Who doesn’t love ice cream? I scream you scream, we all scream for ice cream…but who really screams for your ice cream? Well, dairy cows and their babies do, and not in a good way. Dairy products like ice cream significantly contribute to the daily cruelty animals suffer on dairy farms worldwide. But lucky for us, there are many delicious, dairy-free ice cream brands to satisfy any ice cream craving. Ditch dairy and try out one of these cruelty-free vegan ice cream options.
Coolhaus began in a small, household kitchen with Natasha Case and Freya Estreller. Drawing inspiration from architects and architectural movements helped them create their fun flavor combinations. With ice cream flavors like Street Cart Churro Dough, Chocolate Molten Cake, Bananas Foster, Campfire S’mores, Farmer’s Market Strawberry Cheesecake, and even Milkshake and Fries, anyone can find at least one Coolhaus flavor to love.
Want to save the world one spoon full at a time? Eclipse Foods strives to create “a more sustainable and humane food system – with your help.” Alternative protein expert Aylon Steinhart founded Eclipse along with his business partner, food scientist, and James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee, Thomas Bowman.
Eclipse Foods ice cream uses simple, plant-based ingredients to create a dessert that is “so creamy; even the cows are jealous.” Their six flavor classic line offers mouthwatering flavors like Cookie Butter, Dark Side of The Spoon, Mint Chip, Caramel Butter Pecan, Vintage Vanilla, or Mango Passionfruit. And for more evolved taste-buds, they offer a variety of 19 flavors in the Eclipse Foods Chef Collection, such as Caramel Peach Pie, Sweet Potato & Salty Black Sugar, and Toasted Almond Thyme.
Planet Oats is a place where “the entire world revolves around oats.” Oat milk is a great plant-based milk option, and it also makes delicious ice cream. Choose from Planet Oat’s long list of flavors, including Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies & Crème, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Mint Fudge Swirl, Vanilla, Coffee Fudge, Blueberry Oat Crumble, or Chocolate.
Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery offers a line of vegan ice creams, both naughty (alcohol infused) and nice (alcohol-free). If you are feeling a little naughty, there are some tempting flavors to try out, like the Pink Champagne Sorbet, Vegan Aviator, or the Vegan Hot Toddy. On the nicer side, they have a wide variety of flavors like Coconut Chai, Coconut Chocolate Fudge, Goji Strawberry, Lady Marmalade, Lemon Poppyseed, Reishi & Chaga, Rose Cream, Sugar Cookie, Tahini Chocolate Chip, Triple Berry Crumpet, or a traditional Vanilla Bean.
Sorbabes is “as bold as the two women who founded it”, Nicole and Deborah. This dynamic duo met in 2012 and combined their skillsets in finance and cooking to create their delicious plant-based sorbet bars. Their vegan ice cream bars are unlike anything you’ve ever tasted…this is not your mama’s sorbet. Sorbabes bars are not only vegan, but also gluten free and come in a variety of flavors. Pick up a box of thier bars in Vanilla Caramel Crunch, Mango Coconut Crunch, Strawberry Crisp, or Wild Berry Crisp.
Ice cream tastes even better from a cone, and when it happens to be dairy-free, that makes it just perfect. Jolly Llama offers both Vanilla Fudge Sundae and Caramel Chocolate Chip cones. They also carry delicious, dairy-free ice cream sandwiches, some gluten-free, and a selection of Sorbet Pops.
If frozen mochi desserts are your favorite, Bubbies now offers three flavors of plant-based mochi desserts made with oat milk for you to enjoy. Choose from Alphonso Mango, Rich Chocolate, or Red, Ripe Strawberry. Be sure to look for the terms Plant-Based and Non-Dairy on the labels.
Ben & Jerry’s offers a variety of non-dairy ice creams made with either almond milk or sunflower butter, which are all delicious. Their almond milk line-up currently consists of fourteen different flavors, including Cherry Garcia, Caramel Almond Brittle, Netflix & Chilll’d, The Tonight Dough, Phish Food, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, among others. The sunflower butter list has six flavors to choose from, including Colin Kaepernick’s Change the World, Crème Brûlée Cookie, “Milk” & Cookies, Mint Chocolate Cookie, and their two newest additions, Mint Chocolate Chance and Bananas Foster.
Halo Top makes their amazing, dairy-free ice cream with coconut milk. Try their Chocolate Almond Crunch, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Cup, or Sea Salt Caramel flavors. They even have a dairy-free version of their Birthday Cake Ice Cream.
Oatly wants to welcome you to the post-milk generation. This cruelty-free company uses its rich and creamy oat milk to create numerous flavors of its dairy-free ice creams. We can’t wait to try their expanding line of ice cream flavors like the Raspberry Swirl, Fudge Brownie, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Mint Chip, or Coffee flavors, or you can opt for traditional Strawberry, Chocolate, or Vanilla. In addition, Oatly also offers a line of chocolate-dipped ice cream bars.
Jeni’s uses coconut cream to create their lush frozen desserts. Their delicious collection includes Banana Cream Pudding, Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns, Cold Brew with Coconut Cream, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Lemon Bar, and Texas Sheet Cake.
So Delicious uses various plant-based milks to create their creamy, tasty, dairy-free frozen treats. Try some Snickerdoodle or Bananas Foster made from cashew milk. Consider S’mores or Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie made with Oat Milk. How about almond milk in your Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich or your chocolate-dipped Mocha Almond Fudge Bar? So Delicious even carries varieties created using coconut and soy milk.
Some people aren’t a fan of coconut or do not eat soy. Cado’s non-dairy Ice creams are smooth, velvety, and made with one of a vegan’s best friends…avocado! Try out flavors like Cherry Amaretto, Simply Lemon, Chocolate Mud Pie, or Mint Chocolate Chip, among others. Most of their flavors are also nut-free for those suffering from allergies.
Van Leeuwen has created a variety of tasty vegan frozen treats using cashew milk and oat milk. Give some interesting flavors like Peanut Butter Brownie Honeycomb, Churros, and Fudge, Cookie Crumble Strawberry Jam, Bourbon Vanilla Apple Crisp, or Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll.
NadaMoo started as a family business in Austin, TX, and continues to be a family business to this day. It all began from people making dairy-free desserts for family, neighbors, and friends but has grown from “passion to professions” into the expanding brand that it is today.
The ice cream from Nadamoo uses organic coconut milk to create nearly two dozen intriguing and delicious flavors. Traditional flavors like Vanilla and Chocolate to Pistachio Nut, Birthday Cake, and Maple Pecan have no wrong choices here.
Forager Project is an organic food company based out of California. Their cashewmilk ice cream is not only dairy-free but is also organic and traditionally cultured. Forager Project combines simple, organic ingredients with creamy cashews to create delicious flavors like Vanilla Bean, Strawberry Shortcake, Bittersweet Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, and Mint Chip.
Saving Animals With Your Spoon
Choosing compassion does not mean you miss out on delicious and flavorful foods like ice cream. There are many cruelty-free products on the market today and many more in development. With a bit of research, you can build a list of plant-based, compassionate ice cream products that everyone will love. Give non-dairy, plant-based vegan treats a try, and let us know your favorites in the comments.