This time of year when the sun is shining and every second person out and about seems to have an ice-cream cone, it is easy to feel you are missing out by being dairy-free.
Fortunately there are more dairy free ice-cream options than ever available for those unable to have milk.
Here are some of our favourites and where to find them. This post will focus on ice-cream to buy and serve at home.
Dairy free alternatives to ice-cream
This is a soya based dairy-free ice-cream and is dairy-free, lactose-free, gluten-free and egg-free. It comes in Smooth Vanilla, Juicy Raspberry, Rich Chocolate, Wild Blueberry and Neapolitan. The black octagonal containers are easily recognisable. They can be found in SuperValu, Dunnes Stores and Tesco and many health stores.
This is an Irish-made dairy free ice-cream made with coconut milk, avocado and other all natural ingredients. The philosophy is to make a nutritious but also indulgent alternative to dairy ice-cream. They come in 5 flavours – Vanilla & Coconut, Fresh Lemon, Chocolate & Toasted Almond, Irish Salted Caramel and Passion Fruit & Mango. My favourites are the chocolate (of course!) and the salted caramel is to die for. They are stocked in most Super Valu stores and nationwide in health stores. This summer they have a pop up store in Baggot Street selling 99s – yes a whipped version of their ice-cream in cones!
Some dairy free kids readers sent me these photos of the dairy free dessert selection in The Health Store. Booja-Booja do a fab range of ice-creams, Hunky Punky Chocolate, Coconut Hullabaloo and PomPomPous Maple Pecan are just a few. I haven’t tried these ones yet myself but I hear they’re amazing.
Ben and Jerry’s
With news that Ben & Jerry’s the huge mainstream ice-cream manufacturer are working on a new dairy-free version of their ice-cream that should be available in 2016, the news is good for the increasing availability of dairy free options.
There are several now which you can buy to serve at home and at various events out and about sometimes there is dairy free iced dessert options available too. Watch this space for a dairy free ice-cream out and about post very soon!
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