Before the avalanche of vegan ice creams available today, your options for a dairy-free dessert were few and far between. Tossing a few frozen bananas in a blender is always a guilt-free way of satisfying your sweet tooth, but sometimes you want more. Maybe we’ve seen one too many rom-coms, but there’s just something comforting about snuggling up with a movie and a classic pint of ice cream. And if it’s chocolate ice cream, you’ve got the best of both worlds.
Desserts are one of the most mouth-wateringly advanced areas in the world of vegan alternatives. It’s truly no sacrifice to skip the animal products on this one. In fact, even those who don’t normally follow a vegan diet are opting for non-dairy products. According to a study by Global Market Insights, non-dairy ice cream sales are expected to surpass $1 billion by 2024.
Cacao lovers, join the shift towards cruelty-free, vegan ice cream by checking out one (or two… or seven) of the tasty products below. In this guide, we’re highlighting the ultimate dairy-free chocolate ice cream brands. All of them are free of unnecessary ingredients like corn syrup, palm oil, and carrageenan. We’ve separated our chocolatey favorites according to their nutritional makeup, so you can experiment according to your preferences.
Coconut Milk Based
Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter
Who doesn’t love the timeless chocolate and peanut butter combo? All the ingredients in this Coconut Bliss frozen treat are USDA certified organic, fair trade, and gluten-free. With extra flavor thanks to the agave syrup, this dessert has 320 calories per serving.
Jeni’s Dark Chocolate Truffle Pint
Described as “a dairy-free flavor made by people who love dairy,” this vegan chocolate ice cream rivals any traditional version. The Dark Chocolate Truffle is made with high-quality, fair-trade, Dutch-processed cocoa powder and is gluten-free. As a bonus, there’s 12% iron per 100g.
Revolution Gelato’s Darkest Chocolate
For the diehard cocoa lover, the award-winning Revolution Gelato offers a deep, decadent dark chocolate flavor. You can pick it up in a pint or 4oz size. It’s certified organic, GMO-free, and gluten-free. This option is also the lowest in sodium of all our coconut ice creams.
Halo Top Chocolate Hazelnut Dairy Free Dessert
A certified gluten-free and vegan ice cream, this pick has hazelnut swirls within the chocolate flavor. An entire pint is only 320 calories! Halo Tops’s option has the least number of calories and saturated fats of the coconut-based options and ranks lowest in sugar of all the ice creams. Additionally, there’s 12g of protein per container.
Cashew Milk Based
So Delicious Dark Chocolate Truffle
Chocolate and fudge all blended up with cashew milk? Sounds like a chocolatey dream. All the ingredients in this ice cream are certified vegan and GMO-free. There are 250 calories per serving in this creamy indulgence.
Van Leeuwen’s Vegan Chocolate Non-Dairy Dessert
If you ever spot one of the cool, yellow Van Leeuwen ice cream trucks, you’ll likely also see a line of people happily waiting for an artisan cone. They make their handcrafted Vegan Chocolate flavor with raw cacao and include organic cane sugar. Thanks to the high cocoa butter content, it has a mousse-like texture. 100g clocks in at 320 calories.
Mr. Dewie’s Chocolate Orange Chip
Mr. Dewie’s cashew ice cream contains zero fillers, additives, preservatives, gums, or oils. If you’re looking to keep your sodium levels down, this Chocolate Orange Chip only has 20mg per serving. Besides being soy and gluten-free, there’s 7g of protein and 15% iron per serving.
Vixen Kitchen’s Naked Chocolate
The certified organic and aptly named Naked Chocolate contains minimal ingredients, including cashews, maple syrup, and raw cacao. It’s the lowest in calories, saturated fats, and sugar of all the cashew-based options. One serving contains 210 calories.
Soy Milk Based
So Delicious Chocolate Velvet
Another tasty option from So Delicious, this Chocolate Velvet dessert is certified vegan and organic. The sweet taste is partially courtesy of the organic tapioca syrup. There are no nuts, gluten, or GMOs. It’s one of the healthiest on our list, with zero grams of sodium and only 1g of saturated fat.
Unique Vegan Ice Cream Picks
Cado Deep Dark Chocolate
We couldn’t resist including this fun option on our list. Made from organic avocados, this Deep Dark Chocolate dessert is gluten and soy-free. Naturally, it’s filled with healthy fats and low in sodium. Of the 12g of fat, only 1.5g are saturated fats. It has a rich, bittersweet taste.
Hakuna Banana Chocolate Choco Chip
Who can resist an ice cream with zero refined sugars and a name like Hakuna Banana? The Choco Choco Chip has only 110 calories. Dates and bananas give this one-of-a-kind dessert its natural sweetness, and there’s 15% of iron per serving.
Still Not Sure Which Ice Cream Is Best For You?
Check out our nutritional comparison tables below and see which one best fits your requirements. (Sorry we needed to make two tables to fit all the brands!)
Which chocolate delight has piqued your interest? Try one and let us know what you think. To your vegan success!