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November 14, 2020

The Best Vegan Ice Cream Brands
Plant-Based and Dairy Free

Editor's Choice
arctic zero
Arctic ZeroCheck Current Price
#2nd Best Choice
ben and jerrys
Ben & Jerry'sCheck Current Price
#3rd Best Choice
revolution gelato
Revolution GelatoCheck Current Price
Rafid Nassir
Published by Rafid Nassir
Fact checked by Markus Oliver, BHSc FACT CHECKED

Ice cream is the ultimate indulgence.

If there is one big road block that may prevent people from going vegan - then I would say ice cream is at the top of that list (along with pizza). But it shouldn’t be!

In recent years, vegan ice cream has started fighting back in a big way. There are some amazing flavours out there and they are every bit as delicious as their cow pus counterparts (milk is seriously so gross).

So here is a list of the best dairy-free ice creams we’ve found to scratch that itch for vegans and the lactose intolerant folks alike.

Our Top Vegan Ice Creams

1 - Arctic Zero Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (Editor's Choice)

arctic zero

Arctic Zero Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert is a dairy-free ice cream brand that has no sugar alcohols in their dessert. Instead, it's sweetened with monk fruit.

This vegan ice cream has a good thick texture. In fact, I had to put my ice cream in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to get it soft enough to scoop out.

I was impressed that they claim there are only 160-180 calories per pint. This is the kind of treat that you don’t even have to feel that guilty about. Nutritionally it’s definitely the best there is with no fat, or sugar, and a very low calorie count.

Flavors available include: Classic Vanilla, Pistachio, Salted Caramel, Purely Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

  • 1 serving is ½ cup
  • 40 calories
  • 0g total fat
PROS
  • No sugar alcohols
  • Sweetened with monk fruit
  • Only 160-180 calories per pint
CONS
  • No nutrition label available only online

2 - Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

ben and jerrys

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert are the OG when it comes to ice cream. Before I made the switch, once in a blue moon, I recall doing a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough. People say it’s practically addictive how good their vegan ice cream is. No one does it better.

B&J have been fairly vocal about being green and fairtrade so it was inevitable they would introduce a vegan range, and unsurprisingly it’s every bit as good as the original.

They use ingredients that are Non-GMO sourced and also Fair Trade certified. It ensures that you are getting high-quality products for a high quality taste.

There are several certified vegan ice cream flavors, including Peanut Butter Half-Baked, Chocolate Caramel Cluster, and they’ve finally introduced a vegan Cookie Dough (thank you ice cream gods).

  • 1 serving is 2/3 cup and each pint has 3 servings
  • 350 calories
  • 17g total fat
  • 30g sugar
  • 47g total carbohydrates
PROS
  • Almond milk as a dairy alternative
  • Non-GMO and Fairtrade ingredients
CONS
  • Lots of calories and sugar per serving it’s naughty stuff

3 - Revolution Gelato

revolution gelato

Revolution Gelato is not an ice cream, but rather a gluten-free gelato - too delicious not to mention. They use the best vegan ingredients they can find to create luxurious flavors like Cardamom Spice and Majestic Mango.

I was impressed that their products are USDA Organic, as it's not easy for gelato to get that certification.

"Grab a spoon and join the plant-based revolution!"

 

- Jared Olkin, Founder of Revolution Gelato

I tried their Full Throttle Vanilla gelato, as if you can get vanilla right everything is up from there. Despite being a plain flavor, I thought it still contained a lot of richness, thanks to their coconut cream base. The texture was creamy, and it may have been one of the best vanilla gelato flavors I've tried.

  • ½ cup is 1 serving. Each pint has 4 servings.
  • 200 calories
  • 13g total fat
  • 21g total carbohydrate
  • 18g sugar
PROS
  • Fun and tasty flavors
  • Creamy gelato
CONS
  • Shipping is expensive

4 - Vegan Bar Cashew Ice Cream Sandwich

vegan bar

Not for the average plant-based ice cream hunter, Vegan Bar Cashew Ice Cream Sandwich is a vegan-keto fat bomb, great for those looking to reduce carbs and increase fat intake. It has the calorie content of a full meal. Remember, though, it is meant to serve as a replacement, not a snack.

This is definitely for someone who's conscious of every carb they eat from food, especially for keto diet. If you are looking for a casual summer treat, then you will be disappointed with this ice cream sandwich.

In terms of taste and treat level, it certainly provides something different for those who might be on a strict (and potentially boring) keto vegan diet. The variety is nice, too. Still, you don’t have to be on a special diet to enjoy this plant-based ice cream for breakfast every now and then.

  • 1 bar is 1 serving
  • 456.7 calories
  • 38g total fat
  • 16g total carbs
  • 4g sugar
PROS
  • Can act as a full meal treat
  • Meant for keto diets and strict meal planning
CONS
  • Not for the casual snacker

5 - Halo Top Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

halo top

Halo Top Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream is a popular non-dairy treat that touts high protein. Now they offer 14 dairy-free flavors, including vanilla maple, peanut butter cup, and dark chocolate chip cookie dough.

