11 Ice Cream Alternatives for the Dairy-Free

Everyone will want a bite of your dairy-free frozen treats
Gluten-Free and Vegan Chocolate Icebox Cake

Jimmy Distefano of Rouge Tomate in New York City shares his recipe for a gluten-free, vegan chocolate icebox cake.

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Refreshing sorbets are one easy way to avoid those stomach-hurting dairy creams.

Roughly 65 percent of Americans are lactose intolerant, according to the National Institute of Health. That’s a lot of people missing out when the old ice cream truck rolls around.

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Missing out on dairy products can be tough. Just think of all the cheese that will never touch your lips. But don’t despair — dairy alternatives are more popular than ever, making it easier to find solutions to that dairy FoMO you’ve been suffering from all these years.

Refreshing sorbet is an easy way to avoid those stomach-hurting dairy creams, or, if you prefer, try a milk alternative like soy or almond milk in your next lactose-free ice cream sundae. Unfortunately, you may find yourself forced to share, as others  who are lactose-intolerant, or vegans, or just people who have taste buds clamor for a bite.

Each alternative has its own unique taste. Whether you prefer coconut, almond, cashew, soy, or some combination of the aforementioned, we’re here to help you stay cool — while feeling good — as you wolf down your dairy-free treats.

Coconut Milk Ice Cream with Ginger and Lime

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This ice cream recipe conjures up the flavors of southeast Asia. The cool, sweet coconut milk ice cream, mixed with the biting flavor of ginger and refreshing acidity of lime, will have you coming back for seconds.

For the Coconut Milk Ice Cream with Ginger and Lime recipe, click here.

Creamy Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream

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This recipe uses coconut milk as the base, giving it a tropical taste. Add in bananas or another favorite fruit to make this recipe your own.

For the Creamy Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream recipe, click here.

Angela Carlos is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @angelaccarlos.

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