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15 Best Nondairy & Vegan Ice Creams To Scoop Up This Summer

Kristine Thomason
Updated on July 2, 2020
Kristine Thomason
Health Writer & Editor
By Kristine Thomason
Health Writer & Editor
Kristine is a writer, editor, and editorial consultant who lives in Long Beach, CA.
The Best Dairy Free Ice Creams In 2020
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July 2, 2020
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Fact: Ice cream is a delicious treat year-round. That said, there's nothing quite like enjoying this cool, frozen dessert when the weather starts heating up. However, you have a lactose intolerance or don't eat dairy ice cream for other dietary reasons, options have been historically pretty limited.

But there's never been a better time to be a dairy-free ice cream lover—so many brands now offer vegan versions of their classic flavors, and some companies are exclusively dedicated to plant-based offerings. Look no further than these delicious dairy-free ice creams:

1. Ben & Jerry's "Milk" & Cookies Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

That's right, your favorite ice cream duo has a number of dairy-free options to choose from. One of their latest flavors is "Milk" & Cookies, which features sunflower milk as the base and a blend of three different vegan cookies.

"Milk" & Cookies Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert,

Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Ben & Jerry's

2. Van Leeuwen Vegan Salted Caramel

Get ready to taste the best salted caramel ice cream of your life—vegan or otherwise. This nondairy take on the beloved ice cream flavor features small-batch caramel made in-house using pure cane sugar in small copper pots.

Vegan Salted Caramel Frozen Dessert,

Van Leeuwen ice cream
Van Leeuwen

3. Daily Harvest Salted, Swirled Black Sesame Scoops

Known for their easy-to-make smoothies and soups, Daily Harvest just launched four brand-new plant-based ice creams. Each one is made with a coconut cream base and sweetened with maple syrup rather than refined sugars. This unique black sesame flavor also features ashwagandha, for an extra beneficial boost.

Salted, Swirled Black Sesame Scoops,

daily harvest ice cream
Daily Harvest

4. Breyer's Non-Dairy Cookies N' Cream

The brand you've been scooping since you were a kid now offers a dairy-free variety. Made with almond milk instead of cream, this classic flavor will give you all kinds of nostalgia.

Non-Dairy Cookies N' Cream,

breyer's ice cream

5. Nada Moo Peach Cobbler Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Nothing says summer quite like peach pie a la mode, and this nondairy ice cream blends all those flavors into one tasty pint. It features a coconut milk base, organic peaches, and almond meal pie crust—get ready to dip into fruity bliss!

Peach Cobbler Dairy-Free Ice Cream,

Nada moo ice cream
Nada moo

6. So Delicious Coconut Macaroon Coconutmilk Ice Cream

The ultimate treat for coconut lovers, this creamy vegan ice cream from So Delicious will hit the spot. This flavor features coconut milk as the base, but the brand also offers an array of dairy-free options to meet your dietary needs (think oat milk, almond milk, and soy milk).

Dairy-Free Coconut Macaroon Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert,

So Delicious ice cream
So Delicious

7. Coconut Bliss Vanilla Bean Plant-Based, Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Sometimes you just want something classic, and this dreamy Madagascar vanilla bean flavor fits the bill. It features just five simple ingredients: coconut milk, agave syrup, coconut cream, vanilla extract, and vanilla beans.

Coconut Bliss Vanilla Bean Plant-Based, Dairy-Free Ice Cream,

Coconut Bliss ice cream
Coconut Bliss

8. Oatly Mint Chip Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

If you're a fan of oat milk, you'll love this dairy-free ice cream from Oatly. It's plant-based and made with natural flavors—so the minty taste is refreshing, not fake. Unlike some nondairy ice creams, this one doesn't need to sit at room temperature before it's scoopable—just grab it from the freezer and enjoy.

Mint Chip Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert,

Oatly Ice Cream

9. Chloe's Oatmilk Raspberry Chip Pops

Are ice pops more your jam? While most of their fruity pops are naturally dairy-free, Chloe's just released a number of creamy options made with oat milk as the base. The flavors include mint chip, salted caramel, and this heavenly raspberry chip combo.

Oatmilk Raspberry Chip Pops,

Chloe's pops

10. Halo Top Birthday Cake Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Known for their healthier, protein-packed ice cream, Halo Top also has an option for anyone following a vegan or dairy-free lifestyle. Their birthday cake flavor is a fan favorite, and this version is made with a creamy coconut base. Bonus points: Each pint contains 11 grams of protein.

Birthday Cake Dairy-Free Ice Cream,

Halo Top ice cream
Halo Top

11. Daiya Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Bar

You may know about Daiya for their tasty vegan cheeses, but this brand also makes a delicious non-dairy ice cream bar that's the perfect petite size for a post-dinner treat. There are four different flavors to choose from, but if you're a coffee lover, this espresso option is sure to hit the spot.

Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Bar,

daiya ice cream

12. Mud Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert

Made with organic cacao, organic coconut water, and sweetened with dates—this better-for-you non-dairy ice cream is sure to please. It's suitable for a number of dietary needs: There are no added sugars, plus it's dairy-, soy-, and gluten-free. Plus, it tastes delicious.

Chocolate Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert,

mud ice cream

13. Jolly Llama Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you're in the mood for a classic ice cream sandwich, Jolly Llama makes a version that's dairy- and gluten-free. It comes in classic vanilla, or a mint chip option.

Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwich,

Jolly Llama ice cream
Jolly Llama

14. Modern Pop Mint Chip

This vegan-friendly pop is made with avocado to give it a creamy texture, plus an extra dose of nutrients. Top that off with some dairy-free dark chocolate and this tasty treat is perfect for mint chip lovers.

Mint Chip Dairy-Free Popsicle,

modern pop
Modern Pop

15. O'My Dairy-Free Gelato

Love gelato? This a decadent dairy-free option that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Sweetened with stevia and monk fruit, there are only two grams of sugar and two grams of carbs per serving. Plus, it's totally plant-based.

Dairy-Free Gelato,

O'My gelato
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Kristine Thomason
Health Writer & Editor

Kristine is a writer, editor, and editorial consultant who lives in Long Beach, CA. Kristine is a New York University graduate with a degree in journalism and psychology, and also a NASM-certified personal trainer. She has spent her editorial career focused on health and well-being, and formerly worked for Women’s Health and Health. Her byline has also appeared in Men’s Health, Greatist, Refinery29, HGTV, and more. In her current role she oversees, edits, and writes for the health, food, and movement sections of mindbodygreen.