Cutting out dairy can look like one intimidating feat—especially considering how cow's milk tends to be a core ingredient in all of our fave foods. (See: mac and cheese, grilled cheese, cheesecake! I could go on...) So when we choose to stop eating dairy (whether that be for health or otherwise personal reasons), that means we have to abandon any and all things that contain butter, yogurt, or cheese, right? Wrong!
If you’re lactose intolerant or have elected to live the non-dairy life, you’re in luck. The powers that be have concocted various vegan "dairy" options—including vegan cheeses and soooo many different types of plant-based milk alternatives. Not to mention, there's an abundance of delicious non-dairy ice creams out there—and I'm here to introduce you to them.
No, you don't have to be vegan or lactose intolerant to try out these dairy-free ice creams (though let's be real: It can be nice sometimes to cool it on the creamy front for a little bit—I'm looking at you, Unexplained Tummy Ache), especially when they're as good as the real thing. So go ahead and indulge in some seriously delicious vegan ice creams. I've rounded up 16 of the best need-to-know non-dairy ice cream brands for you, below. (You're welcome!)
This Brooklyn-based brand was conceptualized around making ice cream with the staple ingredients often found in Asian-American households. That means they’ve got yummy creative flavors, like Rose Ginger and Black Sesame, that you absolutely need to try. Oh, and FYI: Their vegan stuff is made with coconut cream, which just means added deliciousness.
If you can’t resist anything chocolate-covered, get excited, because the minds at Magnum have got something yummy just for you. They make dairy-free bars in a few different flavors, using a unique combo of pea protein and coconut oil. Somehow they manage to taste exactly like their dairy-filled counterparts.
The beloved vegan ice cream from the Los Angeles-based restaurant Craig’s is now available for people nationwide to indulge. You’ll be oh-so grateful for this after you've had a taste. Craig's cashew milk base is super creamy, and all their flavors are gluten-free, too.
Earlier this year, beloved Ohio-based ice cream company Jeni's Splendid launched its new dairy-free line, featuring four new flavors like Cold Brew with Coconut Cream and Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Truffle. Each pint is made from high-quality coconut cream, giving it the body and texture of regs ice cream. DROOL.
This Brooklyn-based artisanal brand actually started as an ice cream truck. Now, they sell their drool-worthy dairy-free ice cream pints in grocery stores around the country. The vegan flavors (including Caramelized Banana Nut and Mint Chip) are made with cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. Not a cow in sight.
Old-school lactose intolerant kids, recognize. Made from soy and tofu, these frozen treats come in vanilla, chocolate, and even mint chocolate chip.
So Delicious offers flavors made from cashew, oat, coconut, almond, and soy milk, and offers various types of frozen desserts, like ice cream sandwiches, bars, and pints. There's literally no wrong choice here, it's all just so delicious. (Sorry, had to.)
The (low-key super pretty) non-dairy pints from Halo Top come in fun, delish flavors like Pancakes and Waffles or Peanut Butter and Jelly. Plus, they boast just 280 calories a pint.
PSA: Your favorite oat milk brand is now here with a tasty, "Wow, no cow!" frozen dessert.
You're lying if you say you've never sat in bed with a pint of Phish Food and binged Riverdale. (Same, though.) What's even better is now you can do it with ice cream made from almond milk, so your dog doesn't judge you for the weird smell under the covers. (Soz, I'm just sayin'...)
Wildflower Honey Pistachio? Chocolate Cherry Blossom? Yes and yes! Steve's is known for its creative and enticing flavors, and the brand's dairy-free versions are just as inventive. Made from organic Sri Lankan coconut cream, these options are just as delish as their milky brethren.
At NadaMoo, an Austin-based company, flavors are made from certified organic coconut milk, making them vegan, gluten-free, organic, and non-GMO.
As if their regular ice cream wasn't addictive enough, Häagen-Dazs has a line of dairy-free ice creams that we honestly can't get enough of. They have everything from sorbet to bars to triple-layer pints. And their newest dairy-free flavor, Amaretto Black Cherry, even has a boozy twist to it. Just take my money!
If you're looking for a 100 percent plant-based option, then look no further. Luna & Larry's Organic Coconut Bliss ice cream is the indulgent vegan option for you.
These ice cream bites are perfect for snacking (and sharing... if you're able to).
Cado is—ready for this?—an avocado-based ice cream. Don't even say you're not intrigued. They have seven different flavors, like Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel Swirl, and Java Chip.