Over 100 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Toppings (Ideas & Recipes)


Throughout the years, vanilla has remained my favorite flavor for all things dessert, especially ice cream. I mean, who can resist those warm comforting notes and enticing flecks of bean? Not to mention, vanilla is arguably the most versatile flavor, lending itself as a delicious base to build on. Which is why I simply couldn’t resist creating and sharing a list of dairy-free ice cream toppings.

Over 100 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Toppings - Recipes, Ideas and Store-Bought Goodies to inspire your next dessert! (vegan & gluten-free, too)

Go Dairy Free - The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free LivingFrom homemade to store-bought, whole food to … well, a little indulgent, this extensive list of dairy-fee ice cream toppings is sure to inspire. But it isn’t an end all be all. Feel free to share your favorite toppers or any that you think I missed in the comments!

Please note that all options listed are dairy-free and vegan or have a vegan option. Most are also gluten-free, too, and there are even many top allergen-free tasties in the mix.

And … not only can these dairy-free ice cream toppings offer cool and creamy creativity for your own dessert, but you can also build a fun ice cream bar to share with guests … regardless of their diet needs.

Simple Dairy-Free Ice Cream Toppings

Over 100 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Toppings - Recipes, Ideas and Store-Bought Goodies to inspire your next dessert! (vegan & gluten-free, too)

  1. Flaked or Shredded Coconut
  2. Fresh Berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, etc)
  3. Chopped Stone Fruit (peaches, cherries, apricots, etc.)
  4. Diced Banana
  5. Chopped Nuts (pistachios, almonds, macadamias, walnuts, pecans, etc)
  6. Crushed Peanuts
  7. Hemp Nuts (shelled hemp seeds)
  8. Minced Herbs (such as mint or basil)
  9. Crushed Potato Chips or Pretzels (sweet & salty! Gluten-free optional)
  10. Crystallized Ginger
  11. Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips (Mini, Chunks or Organic Dark)
  12. Drained Mandarin Oranges
  13. Chopped Tropical Fruit (pineapple, mango, passion fruit, etc)
  14. Crushed Graham Crackers (even gluten-free!)
  15. Ice Cream Cones (yes, on top! Traditional or gluten-free)
  16. Powdered Freeze-Dried Fruit (whiz freeze-dried fruit in a spice grinder or food processor)
  17. Let’s Do Organic Sprinkelz (confetti, chocolate or coconut)
  18. India Tree Sprinkles (assorted “Nature’s Colors”)
  19. Marshmallows (natural or Dandies vegan)
  20. Coarse Sea Salt (just a sprinkle!)
  21. Organic Candy Factory Jelly Beans
  22. Surf Sweets Gummy Bears and Worms
  23. Crispy Cereals (Cocoa Crispy, Koala Crisp, Puffins, etc)
  24. YumEarth Crushed Candies (peppermint, butterscotch, root beer and more)

Saucy Dairy-Free Ice Cream Toppings

Over 100 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Toppings - Recipes, Ideas and Store-Bought Goodies to inspire your next dessert! (vegan & gluten-free, too)

  1. Chocolate “Magic Shell” (melt 2 oz dairy-free chocolate with 1/2 tbsp coconut oil – pictured)
  2. Caramel Sauce (recipe w/ salted option)
  3. Peanut Butter “Magic Shell” (recipe)
  4. Sour Cherry Rum Sauce (recipe)
  5. Raspberry Rye Sauce (recipe)
  6. Emmy’s Chocolate Sauce
  7. Date Lady Organic Date Syrup or Caramel Sauce
  8. Vanilla Coconut Sauce (recipe)
  9. Creamy Green Tea Sauce (recipe)
  10. Hazelnut Liqueur Sauce (recipe)
  11. Melted Nut or Seed Butter
  12. Boozy Caramel Sauce (recipe)
  13. Pure Maple Syrup
  14. Jen’s Zen Chocolate Sauce
  15. Blackberry Basil Sauce (recipe)
  16. Chunky Blueberry-Maple Sauce (recipe)
  17. Cranberry Pineapple Sauce (recipe)
  18. Fresh Strawberry Sauce (recipe)
  19. Easy Hot Fudge Sauce (recipe)
  20. Simple Chocolate Sauce (recipe)
  21. Bee Free Honee (Original, Chocolate, Mint, Slippery Elm, or Ancho Chile)
  22. Vegan Butterscotch Sauce (recipe)
  23. Wax Orchards Fruit-Sweetened Fat Free Fudge Sauces
  24. Melted Coconut Butter (sets up like “Magic Shell”)
  25. Suzanne’s Specialties Rice Nectars (in various flavors)
  26. Pure Coconut Dulce de Leche (recipe)
  27. Santa Cruz Organic Chocolate Syrups (original and mint)
  28. Marshmallow Sauce or Vegan Ricemellow Creme
  29. Ah!Laska Organic Chocolate Syrup
  30. Warmed Jam (any flavor you like!)
  31. Kahlua Hot Fudge

