This 5-ingredient vegan limoncello dessert is ready in literally 5 minutes, it is soy free, gluten free and oh so creamy!
Definitely one of the easiest limoncello desserts you could ever make and if you would love a scrumptious limoncello cake too, try this as a frosting on this lemon cake! Absolutely delicious!
Recipe re-tested and updated March 2022
Limoncello is a typical lemon-flavored Italian liqueur, that is usually sipped in small, cold glasses at the end of a (generally pretty hearty) meal. Basically to help you digest, that is. And it works!
So why not use it to make a scrumptious creamy dessert in a glass that you can top with berries, strawberries and crumbled cookies.
Just 5 ingredients, a blender and 5 minutes. That is all you will need to prepare this dessert with limoncello:
- raw unsalted cashews, it is important they are not toasted and/or flavoured
- gluten free plant based milk, I prefer rice milk as it has the most neutral and slightly sweet flavor
- limoncello liqueur, make sure it is labeled gluten free (and vegan, though it should not contain any animal product per se)
- fresh lemon juice, it gives the cream that extra kick
- agave syrup or other sweetener, you can totally use powdered sugar aswell
Find all the quantities in the recipe card below
How to make this vegan limoncello dessert
Besides the good ol' limoncello with ice cream, of all the limoncello recipes for dessert that you can find, I really doubt there is anything easier than this one!
It could be really one step: add all the ingredients into a blender, blend until creamy and serve.
If you have a high speed blender, you can use raw cashews.
In case you have a less "powerful" blender, boil the cashews for 5 minutes and rinse them with cold water before adding them to the blender.
You can serve this room temperature, but it's definitely best served cool, half an hour in the fridge will be enough to make it even fresher and nice to enjoy.
This is the perfect flute dessert recipe, just like a lemon sorbet, but you can serve this limoncello cream in a small bowl or in a martini cup too.
And you can top it and decorate it with berries and crumbled cookies or amaretti!
Questions and Tips
Limoncello can be gluten free. If you make your own limoncello, make sure the alcohol you use is certified gluten free. If you use store-bought limonello, make sure it is labeled gluten free, as it might contain colorants and flavorings that have gluten.
Yes you can. Pour this cream in a pan, cover it and place in the freezer for a few hours. Then let it rest outside the freezer and portion it with an icecream scoop. It will be like having a limoncello ice cream.
Besides simply serving it in a glass, you can use it as a frosting for a limoncello cake or to fill bignets and pastries as a limoncello pastry cream.
You could also use it to replace mascarpone cream in tiramisu or to fill a fruit tart and cover it with fresh berries, making a delicious limoncello and strawberry summer dessert for instance!
This limoncello dessert recipe is perfect all year round.
It is perfect after a hearty shared meal during festivities, anytime from Christmas to Easter really. But it’s so fresh and lemon-y that you can’t wrong with it in summer aswell!
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📖 Full Recipe
Creamy Vegan Limoncello Dessert | Soy free * Gluten free
- 1 Blender
- 1 kitchen scale
- 1 small pot to boil the cashews (optional)
For the limoncello cream
- 250 gr raw unsalted/unflavored cashews
- 160 gr gluten free plant based milk (best if neutral flavored, like rice)
- 60 gr gluten free, vegan limoncello liqueur
- 2-3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 40 gr agave syrup or other sweetener, powdeered sugar works great too
For the decoration
- organic lemon
- fresh berries (optional)
- gluten free vegan cookies, crumbled (optional)
- If you have a high speed blender, you can use raw cashews.In case you don't, simply boil the cashews for 5 minutes, then rinse them under cold water
- In a blender add all the ingredients and blend until it's smooth and creamy
- Adjust sweetness to taste and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving
- Serve with a little bit of grated zest of an organic lemon on top, you can add berries and crumbled cookies for a crunchy touch