One of my favourite treats since developing a serious soya allergy has been the two coconut ice creams on the market. They are both dairy, gluten, soya and nut free. Hoorah!
I buy them both and they are delicious. Real melt-in-the-mouth indulgence for anyone who can’t eat ‘normal’ ice cream.
So how do they compare?
Coyo raw chocolate coconut ice cream
Coyo make really creamy dairy, soya free yogurts as well as this delicious ice cream.
I found it froze almost solid so I needed an ice pick to chip out bits but it tastes devine, just remember to get it out well before you want to eat it.
It really does take 45 mins to soften.
Maybe that’s just my freezer?
Ingredients : Coconut Milk, Organic coconut nectar, cacao, xanthum gum.
It’s made in a completely nut free, dairy and soya free facility so you can be sure it’s safe. A little birdie told me that Coyo are releasing a new smaller tub size soon and also some very appealing new flavours; pine colada and mango and lime.
NB: The recipe has been improved since this testing and the ice cream is easier to get out of the pot!
Bessant and Drury
Choose from chocolate, vanilla, lemon and raspberry flavour (there may be more, these are just the ones I’ve tried) and you will have a taste sensation for every dessert. Delicious with fruit or just on their own straight from the tub.
It’s soft enough to scoop easily and anyone would enjoy this. It is so luxurious nobody would know it was ‘special’ ice cream.
What’s inside? The ingredients for the strawberry flavour are: Coconut milk, concentrated apple juice, strawberry puree, glucose, sugar, chicory root, xanthan gum, strawberry flavour.
Booja Booja also do dairy free ice creams but if you have a nut allergy these are probably not for you. Most that I looked at contained nuts and those that don’t will contain a nut warning. I haven’t tried them, obviously, but I have heard good things about Booja Booja.
Swedish Glace make very nice soya based dairy free ice cream which I also can’t eat due to a soya allergy. However I used to be able to eat this and it’s pretty damn good. Very tasty and friends and relatives who were served it didn’t know it was dairy free!
You can buy these at some supermarkets, Waitrose often stock them and good health food shops.