While researching the best vegan ice cream – yum! – we were surprised at the variety of choices available.
Some people say that becoming vegan means eating a boring diet.
We respectfully disagree. We do know, however, that it can be hard to find great vegan dessert options in some supermarkets and bakeries.
The saving grace? There’s no end of excellent vegan ice cream to be had and as we head toward summer, who doesn’t want to enjoy a nice cold cone?
We looked at a lot of weird and wonderful products before we came up with our top picks and you’d be surprised at the variety or materials which can act as an effective milk substitute in these tasty non-dairy vegan treats!
Ben & Jerry’s (Almond Milk-based)
Ben & Jerry’s is one of the world’s largest ice cream manufacturers and it would be impossible to pretend that they’ve gone completely vegan.
However, this is one of our favorite flavors of vegan ice creams. We don’t think we could make better dairy-free ice creams without our own ice cream maker.
However, they’re making steps in the right direction and their almond milk dairy alternative is scrumptious and it was our kid’s favorite of any vegan ice cream in our tests. Almond milk is not as eco friendly as soy milk, cashew milk or oat milk but it sure is tasty.
You can find Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream online.
Luna + Larry’s Coconut Bliss (Coconut-based)
Luna + Larry’s Coconut Bliss is absolutely amazing; the chocolate flavor over a coconut cream base is one of our new favorite dessert options. Coconut milk is a great choice for non-dairy ice cream and it’s easier to work with than oat milk or cashew milk.
They want you to remember that not only does it taste good but this ice cream substitute will help reduce your risk of having a heart attack, will help lower hypertension and as part of a keto diet, may even help reverse the symptoms of diabetes!
You can find Luna + Larry’s Coconut Bliss online. We think this is one of the vegan ice cream brands to keep an eye on – we’re sure that coconut milk ice cream is the future, it’s every bit as good as dairy ice cream!
We cannot get over the incredible number of flavor options in NadaMoo’s range. All of their ice cream is not just vegan but also organic and non-GMO.
The banana caramel crunch is one of the best things that we’ve ever tasted and we’d be happy to recommend the marshmallow stardust to anyone too. Our kids loved the mint chocolate chip and the chocolate chip cookie dough is really good too.
The best way to try NadaMoo is to buy a mixed 5 pack of flavors, you won’t regret it.
You can find NadaMoo Cream online.
Steve’s Ice Cream (Sri-Lankan Coconut Cream-based)
Steve’s dairy-free ice cream is all made with ethically sourced coconut cream from Sri Lanka.
We also found that the flavors were really adventurous. Who wouldn’t want to dive into a tub of cold-brewed cinnamon coffee ice cream? We made ice cream sandwiches out of them and it was better than dairy ice cream could be.
You can find Steve’s Ice Cream online.
Tofutti (Soy and Tofu-based)
If you want a great ice-cream sandwich vegan-style then Tofutti are the people to make you happy.
These vegan, kosher, no cholesterol, non-GMO vanilla cuties are incredibly good and we found ourselves straying to the freezer rather more than we should until we’d finished the box. They’re so more-ish.
The creamy vanilla ice cream is exactly what we’re looking for in a frozen dessert.
You can find Tofutti Ice Cream online.
Jeni’s Dairy Free (Coconut-cream based)
Jeni’s is a relative new comer to the market but with their bright, cheerful branding and incredible flavor choices (check out the roasted peanut butter with strawberry jam – it’s to die for), we’d be remiss if they didn’t make our list.
This is vegan ice cream that’s so good, you won’t believe it’s not dairy.
You can find Jeni’s Dairy Free Ice Cream online.
Cado Ice Cream (Avocado-based)
We weren’t sure that it was possible to make an ice cream out of avocados but not only did Cado manage it but it’s delicious too.
The fats in avocado are particularly healthy (much more so than in dairy) and there’s less than half the sugar in this product when compared to standard ice cream as avocado lends a natural sweetness to the taste!
You can find Cado Ice Cream online (sort of).
How To Make Vegan Ice Cream
Are you interested in making your own vegan ice cream? We recommend you check out the vegan chocolate ice cream recipe from The Minimalist Baker.
This post – How To Make Vegan Ice Cream – from the kitchn is also a great starting point.