Besides dark chocolate chip, I tried the Candy Bar flavor. It's made with coconut milk, but I couldn't tell based on the taste. Usually, coconut milk can leave behind a distinct taste, but it was masked by the rich and full flavor.

Note that the texture is slightly grainy due to the coconut base. They’re not as smooth as the classic, but the trade-off in carbs and calories per serving seems worth it.

  • 1/2 cup is 1 serving. Each container has 4 servings
  • 70 calories
  • 3g total fat
  • 13g total carbs
  • 4g sugar
  • 6g sugar alcohols
PROS
  • Lots of great flavors to choose from
  • Low calories and carbs
CONS
  • Texture was a little grainy

6 - Ripple Fan Favorites Ice Cream

ripple ice cream

Ripple Fan Favorites Ice Cream is all the good stuff - dairy free, soy free, non-GMO. It comes with a huge range of flavors it’s easy to see why Ripple have built themselves such a dedicated following.

We ordered the fan favorites variety pack which has two pints of Cookies & Creme - one cinnamon churro, one mint chip, one vanilla, and one chocolate.

The Cookies & Creme is a true vegan revelation, which is why they give you two pints. One would never be enough. The other flavors are equally moreish and every one is a hit.

  • 2/3 cup is 1 serving. Each container has 3 servings
  • 270 calories per serving
  • 15g total fat
  • 31g total carbs
  • 2g protein
PROS
  • Utterly delicious and completely free of allergens and naughties
  • Rich in flavor and variety
CONS
  • One of the highest in calories and fat, this is naughty but nice

7 - Sambazon Fruit Bar Chocolate

sambazon

I know that sometimes when it comes to a delicious treat like ice cream, having a handy portion controlled option is for the best. These frozen delights come prepared in bitesize chunks which makes it much easier to stop yourself short of downing a whole pint.

Even if you did get a little carried away, these fruit bars are also of superfruits, organic nutrition, and the good stuff, while low in the bad stuff like sugar, calories and flavorings.

Certified USDA Organic these treats for the tongue are a welcome sigh of relief on the beltline. Sorbet on the inside, rich, vegan dark chocolate on the outside.

  • Serving size is just 1 piece
  • 50 calories per serving
  • 4g of sugar per serving
PROS
  • Nutritionally superior sorbet made from the superfruit acai
  • Still taste naughty with a rich dark chocolate exterior
CONS
  • For the super sweet tooth they might not measure up

8 - So Delicious

so delicious ice cream

If there was a way to reliably get So Delicious delivered to my doorstep, it would be at the top of this list. When it comes to the variety of flavor and richness of texture, there seems to be no equal in the vegan ice cream world.

Whether you want coconut, oat, soy, almond, or cashew, they’ve got it.

My personal favorite is the Snickerdoodle cashew milk, but the list is seemingly endless. If you’re lucky enough to have a store near you, check it out and let me know what your favorite is.

  • Depends on the variety but they offer a light option which is only 330 calories for the whole pint
PROS
  • Vast variety of flavors
  • Vegan brand dedicated to perfecting their product
CONS
  • Cannot be purchased online

9 - Coconut Bliss

coconut blis ice cream

Whenever I’m craving a little chocolate with my ice cream fix, I can tell you that I will always go with Coconut Bliss (did that rhyme? A little).

They have perfected the rich chocolate flavors with pints of chocolate hazelnut decadence and chocolate walnut brownie.

The coconut base provides a lovely texture that perfectly emulates classic cream while obviously being a little less naughty with no added sugar. It’s also certified organic, fair trade and all natural flavors.

  • 2/3 of a cup is 1 serving
  • 290 calories per serving
  • No sugar
PROS
  • Huge selection of moreish flavors to choose from
  • Available online in certain states
CONS
  • The coconut texture is a little less smooth and creamy than other vegan ice creams

What is the Best Vegan Ice Cream?

Arctic Zero Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert is one of the best vegan ice creams.

From a nutrition standpoint, it has the lowest calories out of all of the non-dairy ice creams on the list. It’s also sugar and fat free. Even if I did devour the whole pint (accidentally of course) it wouldn’t be something I’d have to beat myself up down at the gym about.

There are a lot of flavours to choose from and each one of them is more satisfying than the last. Trust me, I’ve worked through them all by this point. I told you I was an ice cream fiend right?

What’s your favorite vegan ice cream? Van Leeuwen? Häagen Dazs?

Let us know in the comments!

arctic zero

Arctic Zero Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Our #1 Recommendation

  • No sugar alcohols
  • Sweetened with monk fruit
  • Only 160-180 calories per pint
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