Dairy, however, is not my friend and never has been. In fact, as a child I was afflicted with chronic ear infections—something my mother and I have only recently discovered is a very big indicator of dairy intolerance.
So what's a dairy-free ice cream lovin' girl to do?
Fortunately, there's a slew of dairy-free ice cream options out there, depending on your intolerances. There's soy, coconut, cashew, almond, hemp, rice bases, you name it, you can pretty much turn it into ice cream!
But...ever wonder which are the best? Below are my favorite dairy-free ice cream treats. I tend to prefer a coconut milk base because I think it most naturally best mimics the creaminess of real ice cream but I have a cashew and soy milk option included as well. My two favorite brands are by far Luna and Larry's and So Delicious and below are my favorite flavors:
Coconut Bliss "Vanilla Island"
Why I prefer it: It's hands-down the creamiest and has the most amped up vanilla flavor. It also has the most simple ingredients. It taste fabulous with fresh berries or alongside a warm pie. Yum....It's also fair trade, organic, non-GMO, vegan, and certified GF.
Coconut Bliss "Dark Chocolate"
Why I prefer it: Again, simple ingredients and really rich, chocolately flavor. It's also fair trade, organic, non-GMO, vegan, and certified GF.
So Delicious "Creamy Cashew
Why I prefer it: There aren't many cashew ice creams on the market but this one has simple ingredients, is non-GMO, vegan, and certified GF. Plus, it's delicious!
BEST SOY ICE CREAM
So Delicious "Turtle Trails"
Why I prefer it: I've tried this flavor with both a soy and coconut base and the soy is definitely better. It's more subtle and doesn't overpower the awesomeness of the caramel swirls and chocolate salty clusters.
BEST ICE CREAM BARS
So Delicious Mini Coconut Chocolate Almond Bars
Why I prefer it: First of all, I love the size of these bars. They're just the right amount of dessert to satisfy a craving without leaving you feeling too guilty for having indulged. The ice cream is super creamy and the outside is an awesome chocolatey almondy shell of goodness that you'll wish there was more of.