Dairy-Free Root Beer Float


In June I highlighted ice cream sodas, but since today is the official celebration day for root beer floats, I thought it only fitting to include a recipe for my current favorite dairy-free root beer float.

Dairy Free Root Beer Float - Ice Cream Sodas

This dairy-free root beer float recipe is made for two, because I think they are meant to be shared. And when it comes to any type of ice cream soda in our house, my niece Kylie will always be present, scooping and sipping right alongside.

Go Dairy Free - The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free LivingFor the ice cream in this dairy-free root beer float, we used So Delicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Ice Cream, and coupled it with 365 Root Beer (Whole Foods generic), which has received high marks from many taste-testers as a top natural root beer.

For a low sugar or sugar-free float, I recommend the Vanilla Almond Milk Ice Cream or  No Sugar Added Vanilla Bean Non-Dairy Ice Cream, respectively, paired with Zevia Ginger Root Beer Soda. The Zevia does lack that deep root beer hue, and has a definite stevia vibe that supertasters may note.

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Root Beer Float

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

Dairy-Free Root Beer Float
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Serves: 2 servings
  1. Grab two tall, skinny glasses and drop 1 scoop of vanilla dairy-free ice cream in each.
  2. Fill halfway with root beer, add another scoop of the ice cream, and then fill to the top with the rest of the root beer.
  3. Add a tall spoon, watch it fizz, and enjoy.

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.


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  3. Simple and perfect- No other sweet treat reminds me of my childhood quite like the classic root beer float. Just looking at this photo is making me crave one like crazy… Time to bust out the ice cream and soda!

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