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5 Vegan Ice Cream Bases to Die For

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5 Vegan Ice Cream Bases to Die For

Who says being a vegan means giving up your favorite foods? 

You might have thought it would be impossible to find a good alternative for ice cream or cheese. But what you’ll if you decide to take the vegan route is that not only are there amazing dairy alternatives that are healthier, many are – no joke - far tastier and even easier to make!

Ice cream is one category of food where there are many amazingly healthy ‘I-can’t-believe-it’s good-for-me’ style dairy-free desserts.

Coconut Cream Base

For a tasty, healthy base try using coconut cream as a delicious alternative to cream. Use honey or maple syrup to sweeten if needed, then add fruit or cocoa for flavor. Coconut cream comes directly from the flesh of mature coconuts, which are exceptionally healthy, containing vitamins, minerals, proteins, and healthier types of carbs and fats. Honey and maple syrup have higher glucose and fructose content than cane sugar, which has the less healthy sucrose, and are better for diabetics. Honey also contains many antioxidants. Neither coconut nor honey are refined products and are usually provided in their raw form without additives. Both are suitable for paleo and liver cleansing diets.

Nut Base

Using almond or cashew milk as a base in ice cream, with fruit and honey, alone or with a little olive oil or tapioca flour to thicken is another exceptionally healthy alternative to cow’s milk. Nut-based milk can be store-bought, or to get an even healthier non-dairy alternative, they can be made from scratch quite easily using a home blender. Nuts provide many health benefits; cashews and almonds are full of vitamins and minerals and are alkaline forming, and both taste great as a dairy alternative. While coconut cream does taste like coconut, nut-based kinds of milk surprisingly don’t really taste nutty. However, if you do want a nut flavor, mixing crushed pistachio or macadamia nuts into the ice cream with cocoa and chocolate chips also taste really great.

Creamed Frozen Bananas

As simple as it sounds, creamed frozen bananas taste delicious, and provide a perfect solution for all those about-to-go-bad bananas. Cut and freeze the bananas in a sealed container, then when you want to eat them, whip them in a food processor or blender.

The creamed frozen bananas taste almost like a soft serve ice cream. This makes a great base to add flavors to, can be served with a sauce or cut fruit, or is perfect to eat alone.

The sweetness of bananas means you don’t even need to add any honey or sugar to the ice cream. 

An even simpler version is to buy the smaller type of bananas and stick a toothpick in them and put them in the freezer whole: Instant fun for kids.

Frozen Dairy-free Yogurt Ice Cream

There are a number of dairy-free yogurt cultures available, and frozen yogurt can make a tasty healthy ice-cream alternative. Simply freeze your favorite dairy-free yogurt, or add some extra crushed fruit, nuts, carob, or honey to a plain yogurt base, then freeze. 

Sorbets

A sorbet is essentially crushed frozen fruit with a little flavor and sweetener if needed, so they are the perfect healthy alternative to ice cream.

The trick is to make a decent consistency and have the right mix of fruit, juice or water, and flavor. With sweeter fruits like mango and banana, no sugar is needed, making this a healthy sugar free option. For a creamier sorbet, mix in a little yogurt or coconut cream. 

If you’re too tired to cook, great news, we have a ton of vegan options at our shop in Downtown Delray Beach. Come and enjoy the South Florida sun and pick up a frozen treat on your way home from the beach.

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How To Enjoy Ice Cream If You’re Lactose Intolerant

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How To Enjoy Ice Cream If You’re Lactose Intolerant

If you’re lactose intolerant, you probably avoid ice cream due to the upsetting effects it can cause you. Gas, cramps, nausea and diarrhea are all common in those that are lactose intolerant. However, just because certain foods, combinations and eating habits lead to these unpleasant effects, doesn’t mean you can never enjoy dairy again. Registered Dietitian Dayna Weiten says, “There are a number of strategies that people can use to include products in their diet that may have lactose.” There are a lot of benefits to dairy, and milk specifically, including the fact that it contains important vitamins and minerals and contributes to ward off disease. With that said, its worth reading the article to see if some of these tips and tricks could help you allow milk on your menu. Plus ice cream is just so dang tasty!

Try Smaller Portions:

“I always encourage people to start with low amounts and check out their tolerance,” says Weiten. “If they’re symptom-free, then they can try to increase the amount gradually.” Try half a milkshake next time, or a small allotment of cheese. These smaller portions are way less inclined to give you any negative effects or pain.

