As the heat ramps back up this week I wanted to share with you some of Steph and I’s favorite vegan ice cream. From wonderful local shops, to store bought, to home made, vegan ice cream is more accessible and delicious than you may know!
Love’s has to be my favorite vegan ice cream at the moment. Located at the Downtown Market, Love’s has a variety of unique and delicious vegan options! A couple of my favorite flavors so far have been Madcap Coffee, Lavender Blueberry, and Mint Chip (which tastes like real mint)! Their prices are reasonable, they have the most vegan variety of all the local shops and the location can’t be beat. Steph and I especially like to grab a scoop and browse the Vintage Street Market on a nice sunny day.
Spoonlickers is another delicious option. Located in Eastown, Spoonlickers has a couple of vegan ice cream options, but their true strength lies in their crazy variety of toppings. All of their ice creams and toppings are labeled if they are vegan or contain any possible allergens, which makes the process of choosing easier. Some of my favorite toppings include toasted coconut, Oreo bits, pomegranate bobas, maraschino cherries and warm vegan chocolate sauce. Stop in today and create your own delicious vegan concoction!
Furniture City Creamery is a small batch creamery located in East Hills. Their shop is tiny so come on a warm day so you can sit on the dog friendly back patio. They only have a few flavors at a time but rotate a large variety of options daily or even hourly! Some of the flavors we have enjoyed are Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip, Lime in the Coconut, and Salted Caramel. Stop in with your pup and support this small local creamery while it’s still warm out!
This one may come as a bit of a surprise, but Frosty Boy also has inexpensive vegan options. After being gone for a decade Frosty Boy of Grand Rapids is back. Located in it’s original site on Plainfield Avenue North East, Frosty Boy Grand Rapids is small and locally owned. If you are looking for a good value, this is your place! They have a limited variety of vegan options, vanilla and a rotating flavor, but their prices can’t be beat.
If you aren’t in the area there are still many good vegan ice cream options available in the stores! Ben and Jerry’s is now making a variety of vegan options, my favorite is Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Trader Joe’s carries a couple of delicious vegan coconut ice cream options too. There are also some vegan staples like Tofuti and Dream products that can be picked up at your local supermarket.
I am sure there are a bunch of vegan ice cream recipes out there but my favorite is the simplest, frozen banana ice cream. This “ice cream” is raw, heathy, and can be made with a variety of flavors. The base recipe is just sliced frozen bananas processed in a food processor until creamy. This recipe can also be made with frozen durian instead of banana, I like to mix the two, but durian is definitely not for everyone. To get some flavor ideas to add to the base recipe you can check out this Megan Elizabeth Durian Nice Cream Recipe Throwdown.
I hope you have enjoyed this vegan ice cream run down. If there are any that I have missed that you really love please let us know in the comments below!