Hey Laura, what are my non-dairy ice cream options?

Stephanie asked, but don’t we all want to know?

If you’re dairy free, you used to be up a creek if you wanted a decent frozen dessert. Thankfully, those days are over and now there are a number of very nice options out there! Of course, there are some nasty ones as well, but I’ll tell you which ones I steer clear of.


My favorite
Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss. Rich, decadent, short ingredients list, minimally processed, and sweetened with low-glycemic agave nectar, this is definitely my favorite. The only caveat is that you can’t mind a subtle coconut undertone to all their flavors. I always get the Dark Chocolate, so I don’t even taste it. The vanilla or mint flavors might have a more pronounced coconut flavor.


Meh.
Turtle Mountain makes a huge array of soy and coconut milk based products. We like their half gallon (watered down) coconut milk for cereal. I do not like their coconut milk ice cream (haven’t tried the soy). It is way too sweet for me. But, I’ve been mostly free of refined sugar for a couple years now, so give it a try! I have to say, though, after comparing Luna & Larry’s next to Turtle Mountain, I just have to wonder why Turtle Mountain feels the need to add so many other ingredients! I am going to look for their new coconut water sorbets, though!


Gag me now!!!
The rice- and soy-based offerings from Rice Dream are worse than no ice cream at all. Ugh ugh ugh. I cannot stand them.


Old school!
I used to get Haagen Dasz’s lowfat chocolate sorbet in high school! It has egg whites in it, so it’s not vegan, but it is non-dairy. I probably haven’t had it in 15 years, so I’m not sure if I’d still like it, but it is a good option. (The raspberry is good too!)


What I’ll try next
After my success with chocolate hemp milk from Tempt, I’m….tempted….to try their hemp ice cream.


Elsewhere
As usual, someone has done all my work for me! VegWeb.com has a comprehensive list of non-dairy ice cream reviews. Most can be found at Whole Foods, with smaller selections in the natural foods section of most grocery stores.


My philosophy
The reason I go back to the coconut milk ice cream every time, though, is that because of the creamy nature of coconut milk, it doesn’t require a lot of weird additives to create the luscious mouthfeel of its full fat dairy counterparts. I am not into fake, “health food” alternatives. I figure if I’m going to have a treat, it had better be a really treaty treat - so I go full on, and just don’t treat myself as often. I find that to be a much richer experience than a more frequent but less satisfying “fake treat”!

Hey Laura, I think... Hey Laura, what are my non-dairy ice cream options?

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