10 Best Dairy-Free Vegan Ice Cream Brands for 2019

Vegan Ice Cream

With veganism and dairy sensitivities on the rise, it seems there is a new non-dairy, vegan ice cream popping up everywhere you look, and it’s no longer the chalky, sad imitation of regular ice cream.

There are so many more brands and flavors available than there were just a few years ago, so we decided to round up 10 of the most popular vegan ice cream brands and compare them for flavor, quality, price and health factors.

You might be surprised at just how creamy, rich and satisfying some of these brands actually are!

Please note that we’ve taken the liberty to include sorbettos and gelatos in our list because, technically speaking, there’s no such thing as vegan ice cream. By definition ice cream contains milk fat, so we use the term “vegan ice cream” as a general term for dairy-free frozen desserts that satisfy our ice cream cravings.

1. Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss

Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss Madagascan Vanilla Bean Vegan Ice Cream

Photo © Bliss Unlimited, LLC, used with permission

Proudly displaying their ingredient list and nutrition facts on their website, Luna and Larry’s products are organic and totally gluten free-a win for those avoiding wheat as well as animal products.

Those looking closely at the ingredient list will note that this vegan ice cream brand relies on only 5 clean, pronounceable ingredients to create their base vanilla flavor.

Ringing in just around $6 at most health and grocery stores, it’s an affordable and clean vegan alternative to those looking to get their ice cream fix!

Base Ingredients: Coconut

Where To Buy: Available online and in most grocery or health food stores

Flavors Available: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Madagascan Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate, Cold Brew Coffee, Raspberry Acai in Chocolate Bars, Madagascan Vanilla Bean in Chocolate Bars, Dark Chocolate Cookie Sandwich, Vanilla Cookie Sandwich, Infinite Coconut, Sea Salt Caramel + Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Chocolate Hazelnut Decadence, Mint Chip Galactica, Peruvian Mocha Crunch, Ginger Cookie + Caramel, Sweet Cherry Amaretto

2. Halo Top

Halo Top Caramel Macchiato Vegan Ice Cream
Photo © Eden Creamery LLC, used with permission

Halo Top is best known for creating ice cream flavors that are low in calories yet high in protein, and their vegan line doesn’t disappoint!

Each pint contains 360 calories or less and 12g of protein (compared to other leading brands with 3g of protein). Flavors worth trying include Chocolate Covered Banana, Pancakes & Waffles, and Vanilla Maple.

Fans of the dairy-laden original will notice that the vegan version is lighter and also creamier in texture. A crowd pleaser for vegans and non-vegans alike!

Base Ingredients: Coconut

Where To Buy: Available online and in most grocery stores.

Flavors Available: Caramel Macchiato, Chocolate, Chocolate Covered Banana, Cinnamon Roll, Oatmeal Cookie, Peanut Butter Cup, Sea Salt Caramel, Birthday Cake, Candy Bar, Chocolate Almond Crunch, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cough, Pancakes & Waffles, Toasted Coconut, Vanilla Maple, Mint Fudge Cookie, Chocolate Hazelnut, Peanut Butter & Jelly

3. Talenti sorbetto

Talenti Alphonso Mango Sorbetto
Photo © 2019 Talenti Gelato e Sorbetto, used with permission

Unlike other vegan ice cream brands, Talenti does not use a single base ingredient for their dairy-free line, but instead relies on fruit or nuts to bring their sorbettos to life.  

The Peanut Butter Fudge Sorbetto is surprisingly creamy, and consumers looking at the ingredient list will be shocked to find that Talenti only uses 6 ingredients.

Because sorbetto contains less air than ice cream, the flavor is more intense, and fans rave that the result is smooth, sweet, and refreshing and worth the few extra dollars for this satisfying vegan treat!

Base Ingredients: Fruit or Peanuts

Where To Buy: Available online and in most grocery stores.

Flavors Available: Alphonso Mango Sorbetto, Peanut Butter Fudge Sorbetto, Roman Raspberry Sorbetto

4. Ciao Bella Sorbetto

Ciao Bella Sorbetto

Like Talenti, Ciao Bella relies on a variety of base ingredients for their different vegan flavors, including water, coconut meat, and fruit.

