12 vegan frozen desserts to spend the summer

The heat and humidity of summer can be unbearable at times, but the opportunity to cool off with vegan ice cream desserts is something that gets us excited about the season. From fruit popsicles to ice cream cones to sandwiches, we love it all. But truth be told, the freezer aisle is overflowing with 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 are happy to be your guide through the landscape of vegan frozen desserts.

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Fortunately, you’ll rarely come across a fruit popsicle that isn’t vegan. Here are some of our personal recommendations for brands to look for in the grocery store.

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If you’re looking for options, GoodPop has you covered. This frozen dessert machine has over 10 fruity flavors to choose from, including classics like lime, strawberry, grape and cherry. But its unique flavors are where GoodPop really shines. We recommend choosing Mango Chile (inspired by fresh mango with Tajín), Strawberry Shortcake, and Orange n’ Cream, a dairy-free cream popsicle made with organic coconut instead of cow’s milk. Bonus: each flavor is made with real fruit.

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Our freezers have been stocked with plenty of Chloe’s Fruit Bars over the years, regardless of the weather. Most of these tasty fruit bars are made with just three ingredients: fruit, water, and a little sugar, with the exception of the chocolate-dipped varieties, which are also 100 percent vegan. Choose from flavors like blueberry, pomegranate, grape, and banana-based dark chocolate. They’re just what you need to cool off after coming home from spending time in the sun.

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This vegan-friendly brand touts flavors made with real fruit juice, with no artificial colors or flavors, and no high-fructose corn syrup. In fact, they contain no added sugar at all. It comes in refreshing flavors like pineapple, peach, mango, and lemon. The only non-vegan flavors to look out for in Outshine’s range of fruit bars are those made with coconut which unfortunately contain dairy.

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4 Sambazon Smoothie Popsicles

Best known for its frozen açaí bowls, Sambazon also dabbles in desserts, like these fruity smoothies. They’re inspired by those classic frozen pops that powered us through childhood summers, but instead of high fructose corn syrup, they’re made with real açaí berries and contain no added sugars. There are two flavors: classic açaí or strawberry-banana açaí.

novelty vegan desserts

From cones to dairy-free ice cream-filled mochi, these novelty desserts are for ice cream lovers who don’t want to break into a pint. (But if that’s what you’re looking for, check out our guide to oat milk ice cream.)

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You may have come across mochi, a wagashi (Japanese traditional dessert) made by pounding sweet glutinous short-grain japonica rice with corn or potato starch, in a restaurant. This deliciously chewy dessert is often filled with ingredients like anko (sweet red bean paste), strawberry and ice cream. The first two are vegan by default and luckily there are vegan options for the last one. My/Mochi has four dairy-free flavors to choose from: Strawberry, Salted Caramel, Chocolate, and Neapolitan, which has a delicious strawberry jam center.

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The Jolly Llama brand has a full line of vegan frozen desserts including ice cream sandwiches and sherbets. But our current obsession is their Cornetto-style cones that naturally contain that coveted chocolate chip at the bottom. Not only are these treats dairy-free thanks to the coconut cream, they also feature a gluten-free rice flour cone.

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7 Coolhaus Dairy Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

We’re all for the sandwich here at VegNews, and that includes all sammies, sweet and savory. Coolhaus, a women-owned vegan brand, will also win your heart with its dairy-free ice cream sandwiches. Each treat includes ice cream made with rice milk or cocoa butter that sits between two giant cookies. Keep an eye out for flavors like horchata, cookie dough, mint chips, and vanilla. Without gluten? Don’t worry, go for the Gluten Free Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich.

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8 such delicious bars

This 100 percent vegan brand has been a mainstay in our kitchens and freezers for years. So Delicious pints are stellar, but these dairy-free bars channel some nostalgia for childhood treats. There are eight flavors to choose from, with a base of coconut milk, cashew milk or almond milk, most of which have a chocolate coating. The exceptions are the fudge bar and the peanut butter flavor, which consists of cashew milk chocolate ice cream encased in a peanut butter shell.

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9 Dream Bites from Dream Pops

These bite-sized geometric treats from Dream Pops are as eye-catching as they are delicious. The creamy vegan ice cream center is made from coconut and then enrobed in a crispy chocolate coating. Flavors include Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Banana Cream, Birthday Cake, and Peppermint Chips. But if you’re looking for something mess-free, go for their popsicles.

vegan prepared desserts

These ready-to-go frozen desserts are perfect for gatherings big and small. And they beat having to make your own from scratch when you’re short on time or few spoons.

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10 Daiya Plant-Based Frozen Cheesecakes

We know that Daiya is synonymous with vegan cheese, so it’s only natural that this dairy-free brand would make its way into cheesecake territory. Their range of vegan frozen cheesecakes have a creamy, decadent filling made from coconut, plus a gluten-free crust made from brown rice flour and tapioca starch. It comes in five flavors: New York-style, Key Lime, Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate, and Strawberry. Just remember to let it thaw in the refrigerator five to six hours before you plan to serve it.

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Sarah Lee is a frozen dessert company that’s been around since 1939 and is best known for its wide range of frozen fruitcakes, which are accidentally vegan, with the exception of seasonal varieties like sweet potato, pumpkin, and southern pecan. . But that leaves vegans and flexitarians to choose from many options, including Dutch apple, cherry, peach and blueberry. Pair them with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream and a generous dollop of vegan whipped cream.

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12 Better Bites Cake Bites

This freezer-friendly brand specializes in allergen-friendly vegan treats. Perfectly appetizing cake bites from Better Bites span their widest range, including 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 of the eight major allergens.

To learn more about summer vegan desserts, read:
20 Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream Flavors, Ranked
7 Expert Tips for Making Vegan Ice Cream
Where to get vegan ice cream at parlors

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