Vegan Ice Cream Brands {Dairy-Free & Plant-Based}

Searching for the best vegan ice creams? From soy ice cream to banana nice cream, this guide features plenty of ice cream options for vegans that are creamy, dreamy, and downright delicious. Whether you want to pick up a box of vegan ice cream sandwiches or want to whip up some vegan milkshakes, we've got you covered (in non-dairy ice cream, that is!).
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Pints of dairy-free ice cream with waffle cones.
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Who screams for vegan ice cream? We scream for vegan ice cream! Our dairy-free ice cream guide is here to help you keep your cool with so many options out on the market! When I first went vegan a decade ago, I was lucky if I could find a single vegan ice cream option at the grocery store. But today, ten years later, many mainstream grocery stores have entire freezer cases dedicated to their dairy-free ice cream selection. 

Several all-vegan brands have come to life and many other widely loved brands have caught up with the trend and started offering vegan options (like Ben & Jerry’s). You can even get a scoop of vegan ice cream now at spots such as Cold Stone Creamery and Baskin Robbins! We figured it’s about time we do a complete round-up here at World of Vegan so those who are new to the vegan lifestyle can quickly get the lay of the land.

dairy free and vegan ice cream truck art illustration

What Is Dairy-Free Ice Cream Made Of?

With so many ways to make ice cream dairy-free, you may find yourself wondering what exactly goes into vegan ice cream. The answer is actually quite simple! Most vegan ice creams feature a base of the following ingredients:

  • Dairy-free milk made from either coconuts, soy, or nuts (vegan pistachio ice cream is a particular favorite of ours!)
  • Flavor from ingredients such as chocolate, strawberry, mint, or vanilla
  • Sweetener such as sugar or agave
  • Texture from foods such as cookies, chocolate chunks, nuts, or fruit

Vegan ice cream can have many different bases — it can be made from fruit, nuts, seeds, oats, and beyond. Here are the most common vegan ice cream bases:

  • Coconut milk
  • Soy
  • Oat
  • Cashew, almond, and other nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Avocado

If you have an ice cream maker, the sky’s the limit as to how many combinations you can make at home. Mint chocolate banana? Balsamic strawberry with pecan chunks? Why not! And if you’d rather just pick up a pint from the store, you can totally do that, too. Keep reading for a list of some of the best dairy-free ice creams!

Michelle Cehn sharing a GoodPop dairy free strawberries and cream popsicle with vegan dog chance

100% Vegan Ice Cream Brands

Cado

A creamy frozen dessert made from healthy avocado fat makes for a truly delicious experience. This dairy-free ice cream is also made with 50% less sugar compared to regular ice cream, yet still tastes incredibly delectable! They offer the standard vanilla and chocolate, as well as more adventurous flavors like Chocolate Mud Pie and Cherry Amaretto Chip.

Containers of Cado frozen dessert next to waffle cones.
Photo source: Cado Ice Cream

Daily Harvest

This velvety and creamy treat is completely dairy-free! Each one has a unique blend of plant-based ingredients like avocado and coconut cream or olive oil and cashew butter to give it its rich texture. The flavors are equally impressive with options like Chocolate + Ooey, Gooey, Midnight Fudge, Pistachio + Toasty, Buttery Hazelnut Crunch, and Cinnamon + Cocoa, Chili-Spiced Churro for starters. It’s going to be hard to choose which one to try first!

A pint of Daily Harvest scoop mint chocolate flavor with a spoon scooping into it.
Photo source: Daily Harvest

Doozy Pots

A vegan gelato lover’s dream, this creamy blend of hemp hearts and whole oats is reminiscent of a true Italian gelato. It’s truly indulgent and boasts bold yet familiar flavors with less sugar and less saturated fat. Their current offerings are Banana Cinnamon Date Swirl, Smooth Coffee, Chocolate Raspberry Swirl, and Chocolate Mint Chip.

An open pint of Wonderlab's Doozy Pots banana cinnamon date swirl plant-based gelato with a spoon.
Photo source: Doozy Pots

Frankie & Jo’s

Super creamy and sweetened with dates and maple syrup, Frankie & Jo’s is making vegan ice cream that’s delicious and refined sugar-free. They’re also a certified B-Corp so you know you can count on them to be accountable for sustainability, organic practices, supply chain practices, and tending to their team and community. Their flavors are just as dreamy as their ethics with flavors like Superbutter Blondie, Mint Brownie, Brown Sugar Vanilla, and more!

