If you're new to a dairy-free or vegan diet, you might be a little overwhelmed by all of the dairy-free ice cream options available to you in the freezer aisle. This list is a great place to start; it contains favorite dairy-free ice creams, from soy-based to nut-based to coconut-based, and all are deliciously dairy-free and vegan.
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If you're looking for a sweet, refreshing treat that won't add on too many calories, try So Delicious in Creamy Vanilla, which has been a go-to dairy-free ice cream for years. It's lighter than most dairy-free ice creams with only 3 grams of fat per serving. It's a good variety to keep around for those impromptu vegan root beer floats and vanilla milkshakes.
But the So Delicious line doesn't stop at vanilla, or with using soy milk. They have a wide variety of flavors and variations make with coconut milk, cashew milk, and almond milk. This will satisfy those who are allergic or sensitive to any of these ingredients. As well, they make a couple of gluten-free flavors and have no-added-sugar variations.
So Delicious is made by Turtle Mountain. Formerly, they also had a Purely Decadent line, but that has been folded into the So Delicious line. Look for seasonal flavors and fun combinations.
For a quick treat, look for their vanilla sandwiches, fudge bars, and chocolate-coated vanilla bars. You won't have to leave your favorites behind just because you've ditched the dairy. If you can't find them at your local grocery, ask whether they can be stocked.
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Tofutti Cuties in vanilla, which are essentially the most adorable little vegan soy ice cream sandwiches you've ever seen. They are only 130 calories each, a perfect way to give yourself an afternoon treat or a light dessert. Cuties are also available with chocolate, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip vegan ice cream between chocolate wafers.
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Although Double Rainbow also produces a line of dairy-based ice creams, their soy ice creams and non-soy sorbets are some of the best. They only offer a few flavors, but all are melt-in-your-mouth amazing.
- Mint Chocolate Chip
- Vanilla Bean
- Very Cherry Chip
- Coconut Sorbet
- Mango Tangerine Sorbet
- Lemon Sorbet
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Soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, Luna & Larry's line of coconut-based ice creams, Coconut Bliss is as deliciously charming as the personalities on their website. Like most coconut ice creams, Coconut Bliss ice creams are not low in fat, but if you take a bite, you probably won't care.
Of more than a dozen flavors to choose from, these are must-tries in my book:
Also, try their decadent non-dairy ice cream sandwiches and ice cream bars.