Soymilk ice cream is an excellent alternative to regular dairy ice cream. If you’re vegan or have a dairy allergy, enjoying delicious ice cream treats may seem out of the question. But don’t despair – soymilk ice cream tastes every bit as good as dairy ice cream. It’s available in many grocery stores and supermarkets, and comes in a wide variety of flavors.

But what about toppings? The dessert sauces most commonly found on grocery store shelves typically contain dairy products, which makes them off-limits in a dairy-free lifestyle. The good news is, it’s easy to make your own dairy-free versions of your favorite sundae toppings right in your own kitchen. All you need are the right recipes.

Here’s a dairy-free version of the classic diner banana split, drenched in decadent fudge, strawberry and butterscotch sauces. You’ll never guess it’s dairy free! This version serves two.

Soymilk Ice Cream Classic Diner Banana Split


Strawberry Sauce:
6-8 strawberries, hulled
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon sugar

Chocolate Fudge Sauce:
2 tablespoons Butter-Flavor Crisco
4 tablespoons soy milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 package semi-sweet chocolate chips (Read the label to ensure they’re dairy free. Tip – the least expensive brands usually contain no dairy)

Butterscotch Sauce:
5 tablespoons Butter-Flavor Crisco
1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup soymilk
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large, ripe bananas
2 scoops each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry soymilk ice cream
Maraschino cherries


Combine all the strawberry sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until the berries are coarsely chopped. Transfer to a covered container and refrigerate until ready to assemble the splits.

Make the chocolate fudge sauce by combining the Crisco, soymilk, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the chocolate chips. Continue to stir until all the chocolate is melted and the sauce is smooth. Remove it from the heat and set aside.

Make the butterscotch sauce by combining the Crisco, brown sugar, corn syrup, soymilk and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture comes to a boil. Let it boil for two minutes without stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool for about 15 minutes, whisking it occasionally. Stir in the vanilla.

To assemble the splits, cut each banana in half lengthwise and place the halves on either side of a banana split dish. If you don’t have split dishes, cut the banana halves in half to make four pieces, and arrange them in a serving bowl. Place one scoop each of the vanilla, chocolate and strawberry soymilk ice cream in each dish. Ladle the chocolate fudge sauce over the chocolate scoops, the butterscotch sauce over the vanilla scoop, and the strawberry sauce over the strawberry scoop. Place a maraschino cherry on top of each scoop and serve immediately.

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