The 15 Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints to Scoop Up

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Dairy-free frozen desserts have come a long way. Just a decade ago, there were only a few pints hidden in the frozen food department of expensive markets. Now, there are entire chilled sections dedicated to non-dairy delights in many natural food stores and some conventional grocers. The question has shifted from what dairy-free ice cream is available to which one you should try first! So what is the best dairy-free ice cream?

To find out, we’ve sampled our combined weight in store-bought dairy-free frozen desserts and we’ve factored in reviews from you, our readers. All in all, over 40 product lines of dairy-free ice cream were considered! Collectively, we think that the following are the ten fifteen best dairy-free ice cream pints in North America.

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer. All plant-based with options for every dietary need.

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints Sold at Grocers

These are the unbiased favorites of our tasting groups and many of our readers. Feel free to read the full product reviews that I’ve linked up to for more details. If you don’t see your favorite on the list, it might have just missed the cut (many others are good!). But you can make a difference on next year’s list …

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Haagen Dazs Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Standing apart from the pack, this indulgent ice cream producer doesn’t use a single dairy-free base for every flavor. Instead, they fully customize each one individually. For example, the Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge is made from ground peanuts – no almond, coconut or soymilk added. The result is pure bliss. It’s richer and has the most “grown up” indulgence of any brand we’ve tasted. See our full review for ingredients, availability, and more information.

  • Base: It Varies by Flavor
  • Champion Flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge and Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find wheat, soy, peanuts, or tree nuts in the ingredients. But they are all egg-free and vegan.
  • Availability: United States, Canada, and United Kingdom
  • Special Note: Don’t get confused if you see water as the first ingredient on Haagen Dazs Non-Dairy. Technically, most ice cream contains a lot of water. Even coconut milk and dairy cream are usually made up of more water than fat. But with Haagen Dazs, the ingredients are fresh ground, so the water is listed separately.

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So Delicious Dairy Free Cashewmilk Frozen Desserts

When their Cashewmilk pints landed on the market, it was a game changer for dairy-free consumers. After years of coconutty ice cream, this dreamy line emerged with a more neutral base flavor and unbelievable decadence. Even die hard dairy ice cream fans have trouble turning down a scoop of these varieties. See our full review for tasting notes on select flavors.

  • Base: Cashew Milk
  • Champion Flavors: Snickerdoodle, Salted Caramel Cluster, and Chocolate Cookies ‘N Cream
  • Key Dietary Notes*: They are all vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, but depending on the flavor, you might find other tree nuts in the ingredients.
  • Availability: United States and Canada

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free). Pictured: So Delicious Cashewmilk Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Like all Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, their Non-Dairy line is over-the-top. It includes several riffs on their most popular classic flavors, like Cherry Garcia, Cinnamon Buns, and Chunky Monkey. But they’ve also whipped up a couple “non-dairy only” pints like Coconut Seven Layer Bar and P.B. & Cookies. But be sure you are prepared for a flavor rush. These are very sweet pints that often contain dessert within the dessert. See our full review for tasting notes on some flavors.

  • Base: Almond Milk
  • Champion Flavors: P.B. & Cookies and Caramel Almond Brittle
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find wheat, soy, peanuts, or tree nuts in the ingredients. But they are all egg-free and vegan.
  • Availability: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia

Ben & Jerry's New Non-Dairy Flavors - Vegan Cherry Garcia, Caramel Almond Brittle and Coconut Seven Layer Bar

Cado Avocado Frozen Dessert

This is a newcomer on our best dairy-free ice cream list. They launched in 2016, but really took hold in the past year or so. The company whips avocado puree and avocado oil with other pure, natural ingredients to create a surprisingly creamy finish. See our full review here.

  • Base: Avocado
  • Champion Flavors: Simply Lemon and Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Key Dietary Notes*: All of their flavors are vegan and made without top allergens. They’re even coconut-free and free of added proteins. See our full review for more detailed allergen notes.
  • Availability: United States

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free). Pictured: Cado Dairy Free Avocado Ice Cream

Frönen Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts

In the past few years, we’ve seen a few banana-based “nice creams” hit the market, but Frönen has been your favorite. They use just 6 ingredients or less, and blend in coconut cream for a richer finish than other brands. It’s not only a top pick for taste and consistency, but also for pure, clean ingredients. See our full review for more details.

  • Base: Banana and Coconut Cream (the Peanut Butter Fudge is banana-free)
  • Champion Flavors: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Key Dietary Notes*: They are made without top allergens, except the peanut butter fudge, which contains peanuts. This brand is also plant-based, but they’re not strictly vegan because they use honey as their sweetener.
  • Availability: United States

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free). Pictured: Fronen Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Coconut Bliss Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Known for its purity, this coconut-based ice cream line has an ingredient list that reads like homemade. They also have a big flavor selection that focuses on quality ingredients and creamy indulgence. In fact, this is one of the few certified organic brands. For tasting notes and more information, see our full review.

