish with a slice of lemon if desired.
No, if you don't feel like squeezing lemons, you can use a frozen concentrated lemonade, prepared lemonade or lemon juice.
Almond milk and cashew milk dairy-free ice creams are my favorite. Cashew milk ice cream is very rich and creamy, while most almond-milk ice creams are thinner.
Personal preference. If your ice cream is very cold, the addition of the warm water won't make too much of a difference.
Nope, not at all. Feel free to use your favorite vanilla ice cream.
Love frozen drinks? Try out my Chocolate Cherry Bourbon Float, Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Smoothie or Key Lime Pie Milkshakes.
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Dairy Free Frosted Lemonade
- 1 blender
- ½ cup warm water
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 4 cups plant-based vanilla ice cream
- Whisk sugar into warm water, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.½ cup warm water, 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Juice 2 lemons, or enough to get ½ cup lemon juice. Stir lemon juice into water mixture, taste and stir in more sugar if needed.½ cup lemon juice
- Add vanilla ice cream and half of the lemonade mixture to a blender. Blend until smooth, adding more of the lemonade if needed to thin out the milkshake. Serve immediately.4 cups plant-based vanilla ice cream
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This just makes my mouth water. I have never had one from Chick Fil A or anywhere else but the flavor profile is perfect.
What fun! I did laugh when you wrote that your 30th birthday gift was lactose intolerance. Ugh, getting older is a joy, isn't it!!? When my husband hit 40, he got the gift of gluten intolerance. Well, I will definitely try this soon. Thanks for sharing.
This looks incredible for the hot days we have been having lately! Sorry about your lactose intolerance. Love that you found a dairy-free version.
I've not had one of these from Chik Fil A or elsewhere but it sounds a bit like what I knew as an ice cream float as a child. Sure great for summer!
Ohhh... SO giving this a try soon!
That looks perfect for a hot day! So refreshing!
I love Chick-fil-A's frosted lemonade. I'm glad you were still able to make one that you could enjoy. Welcome to #FoodieExtravaganza, thanks for joining me in the lemonade party!
Oh, fantastic! I haven't had this at Chick-fil-a before, but I'm thinking I might need to do it. In case you haven't found it yet, Bryer's has some really good lactose free vanilla ice cream. My husband is lactose intolerant too, so we switched to this ice cream.
Lemon and ice cream combo makes this drink refreshing and mouthwatering.