Vegan Ice Cream Guide
By KD Angle-Traegner / Updated August 9, 2018
It’s true; life is better with ice cream. We love it. We write songs and poems about our devotion to the cold, creamy confection. We’re even willing to chase after trucks driving down the road just to buy some.
Luckily, you don’t need dairy to make a delicious ice cream! Creamy, delicious vegan ice creams are made with foods like plant milk, nuts, or even fruit.
Not only are these options cruelty-free, but they also contain a lot less saturated fat than dairy-based ice creams, making them a better choice for our health.
Here’s the (vegan) scoop.
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FAQ: Animals aren’t hurt or killed for their milk. Why shouldn’t we use it?
Many well-intentioned people overlook dairy products like ice cream because the cultivation of the raw material (milk) does not require the immediate death of an animal. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The dairy industry is hell on the animals. It’s an industry filled with forced pregnancies, mechanical milking machines, industrialized living conditions, and grieving mothers.
Here’s the sad truth: Every single cow or goat used to produce milk will go to slaughter once their productivity lessens. Learn more in this Dairy-Free Living Guide.
Vegan Ice Cream Shopping Guide
Let’s talk about vegan ice cream basics. Most likely, you know that ice cream usually contains dairy milk or creams. Obviously, ice cream made from these products isn’t vegan.
So, what kind of ice cream is vegan? Dairy-free ice cream products use plant ingredients like soy, cashew, and coconut among others to create rich, decadent ice creams.
Here’s a list of the vegan ice cream brands.
Vegan Ice Cream Brands
There has been an explosion of non-dairy frozen desserts on the market in the past few years. Even some large, mainstream brands now offer dairy-free versions to accommodate this growing demand. Generally speaking, you’ll be able to find non-dairy and vegan ice cream in almost any well-stocked grocery store, right where you’d expect them to be.
Because vegan ice cream is made with a variety of different bases, it’s a good idea to try them all — winking face emoji — before determining your favorite. To help find the right one for you, I’ve broken down this shopping guide by base ingredient.
Reading Food Labels:
What Kind of Ice Cream is Vegan?
Common names for vegan ice cream products are “frozen dessert” or “dairy-free frozen dessert.” Check the label for non-vegan ingredients like dairy-based milk or cream, whey, lactose, casein, caseinate, sodium caseinate, lactic acid, capric acid and milk solids. Instead, choose ice creams made from plant milk, fruits, or nuts.
Homemade Vegan Ice Cream Recipes
Cold, creamy, delicious vegan ice cream is easy to make at home. Here are a few easy recipes to get you started, organized by ice cream base.
- Cotton Candy Strawberry Ice Cream
- Chocolate Brittle Ice Cream
- Raspberry Ice Cream
The Veggie Side of Me
- Frozen Candy Cane Fluff
- Simple Vanilla Ice Cream
A Sweet Vegan World
- Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream
- Blackberry Basil Ice Cream
The Vegan Harvest
- Strawberry & Pistachio Semifreddo
The Vegan Larder
Coconut Milk Base
- French Press Coffee Ice Cream
Glue & Glitter
- Tahini Cardamom Ice Cream
The Organic Dietitian
- 10-Minute Strawberry Ice Cream
- Coconut Milk Cinnamon Ice Cream
Eat Healthy. Eat Happy.
- Peach Crisp Ice Cream
Go Dairy Free
- Toasted Coconut Ice Cream
Loving It Vegan
- Chocolate Sriracha Ice Cream
Vegan Yack Attack
- Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Lemon Mint Ice Cream
Love Me, Feed Me
- Heavenly Hash Ice Cream
Gluten-Free Vegan Pantry
- Butter Maple Pecan
The Simple Veganista
- Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream
Healthy. Happy. Life.
- Peanut Butter & Oreo Ice Cream
- Chocolate Covered Pretzel Banana Ice Cream
- Cake Batter Ice Cream
The Blender Girls
- Champagne & Blueberry Ice Cream
- Neapolitan Banana Ice Cream
The Veg Life
- Banana Bread Ice Cream | 24 Carrot Life
Non-Dairy Blended Bases
- Vegan Chai Ice Cream
- Coconut Ice Cream with a Caramel Ripple
Tofu for Tots
- Coffee Ice Cream
- Cookies & Cream Ice Cream
Quite Good Food
- Brownie Chocolate Ice Cream
- Rhubarb Ice Cream
Seitan is My Motor
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Nicecream
- Almond Amaretto Ice Cream
Parsnips & Sprockets
- Avocado & Banana Ice Cream
Divine Healthy Food
- Almond Butter Ice Cream
- Cashew Ice Cream
Love & Zest
- Pistachio Ice Cream
Seitan is My Motor
- Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
This Rawsome Vegan Life
- Creamy Chocolate Ice Cream
Crazy Vegan Kitchen
- Cacao Ice Cream
- Chunky Monkey
The First Mess
- Poppyseed, Banana, Coconut & Rum Ice Cream
- Cashew Banana Ice Cream
The Blender Girl
Vegan Ice Cream Cookbooks
Are you ready to try and make delicious, dairy-free ice cream at home? Good news, there's plenty of cookbooks for that! I've put together a collection of books filled with recipes, tips, and tricks on blending up the perfect creamy treat to help get you started.
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