  • Base: Coconut Milk
  • Champion Flavors: Ginger Cookie Caramel, Cherry Amaretto, and Mint Galactica
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find tree nuts in the ingredients. But they all appear to be soy-free, vegan, and certified gluten-free.
  • Availability: United States, Canada, Australia and Germany

Almond Dream Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Technically, our first choice would be Dream Gelato, but they’ve sadly discontinued those pints. Almond Dream is the next best thing (both are almond-based), and we think some of their flavors just edge out Breyer’s in the almond category. But Rice Dream and Soy Dream didn’t come close to our top picks, which might be why they’ve been discontinued. We recommend keeping it nutty with this brand. The one caveat is that Almond Dream does contain carrageenan (Breyer’s does not, but Breyer’s is sweetened with corn syrup). See our full review.

  • Base: Almonds
  • Champion Flavor: Toffee Almond Fudge
  • Key Dietary Notes*: They are all egg-free and vegan, and they appear to be made without soy, wheat, and coconut.
  • Availability: United States, Canada, and United Kingdom

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free)

Nadamoo Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert

We’ve seen several ice cream shops release pints, but Nadamoo started with pints, and has now opened their first ice cream shop. If you can’t make it to Austin, Texas, just head to your local grocer. In all likelihood, they’ll have at least a few fun Nadamoo flavors in stock. It is coconut-based, with hints of coconut in most of the flavors. But they get quite creative with the flavors and always boast a very creamy consistency. See our full review for tasting notes and more information.

  • Base: Coconut Milk
  • Champion Flavors: That Snickerdoodle Dough, Birthday Cake Cookie Dough, and Vanila…ahhh
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find tree nuts in the ingredients. But they’re all certified vegan and certified gluten-free. I believe they are also soy-free.
  • Availability: United States

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free)

Ripple Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Ripple has been a pioneer in the top allergen-free dairy alternative space, but they’ve also struggled with a few of their product formulas. Fortunately, their dairy-free ice cream seems to have hit the mark on the first try. See our full review for more information.

  • Base: Pea Protein and Coconut Oil
  • Champion Flavors: Vanilla and Mint Chip
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Technically, all flavors are vegan and free of top allergens. But some people with peanut allergies have issues with pea protein.
  • Availability: United States

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free). Pictured: Ripple Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

O’My Gelato

This is another simplistic dairy-free ice cream with “clean” ingredients and a rich coconut cream base. Some flavors are creamier than others – ranging from soft straight from the freezer to more of a sherbet-like consistency. But they all received top marks for taste and rich mouth feel. For tasting notes and more information, see our full review.

  • Base: Coconut Cream
  • Champion Flavors: Mint Chip and Orange Cream
  • Key Dietary Notes*: They are all vegan and made without top allergens.
  • Availability: United States

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free). Pictured: O'My Dairy Free Gelato

So Delicious Dairy Free Coconutmilk Frozen Desserts

It’s not surprising that So Delicious made the Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints list twice. After all, that company has been a true pioneer in the dairy-free frozen dessert category. Their coconut line isn’t what started it all, but it is the product group that helped rise them to the top so many years ago. And it’s still so delicious. See our full review for tasting notes on select flavors.

  • Base: Coconut Milk
  • Champion Flavors: Cookie Dough and Coconut Macaroon
  • Key Dietary Notes*: All of the flavors are vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free. A couple varieties contain tree nuts or peanuts.
  • Availability: United States and Canada

So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream Reviews and Info - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan. Pictured: 8 Flavors

Tofutti Dairy Free Frozen Dessert

This could be the original dairy-free ice cream brand, or at the least, it’s one of the first. And unlike many other brands that have come and gone, this one has persisted. Because it’s pretty darn good. It’s one of the only soy-based options left, and yes, they use non-GMO soy. They also use RSPO certified palm oil. But if you are looking for the most virtuous ingredients, I would move on. If you just want some straight up dessert, this brand is worth a taste. I think it’s the addition of cocoa butter that helps them nail a good consistency and flavor. See our full review for more information.

  • Base: Soy
  • Champion Flavors: Vanilla Vanilla and Better Pecan
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find wheat or tree nuts in the ingredients. But they are all egg-free and vegan.
  • Availability: United States, Canada, and Australia

tofutti frozen dessert pints - the original dairy-free ice cream

Planet Oat Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Oat milk products have been racing to market, but Planet Oat seems to be coming out ahead in many categories, including dairy-free ice cream. It’s a whipped milk and oil blend that’s winning customer raves for creaminess and flavor. For more information, see our full review.

  • Base: Oat Milk and Coconut Oil
  • Champion Flavors: Blueberry Oat Crumble and Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Their base is vegan, nut-free, and soy-free, but they do use gluten and/or peanuts in a few varieties.
  • Availability: United States

Planet Oat Ice Cream Reviews and Info: The Latest in Dairy-Free and Vegan Oat Milk Frozen Desserts. Available in 6 flavors. Pictured: All

 

Steve’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Our best dairy-free ice cream pint list wouldn’t be complete without this rising star. Steve is well known for creating unexpected ice cream flavors, so we were excited when he decided to dabble in making dairy-free pints. They’re creamy, and quite sweet, providing a true dessert experience. See our full review for more information.

