15+ Vegan Ice Creams That Are So Good, You Won't Miss the Dairy
Seriously — they’re that good!
If there’s one truth we know, it’s that just about everyone loves ice cream, and if you’re lactose intolerant or following a vegan diet, you don’t have to live without this delicious frozen treat. With the surge of milk alternatives on the market, there are more dairy-free ice cream options in the freezer aisle than ever before! However, with so many to choose from, how can you be sure that the pint you pick will hit all the marks: rich, creamy and tons of flavor? Before you melt at the grocery store, here are 15+ of our favorite vegan ice creams.
Beloved women-owned ice cream company Coolhaus does it again with this irresistible line of dairy-free pints. Made from a special vegan base that contains pea protein, brown rice and organic cocoa powder, these milk-free creations are the perfect way to get your dessert fix without any guilt what-so-ever. With mouthwatering flavors like Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Crumb, Cookie Dough Lyfe, Dirty Mint Chip, Salted Caramel Crunch and Peanut Butter Fudge Chip, you won't be able to tell the difference between the brand's dairy-free pints and their original ice creams.
If you're looking for a vegan frozen dessert that has the same exact taste and texture of traditional milk-based ice creams, allow us to introduce you to your newest obsession. Made from a unique blend of cassava, oats, corn and potatoes, Eclipse Foods plant-based ice cream pints are a total game changer. Choose from classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate or go for the brand's fan-favorite cookie butter — it's studded with velvety ribbons of buttery cookie crumbs. You'll also want to check out their Chef Collection, which features elevated flavors like Mango Coconut Sticky Rice, Cocoa Black Sesame Tahini and Coffee Halvah Chocolate Chunk, and is made in collaboration with well-known restaurants from across the country like NYC’s Pig and Khao, LA’s Botanica and NYC’s American Bar.
Anyone who's ever had a glass of their original, dark chocolate or vanilla oat milks, knows that when it comes to elevating a morning cup of coffee or bowl of cereal, Planet Oat never disappoints. The same can be said about their creamy, dreamy line of non-dairy frozen desserts. Not only does each pint range between 220 and 280 calories, Planet Oat’s selection also features delicious add-ins like peanut butter, creme-filled sandwich cookies, cold brew coffee and crunchy oat crumbles to give you a rich dessert experience with just a few scoops.
Coconut Fudge, Lemon Poppy Seed, Pink Champagne, Chai Tea Coconut — those are just some of the mouthwatering vegan ice cream flavors available for nationwide-shipping from Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery. Made from only all-natural ingredients and completely free from emulsifiers, artificial colors and stabilizers, every spoonful you take is full of wholesome goodness. Clementine's also prides itself on working with, and featuring, ingredients made by local members of the St. Louis community in a variety of their ice cream blends and offers a "Donate Ice Cream" option, which helps you gift pints of ice cream to local businesses and front line workers.
After 150 years of making some of the creamiest ice creams on the market (you can thank the company's French Pot freezers for that), Graeter's newest line of offerings is all about giving everyone — from vegans to those that are lactose intolerant — a moment of pure indulgence. Created in partnership with Perfect Day Foods, Graeter’s Perfect Indulgence line uses animal-free dairy that's made from proteins sourced from fungi. We couldn't get enough of the Black Cherry Chocolate Chip flavor which features Graeter's unique bittersweet chocolate chips and bursts of tart black cherries.
Known throughout NYC as "Brooklyn's Finest," OddFellows ice cream is all about taking everything you thought you knew about the frozen treat and turning it on its head (just check out the Bacon, Egg and Cheese flavor from their new Bodega Collection.) Their line of vegan ice creams is no different. With yummy flavors like Chocolate Chunk, Cinnamon Apple Walnut, Hazelnut Praline and Matcha Black Sesame, each one is made from a variety of plant-based milks including cashew, walnut, coconut and oat. You can also get a customized message written across the top of each pint lid if you're sending the collection to someone extra special.
