You scream, I scream, we all scream for vegan ice cream?
By Ellen Schuster, BA, MS
As with many grocery departments these days, the ice cream aisle is overflowing with numerous options (thank millennials, in part, for the growth of this market). Dairy-free, vegan or alternative ice cream ... they are proliferating faster than anyone can keep up. And if demand keeps up as projected, you'll see more options. As this article notes @ https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/08/health/dairy-free-ice-cream-food-drayer/index.html, dairy-free ice creams vary in saturated fat, calories and sugar content. One thing that doesn't vary among many of these choices? They're pretty pricey. And if you're into history, here's a timeline of non-dairy frozen desserts @ http://www.soyinfocenter.com/books/167 (who can forget Tofutti?).
**How to give vegan ice cream that creamy taste minus the milk @ https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/05/15/527656425/how-to-give-vegan-ice-cream-that-creamy-taste-minus-the-milk details the challenges making a dairy-free favorite
**Vegan ice cream ... calories, fat, saturated fat and sugar content of some Ben & Jerry ice creams from Consumer Reports @ https://www.consumerreports.org/ice-creams-frozen-yogurts/the-scoop-on-vegan-ice-cream
**The golden age of vegan ice cream is here ... chickpea-based ice cream? Yup as well as "prestige" vegan ice cream @ https://www.eater.com/2018/11/13/18080598/vegan-ice-cream-chickpea-coconut-little-bean-van-leeuwen
**Cabo Avocado, a dairy-free avocado-based ice cream with a short ingredient list is reviewed @ https://www.delish.com/food-news/a22020297/dairy-free-avocado-ice-cream/
**Vegan ice creams to try proves EVERYONE is getting into this market including Target and Brewers with almond milk ... oat milk, cashew milk ice creams and don't forget Tofutti or sorbets @ https://www.peta.org/living/food/vegan-ice-cream-flavors-to-cool-you-down-this-summer/
**Sorbabes, a dairy-free sorbet is reviewed and ingredient lists provided @ https://www.godairyfree.org/product-reviews/sorbabes-gourmet-sorbet
Registered dietitians weigh in...
**Is ice cream healthy? provides some general tips and a look at an ice cream made from bananas and hemp seed protein, an avocado-based ice cream and another with coconut milk and agave @ https://www.health.com/nutrition/is-ice-cream-healthy-halo-top
**So Delicious is a look at one oat-based milk in comparison to regular ice cream @ https://www.marketwatch.com/story/oat-milk-ice-cream-is-more-indulgent-than-healthy-2019-02-12
**5 healthiest and tastiest vegan ice creams with an eye toward organic ingredients @ https://www.wellandgood.com/good-food/best-healthy-vegan-ice-cream-brands/
**15 best healthy ice creams provides some general tips (stick to single portions and a good reminder that sometimes hunger is really thirst) and specific recommendations (scroll down to see dairy-free options) @ https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-products/ice-cream-reviews/g22607515/healthy-ice-creams/
**Healthiest frozen treats include one made from frozen bananas, no sugar added/coconut milk, fruit smoothie blends (add non-dairy milk or yogurt and blend) and frozen 100% fruit sticks @ https://www.thekitchn.com/healthiest-frozen-desserts-ice-cream-22902157
And a peek into the future...
Ice cream made from micro flora is a one-time "event" just to prove it can be done @ https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/336625