The heat and humidity of summer can be unbearable at times, but the opportunity to cool down with vegan frozen desserts is something we’re excited for the season. From fruity popsicles to ice cream cones and sandwiches, we love it all. But, truth be told, the freezer aisle is full of options these days. (Not that we’re complaining – dairy-free desserts were once as mythical as the unicorn unless you went to a specialty grocery store.) However, we’re happy to be your guide through the landscape. vegan frozen desserts.
Fortunately, you will rarely come across fruit ice cream that is not vegan. Here are some of our personal recommendations for brands to look for at the grocery store.
If you are looking for options, then GoodPop got you covered. This frozen dessert maker offers over 10 fruity flavors, including classics like lime, strawberry, grape, and cherry. But their unique flavors are where GoodPop really shines. We highly recommend choosing Mango Chile (inspired by fresh mango with Tajín), Strawberry Shortcake, and Orange n’ Cream, a dairy-free ice cream made with organic coconut instead of cow’s milk. Bonus: every flavor is made with real fruit.
2 Chloe’s fruit
Our freezers have been stocked with many Chloe’s fruit bars over the years, whatever the weather. The majority of these tasty fruit bars are made with just three ingredients – fruit, water and a little sugar – with the exception of the chocolate-covered varieties, which are also 100% vegan. Choose from flavors such as dark chocolate made with blueberry, pomegranate, grape and banana. They are just what you need to cool off after returning home from spending time in the scorching sun.
This vegan brand offers flavors made with real fruit juices, no artificial colors or flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup. In fact, they contain no added sugar. It comes in refreshing flavors like pineapple, peach, mango, and lemon. The only non-vegan flavors to watch out for in Outshine range of fruit bars are those made with coconut which, unfortunately, contain dairy products.
4 Sambazon popsicles
Best known for its iced acai bowls, Sambazon also dabbles in desserts, like these fruity smoothies. They’re inspired by those classic popsicles that propelled us through our childhood summers, but instead of high fructose corn syrup, they’re made with real acai berries and have no added sugar. There are two flavors: classic açaí or strawberry-banana açaí.
Vegan fancy desserts
From cones to stuffed mochi to dairy-free ice cream, these quirky desserts are for ice cream lovers who don’t want to dig into a pint. (But if that’s what you’re looking for, check out our guide to oat milk ice cream.)
You may have come across mochi, a wagashi (traditional Japanese dessert) prepared by pounding short-grain japonica glutinous rice sweetened with corn or potato starch, in a restaurant. This deliciously moist dessert is often stuffed with ingredients such as Anko (sweet red bean paste), strawberry and ice cream. The first two are vegan by default and luckily there are vegan options for the second. My/Mochi offers four dairy-free flavors: Strawberry, Salted Caramel, Chocolate, and Neapolitan, which has a delicious strawberry jam center.
6 Jolly Llama Cones
The brand happy llama has a whole line of vegan frozen desserts that includes ice cream sandwiches and sorbet push-pops. But our current obsession is their Cornetto-style cones which, naturally, contain that coveted chocolate chip at the bottom. Not only are these treats dairy-free thanks to the coconut cream, but they also feature a gluten-free rice flour cone.
seven Coolhaus Dairy Free Ice Cream Sandwiches
We’re pro-sandwich here at VegNews, and that includes all sammies, sweet and savory. Coolhaus, a women-owned and vegan-friendly brand, will also capture your heart with its dairy-free ice cream sandwiches. Each treat features rice milk or cocoa butter ice cream sandwiched between two giant cookies. Keep an eye out for flavors like horchata, cookie dough, mint chips, and vanilla. Gluten free? Don’t worry, get the gluten-free Tahitian vanilla ice cream sandwich.
8 So Delicious Bars
This 100% vegan brand has been a mainstay in our kitchens and freezers for years. So delicious’ the pints are stellar, but these dairy-free bars convey a certain nostalgia for childhood treats. There are eight flavors to choose from, made with coconut milk, cashew milk or almond milk, most of which are coated in chocolate. The exceptions are the Chocolate Fudge Bar and Peanut Butter Flavor, which consists of chocolate cashew milk ice cream encased in a peanut butter shell.
9 Dream Pops Dream Bites
These bite-sized geometric treats Dream Pops are as eye-catching as they are delicious. The creamy vegan ice cream center is made from coconut then wrapped in a crunchy chocolate coating. Flavors include Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Banana Cream, Birthday Cake, and Mint Chip. But if you’re looking for something more mess-free, go with their popsicles.
Ready-to-use vegan desserts
These ready-made frozen desserts are perfect for gatherings big and small. And, they avoid having to create your own from scratch when you’re pressed for time or few spoons.
ten Daiya Frozen Veggie Cheesecakes
We know that Daiya stands for vegan cheese, so it’s only natural that this dairy-free brand would make its way into cheesecake territory. Its line of frozen vegan cheesecakes has a creamy, decadent filling made from coconut, as well as a gluten-free crust made from brown rice flour and tapioca starch. It comes in five flavors: New York, Key Lime, Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate and Strawberry. Remember to let it thaw in the refrigerator five to six hours before you plan to serve it.
11 Sara Lee Fruit Pies
Sarah Lee is a frozen dessert company that’s been around since 1939 and is best known for its huge line of frozen fruit pies, which happen to be accidentally vegan except for seasonal varieties like sweet potato, pumpkin and walnut. southern pecan. But that leaves vegans and flexitarians with plenty of options to choose from, including Dutch apple, cherry, peach, and blueberry. Serve them with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream and a generous dollop of vegan whipped cream.
12 Better Bites Cake Bites
This freezer-safe brand specializes in vegan, allergen-free baked goods. Better bites Perfectly Snackable Cake Bites encompass their most extensive lineup, which includes flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. But if you’re looking for something that can feed a crowd, go for the full-size Chocolate Amore Cake. Everything is free from the eight major allergens.
For more on summer vegan desserts, read:
20 Ben & Jerry’s Dairy Free Ice Cream Flavors, Ranked
7 expert tips for making vegan ice cream
Where to find vegan ice cream at parlors