Wellpicks: Vancouver’s best dairy-free ice cream

In celebration of yesterday's #nationalicecreamday, I wanted to share my favourite spots in Vancouver to get dairy-free ice cream. While many people don't have problems with dairy, for those that do, ice cream can be particularly hard on digestion. Always on the hunt for great alternatives, finding options for ice cream has been one of my favourite challenges. Whether coconut milk or cashew based, it seems ice cream shops and restaurants are really starting to figure out how to make ice cream you would never know is dairy-free. Here are my favourites.

Friendly ice creamFriendly Snack Bar

Friendly is a great new little plant-based and gluten-free snack bar at Main and Broadway started by the owners of The Wallflower/Smallflower, Zimt Chocolates and vegan ice cream truck, Say Hello Sweets. Their ice cream flavours continuously rotate, but so far I've tried their banana walnut, strawberry and lime coconut-based ice creams, and they are unreal. All their ice creams are also available in gluten-free waffle cones, and to take away in a pint.

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Earnest Ice CreamEarnest Ice Cream 

When I first moved to Vancouver and tried Earnest Ice Cream's (regular dairy) chocolate and salted caramel ice creams, I was convinced it was the best ice cream I'd ever had in my life. So when I went back and tried their dairy-free chocolate ice cream, and found it was just as good, I was pretty excited. Their dairy-free flavours are also rotated, so while you don't know what you're going to get when you walk in, so far I have not been disappointed.


  • 🌎 EARTH DAY is Monday April 22nd. To celebrate, when you return your EIC jars at scoop shops between April 22-28, for each jar we’ll match your $1 deposit with a $1 donation to @raven_trust . So do your bit for the planet, dig into your pints and bring them back during Earth Week at Earnest 🍦❤️
  • Ice cream plans for the long weekend? Eggcellent! All shops will be operating regular hours all holiday weekend 😊💖 (Don’t forget, Frances St is still closed on Monday’s 😉)
  • Hoping bright, sunny weather is just around the corner ☀️🍦🌿
  • Our Monday motivation is @elysiancoffee espresso and Espresso Flake ice cream.

virtous pieVirtuous Pie 

I love Virtuous Pie for so many reasons, but mostly because they took two of my favourite things, pizza and ice cream, and came up with a way to make them dairy-free. Instead of a coconut base, Virtuous Pie uses cashews for their ice cream, serving select flavours each day, but also offering take-home pints. This is not your average ice cream - their flavours include Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Coffee + Donuts, and Charcoal Banana Coconut. Imagine going for pizza and ice cream and not feeling sick or bloated after you eat? Well this is now totally possible.

  • Next week is EARTH WEEK 🌎🌍🌏, and we're celebrating by partnering with @torontowildlifecentre in Toronto and @surfrider in Vancouver and Portland. From April 22 to April 28, we will donate $2 from every Margherita pizza sold to each organization to help give back!
About Toronto Wildlife Centre: Toronto Wildlife Centre is a charitable wildlife rescue organization providing medical treatment and rehabilitative care to sick, injured and orphaned wild animals found by members of the public. Since opening in 1993, over 270 different species have been admitted for care. With help from their volunteers and donors, Toronto Wildlife Centre has grown into Canada’s largest and busiest wildlife centre, and a leader in the field of wildlife rehabilitation.
About Surfrider: Surfrider is a global environmental non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. They are 100% volunteer-run, and they organize monthly beach clean ups, educational events and public awareness campaigns to promote marine health and conservation.
  • It's time to announce the winners of our VEGAN GRANT! A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to share your ideas and visions - it's incredible to see so many pioneers paving the way in our communities and we can't wait to watch you all grow. While we wish we could support you all, we're excited to share the winners in each of our communities.
VANCOUVER | DTES Neighbourhood House 🍽: A Community Kitchen Program starting with a workshop that will teach participants basic plant based recipes that are accessible for all, supplying ingredients, recipes, cost breakdowns, and where in the neighbourhood ingredients can be found at low cost.
PORTLAND | Burrito Brigade 🌯: Once a month, the Burrito Brigade makes ~500 plant-based burritos which they distribute throughout downtown, inner SE, and wherever the volunteers see a need to feed hungry individuals throughout Portland. The grant will help them make about 5000 burritos!
TORONTO | Bread Poet's Society 🍞: The Bread Poet's Society started as a passion project and has grown to a team hosting events of vegan tasting menus. The vegan grant will allow the team to expand to new venues and host events publicly throughout the city to people who want access to delicious, sustainable food.
  • HAPPY TUESDAY FRIENDS! Starting TODAY, we're showing Tuesday some love by moving our All Day Happy Hour to EVERY TUESDAY!
• $2 Off Select Draft Beer 🍺
• $2 Off Glasses of Wine 🍷
• $1 Off Draft Kombucha 🍋
• $2 Off: Margherita, Superfunghi, & Stranger Wings 🍕
• 2 Off: Garlic Knots & Mac+Cheese 🧀
• $2 Off: Ice Cream Flights 🍦
  • If you don't know, now you know... we're talking about our PDX April feature!
Broccoli Rabe + Spring Onion | Braised Broccoli Rabe, Spring Onion, Cashew Mozzarella, Saracena Olives, Grated Parmesan, & Lemon Zest.
ALSO, tomorrow is the first day of @portlandmercury’s PIZZA WEEK! 🍕🍕🍕 Come grab a slice of our Classic Pepperoni for just $2 from Monday April 15 to Saturday April 20. *Portland only

