Strawberry Graham Cracker Icebox Cake

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Graham Cracker Icebox Cake is a crowd pleaser. No baking required, creamy vanilla pudding and fresh berries make this cake the ultimate summer treat.

This is a twist on the classic icebox cake from the 1930’s it’s a bit healthier and made with vegan ingredients.

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Why Make Graham Cracker Icebox Cake

For starters, this Vegan Graham Cracker Icebox Cake is easy. I mean really EASY. It’s a great “cake” to have the kids help with. There is no baking required at all. It’s perfect for a hot summer day and the mix ins and toppings are endless. You can use any berries you have access to or skip them if needed. You will love this dreamy light cake. I used all vegan ingredients but you can also use regular milk and whipped cream.

Ingredients Needed

Graham Crackers. The base of this cake. One box should be enough for this recipe.

Vegan Whipped Topping. There are several brands out there and anyone will do. You will need one full tub (typically about 10 oz)

Almond Milk. Or any nut milk of choice.

Instant Vanilla Pudding. The best part of the cake. Use this brand if you want the cleanest pudding Most all pudding is dairy free/vegan but brand has very clean simple ingredients. You can also use Lemon or chocolate pudding if you’d like! Skies the limit for flavor combos.

Vanilla Extract.

Fresh Berries. I used strawberries but any will work.

How To Make This Recipe

Step One. In a large bowl, whisk instant pudding mix, almond milk and vanilla extract together for a few minutes. Fold in ½ of the whipped topping from the container.

Step Two. Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish with a single layer of graham crackers. Add ½ the pudding mixture, spread into an even layer. Repeat with another layer of graham crackers and then the rest of the pudding. Top with a 3rd layer of graham crackers and then the remaining whipped topping. Next top with your fresh berries if using. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight.

Step Three. Carefully slice and serve! Cake will last in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Recipe FAQ’s

Can I use any instant pudding flavor?

yes! the graham crackers and whipped topping are so versatile they will pair with any flavor of choice.

I don’t like strawberry

No problem. Use any fresh berry of choice or you can skip the berry garnish and use graham cracker crumble.

How long will this keep?

It will last in the fridge, covered for up to 4 to 5 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months.

Can I use regular ingredients? I am not vegan

yes! You can use regular milk and regular whipped topping like cool whip if you’d prefer.

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Vegan Graham Cracker Icebox Cake on a white plate with a fork.
5 from 5 votes

Vegan Graham Cracker Icebox Cake

Vegan Graham Cracker Icebox Cake is a crowd pleaser. No baking required, creamy vanilla pudding and fresh berries make this cake the ultimate summer treat. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Refrigerator Time: 5 hours
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 1 -16 oz box of graham crackers
  • 2 -3.4 oz packages of vanilla pudding, *see notes
  • cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 -10 oz tup of vegan whipped topping
  • cup fresh sliced strawberries or berries of choice

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, whisk instant pudding mix, almond milk and vanilla extract together for a few minutes. Fold in ½ of the whipped topping from the container.
  • Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish with a single layer of graham crackers, you may need to break apart a few to get them to fit. It doesn't need to be perfect. Add ½ the pudding mixture, spread into an even layer. Repeat with another layer of graham crackers and then the rest of the pudding.
    Top with a 3rd layer of graham crackers and then the remaining whipped topping. Next top with your fresh berries if using. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight.
  • Carefully slice into squares and serve! Cake will last in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze this cake.

Notes

*any flavor will work. 
*The cleanest pudding I have found is by European Gourmet Bakery  Organics, found at several grocery stores. 

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 469mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Refrigerator Time: 5 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 304
Keyword: dessert, plant based
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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh this was SO GOOD. I made this for my friends birthday and it’s one of the best things we’ve ever had will definitely be making this again very soon this summer.

  2. 5 stars
    My family enjoys this almost monthly! Could you switch to chocolate pudding or no?

    Thanks! KT

    1. Hi my friend! So happy to hear your family loves this one, yes, you can absolutely change it to chocolate!