Whether you avoid dairy because you’re vegan, you’re lactose intolerant or milk just makes you feel gross, take solace in the fact that you don’t have to give up ice cream. Instead, opt for one of these eight coconut-, cashew-, almond- and avocado-based frozen treats that will make you forget that lactose is even a thing.
The Best Dairy-Free Ice Creams
Ben & Jerry's Non-dairy Cherry Garcia
Considering the quality (read: deliciousness) of its original pints, Ben & Jerry’s has some seriously mouthwatering dairy-free options. Made from almond milk, this Cherry Garcia flavor has the same satisfying spoonfuls as the dairy-filled kind (think: chunks of cherries and chocolate fudge), but none of the stomachaches.
Steve's Burnt Sugar Sugar Vanilla
Where this Brooklyn-based company shines is in making unexpected flavors (like wildflower honey pistachio and blueberry lemon ice box cake). If you’re a bit less adventurous, try the Burnt Sugar Vanilla flavor, a coconut cream-based frozen treat with bittersweet vanilla and folds of caramelized burnt sugar. Unreal.
Snow Monkey Goji Berry Superfood Ice Treat
It’s got superfood in its name, so this stuff’s gotta be healthy, right? Well, at least healthier than a trusty old pint of Häagen-Dazs. Snow Monkey’s Goji Berry Superfood Ice Treat is made with a blend of goji berries, blackberries and blueberries, with banana puree for creaminess. The result is packed with antioxidants and totally refreshing.
Cado Mint Chocolate Chip
The first avocado-based, dairy-free ice cream, Cado’s products are loaded with healthy fats and made with organic cane sugar instead of artificial sweeteners. The Mint Chocolate Chip, for its part, is also made with fresh mint and dark chocolate chips. Yes, please.
Nadamoo! Cookies And Crème
Holy moly (or should we say, holy moo-ly), this stuff is good. Made with certified organic coconut milk, NadaMoo’s non-dairy ice cream is one of our go-tos. All of the flavors are great, but we’re partial to the Cookies and Crème, creamy ice cream blended with big chunks of crunchy chocolate cookies.
So Delicious Snickerdoodle Frozen Dessert
Another gold standard in dairy-free ice cream is So Delicious, which has formulas using cashew milk, almond milk, soy milk and coconut milk. One of our personal faves is the Snickerdoodle flavor, a cinnamon-y treat made with cashew milk and chunks of gluten-free Snickerdoodle cookie dough.
Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss Cinnamon Chocolate Fusion
Speaking of cinnamon, Luna and Larry’s Cinnamon Chocolate Fusion is rich, creamy and basically perfection. Made with coconut milk, it’s just one of the brand’s many (many) dairy-free frozen treats, from pints of ice cream and ice-cream sandwiches to chocolate-dipped ice-cream bars. So many options, so little time.
Halo Top Candy Bar Dairy-free
Halo Top is one of the O.G.s in healthier ice cream that’s still delicious, and its dairy-free options are no exception. In 14 flavors, these pints all sound great, but it’s Candy Bar—at 360 calories for the entire pint—that’s got to take the cake, er, candy bar?