Vegan Ice Cream Brands Worth Giving Up Dairy For
Vegan Ice Cream Brands
If you're vegan or dairy intolerant, you likely had to give up ice cream unless you put in the effort to make banana nice cream or go to a specialty store for a scoop. Tragic. Now, companies have finally gotten on board the dairy-free ice cream train with tons of options coming to local groceries stores. And luckily, vegan ice cream can still be creamy and delicious with the use of coconut, almond, or oat milk. But don't make the mistake of thinking dairy-free = healthy—sugar is vegan, after all. These vegan ice cream brands are great for an occasional treat with no milk, eggs, or honey.
Talenti sorbettos are all made without milk, and four of their flavors are totally vegan. Fruit lovers will like Raspberry or Mango, whereas sweet tooths will go for Chocolate or Peanut Butter Fudge. You can sign us up for all.
Bars, scoops, and sorbets—who knew decadent ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs would have so many vegan options, right? Yep, you can buy your favorite frozen desserts without dairy-based ingredients. With four kinds of sorbet, six pints, and two bars, there's a flavor of vegan ice cream for everyone.
Ben & Jerry's
The famous Ben & Jerry's flavors—like Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chunky Monkey, and Peanut Butter Half Baked—that you know and have eaten entire pints of in one sitting are also available in dairy-free varieties. Almond milk is used in these frozen desserts, and they are 100 percent certified vegan. Just watch the scoop size: a 1/2-cup serving is between 200 and 320 calories. So you won't save any calories by going vegan, if that's what you're after.
So Delicious, a pioneer in the vegan ice cream brand category just launched a new range of dairy-free ice cream made creamy with the use of oat milk. The pints come in three unique flavors—Peanut Butter Raspberry, Oatmeal Cookie, and Caramel Apple Crumble. For an even wider variety of flavors, they also make frozen desserts with cashew, almond, coconut, or soy milk.
Your fitness goals don't have to be derailed by your nightly scoop (TBH, there's always a way to make ice cream fit your macros). Wink frozen desserts are only 100 calories per pint—yup, 100 calories for the whole container. All 12 flavors are vegan and sugar-free (made with stevia and monk fruit) and—believe it or not—get their creamy consistency from pea protein.
Oatly makes their vegan ice cream from—what else—oats. The ice cream is available in six flavors, all vegan and all delicious. You might be partial to the slightly over-the-top Salty Caramel and Hazelnut (it has caramel sauce and candied hazelnuts, enough said).
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Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss
All 23 of Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss ice cream offerings are certified vegan thanks to a coconut milk base and have flavors like Mint Galactica or Cherry Amaretto. This vegan ice cream brand also offers chocolate-covered ice cream bars and ice cream cookie sandwiches.
Fan-favorite, protein-packed Halo Top is sold in a whopping 17 flavors of non-dairy, vegan varieties. They are made with coconut milk and offer 12 to 20 grams of protein per pint. They have the classics like chocolate and vanilla but also unique combos like Pancakes & Waffles, Candy Bar, or Caramel Macchiato. If your supermarket doesn't stock the dairy-free pints, print and fill out the request form on their website to bring it to your local store—yes, really.
Well-known and readily available ice cream brand, Breyers has dipped a toe in the vegan waters. The non-dairy Vanilla Peanut Butter and Oreo confections are made with almond milk and are suitable for vegans, as well as anyone following a gluten-free or Kosher diet.
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You have to make a lot of adjustments when you first go vegan. Exhibit A: You can't just grab a pastry on the way into the office and call it breakfast. But at least dessert is taken care of, because the sinfully delicious Magnum ice cream bar is available in a vegan version that uses pea protein instead of milk. You can feel good about how this vegan ice cream brand makes their dairy-free pops, too—Magnum works with the Rain Forest Alliance to make sure all the cocoa beans are responsibly and sustainably sourced.
Enlightened ice cream is low-calorie, sugar-free, dairy-free, completely vegan, and still somehow totally tasty. There are seven different flavors added to its base made with almond milk, tapioca syrup, and bean protein.