No drama here, just delicious ice cream — that's exactly how you'll feel after taking your first bite of these fudge topped cones from Jolly Llama. Each one is made from coconut milk and features a crispy gluten-free cone made from rice flour to give you a better-for-you version of a classic. The company also offers caramel-swirled chocolate cones and ice cream sandwiches in both vanilla and mint chip.
When it comes to a refreshing, guilt-free treat, you just can't beat these new individually wrapped mochis from Bubbies Ice Cream. Each one features a creamy strawberry-flavored, non-dairy frozen dessert made from coconut cream on the inside and a sweet and soft mochi rice dough on the outside to give you the best of both worlds. The treats also clock in at 80 calories per round, so absolutely no one — us included — will judge you for buying and eating a handful at a time. Visit the grab-and-go freezers of your nearest Whole Foods bakery section to find them today!
Nothing soothes the soul after a bad day quite like a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and luckily, your go-to comfort dessert is available in a number of vegan-friendly pints. Not only are classic flavors like Cherry Garcia now made with almond milk, but the ice cream producer has also introduced brand-new flavors (think peanut butter and cookies) that are exclusive to the non-dairy line.
Did you know that your favorite low-cal ice cream is also available dairy-free? Halo Top’s non-dairy lineup includes 7 different varieties including Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Birthday Cake and Candy Bar. The non-dairy Halo Tops are made with coconut milk, and just like the originals, they weigh in between 280 and 360 calories per pint.
Oat milk lovers, this one’s for you. Cult-favorite Oatly has churned their signature oat milk into a vegan-friendly treat. We’re big fans of the texture of this frozen dessert — the creaminess of the oat milk gives each pint the smooth and rich feel of regular ice cream. Be sure to check out their strawberry, vanilla, original, chocolate chip, mint chip and coffee varieties.
In early 2019, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams added a line of coconut cream-based ice creams to their collection. The ice cream company’s non-dairy assortment now includes five flavors: Dark Chocolate Truffle, Lemon Bar, Texas Sheet Cake, Cold Brew with Coconut Cream and Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns. Folks looking to avoid animal products can also check out Jeni’s Frosé Sorbet, a fruity, sangria-style treat.
Whatever your favorite non-dairy milk may be, there’s a good chance So Delicious has it in ice cream form. The vegan-friendly company boasts an impressive repertoire of frozen treats made from almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, oat milk and soymilk. They even offer dairy-free fudge bars, ice cream sandwiches and whipped topping.
Hear us out on this one — ice cream made from avocados. Yup, it’s a thing! Meet Cado, the first-ever ice cream made from cold-pressed avocados. Now, just because this ice cream is made from avocados doesn’t mean you’ll get a mouthful of mushy green. Each bite is creamy and sweet, and we think the Deep Dark Chocolate flavor tastes exactly like a fudge pop.
Brooklyn-based Steve’s Ice Cream is known for their out-of-the-box flavor creations, and their dairy-free selection doesn’t disappoint. Indulge in pints like Blueberry Lemon Ice Box Cake (blueberry, graham crackers and lemon zest) or Wildflower Honey Pistachio (wildflower honey swirls with crunchy pistachios) made from organic Sri Lankan coconut cream.
What started as an ice cream truck is now one of the most beloved vegan pints around. Van Leeuwen ships their crave-worthy ice creams across the nation, and you can opt for either oat milk or a coconut and cashew milk blend as the base. The Brooklyn-based brand offers plenty of flavors, from Honeycomb to Mocha Latte.
Looking for a low-sugar alternative? Try a pint of NadaMoo’s coconut milk-based frozen desserts. Located in Austin, TX, this dairy-free creamery churns out pints and pints of rich, flavorful ice cream. We recommend Strawberry Cheesecake: strawberry and cheesecake swirl loaded with pieces of gluten-free pie crust and only 8 grams of sugar per serving!
Even sweeter, Ben & Jerry’s has launched yet another line of non-dairy ice creams, only these desserts are made from sunflower butter rather than almond milk. Whether you’re spooning out Creme Brulée Cookie, Mint Chocolate Cookie (our personal fave) or Milk and Cookies, these pints taste just as creamy as their almond milk-based brethren.