12 of the best dairy-free ice creams everyone should try

ShutterstockThere are quite a few dairy-free frozen dessert options to choose from.

When you’re abiding by a low-dairy or dairy-free lifestyle, you don’t necessarily have to cut ice cream out of your diet. Luckily many ice cream companies are making a point to expand their offerings to be more inclusive to dairy-sensitive and dairy-free customers.

Keep in mind that while these options are dairy-free, they may contain other allergens. Be sure to read labels thoroughly before purchasing any non-dairy ice cream if you experience any additional allergies.

Here are 12 of the best dairy-free ice creams.


Trader Joe’s has non-dairy ice cream pints and sandwiches.

Trader Joe’sThe Soy Creamy line is a great dairy-free choice.

Trader Joe’s offers a variety of dairy-free choices, including Trader Joe’s non-dairy ice cream.

For coconut lovers, give the store-brand’s coconut chocolate or coconut strawberry a taste. If you aren’t sensitive to soy products, you can grab a box of Soy Creamy Vanilla Sandwiches, too.

A blog post on Eating at Joe’s said of the ice cream: “This vegan, non-dairy, organic, soy-based ice cream is equally as good as it’s dairy based counterpart.”


Daiya’s has tasty frozen dessert bars as well as non-dairy cheesecake.

Daiya FoodsThey’re gluten-free, too.

If you’ve been substituting things like cheese and yogurt for dairy-free alternatives, then you might be familiar with the Daiya brand already.

Starting out as a non-dairy cheese distributor in 2009, the brand has since expanded its product line to yogurts, “cheezecakes” (aka non-dairy cheesecake), and frozen dessert bars.

This brand has your cravings covered with four variations of their frozen dessert bars: Chocolate Fudge Crunch, Classic Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel Swirl, and Espresso Coffee.


My/Mo offers non-dairy mochi ice cream.

MyMo MochiThey use cashew cream.

This popular Japanese ice cream treat has dairy-free versions.

Mochi is a soft, sweet rice cake pounded into a paste and moulded into balls that are then filled with ice cream and frozen. My/Mo sells four flavours of milk-free mochi filled with either chocolate, vanilla, salted caramel, or strawberry cashew cream ice cream.


Häagen-Dazs offers a variety of non-dairy ice cream flavours.

Haagen DazsThey have sorbet, too.

Häagen-Dazs markets their dairy-free ice cream as “non-dairy made extraordinary,” and they offer some delightfully decadent flavours.

Häagen-Dazs understands that ice cream lovers also appreciate fruity options, so not only do they offer non-dairy delicacies such as chocolate salted fudge truffle, coconut caramel, and coconut cookies and creme, they also offer tropical sorbet in mango, peach, lemon, and raspberry.


Rice DREAM manufactures plant-based frozen desserts.

Dream Plant BasedIt’s available in pints and quarts.

Another super allergen-friendly non-dairy ice cream brand, Rice DREAM makes their frozen desserts using sweet, brown rice. These pints are a great choice for individuals with sensitive stomachs, because rice can be easier to digest.

DREAM manufactures only plant-based frozen desserts and milk. Its brown rice collection includes pints of classic flavours like Cocoa Marble Fudge, Mint Carob Chip, Strawberry, and Vanilla. And, if you’re craving something a little fancier than the average scoop, they also feature bars, bites, and frozen dessert pies.

On Go Dairy Free, Alisa Fleming said of the ice cream, “The solid texture melted quickly on my tongue into a deliciously sweet ‘milk’.”


McConnell’s Fine Frozen Desserts uses pea protein.

McConell’sIt’s also nut-free.

McConnell’s was the first non-dairy ice cream on the market to be formulated from a proprietary blend of “pure, micronized pea protein,” so that alone makes this frozen treat worth mentioning.

And because it’s nut and soy-free, McConnell’s is a solid choice if you have some allergies.

McConnell’s non-dairy collection carries four mouth-watering flavours: Dark Chocolate Chip to Eureka Lemon & Marionberries, Toasted Coconut Almond Chip, and Turkish Coffee.

Bon Appetit called the ice cream the “real deal.”


Snow Monkey has a unique array of flavours.

Snow MonkeyYou can order Snow Monkey online.

Non-dairy ice cream doesn’t have to feature nut or soy milk to still count as a frozen delicacy, and Snow Monkey is proving this fact one purely plant-based pint at a time.

According to a press release sent, rather than going corporate post-grad, co-founders Rachel Geicke and Mariana Ferreira developed one of thehealthiest ice cream alternatives on the market.

Snow Monkey, as it’s called, is paleo and vegan-friendly, boasts 21 grams of protein per pint, is packed with antioxidants, fibre, and is made entirely from fruits and seeds.

Snow Monkey offers unique flavours like Cacao, Goji Berry, Matcha Green Tea, Passionfruit, and Cinnamon.


SorBabes offers some tasty dairy-free flavours.

Instagram/SorBabesThe packaging is adorable.

SorBabes’ co-founders Nicole Cardone and Deborah Gorman first set up shop at a farmers market back in 2013, handing out samples of their “frothed up nut butters” and creamy, fruity blends.

And if you couldn’t already tell by its unicorn logo, SorBabes’ dairy-free flavours are downright magical. Choose from Pistachio & Caramel, Peanut Butta Luva, Passionilla, Cocoa Haze, and more.

The My Darling Vegan blog called it the “best frozen dessert on the market.”


NadaMoo! has been dairy-free for over a decade.

Instagram/NadaMooThey have over a dozen flavours.

NadaMoo! has been dairy-free since 2004. Starting out as a regional delicacy in Austin, Texas, the family-owned business has since been certified as USDA organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, and fair-trade, and can either be found at a local store near you or purchased online.

NadaMoo! non-dairy ice creams are packed with flavour stemming from a coconut-milk base. The collection features 15 pints, with out-of-this-world combinations like Birthday Cake Cookie Dough, Chocolate Cherry Fudge Brownie, and Himalayan Salted Caramel.


Halo Top has over a dozen flavours.

Sarah Schmalbruch/INSIDERThere are a lot of flavours.

Halo Top’s non-dairy pints come in 14 flavours, including Pancakes & Waffles, Chocolate Almond Crunch, Caramel Macchiato, and Oatmeal Cookie. The vegan-friendly formula is made from a coconut milk base, and a combination of rice and pea proteins so that each container still yields a decent amount of protein – about 12 grams in every pint.


Ben & Jerry’s has vegan-friendly options.

Ben & Jerry’sSome fan-favourite flavours now come in dairy-free versions.

In 2016 Ben & Jerry’s stepped onto the non-dairy ice cream scene. The brand offers 10 varieties of dairy-free ice cream, including milkless versions of favourites like Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and a reimagined Half Baked pint made even more decadent with the addition of peanut butter.

In order to stay true to its authentic taste, Ben & Jerry’s swapped cow’s milk for almond milk, and each non-dairy pint is free of any and all animal products including eggs and honey. And to further ensure their formula was 100% vegan-friendly, the brand was cleared by the non-profit organisation, Vegan Action. It also tastes delicious.


So Delicious has five formulas of dairy-free ice cream.

Instagram/So_DeliciousThey offer such a broad range of flavours.

So Delicious’ assortment of frozen indulgences come in five formulas: Cashew Milk, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Soy, and, their latest instalment, Mousse. With flavours that range from snickerdoodle, mint chip, key lime, and cranberry cherry swirl, to all sorts of treats from pints to cookie sandwiches and crunchy bars, there’s something to please every palate.

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