Space Out Your Dairy Intake:

While some dairy dishes may entail you taking in your entire day’s dairy at once, this isn’t the best option for those with lactose intolerance. Instead, try drinking one cup of milk (or consuming another dairy dish) in the morning and another one at night. Chances are, the discomfort will be way less.

Eat Dairy With Meals

When you consume dairy with other food, it gets digested more slowly. Meaning, when the lactose goes to your large intestine, it has already been digested quite a bit. Weiten agrees- “Having a milkshake or ice cream by itself is more likely to create symptoms,” she says.

Try Enzyme Tablets:

Lactose intolerance is a result of your body not being able to create enough lactase to subsidize the dairy you are ingesting. However, you can choose to take lactase tablets to top up the enzymes in your digestive system.

Try Lactose-Free Options

Lactose-free milk is one great option for those who are lactose intolerant. Lactose-free milk is achieved during the production process by simply removing the lactose. There are also ice cream flavors that are dairy free or vegan, so don’t feel you have to miss out on ice cream either.

FYI Delray leads the pack in terms of ice cream shops that offer dairy-free ice cream and vegan ice cream for lactose intolerant people or people with other dietary restrictions. Vegan ice cream is  ice cream which is made from healthy elements and which uses only natural ingredients. It also doesn’t include dairy products. Vegan ice cream and desserts are dairy free meaning that they don’t contain any dairy products such as milk or cream. Finally, lactose intolerant people can enjoy delicious ice cream!

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Ice Cream Creations To Try During Summer 2018

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Ice Cream Creations To Try During Summer 2018

This summer, we’re stepping it up! Using our favorite ingredient (ice cream), we’re seeing just how creative summer desserts can get. Read on to learn how to create some of the best ice cream delicacies of the summer. 

Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie

This delicious ice cream pie is brought to life via homemade lemon curd. After making this sweet summer pie, you will have lemon curd left over. Use it to serve alongside the pie, drizzle over fresh fruit, or try it on hot biscuits. The combination of lemon and ice cream creates a treat that is both sweet and tangy. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

If you like mint chocolate chip ice cream, you will love this delicious summer ice cream cake. You will top off layers of mint chocolate chip ice cream and cake batter (we like Devil’s Food for this decadent cake) with mint-chocolate mints and chocolate ganache. Afterward, simply freeze the whole cake and ta-da, you have a delicious summer delicacy!

Strawberry Lime Ice Cream Pie

To make this delicious ice cream treat, you will start with a salty pretzel crust and then layer on sweet strawberry ice cream for a unique, well-matched taste. This ice cream pie can also be improved to give it an adults-only flair- simply add a bit of tequila to make it the perfect boozy ice cream treat. 

Of course, sometimes you don’t feel like whipping up an ice cream creation. When you wanna just chill out and eat some ice cream, look no further than FYI Delray, the best ice cream shop in Delray Beach, Florida. FYI Delray features yogurt, gelato, sugar-free and vegan ice cream. Regular ice cream offerings include: vanilla, chocolate, almond praline, stellar coffee, double fudge brownie, cookies and cream, peanut butter cup, cookie dough, butter pecan, fudge track, mint chocolate chip, rum raisin, strawberry, chocolate chip, Superman, birthday cake, cotton candy, pistachio, banana cream pie and black cherry vanilla. Yogurt selections entail: vanilla, chocolate, cookies and cream, nutella, coffee and peanut butter. Regarding sugar-free options, there is: double chocolate, sea salt caramel, blueberry, raspberry cheesecake, cake batter, pistachio, toasted marshmallow and coconut. With gelato, you can choose from: dark chocolate, chocolate hazelnut, caramel macchiato, cookies and cream, sea salt caramel and stracciatella. Lastly, there are vegan options, including: coffee, vanilla fudge, raspberry and dole pineapple. Also, there is always the option of an ice cream sandwich. Once you have your yogurt or ice cream selections picked out, you can make the sandwiches with a variety of cookies or in some cases, with cereal. Your perfect cereal will probably be the perfect consistency for an ice cream sandwiches. Some popular cereals used for this creation include: lucky charms, raisin bran, cheerios, frosted flakes, captain crunch, cinnamon toast crunch and more. Really, the sky's the limit for your fun and innovative ice cream offerings during summer 2018. 

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