Specialty Dairy-Free Ice Cream Toppings

Over 100 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Toppings - Recipes, Ideas and Store-Bought Goodies to inspire your next dessert! (vegan & gluten-free, too)

  1. So Delicious CocoWhip
  2. Chia Jam (recipe)
  3. Divvies Gourmet Popcorn (kettle, caramel, or chocolate caramel)
  4. Curry Cashew Crunch (recipe)
  5. Whipped Cashew Cream (recipe)
  6. Bananas and Caramel Sauce (recipe)
  7. Girl Scout thin Mints (or homemade option)
  8. Coconut Whip (recipe)
  9. Caramelized Pineapple Macadamia Topping (recipe)
  10. Cocomo Caramel Corn
  11. Vegan Snickerdoodles (recipe)
  12. Wholesome Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (recipe)
  13. Chocolate-Covered Chia or Hemp Seeds
  14. Lucy’s Crunchy Cookies (so many flavors!)
  15. Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  16. NoNo’s (Like Sixlets – Chocolate or Chocolate Peanot Butter)
  17. Peanot Cups (peanut-free but SO good)
  18. Crushed Sandwich Cookies (Oreos, Newman’s Dairy-Free or K-Toos Gluten-Free)
  19. Brownie Bites
  20. Cookie Dough
  21. Chopped Go Max Go Candy Bars (copycats for Butterfingers, Snickers, Milky Way and more)
  22. Dairy-Free Cheesecake Chunks (recipe)
  23. Biscoff Spread
  24. Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter
  25. Mylk Chocolate Frosting (who needs cake?)
  26. Rawmio Spreads (cookie dough, chocolate coconut, superfood)
  27. Strawberry Balsamic Topping (recipe)
  28. No Bake Crisp Topping (recipe)
  29. Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonderful
  30. Chocolate-Date Bits (recipe)
  31. Grain-Free Cookie Crisp (recipe)
  32. Navitas Naturals Coconut Chips (caramel, cacao, chili lime)
  33. I.M. Healthy SoyNut Granola
  34. Honey Stinger Waffles (not vegan)
  35. Earth Balance P.B. Pops
  36. Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Granola (recipe)
  37. Crumbled Granola Cookies (recipe)
  38. Hail Merry Macaroons (especially the cookie dough and strawberry ones!)
  39. Essential Living Foods Chocolate-Covered Cacao Nibs and Gojis
  40. Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies
  41. Animal Cookies (natural or gluten-free)
  42. Low-Sugar Granola
  43. Glutino Wafer Bites
  44. Cookies ‘n Dreams Woats
  45. S’mores Granola
  46. Rhubarb Compote
  47. Maple Pecan Pralines 
  48. Crispy Treats
  49. Wet Nuts (recipe)
  50. Crumbled Pie Crust (graham or traditional)

Over 100 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Toppings - Recipes, Ideas and Store-Bought Goodies to inspire your next dessert! (vegan & gluten-free, too)

What Are Your Favorite Dairy-Free Sundae Toppings?

Inspire us all with your favorite(s) in the comment section below! My current favorite toppings are homemade chocolate magic shell with coarse sea salt – amazing! I married the two in this Salted Chocolate-Covered Cherry Sundae Recipe.

Salted Chocolate Covered Cherry Sundaes with Homemade Magic Shell! Dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free and soy-free.

This post is sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free, the most amazing dairy-free frozen dessert maker in my honest opinion. The ideas in this post are all my own … okay, some friends helped out.

About Author

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.


  1. I am entering the contest this month with this comment, but one of my more indulgent new finds is a spray whip cream made from rice by SoyAtoo.

  2. My favorite is Pecans, DF chocolate chips and shredded coconut!! Like a turtle without the caramel!

    If I could find DF caramel I would be in HEAVEN!!

  3. My favorite sundae toppings are dairy free dark chocolate chips, graham crackers, and vegan marshmallows. I’m a sucker for smores. Thanks for posting this list. Great reference guide for sundaes. Yum.

  4. My favorite ice cream topping is fresh fruit, from strawberries to pineapple, just about anything is terrific!

  5. Chicago Catt on

    I recently tried a spicy mango chutney on my vanilla. It was such a luscious treat! I will be trying more spicy fruit chutneys in the future. 🙂

  6. I love a raspberry or strawberry coulis on vanilla or dark chocolate coconut-based ice cream! Roasted salted almonds are always a favorite, too.

  7. Oh man, I’ve never seen such an extensive list of vegan sundae suggestions! I love walnuts, chocolate syrup, and whipped coconut cream!

  8. okay, I am definitely craving ice cream with ALL KINDS of toppings right now. when I was a kid, I’d spend the night at my friend’s house, and we’d make bowls of ice cream and stir EVERYTHING in there. then enjoy it while watching Love Boat. 🙂

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