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Everybody knows there’s nothing better on a sweaty summer day than a couple of cool, creamy scoops piled high on top of a waffle cone. It’s a sweet treat that’s always enjoyable, melty mess and all. It’s hard to resist, and dairy-free friends, we sympathize. But thankfully, you don’t have to suffer anymore.
With plant-based eats on the rise, dairy-free ice cream is more popular and easier to find than ever. The best part? We’ve got the low-down on where to get some of the best vegan scoops in Seattle.
The names Autumn Martin and Kari Brunson might not ring a bell for everyone, but their past ventures certainly will (ever heard of Canlis, Theo Chocolate, Hot Cakes, or Juicebox Cafe?). Founded in 2016, Frankie & Jo’s set out to make delicious, plant-based ice cream made from pure, simple, natural ingredients, and they’ve done just that! With the milk and bases made in-house, they offer selections using organic cane sugar or dates as sweeteners. Be sure to check out their seasonal flavors at their shops in Capitol Hill, Ballard, and Alki — they release them on the first Wednesday of every month.
You heard it here first, folks: The Cookie Counter is Seattle’s OG vegan ice creamery. Opened in 2014, the scoop shop and bakery is a 100% vegan facility and also palm oil-free. In addition to plant-based baked goods, their locations in Greenwood and Capitol Hill offer year-around flavors (we love the lavender and coffee), as well as two rotating seasonal flavors. Fitt Tip: Gone gluten-free? Don’t worry, all of their ice cream and toppings are gluten-free, and they also offer gluten-free waffle cones made from brown rice.
Remember hearing all that buzz about an ice cream shop coming to Seattle in 2018? Yeah, that was this one. Hailing from Portland, Salt & Straw in Ballard and on E. Pike Street has achieved West Coast ice cream fame. They serve an array of creative flavors that vary based on location. And when it comes to Seattle, some of our favorites include Mint Chip with Theo Chocolate and Rachel’s Raspberry Ginger Beer — both vegan! Although not all their flavors are vegan, Salt & Straw has three classic plant-based Seattle flavors on offer all the time, with other options changing seasonally.
A sweet addition to chef Makini Howell’s Plum empire, Sugar Plum on 15th Avenue E. offers up plant-based pastries, ice cream, and soft serve that we just can’t get enough of. With interesting flavors that swap out with the seasons, you can order any flavor as a hard scoop or soft serve (we’re here for a good soft serve twist). While you’re there, take a look (or a taste or two) at their vegan-friendly baked goods, including an ice cream sandwich! You won’t be disappointed.
If you live in Seattle (and love ice cream as much as we do), chances are you’ve been to Full Tilt… and went right back the next day for more. The quirky shop serves up sizeable scoops in wonderfully unusual flavors, both regular and vegan, that rotate frequently. With locations in White Center, Columbia City, Ballard, and the University District, this place focuses on serving all-natural ice cream made from local ingredients in an atmosphere that’s fun for everyone (they’ve got pinball).
You can’t talk about Seattle’s ice cream scene without mentioning Molly Moon’s. With locations all around the city, this local spot is debatably the biggest name in the Seatown ice cream game. Unfortunately, they usually offer only one or two plant-based flavors. But darn it if they aren’t always good! With 90% of their ingredients sourced from the good ole’ PNW, the shop’s vegan flavors generally change month to month, along with several of their other regular ice cream options.
Inspired by traditional Mexican paletas, Seattle Pops come in two kinds: Fruity Pops and Creamy Pops. The good news is, all the Fruity Pops are 100% vegan, and you can even get them dipped in vegan Theo dark chocolate. More good news: these pops are made with organic cane sugar, the freshest local ingredients, and never high fructose corn syrup. Catch Seattle Pops at their store in Wallingford or various Seattle area farmers markets Wednesday through Sunday during the summer months.
Sure, you’ve heard of Pressed Juicery’s famous cleanse kits, but have you tried their Freezes? The Freeze is a plant-based soft serve made from fruits, nuts, and vegetables. We know, we know, but it’s good! No, really! And their Vanilla Freeze is made up of just FIVE ingredients. Impressive, right? Even more impressive, you can add toppings to your Freeze, like fruit, shredded coconut, and even vegan peach gummy bears. Get your fix at their locations in Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, Bellevue Square, and Westlake Center.
Whether you’re fresh off a trip to Italy or wishing you could take one, Gelatiamo is sure to satisfy your craving for the refreshing, smooth Italian treat. Founder Maria Coassin grew up in a small town in Northern Italy and brought her passion and knowledge all the way to Seattle, where she crafts small-batch artisanal gelato and (vegan) sorbet fresh daily. Flavors change frequently, so make sure to check back at their downtown shop often to see what’s on offer.
Nestled in Ballard, D’Ambrosio Gelato aims to bring fresh, natural, authentic gelato and sorbetto to Seattle. Owner Enzo D’Ambrosio is a university-certified master gelataio. No gimmicks or wacky flavors here, Enzo focuses on tradition and authenticity, serving the more classic sorbet and gelato varieties. While not all their offerings are vegan-friendly, their sorbetto and a couple of their selections of gelato are. And in true Italian fashion, they also serve high-quality espresso from local Washington roastery Blue Star Coffee Roasters, as the perfect pairing with your scoop of choice.