  • Base: Coconut cream
  • Champion Flavors: Speculoos Cookie Butter and Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find wheat, soy, or tree nuts in the ingredients. But they are all egg-free and vegan.
  • Availability: United States

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free)

Breyers Non-Dairy Ice Cream

If you’re a value-oriented consumer, then this brand is worth a try. It’s sweet, creamy, sold at many major grocers, and comes in 1.5-quart tubs that are even cheaper than some of the dairy-free pint brands. They are on the indulgent side (like Ben & Jerry’s), but only come in two flavors. See our full review.

  • Base: Almond Milk
  • Champion Flavors: Vanilla Peanut Butter and Oreo Cookies & Cream (the only flavors!)
  • Key Dietary Notes*: These are vegan, and the ice cream base is gluten-free and soy-free, but the Oreo cookies contain both gluten and soy.
  • Availability: United States

Breyers Non-Dairy Ice Cream Reviews and Info - Almond Milk Frozen Dessert that's dairy-free, vegan, and sold in large tubs.

*Know Your Needs! All of the above were dairy-free by ingredients at last check. But always check the label. Ingredients and processes are subject to change at any time. Also potential cross-contamination with dairy or other allergens is always a concern in product manufacturing. If you are dealing with a severe or sensitive food allergy, always contact the manufacturer to ensure their processes are safe for your needs prior to consumption. Although the FDA labels coconut as a tree nut, coconut is not a tree nut, and is not technically a top allergen in North America. But it is possible to be allergic to coconut or any other food.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

36 Comments

  1. Trader Joe’s vanilla soy ice cream is super yummy. I melt some TJ cookie butter (also vegan) and pour on top for some major indulgence.

  2. Diana Petersen on

    I have tried numerous brands and flavors since my local market stopped carrying my favorite which is Double Rainbow “Very Cherry Chip”. The best I have ever tasted! Gotta find another source and hopefully I can get a gallon!

  3. Heather Bigler on

    Unfortunately, Perfectly Free ice cream is no longer being produced. It was my favorite, local ice cream. ;(

  4. Hands down the very best vegan ice cream is Trader Joe’s Soy Vanilla frozen dessert with their Chocolate Cherry Chip a close second. I’m not 100% positive but I really believe that Double Rainbow makes their Soy Ice Cream. Whoever, it THE BEST and by ingredient list the healthiest. It is organic and with far fewer chemicals additives than any other brand I’ve seen. And it half the price to boot!!

  5. We have quite a few restrictions that make selecting the perfect ice cream a difficult task so I appreciate all the details you included about the brands. We don’t have Perfectly Free here but I really like their frozen bites. And I’d have to say that So Delicious is probably our go-to, but we just have to watch out for nuts.

  6. This really is a great time to be a vegan ice cream lover! When I first went vegan, the options were on the slim side. Nowadays, I haven’t even tried all of these on your list!

    My favorite vegan ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s PB & Cookie. Second place would be So Delicious Snickerdoodle. Coconut Bliss Cherry Amaretto was my favorite for the longest time, but I haven’t had it in way too long now.

  7. Vegan ice cream really has come a long way! I remember when the only kinds I could find were Rice Dream and Tofutti. I’ve only tried a few on this list, so I think I need to get myself to the grocery store!

  8. I am so happy to find dairy free frozen desserts on the shelves in the stores. Sometimes I just don’t have time to make it at home. Your recommendations is greatly appreciated. I like the So Delicious, but want to try some of the others.

  9. There are so many good choices! Some I haven’t tried yet, but the So Delicious is probably my favorite. My mom is crazy about the Mocha Almond Fudge Coconutmilk dessert.

  10. What a round-up! Somehow I find the dairy-free ice creams I’ve been able to try a little too sweet for me. Perhaps its because they are trying to mask some of the coconut flavour. Still better than nothing though!

  11. I love that there are so many dairy free ice creams now. For me, the least amount of ingredients the better. I also prefer a coconut base – it’s creamier and I have less issues with allergies.

  12. I had no idea So Delicious made a peachy maple pecan flavor! I’ll have to look for it and that caramel cafe pint of Perfectly Free. Yum!!

  13. I tried a lot of the different flavors of Stevie’s Ice Cream and I thought a lot of the flavors are nasty. I did like the lemon blueberry ice box cake flavor, because there is a lot of flavor in the one flavor of ice cream.

  14. That’s a hard choice! For versatility, I’d say So Delicious Vanilla Cashewmilk. But for eating, the Ben & Jerry’s flavors are just spot on, especially the PB & Cookies and the Caramel Almond Brittle.

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