Rain or shine ice creamRain or Shine 

While Rain or Shine typically only serves one dairy-free option at a time, it's usually some delicious variation of chocolate coconut something, and that works for me. They're also pretty inventive with their seasonal ingredients, and offer a pretty great sundae (complete with dairy-free chocolate sauce). If you want to skip the line, I find the location on Cambie is often way less crowded than the one in Kits, which often has lines down the block.

  • I wonder what my life was like before I discovered ice-cream tacos. Happy Taco Tuesday! 🌮🍦
  • Blackberry Lemon Sorbet (Vegan) 🍇🍋
We love this flavour berry much! We use local, organic blackberries to churn into a refreshingly sweet base, mixed in with a little bit of lemon juice to give it some kick. It’s bright, tart, and super fresh! 
Now @ Kits, Cambie, and UBC.
  • Black Sesame 🖤🍦
We've mixed our house-made black sesame butter with our dairy base, paired with a dash of vanilla, and little bits of sesame seeds folded in for extra texture. It’s a wonderfully pleasant mix of sweet, savoury, nutty flavours!
Now @ Cambie, Kits, and UBC!
  • The only thing between me and a totally terrific tuesday is an ice-cream taco 🤪💁‍♀️! Happy Taco Tuesday 🌮🍦!
📸: @almiefood

Hey KokomoHey Kokomo

Hey Kokomo is a new "plant-focused" cafe that recently opened in Chinatown. What I'm most excited about is that they are the first place in Canada to serve Coco Whip, a vegan, creamy soft-serve ice cream, made with coconut water, vegetable probiotics and no refined sugar. Right now they are only open during the day, but are a great place to escape to on your lunch break or on a Saturday afternoon.

  • Jason used our infamous celery broth to cook up a mushroom ramen for us this week! With rice noodles, corn, pickled enoki shrooms, edamame beans, sprouts, green onion, broccoli, smoked tofu, nori. And yes, that means all the healing benefits of the celery broth disguised as ramen!! Avail at both locations. Enjoy friends 😘
  • Happy Friday from ours to yours 🌻
  • We’ll take all the warm things today pls.
  • We’re surprising all the riders after @joceerickson @ridecycleclub 930 class in Kits tomorrow (and we’re really bad at keeping secrets 🤭). If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s a few spots left 🥤🥤

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Kylie McGregor is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Culinary Nutrition Expert, and editor-in-chief at Well Daily. After four years working in Toronto as a publicist, Kylie’s passion for nutrition, a desire to learn more and share this knowledge with others led her to enroll in Meghan Telpner’s Culinary Nutrition Expert Program, which provides an in-depth education around the healing properties of various foods and how to prepare them. Upon completion of this three-month program, Kylie decided to further her education and enrolled at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, where she completed the one-year diploma program. Kylie hopes to share the knowledge she’s gained on her own journey, and encourage others to take control of their own health, wellness and happiness.