Vegan Ice Cream Guide

« LAST UPDATE: 18 July 2021 »

PUBLISHED: 5 August 2015

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 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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Vegan Ice Cream Guide

PUBLISHED: 5 August 2015  »  LAST UPDATE: 18 July 2021

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 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.

QUICK FACTS

» Category: Food Guides
» Recipes to Try: 54
» Minutes to Read: 15

 

Shopping Guide

There has been an explosion of non-dairy frozen desserts on the market over the past few years. Even some large, mainstream brands now offer dairy-free versions to accommodate this growing demand. This almost ensures you’ll find something to love.

Let’s go shopping.

Vegan Ice Cream Brands

Let’s talk about vegan ice cream basics.

Most likely, you know that ice cream usually contains dairy milk or creams. Ice cream made from these products isn’t suitable for vegans.

So, what kind of ice cream is vegan? Dairy-free ice cream products use plant ingredients like soy, cashew, coconut, avocado, and aquafaba among others, to create rich, decadent ice creams.

Where to Find Vegan Ice Cream in Stores

It’s pretty obvious that you’ll find vegan ice cream in the freezer section, right where you’d expect them to be. Generally speaking, most well-stocked grocery stores offer some non-dairy options. 

Vegan ice cream is made with a variety of different cream/milk bases, so it’s. a good idea to try them all before determining your favorite brand or flavor (winking face emoji)

To help you find the right one for you, I’ve sorted this shopping guide by base ingredient.

Here’s a list of the brands to choose from.

Almond Milk 

Cashew Milk

Coconut Milk

Soy Milk

Other

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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.

Aquafaba Base

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An overhead picture of a rectangle pan with bright pink vegan ice cream with swirls of red fruits throughout and an ice cream scoop sitting on one side.

Strawberry & Berry Swirl Ice Cream / Photo: Blissful Basil

Coconut Milk Base

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Two scoops of a vegan mango ice cream in a stonewear bowl with a fresh sprig of mint on top.

Mango Banana Ice Cream / Photo: A Virtual Vegan

Fruit Base

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Non-Dairy Blended Bases

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An overhead picture of a bowl of ice cream with several spoons full of ice cream and nuts scattered about sitting on top of a black background.

Chocolate & Hazelnut Ice Cream / Photo: The Minimalist Vegan

Nut Base

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Tofu Base

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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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Vegan & Dairy-Free Ice Cream Guide - Your Daily Vegan

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