Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Ice Cream
BEST OF THE BEST
We love ice cream but dairy isn’t always our friend. Luckily, a growing number of grocery stores around the country now stock delicious frozen desserts that are both gluten-free and dairy-free. We gathered up the available brands and devoured…um…sampled them in order to give you a frank and honest assessment of their taste and quality. A difficult assignment but somebody had to do it. Here are our faves.
Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss
This organic ice cream made with coconut milk wins the gold spoon for excellent taste, creamy texture, widespread availability and impressive variety—over 15 flavors. All are vegan and free of gluten, dairy, eggs and soy. We love Naked Coconut (dried coconut!) and Vanilla Island (bits of vanilla beans!). If nuts are tolerated, Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge is addictive—ribbons of fudge swirling around chunks of hazelnut. Coconut Bliss also comes in ice cream bars that are truly amazing.
Austin-based NadaMoo! sells an organic frozen dessert made with coconut milk that had us moo-ing for more. This organic vegan product is certified gluten-free and comes in 11 excellent flavors. Vanilla Cha-Cha-Chai won us and new Cookies and Crème, made with gluten-free cookies from Austin’s popular Better Bites Bakery, had us swooning.
NadaMoo! gets the gold spoon for amazing flavor combos, smooth texture and delicious taste. Available nationwide in select natural food stores and supermarkets.
So Delicious Frozen Desserts
So Delicious offers a delicious variety of gluten-free, dairy-free frozen desserts made with different alternative milks (soy, almond, coconut and now cashew). Our favorite is coconut-based Cookies Dough. If you tolerate nuts, try cashew-based Snickerdoodle (loaded with chunks of cinnamon-flavored cookie dough) and Salted Caramel Cluster (silky with smooth caramel flavor). So Delicious also offers scrumptious ice cream bars. These frozen desserts get the gold spoon for wonderful taste, creamy texture, superior flavor variety and nationwide availability.
Packed in nifty tubes for mess-less refreshment, Jolly Llama Squeezeup pops are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and GMO ingredients. Bold, bright flavors come from purées of mango, strawberry, raspberry and banana. Our favorite is Banana Coconut, made with banana purée and coconut cream. At fewer than 100 calories a pop (160 or less for chocolate varieties), these pops are near perfect treats for kids of all ages. Available at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Fairway and Earth Fare, with more retailers coming on board this summer.
Steve’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream
Brooklyn-based Steve’s offers a high-end coconut-milk ice cream that’s a rich and creamy indulgence. It comes in wonderful flavors like Mint Cacao Chip and Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel. We’re madly in love with Cold Brewed Cinnamon Coffee, which combines two of our favorite things, coffee and ice cream. This artisan frozen dessert is well worth the calories. Available online (orders of five pints or more) and in select grocery stores in most states.
Wink Frozen Desserts
At just 100 calories a pint, we don’t feel too guilty when we down a whole container of Wink’s in one sitting. The calorie count isn’t the only thing that’s remarkable about this product. It’s loaded with pea protein and sweetened with monk fruit extract and organic stevia. What’s more, Wink frozen desserts contain no sugar, dairy, soy, nuts or eggs. They’re also vegan, Non-GMO Project- verified and certified gluten-free. Available online and in a few select areas.
Hain Celestial’s Dream brand of frozen desserts are offered in almond milk, rice milk and soy milk. Rice Dream, made with organic rice milk, is available in three gluten-free flavors—Vanilla, Cocoa Marble Fudge and Strawberry. We love them all–but who can resist a dairy-free strawberry “ice cream” this creamy? For those who tolerate nuts and soy, we recommend Almond Dream Praline Crunch (contains almonds, pecans and soy). Recently launched Dream Gelatos, pints of almond milk-based dairy-free frozen desserts, come in eight wonderful flavors.
New York-based DF Mavens produces three lines of frozen desserts made with coconut milk, soy milk and almond milk. All are certified gluten-free. The soy-free coconut collection comes in mouthwatering flavors like Key Lime Creme, an exotic trip for your mouth with West Indian limes and Thai coconuts, as well as two no-sugar-added flavors. New almond milk bars, certified gluten-free and vegan, are available in Chocolate, Alphonso Mango, Chocolate Almond Fudge and Mint Almond Cookie. Available online and at grocery stores clustered in the Northeast.