10 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 10 of our favorite vegan ice creams.
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 14 different varieties as well as two seasonal flavors (Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Peppermint Crunch). The non-dairy Halo Tops are made with coconut milk, and just like the originals, they weigh in between 280 and 380 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.
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 includes three new flavors: Dark Chocolate Truffle, Roasted Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam and Texas Sheet Cake. Although the dairy-free lineup only includes these three flavors for now, 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!
Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Sunflower Butter Pints
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.