Frozen Desserts for People With Food Allergies

As summer approaches and the temperatures start to rise, kids everywhere start to think about one of America’s favorite treats: ice cream. Whether it is waiting for the ice cream truck to come down your street, grabbing an ice cream cone at the local baseball game or scooping it out at home, ice cream always seems to hit the spot. 

Child with ice cream cone stacked with scoops
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For kids with food allergies, however, ice cream is not always an option. Ice cream contains dairy and for those with any milk allergy, it is often not an option. While it is not a true allergy, those who are lactose intolerant, also often find they are unable to eat ice cream.

When someone is lactose intolerant, they are unable to easily digest the lactose, a sugar found in milk, leaving them with excessive gas and often an upset stomach. Additionally, many ice cream flavors contain mix-ins of cookies, brownies or nuts, which also may affect those with gluten or nut allergies.

Well, fret no more. The marketplace is full of so many great products that will allow even kids with food allergies the chance to indulge in America’s favorite dessert. Take a look at some of these great frozen desserts that will have your kids asking for one more scoop.

  • So Delicious Dairy Free: This frozen dessert is so rich and creamy that you will think that it must contain dairy. But it is dairy-free and can be made from soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk. The soy milk frozen dessert is made with organic non-GMO verified soybeans. The coconut milk variety is made from organic coconuts and is completely non-GMO. The almond milk varieties are soy-free, gluten-free and non-GMO. The consistency of these frozen desserts is very similar to ice cream and will leave you wanting more. These products come in a variety of flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, and cookie dough, and offer those with dairy or gluten allergies more options when choosing a frozen dessert.
  • Wink Desserts: This product is a great choice for kids with many food allergies. It is completely vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free and dairy-free. This frozen treat is made with pea protein and natural flavorings, both of which are an important part of the Wink company. Wink's products are a little smoother than traditional ice cream but the taste and interesting flavors cannot be beaten. The ingredients are all organic and non-GMO. This dessert comes in a variety of kid-friendly flavors such as peanut butter and jelly, strawberry cheesecake and cocoa-dough. And despite the names of the flavors, they remain allergen-free.
  • Ben & Jerry’s: This company, which has been around for many years, has taken the plunge and joined the dairy-free marketplace. The new flavors are made with almond milk to offer those with a dairy allergy a chance to indulge. For those who already recognize the great taste in Ben & Jerry’s, they will fall in love all over again with the non-dairy varieties. In fact, the non-dairy dessert is also certified vegan, which means it doesn’t contain any animal products — such as eggs, dairy or honey. Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and P.B. Cookies are a few of the non-dairy flavors to join the Ben & Jerry’s product line. 
  • Mr. Dewie’s: This frozen dessert is dairy-free and is made from a cashew milk base. This dessert is made from all-natural ingredients, with no additives or preservatives. It is free of dairy, gluten, and soy as well. This chewy, sweet frozen treat is perfectly delicious in every spoonful. This cashew milk ice cream contains no fillers, gums or oils. Mint chip, coffee, and strawberry are among their many flavors. 

Let’s not forget that there are a few other options for those with food allergies who are looking for a frozen treat that is a bit more home-made. Perhaps your kids will want to give one of these a try next time it is time for dessert:

  • Fudgsicle: Take your favorite non-dairy milk of choice, such as soy milk or almond milk. Pour into a glass and add your favorite chocolate or strawberry syrup, to make it into tasty chocolate or strawberry milk. Pour into a popsicle maker and place it in your freezer. After a few hours, you will have your very own home-made dairy-free, allergen-free frozen dessert.
  • Frozen Banana: Take this nutritious fruit, loaded with potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6, and remove the peel. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. After several hours take out the banana and using a spoon mash into a bowl or cup. Within a short time, this tasty frozen fruit will have you thinking you are eating banana ice cream. 

So, this summer, don’t let food allergies get in the way when we all scream for ice cream! Everyone can indulge in a variety of this sweet frozen treat after all.

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