Last week I gave you an epic list of vegan ice cream recipes, but if you don’t have the time, patience or interest in making your own, this post is for you.
Years ago, having an allergy or intolerance or following an alternative diet would have meant missing out on most frozen sweet treats. But today, thankfully, there are many dairy-free ice creams and lollies for you to choose from.
Here are 70+ dairy-free ice cream and lolly options for you across 20 brands.
A multi-award winning dairy-free ice cream alternative that contains only four or five organic ingredients.
Currently available in five flavours: Coconut Hullabaloo, Feisty Rollercoastery Ginger, Hunky Punky Chocolate, Keep Smiling Vanilla M’Gorilla and Pompompous Maple Pecan.
Gluten and soya-free.
A vegan and dairy free ice cream that comes in eight flavours, plus an additional 2 that are suitable for those following a paleo diet.
Flavours include Natural, Raw Chocolate, Vanilla & Nutmeg, Tamarind & Sticky Date, Pina Colada, Mango & Lime, Cherry Choc and Acai & Blueberry.
Ingredients are organic.
The Coconut Collaborative
Frozen yoghurt made from coconut milk available in four flavours: Mango Snowconut, Chocolate Snowconut, Raspberry Snowconut and Vanilla Snowconut.
Choc dipped snowconut sticks and Little Coconutters (coconut and vanilla snowconut sticks) are also available.
Coconut milk frozen desserts available in four flavours: Chocolate, Maple, Pecan & Banana, Vanilla and Mango.
Soya and gluten-free and suitable for vegans.
Free from frozen desserts available in four flavours: Rich Chocolate, Cool Vanilla, Juicy Raspberry and Wild Blueberry.
Nana Nice Cream
Completely natural dairy free ice cream available in three flavours: Banana & Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry.
No added sugar or additives.
Available in the three classic flavours of Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla as well as Raspberry and ice cream sticks.
Non-dairy ice cream with three flavours currently available in the UK: Salted Caramel, Mint Chocolate Chip and Velvety Vanilla.
Gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians & vegans.
Soya ice cream available in two flavours, Cream & Cocoa and Cream & Sour Cherry as well as Ice Cream Sandwiches and Ice Cream Sticks.
Products are 100% plant-based.
Dairy-free ice cream available in chocolate.
Gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians.
An Italian soya ice cream available in Vanilla.
Gluten-free, egg-free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Supermarket own brand dairy-free ice creams and lollies
A nice alternative to dairy-free ice creams is fruit sorbet.
Most supermarkets have their own brand sorbet which is reasonably priced.
Fruit Ice lollies
Most, if not all major supermarkets will have their own brand of dairy-free fruit ice lollies.
Additionally, the following brands offer pure fruit-based ice lollies or sorbets and are stocked in major supermarkets:
Real Nice Organic
Organic ice lollies are made from the whole fruit available in three flavours: Banana & Raspberry, Mango and Mixed Berry.
No added water, sugar, additives or preservatives.
Fabulous Free From Factory
Handcrafted unique raspberry ice bites made with raspberry puree.
Offers a range of pure fruit sorbets available in six flavours: Raspberry, Passionfruit, Dark Cherry, Blackcurrant, Mango and Lime Daiquiri Cocktail.
All natural fruit ices made from freshly pressed coconut milk combined with real fruit juices and purees.
Available in four flavours: Simply Coconut, Mango, Pineapple and Pink Guava.
A range of 100% juice ice lollies and smoothie ice lollies including 100% Juice Orange, Raspberry Smoothie, Mango Smoothie and Fruitini.
Smoothies are also available in a tub as a sorbet.
Dairy-free does not always mean healthier
It’s important to note that although these brands may be dairy-free and some contain 100% fruit juices, that does not automatically mean they are a healthier alternative to dairy-based ice creams and ice lollies.
Many shop-bought dairy-free ice creams and ice lollies are loaded with refined sugars and additives. And although I have listed a few soya-based dairy-free ice cream brands, I personally try to avoid soya as much as possible.
Some brands do use unrefined sweeteners and the 100% juice lollies do not contain any added sugar.
However, it’s important to note that shop-bought dairy-free ice cream and ice lollies should still be considered a sweet treat, due to the quantity of sweetener most, if not all brands contain.
I always advocate making your own dairy-free vegan ice cream and ice lollies, where possible, as it means you know exactly what ingredients have been included.
To check if an item is available in your area, I recommend checking the brand’s website where most brands list their UK stockists.
What is your favourite dairy-free ice cream, sorbet or ice lolly brand?
Let me know if your favourite is not on the list.