Both of my kids have issues with dairy and soy, so I have had to learn how to make our food without it. One of our favorite go to easy desserts is homemade dairy free and lactose free ice cream. I usually whip up a batch about once a week. I have used several different options when it comes to avoiding dairy, based on preferences and allergies. It is great that there are so many more options, these days, compared to just a few years back.
Dairy and Lactose free Alternatives:
The great thing about all of the alternatives is that they are all also available in pre-made ice creams. The only issue with the pre-made ice cream versions is that they tend to be more expensive. Fortunately, you can buy a lactose free or other dairy free milk alternative easily and for cheaper. You can then make your own homemade ice cream and save some money.
Our fridge often holds everyone of these dairy free milk versions. I prefer the taste of almond milk and my husband likes soy better for his cereal and creamer. My kids can’t do soy as a dairy free option. They both like rice milk for their cereal topper. I make our homemade dairy free ice cream versions with coconut and almond milk alternatives. I could use rice milk and have bought the pre-made version, but it tends to have more sugar content.
My daughter has more severe limitations on foods, so I just recently introduced tree nuts (coconut), into her diet. She has done great with it and I love that it is a healthier alternative to rice versions. I prefer almond as my dairy free alternative because coconut has a bit of an after taste to me. I haven’t introduced regular nut varieties, for my daughter, just yet though. There are so many flavor options for homemade ice cream that hiding the taste of coconut milk is easy to do, so it is easy to make a flavor I enjoy no matter what dairy free choice.
We have avoided dairy for many years now. It is becoming so much easier, more recently, with all of these options out there. It is possible to save even more money by making your own dairy free milk. I haven’t tried this just yet, but I might and will post all about it. My kids love dairy free ice cream, especially homemade. It sure beats sugary popsicles, too!
What allergens or foods do your families avoid? What is your favorite dairy free or lactose free alternative?
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