Their fruit based sorbettos are a great option for those who are vegan but also have tree nut allergies and need to avoid coconut. And like Talenti, because their is less air in sorbettos than in ice cream, reviewers found that the taste was more intense than other brands.  

For those craving an very dark chocolate sorbetto that’s remarkably creamy and light, try their Chocolate flavor-it’s not for the milk chocolate fans but is deliciously rich!

Base Ingredients: Fruit, water or coconut depending on flavor.

Where To Buy: Available online at Ice Cream Source.

Flavors Available: Mandarin Pineapple, Raspberry, Chocolate, Strawberry Limonato, Blood Orange, Peach Sangria, Blackberry Cabernet, Coconut Limone, Blueberry Passionfruit, Mango

5. Dream

Almond Dream Vegan Ice Cream

With Rice Dream, Soy Dream, Almond Dream and Coconut Dream options, it seems impossible that any dairy-free ice cream lover couldn’t find something to love with the Dream brand!

This brand is affordable – each flavor is less than $5 a pint – and available in most grocery stores. Fan favorites include Mint Chocolate Chip, Toffee Almond Fudge, and Butter Pecan.

While the ingredient list is not nearly as straightforward or clean as other brands, Dream does provide an alternative for those who cannot eat dairy, tree nuts, or soy with their Rice Dream line. However, if you’re not allergic to tree nuts, most reviewers agree that the Almond Dream or Coconut Dream lines are more like traditional ice cream and don’t have the aftertaste of rice.

Base Ingredients: Brown Rice Syrup, Soy, Almond or Coconut

Where To Buy: Available online and in most grocery stores.

Flavors Available: Cocoa Marble Fudge, Mint Carob Chip, Strawberry, Butter Pecan, Vanilla, French Vanilla, Vanilla Fudge Swirl, Coconut, Cappuccino Swirl, Praline Crunch, Strawberry, Mint chocolate Chip, Toffee Almond Fudge, Vanilla Dessert Bites

6. PerfectlyFree

PerfectlyFree non-dairy frozen treats
Photo © Incredible Foods, Inc., used with permission

100% plant based, sugar free, and free from the Big 8 Allergens, including soy and peanuts, this will be the best choice for those not only vegan but restricted by allergies.

Die-hard ice cream fans will note that this product can’t really be called vegan ice cream as this brand is only available in frozen bites, not scoopable pints, but the taste is creamy and refreshing for anyone on a restricted diet looking for a sugar fix.  PerfectlyFree is also not readily available in most stores-it’s best to order online.

Base Ingredients: Coconut

Where To Buy: Available online at PerfectlyFree.

Flavors Available: Salted Caramel, Cocoa Vanilla, Mint Chocolate, Raspberry Chocolate

7. NadaMoo!

NadaMoo! Lotta Mind Chip diary-free frozen dessert

This family owned business was created in 2004 with an ambitious goal: creating a coconut based, dairy-free ice cream for dairy-loving friends and family. Fifteen years later, the positive reviews keep rolling in, and NadaMoo continues to create vegan ice cream flavors that will make you drool!

Marshmallow stardust, That Snickerdoodle Dough, and Cookie Dough Fudge are high rankers in their current lineup of 18 flavors, with more varieties promised soon.  Those who don’t like the taste of coconut will be happy to find that even the Vanilla flavor does not taste overly coconutty, and the texture is creamy enough for any dairy lover.

Base Ingredient: Coconut

Where To Buy: Available for order online at NadaMoo.com and in some select grocery stores. Check their store locator to find a retailer near you.

Flavors Available: Banana Caramel Crunch,Vanilla…Ahh, Dutch Chocolate, Cookies & Creme, That Snickerdoodle Dough, Marshmallow Stardust, Peach Cobbler, Caramel Cold-Brew & Cookies, Cookie Dough Fudge, The Rockiest Road, Himalayan Salted Caramel, Chocolate Cherry Fudge Brownie, Pistachio Nut, Mmm-Maple Pecan, Strawberry Cheesecake, Lotta Mint Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Birthday Cake Cookie Dough

8. Cado

Cado Vegan Ice Cream
Photo © Cado Desserts, used with permission

Not a fan of avocado toast? If seeing avocado on the ingredient list sends you running back to your usual dairy-laden pint, never fear: Cado is remarkably creamy (thanks to the high amounts of healthy fats present in avocados), tastes nothing like guacamole, and is not green in coloring.

