We are finally settled in our new flat in Zagreb after a long travel day this past Friday and a restful weekend, but I just can’t move on to blogging about Croatia until I write a detailed post about our vegan gelato findings in Spain.
We certainly had a proper summer this year spending three months in Andalucía. As expected, temperatures were higher than anything we experienced in Scotland. We welcomed the heat and the sunshine but most days we still struggled to keep cool.
Our favourite way to beat the heat: ice cream!
Is there a better way to keep cool besides indulging in cruelty-free vegan ice cream on a hot summer’s day? I don’t think so.
While we avoid eating out as much as possible, we do make exceptions for vegan gelato, ice cream, or popsicles. No surprise, there’s no shortage of ice cream shops in Spain. Everyone loves ice cream. In fact, I’ve yet to meet another human (or cat or dog…) who doesn’t like ice cream. If you know of someone, send them my way. 😉
In general, most gelato places will offer something vegan, like fruit sorbet. Ask if it’s made without milk or eggs (sin leche ni huevos) just to be sure.
I also researched vegan-friendly places to try using HappyCow. If you are on the hunt for vegan ice cream, I suggest you search there before planning your trip. Don’t forget to double-check opening hours, especially in the summer. Most places adjust their opening hours to allow for a midday break.
So what’s the difference between ice cream and gelato? The difference comes down to the proportion of milk, cream, and eggs (if any are used). Since we’re only talking about vegan ice cream and gelato, which are free from any animal products, it doesn’t really matter what we call it.
These are all the places we tried but keep in mind, this list is far from exhaustive.
Stickhouse in Fuengirola
This was the first vegan-friendly frozen treat paradise we tried in the Costa del Sol. Kuba and I both tried the chocolate popsicle, and we opted to have it freshly dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts. Yum!
Not all of Stickhouse’s popsicles are vegan, but several of the fruit and chocolate ones are. I haven’t had a dipped chocolate popsicle like that in years, so I was happy to indulge.
The second time we visited Stickhouse, I tried a chocolate dipped passion fruit popsicle and Kuba tried a chocolate dipped hazelnut one. Both were delicious but the hazelnut and chocolate popsicles were our favourites. They were richer than the fruit popsicle and had a better texture since they were made with nut milk and chocolate as opposed to fruit puree.
Stickhouse is located at Calle España, 18, Fuengirola.
Puro y Bio Artisanal Ice Cream in Sevilla
I’m glad I had the foresight to research vegan ice cream possibilities before we stepped foot in Sevilla. Homemade vegan ice cream that isn’t overloaded with processed sugar is hard to come by, so we always hope to take advantage of any artisanal ice cream shop offering vegan flavours.
Puro & Bio is located down the street from Torre del Oro. They offered at least a dozen vegan flavours. We each ordered a large serving of ice cream for €4.50 each. I tried mango and coffee and Kuba tried pistachio and coffee. The ice cream wasn’t cloyingly sweet and had an authentic gelato mouthfeel. It was the perfect break from the intense heat that day.
Puro y Bio is located at Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 9, Sevilla.
Eco De.leite in Granada
I had Eco De.leite on my Granada to-do list thanks to HappyCow. Eco De.leite isn’t a fully vegan ice cream shop, but they had over 20 natural and organic vegan flavours to choose from. We chose wisely!
I appreciated Eco De.leite’s creative flavours like lemon with basil along with their safe and reliably delicious flavours like chocolate. The texture was nice and it wasn’t overly sweet. This ice cream hit the spot after walking around in the sun all day.
Eco De.leite is located at Calle Sta. Escolástica, 1, Granada.
Amandine Dolce Gelato in Ronda
We tried two different gelato shops in Ronda since we stayed there for two days. Our flat was located in a touristy pedestrian area so we had several gelato shops to choose from. Amandine Dolce Gelato only had mango and lemon available for vegan flavours that day, but they sure were delicious.
Amandine Dolce Gelato is located at Carrera Espinel 45, Ronda.
Heladería La Ibense De Ronda
For our second gelato in Ronda, we tried the shop just below our flat. Kuba tried a healthy portion of the strawberry and chocolate gelato while I tried their iced coffee. We both agreed that this gelato was better than the gelato from Amandine Dolce Gelato because the texture was thick and neither flavour was too sweet. The coffee was pretty good too!
Heladería La Ibense De Ronda is located at Carrera Espinel 46, Ronda.
Amorino in Madrid
I’ve seen Amorino shops elsewhere in Europe (and in the States) but I never thought to investigate their vegan offerings. We happened to walk by an Amorino shop on the way to our flat in Madrid and couldn’t resist stepping inside. I’m glad we did because all of their vegan flavours were clearly labeled. We found at least a dozen vegan flavours, including hazelnut, chocolate, and all the fruity flavours you can imagine–even passion fruit! The gelato is pricey compared to other gelatos we’ve tried, but I still think it’s worth it because the gelato is top quality.
In Spain, Amorino is located in 15 cities including some of the ones we visited: Granada, Málaga, Madrid, and Seville. Check out Amorino’s website to find the location nearest you.
A cheaper but just as delicious option is to purchase a pint of GutBio vegan ice cream from Aldi. Several flavours are available, including chocolate, coffee, and several fruity ones. These pints only cost €2.99 making them more affordable than buying ice cream out at a café. Both Kuba and I were impressed by the coffee ice cream. It tasted great and didn’t contain too many ingredients. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too fatty either. I’d definitely eat it again but we don’t have Aldi in Croatia. I guess I’ll have to wait until next year when we travel to Poland!
What are your favourite places in Spain for a frozen vegan treat?