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

Vegan Ice Cream Guide {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!).

Who screams for vegan ice cream? We scream for vegan ice cream! Our vegan 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 and Haägen-Dazs). 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 Vegan 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

nada moo strawberry cheesecake dairy free ice cream

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

Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

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!

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 and whipping up some aquafaba whipped cream to dollop on top.

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Our vegan ice cream guide was written by Michelle Cehn and edited by Amanda Meth. This vegan ice cream guide is not sponsored but may contain affiliate links, and shopping through these links supports our work at World of Vegan. Thank you!

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