If you’re still not convinced, read the Facebook reviews — dairy lovers and vegans alike are especially in love with the Simply Lemon and Mint Chocolate Chip flavors, and ice cream fanatics with nut allergies will be thrilled there’s another non-coconut based option on the market.

Base Ingredients: Avocado and Avocado Oil

Where To Buy: Not available for purchase on their website, but carried by most health food and grocery stores.

Flavors Available: Vanilla Bean, Cherry Amaretto chip, Java Chip, Salted Caramel Swirl, Deep Dark Chocolate, Simply Lemon, Mint Chocolate Chip

9. Tofutti

Tofuitti Vegan Ice Cream
Photo © Tofutti Brands, Inc., used with permission

While not as creamy as Cado, Tofutti has a reputation of packing quite the flavor punch and being less “chalky” than some of the ever-popular So Delicious brands.  Tofutti sells ice cream sandwiches as well as pints, so it’s a great treat to have around for kids or anyone needing a quick sugar fix on the go.

However, it’s not as clean as other vegan varieties since it does contain corn syrup and corn oil, and the website notes that some flavors contains nuts and wheat, so gluten free vegans will need to read the labels carefully.

Also, since most vegans eat quite a few soy-based products already, it might be better to start with a vegan ice cream brand that doesn’t contain soy.

Base Ingredients: Soy

Where To Buy: Tofutti is available at most grocery stores, but not available for online ordering. Visit their site for store locators.  

Flavors Available: Vanilla Fudge, Butter Pecan, Vanilla, Almond Bark, Chocolate, Wild Berry Supreme

10. Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Non-Dairy Ice Cream
Photo © Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., used with permission

A household name among ice cream lovers, Ben & Jerry’s couldn’t resist getting in on the non-dairy ice cream trend!

The company has released no less than 12 flavors that are certified 100% Vegan. The brand uses almond milk as their base, which results in a slightly softer scoop than their other ice creams, but with the multitude of flavors and mix-ins, you wouldn’t know that this was a dairy-free ice cream.

One vegan reviewer tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and raved that  “It feels like the highest quality ice cream has been mixed with the highest quality actual cookie dough.”

Base Ingredients: Almond

Where To Buy:  Available for order in most metropolitan areas through their website, and in most grocery stores.

Flavors Available: Peanut Butter Half Baked, Cherry Garcia, PB & Cookies, Coffee Caramel Fudge, Coconut Seven Layer Bar, Cinnamon Buns, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Fudge Brownies, Caramel Almond Brittle, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Caramel Cluster

How the Brands Stack Up

Best Overall: Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss

Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss wins for myself and many other reviewers as the best overall vegan ice cream brand, given that it’s affordable, has a wide range of flavors, has a similar look and feel to regular ice cream, and uses clean ingredients.

Best Flavor: NadaMoo!

NadaMoo! is the winner with their Lotta Mint Chip! flavor. NadaMoo offers such a wide variety of interesting flavors that no true ice cream fan will be disappointed or bored!

Best Nutritional Value: Cado

Cado, given that it contains minimal, non-GMO ingredients, is Certified Organic, and has  an avocado base (widely recognized as a superfood with high amounts of Omega-3’s) is the healthiest of these options. Plus, the texture and flavors do not disappoint! Halo Top was a close second with its clean ingredient list and low calorie count.

Best Allergen Free: PerfectlyFree

PerfectlyFree wins by a landslide here-the ingredients are simple, clean, and real — and since vegan ice cream bites is the companies only product, there’s no need to worry about cross-contamination from wheat, nuts, or soy.

Best Price: Dream

Dream, most readily available and cheapest per pint, wins the Best Price award — but if you’re looking for a vegan ice cream, consider getting the best, not the cheapest! If Dream tastes the best to you, it’s a win-win.

Which vegan ice cream brands are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • You Folks should check out Aldi’s Store Brand Non Dairy Frozen Treat Vanilla and Chocolate. I thought the Vanilla was creamier and richer tasting than the Chocolate. Price: just under $3.00/pint!

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