We have selflessly eaten extensive amounts of dairy and soy free ice cream to bring you this roundup of the best brands! Well, someone had to do it…
Top for taste
It’s really a matter of personal choice as to when you give your little one their first taste of ice cream – and until then these are for you to enjoy! The focus here is purely on flavour; none of these options are low in sugar. If you want something that is, I suggest trying out this sugar free raspberry ‘nice cream’ recipe first.
Luckily choice and quality have come a long way over the last few years. More and more brands are removing soy and switching to other bases such as coconut and oat instead. So, there is more to choose from 👍.
Unfortunately vegan ice creams do tend to be on the more expensive side. I have noticed that they are often included in promotions though, so keep an eye out for any good deals and stock up.
Our top 5 favourite dairy and soy free ice cream brands
For each brand I’ve outlined the favours available, along with our verdict about the best flavour. This was subject to a family vote and, as you can imagine, caused some debate 😂
I’ve also included some of the major stockists, and allergy information. This was last checked online on 27th April 2023. Remember that ingredients can – and do – change without warning. So, always double check for yourself.
Oatly ice cream
Flavours: Salted caramel, mint chocolate, chocolate fudge.
Our favourite flavour: Mint chocolate.
Stockists include: Tesco, Ocado, Sainsbury’s,Waitrose.
Allergy info: All flavours are free from dairy and soya. The ice creams are oat based, and Oatly state that they can’t fully guarantee they meet gluten free standards. The flavours above have no other allergens in the ingredients lists.
Flavours: Deeply chocolate, chocolate fudge brownie, vanilla, chocolate salted caramel, cookie dough, mango & raspberry, caramel pecan praline.
Our favourite flavour: Chocolate fudge brownie.
Stockists include: Ocado, Holland and Barrett, Waitrose, Asda, many independent health food shops.
Allergy info: Free from dairy, soy, gluten and egg. All flavours contain nuts.
Flavours: Hazelnut chocolate cookies, salted caramel macadamia.
Our favourite flavour: Hazelnut chocolate cookies.
Allergy info: Free from dairy and eggs. Neither flavour contains soya, but salted caramel macadamia does have a may contain soya warning. Salted caramel macadamia is gluten free but hazelnut chocolate cookies contains wheat. Both contain nuts.
Stockists include: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ocado.
Flavours: Classic, seasalt caramel, almond, raspberry swirl.
Our favourite flavour: Seasalt caramel.
Stockists include: Ocado, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda.
Allergy info: All flavours are labelled as gluten free, with no dairy, eggs or soy in the ingredients. The almond flavour contains nuts. They are all labelled as a may contain for nuts, soy and milk.
Flavours: Cookie dough, mint choc chip, birthday cake!
Our favourite flavour: Cookie dough.
Stockists include: Tesco.
Allergy info: There is no dairy, soy, egg or nuts in the ingredients lists of the flavours above. They do contain lupin, and some flavours contain wheat.
Dairy & soy free ice cream toppings
If you want to really go for it, may I suggest some (or all) of these delicious toppings. These are all top 14 allergen free:
- Sweet freedom choc shot
- Food heaven vegan whipped cream (this does have a ‘may contain milk’ warning)
- Vegan mini marshmallows
Make your own dairy free ice cream
If you want a healthier option to share with your little one, I suggest trying ‘nice cream’. It is made using frozen banana slices as a base, and then you can add whatever flavours you like. The consistency is soft serve, really creamy and delicious. It’s so easy to make, all you need is a good food processor!
I have got a recipe for raspberry nice cream – but do play around with flavours following the same process. I like to add some cacao powder, a spoonful of nut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. Delicious!
You might also be interested in:
- The best dairy and soy free chocolate
- Our favourite ice lolly recipes roundup
- Chocolate, banana and avocado mousse
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