GFCF ice-cream licked

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Posted by glutenfr | Posted in GFCF, New products, treats | Posted on 21-03-2011

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Dairy-free chocolate icecream

‘Tis a fact of life that many of we gluten sensitive types must also avoid dairy—and so it is in my family. So although we may call ourselves a gluten free family, we are in fact a gluten-free casein-free (or GFCF) family.

So it was with great interest that I agreed to review some pre-mix dairy free icecream this week.

While we rub along fairly comfortably without dairy, it does mean that a whole genus of yummy things made from milk—like icecream, yoghurt, milk shakes and pizza—are out of bounds for my fussy, little food intolerant boy.

SOY’S OFF THE MENU

For a while we dabbled with soy as replacements for these. We tried soy-based icecream (So Good) and soy cheese (Cheezly) but we soon discovered it had the same effect as milk, just in a milder way.

So we substituted with things like sorbet icecream and cheese-free pizza (aka cardboard) for a while, but they just didn’t cut it taste-wise, so we have been making do without.

We do without milk quite easily at a nutritional level. We use a commerical whey powder mixture to make protein shakes that can stand in for yoghurt type snacks, and for the important issue of growing bones we use calcium supplements in our rice milk.

PEER GROUP PIKE-OUT

It all comes unstuck, however, when kids around him start slurping on milk shakes, yoghurt pots, pizza slices and icecreams. On these occasions we have been known to cave . . . “Oh alright, just this once, a little bit won’t hurt”. . . and then there is a price to pay later.

So when Kris from internet retailer Allergy Friendly Foods offered me the chance to try out one of the brands of dairy free icecream that she stocks, I was all ears.

Kris imports a whole range of products that you can’t normally buy here that are gluten, dairy, soy, nut, egg & fish free. She first began testing these products when her son began a special diet 6 years ago, after discovering there was very little here for people with multiple allergies.

ICE CREAM AT LAST

She sent me the chocolate flavour of Miss Roben’s mix from the Allergy Grocer. You don’t need an icecream maker to make it. It is based on Vance’s DariFree Potato Based Milk Substitute, plus other allergy-free ingredients.  (The vanilla version, which we didn’t try, is pretty similar but without the cocoa.)

(As well as the icecream, she also popped in some other Enjoy Life allergy-friendly goodies like oat-free oatmeal cookies and food bars—without sulphites—that I haven’t spotted in the shops. I rather enjoyed these and we also got some organic sweets. You can imagine who ate those.)

EASY PEASY!

I have to say the icecream was a breeze to make. I only had to add 2 cups of carbonated water and 2 tablespoons of oil, mix it in a blender and then put it in a tub to freeze. A few hours later we gave it a taste.

The main difference between the chocolate variety and something you get in the shops is that it was firmer and sweeter (possibly because it is a US brand?).  But it had the right icreamy texture and flavour and I just left it out a little longer to soften it up a bit so I could scoop it into a cone.

Importantly, I had no complaints at all from little Mr Fussypants – who devoured the whole thing with no comment whatsoever about the sugar content.

VANILLA IS NEXT

Because I cannot get anything like this in the supermarkets, I will most certainly be buying more, but I will probably give the vanilla a go next time, as that is his favourite flavour.

It has also inspired me to attempt to make my own at home, so if anyone has any ideas about how to make yummy icecream out of rice milk then I would be very interested to hear about it!

CHEESE SUBSTITUTE ANYONE?

I am also on the hunt for a cheese substitute. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just something that will act in a cheesy way on top of a pizza that does not contain soy or dairy. Has anyone experimented with this?

They are certainly having a good go in the US—where I can only imagine the effect of allergies and the rise of interest in vegan lifestyles has pushed the food scientists into a buzz of creativity.

The Daiya brand of non-dairy products is getting a lot of coverage in the US with its grated non-soy cheese substitute, and I am all aflutter about the thought of putting pizza back on the menu.

I was so excited that I immediately got in touch with the manufacturers to beg them to send me some of their very cheesy-looking cheese shreds.

However they politely declined, explaining that at they were currently focused on the launch of Daiya products in USA and Canada and did not yet have a timeline for international expansion.

So while we have icecream licked, we must wait a little longer for our pizza it seems.

[UPDATE: Kris says she will have a dairy substitute topping mix in store soon. It isn't the Daiya shredded variety - but have potential as a topping in cooking -  I will report on it here once I have tried it.]


LH

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Comments (9)

I’m vegan and gf and make a lot of ice cream from a book called vegan scopp. Which basically consists of milk alternative (rice, coconut etc) arrowroot, sugar and whatever flavour you wish. It’s so so easy, although does require an ice cream maker.

Hmmm – I may have to consider buying an icecream maker. . .

Has a2 milk been an issue? I read once the BCM7 is thought to be the responsible culprit for some casein-related allergies/intolerances but not all. I found a2 really good, except they do warn that a small amount of ‘other’ casein (containing the BCM7??? – I think that’s what it’s called) may still be present only in much less an amount.

A2 was certainly better than other milk for us – but sadly it didn’t solve all our problems. We ended up ditching milk all together in the end and have pretty much come to the same conclusion about non-trace soy products.

Check out the blog written by “Fructose Freak”. This is a blog written for fructose malabsorption sufferers like myself. Many of us need to eat dairy free too. She makes a cheesy subsititute using yeast flakes.

Thanks, we will

I am going to try that icecream with Dari free. I need a yoghurt recipe too. I have a yoghurt maker and an icecream maker but cant find the instructions to iether on how to use them. My 6 yr old is missing out the 1 thing he really adored, his yoghurt. He cant have soy iether, and then there is the gluten. Good luck you guys.

This Botanical Cuisine Chocolate ‘Ice Cream’ looks interesting
http://www.organicfeast.com.au/custom/products/html/detail/index.cfm?productid=5085

Yum, looks interesting…

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