Bird's-eye view of three open pints of Frankie & Jo's vegan ice cream.
Photo source: Frankie & Jo’s

JonnyPops

These vegan popsicles feature every color of the rainbow using simple and delicious ingredients. They offer several non-dairy, oat milk-based flavors like summer strawberries, salted caramel, chocolate fudge, organic watermelon and red white & boom! All of JonnyPops products are also completely peanut-, tree nut-, and gluten-free, as well as kosher-certified.

A package of Jonny Pops vegan rainbow popsicles.

Nada Moo

You’ve got nada to worry about with this brand! All pints are made with dairy-free organic coconut milk, sweetened with agave nectar, sustainably-sourced and certified vegan. This dairy-free decadence has all the classics plus seasonal favorites like Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint Bark.

Nada moo strawberry cheesecake dairy free ice cream.

Nubocha

There’s so much to love about this brand. It’s 100% vegan, non-GMO, low glycemic, and gluten-free! Choose from tantalizing flavors like chocolate Arriba, Italian vanilla, peanut butter, salted caramel, pistachio and cold brew. All of Nubocha’s gelato recipes feature nuts or cacao, pure spring water and allulose. To get your hands on some, use their store locator or order online!

A carton of Nubocha brand vegan gelato.

Oatly

The original oat drink company has expanded into the frozen dessert sector with both dairy-free ice cream pints, dipped bars, and soft serve! You’ll find traditional flavors among the more adventurous options like Raspberry Swirl, Fudge Brownie, and Salted Caramel.

Freezer full of pints of Oatly oat-based ice cream with a hand reaching in to grab one.
Photo source: Oatly

O’MY! Dairy Free Gelato

Another vegan gelato we just can’t get enough of! This allergy-friendly dairy-free gelato is coconut-based and extra creamy. Although processed at the same facility as dairy, they go the extra mile to thoroughly wash and test the equipment to ensure their frozen treats are safe and free from milk, wheat/gluten, eggs, soy, tree nuts and peanuts so you can enjoy a pint of deliciousness without worry!

O'My Dairy-Free Gelato pint with three scoops on top and vanilla beans beside it.
Photo source: O’My Dairy-Free

So Delicious

Enjoy frozen desserts made from almond, cashew, coconut, oat, or soy with over a dozen different flavors to choose from! Every scoop is dairy-free, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Vegan. They also have dipped bars, fudge bars, vanilla sandwiches, and vanilla peanut sundae cones. You can choose a specific ingredient base if allergens are a concern or try their Wondermilk line made with a blend of dairy-free ingredients for a truly creamy, can’t-believe-it’s-not-dairy experience!

Four pint of So Delicious Wondermilk dairy-free ice cream with scoops dripping over the sides.
Photo source: So Delicious

Sorbabes

These vegan sorbet bars are woman-owned and boast some incredible flavors! Current offerings are Vanilla Caramel Crunch, Mango Coconut Crunch, Wild Berry Crisp, and Strawberry Crisp. They can be found in stores or online with 4-pack options, making it easy to try all four flavors at once!

Three boxes of Sorbabes dairy-free sorbet bars with bars and fresh raspberries scattered around.
Photo source: Sorbabes

Tofutti

This legacy vegan brand has both dairy-free ice cream and sandwiches made from—you guessed it—tofu! Even tofu skeptics can enjoy this delicious and creamy frozen dessert which doesn’t taste anything at all like tofu. In fact, the only thing you’ll taste is the creamy texture and delightful flavors like Better Pecan, Vanilla Almond Bark, and so much more!

Hand with spoon scooping into a bowl of Tofutti wild berry frozen dessert.
Photo source: Tofutti

Wicked Kitchen

This brand of plant-based ice cream was developed by Chef Derek Sarno of Wicked Kitchen, and is lupin bean based. Wicked Kitchen vegan ice cream is so super rich and creamy! They offer several varieties, including vanilla, chocolate, cookie dough, mint chocolate chip, and this birthday cake flavor! To find out the availability in your area, check out their store locator and get your hands on some wicked good ice cream!

Wicked Kitchen brand Birthday Cake vegan ice cream.

Wildgood

This brand uses olive oil in place of cream to impart a supremely rich flavor into all of their varieties. Choose from delicious flavors like vanilla bean, caramelized fig, mango, pistachio, coffee, and this chocolate hazelnut! Use their store locator to find Wildgood’s wildly creamy and plant-based ice cream!

A carton of Wildgood brand plant-based ice cream.

These popular brands make their own version of dairy-free ice cream alongside their regular line. Here are ones to look out for on your next shopping trip, just make sure you’re grabbing the non-dairy ice cream by checking the label and ingredients.

