Vegan ice cream

Dairy-free, plant-based ice cream is more mainstream than ever.

Published: August 2015
Last Update: September 2022

Reading Time: 5 minutes

It's true; life is sweeter 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, getting a dairy-free version of that cool, creamy taste you love has never been easier. This guide will introduce you to all the vegan options and give you everything you need to know.

First, we'll go shopping. I'll tell you the brands to look for and what milk each uses. Next, we'll head into the kitchen with tons of recipes to inspire you. Finally, I'll share a list of vegan ice cream cookbooks available.

Here's the vegan scoop.

1. Shopping guide

Here’s what you need to know before you head to the store.

Find dairy-free ice cream in stores

Let’s talk about dairy-free ice cream basics.

You probably know that ice cream usually contains dairy milk or creams. Ice cream made from these products isn’t suitable for vegans. Dairy-free ice cream products use plant ingredients like soy, cashew, coconut, avocado, and aquafaba.

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.

Here’s a list of brands to look for at the store.

Vegan ice cream brands

Purchasing note: Not all of the brands above are completely vegan; some offer dairy-based versions. These brands have this ⊕ symbol next to their name.

2. Vegan ice cream recipes

Ready for cooking inspiration? These recipes will surely satisfy you.

Recipes to try

  1. Peanut Butter and Blueberry Ice Cream
    Rainbow Nourishments
  1. Matcha Ice Cream
    My Vegan Minimalist
  1. Pumpkin Ice Cream
    Cookie Dough Diaries
  1. Aquafaba Ice Cream (five flavors)
    The Hidden Veggies
  1. Strawberry Ice Cream
    Vegan Huggs
  1. Vanilla Ice Cream
    Loving it Vegan
  1. High-protein Chocolate Ice Cream
    Nutriciously
  1. Cookie Dough Ice Cream
    Make it Dairy-Free
  1. Butter Pecan Ice Cream
    My Quiet Kitchen

3. Vegan ice cream cookbooks

These cookbooks are filled with recipes, tips, and tricks on blending the perfect creamy treat.

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Photo Credits

Recipe photos via recipe creators and used with permission.