Vegan Ice Cream to Beat the Heat

Vegan Ice Cream Options to Beat the Heat

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Last Updated on May 27, 2021 by Juliette Sebock | An Ideal Life

I’m not much of a fan of warm weather to begin with, but when summer hits here in Pennsylvania, I’m already waiting for autumn.  But, in the meantime, ice cream is the perfect treat to make even the most sweltering summertime heat a little more bearable. Luckily, there are lots of vegan ice cream options for us dairy-free folks!

Store-Bought

Believe it or not, some of your favourite ice cream brands offer a non-dairy option—or a variety of flavours!  Here are a few of my favourites:

So Delicious

So Delicious is a huge player in non-dairy products, and for good reason!  They have dozens of options for dairy-free frozen desserts, with an assortment of “milk” bases.

Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry’s is a long-time favourite for so many people, and their vegan options are delicious!  Chocolate Fudge Brownie is a personal favourite.

Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins was a later addition to the vegan-friendy ice cream game, but better late than never! Try their non-dairy options, including strawberry streusel or chocolate chip cookie dough, at a BR near you for a cool, convenient treat.

Halo Top

Halo Top’s non-dairy options are some of my personal favourites!  Chocolate-covered banana is probably my top pick, but they’ve got more than a dozen flavours to choose from.  Candy bar was another favourite before we discovered my peanut allergy!

Häagen-Dazs

I actually had no idea that Häagen-Dazs had vegan options, before researching this post!  These are some I’ll definitely have to try ASAP.

Tofutti

Tofutti’s ice cream sandwiches were actually the very first kind I tried after going vegan!  They were available in my college dining hall, of all places.  I’m afraid I haven’t tried many of their many options since, but those cuties will always hold a special place in my heart!

Breyers

This is another one that came as a total surprise to me!  Breyers truly seems to be everywhere, so I have no idea how I never knew they had vegan options.  I’m on a mission to find that non-dairy Oreo!

Recipes

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream, Loving It Vegan

A classic!

Cold Brew Coffee & Coconut Milk Ice Cream, Feed Your Beauty

Coffee is always the answer.

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream, Elephantastic Vegan

Bananas are a super common ingredient in “nice cream,” so this pairing is a must!

5-Minute Vegan Creamsicles, It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Creamsicles have got to be one of the refreshing desserts out there!

Vegan Lavender Ice Cream, Homegrown Provisions

I love, love, love lavender, so this is one I’ll definitely have to try soon!

Vegan Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches, Rabbit and Wolves

Merging delicious desserts can only make another delicious dessert, right?

Healthy Coconut Strawberry Banana “Ice Cream,” Tastefulventure

Strawberry banana is one of my favourite combinations!

Vegan Cookie Dough Ice Cream, The Loopy Whisk

Like coffee and chocolate, cookie dough is always a good idea.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream, Create Mindfully

Remember how I mentioned being ready for autumn?  This is the perfect transition dessert!

Aquafaba Ice Cream, The Hidden Veggies

Aquafaba is pretty much a vegan miracle ingredient!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Wallflower Kitchen

I always think of my first college roommate when I think of mint chocolate chip—it was her favourite!

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars, Vegan Huggs

My memory’s a bit fuzzy, but I think they used to have the “normal” version of these at school every so often! It’s super exciting to find a vegan option, and the chance to have a taste of nostalgia.

Vegan Turmeric Ginger Ice Cream, Jessi’s Kitchen

Turmeric and ginger are both chock-full of health benefits…so this means ice cream can be healthy, right?

Chocolate Malted Vegan Ice Cream, The Cheeky Chickpea

I never liked malt as a kid, but I discovered it just before going vegan and have jumped on every chance to try a vegan sort since!

Local options Near You

Don’t want to make your own, but don’t want to run to the store either?  Keep an eye out for local vegan options!  Here in Pennsylvania, Vegan Treats offers delicious vegan soft serve, and I recently found out that Yogurt City in Dickson City offers vegan options, too!  As vegan offerings grow internationally, there’s a decent chance that you can find local options that are closer than you’d expect.  And, if not, you’ve got these brands and recipes on hand to keep you well-stocked through the rest of the summer!

Which vegan ice cream option is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

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