A hand holding a pint of Jeni's Dairy-Free Lemon Bar ice cream against a background of vintage Fisher Price toys.
Delicious Dairy-Free Jeni’s in Lemon Bar (Photo by @GinaHouse on Instagram)
  • Jeni’s
  • KIND
  • Magnum
  • McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
  • Nick’s
  • Steve’s
  • Talenti
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Van Leeuwen

Ice Cream Brands From Days Long Past

Nothing gold can stay and that also goes for vegan ice cream. Join us as we reflect on some dearly beloved brands that are no longer around.

  • Almond DREAM
  • Daiya
  • Purely Decadent
  • Rice DREAM
  • Tempt
  • Everyday Bliss
  • Frill
  • Snow Monkey

Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Want to try your hand at making homemade vegan ice cream? It’s easier than you think! Here are some easy and super yummy flavors to try!

Vegan Matcha Chip Ice Cream

Minty, crunchy, and so energizing, this dairy-free ice cream recipe is one for the books! Perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up and oh-so beautiful, this vegan matcha chip ice cream belongs in your life.

vegan mint matcha in a bowl with cone on top

Vegan Ice Cream Cake

Can’t decide between vegan ice cream and cake? Well, this decadent recipe takes out the guesswork and is super easy to make. You can have your ice cream cake and eat it, too!

slice of vanilla and chocolate vegan ice cream cake served on a rustic plate

Vegan Rocky Road Ice Cream

Did you know that going down a rocky road can actually be quite tasty? With vegan marshmallows, almonds, and chocolate chips, this dairy-free ice cream is quite the trip.

vegan rocky road ice cream in a bowl with chocolate chips on the right and an ice cream scoop on the left for aesthetic

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

Fruity but still incredibly creamy, this fresh vegan strawberry ice cream is made from real strawberries and is great for a summer afternoon or post-meal treat. Want to add some flair? Just chop up some ripe strawberries to top it off and enjoy!

vegan strawberry ice cream in a bowl with a basket of strawberries in the top right corner for decoration

Banana Nice Cream

Want a vegan ice cream made from just one ingredient? Enter: banana nice cream! This tasty vegan treat only takes a few minutes to come together and is a super budget-friendly choice for dessert!

banana nice cream in a bowl with chocolate drizzle and a cone on it

Minimalist Mango Berry Nice Cream

What’s fruity and sweet and an absolutely perfect summer treat? This totally dairy-free berry nice cream! Made with only three ingredients, you’re also welcome to top with nuts and additional vegan favorites for the ultimate treat.

bowl of berry nice cream

Dairy-Free Vegan Ice Cream Accessories

Easy DIY Vegan Chocolate Bowls

Level up your non-dairy ice cream game with these delicious chocolate bowls! Ridiculously easy to make and perfect for parties, these chocolate bowls are a simple way to add some flair and flavor to dessert time. Garnish with some fruit, nuts, mint leaves, or other tasty additions and enjoy!

vegan chocolate bowl filled with vanilla ice cream and garnished with blueberries, raspberries, and a mint leaf

Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Cones

These plant-based chocolate-dipped ice cream cones are a great way to enjoy your choice of vegan ice cream or sliced fruit! Super easy to assemble and perfect for livening up a party, you’re not going to want to miss out on making these!

hand holding a chocolate-dipped cone with chocolate and sprinkles holding different fruits in it

Why Not Make a Vegan Milkshake?

While sitting down with a bowl of homemade vegan ice cream can be a great way to wind down after a long day, we don’t want you forget about the option to make a perfectly tasty vegan milkshake! If you’re stumped on what kind of shake you can make, here are some ideas:

  • Bananas and Cream
  • Chocolate and Vanilla
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Strawberry and Vanilla

You can even get creative with toppings such as vegan cookie crumbles, banana slices, chocolate drizzle, or make your vegan milkshake look as delicious as can be! Pop in a reusable straw and enjoy!

Celebrating the Vegan Ice Cream Wins

I should make a note about this. Some vegan enthusiasts are throwing shade on traditionally dairy-based companies that are entering the vegan market space, and even going so far as to encourage people to boycott their vegan options. That is insane. Here are 5 reasons why mainstream ice cream brands carrying vegan ice cream options is incredible news for animals.

Vegan Ice Cream Taste-Test

I filmed a vegan ice cream taste-test video with Toni Okamoto from Plant Based on a Budget where we tried many of these options for you on camera and shared our thoughts. You can watch below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CmLUl6NkN4

Fun Ice Cream Ideas

Want to spice up your ice cream nights? Try making our balloon-formed chocolate ice cream bowls or chocolate dipped ice cream cones, nostalgic drumsticks, and whipping up some aquafaba whipped cream to dollop on top.

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2 comments
  1. I love that there are so many variations now.

  2. Andrea White says:

    Thank goodness for vegan ice cream!!!

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