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Frozen Desserts for People With Food Allergies

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People with food allergies often have a hard time finding restaurants or prepared foods that meet their dietary requirements. It’s hard to navigate the world when you’re allergic to a popular ingredient. 

The good news is that there are plenty of desserts that are easy to make at home and highly adaptable to be a dessert that’s plant-based and allergen-free. Dessert is one of life's simplest pleasures. Don’t go without it -- just get inspired, and remember that Google is a companion to that allergic sweet tooth. 


For Those Who Want to Dig Right In

Snow Monkey is more than just great. It’s great for you. Most of our flavors are free from all eight major allergens, and all are made using only fruits, seeds and superfoods. There are no peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, gluten, or dairy hiding in there, so you can enjoy it safely. We’re vegan and paleo-friendly, and we pack over 20 grams of plant-based protein into every pint. Snow Monkey is designed for everyone to enjoy, free from all eight major food allergies. 


Dairy Free Creamy Pops

If you don’t have a set of popsicle molds, you should get one. You can make frozen juice bars, frozen yogurt pops, or dairy-free “ice cream” bars in a flash, without generating any waste. 

For dairy-free creamy pops, all you need is a plant-based milk alternative and a flavor of your choice. Simply mix in cocoa powder, berry puree or preserves, banana puree, or a little bit of vanilla into your plant milk. A blender will effortlessly incorporate the ingredients. Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds and pop them in the freezer for a few hours. 

If you’re looking for a go-to dessert, this one is easy to make in large batches and will keep well in the freezer. You can make a few dozen at a time and keep them frozen. Since the only ingredients are plant milk and cocoa or fruit, you can enjoy one every night without any guilt. They can even become a healthy part of your diet!


Milkless Milkshakes

Milkshakes are a simple and fun dessert that anyone can make. If you have some measuring cups and a blender, you can have a delicious allergen-free milkshake made in just a few minutes. Start with ¼ cup of plant milk and add 1 ½ cups of your favorite allergen-free, dairy-free ‘ice cream.’ You can go for a classic chocolate flavor or try something exciting like matcha green tea

You can top off your milkshake with a generous swirl of dairy-free whipped topping. If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, you can make your own. The cherry on top is technically optional, but always appreciated. 


Dipped Bananas

It doesn’t get more natural than bananas. Less than 1% of the world’s population is believed to have a banana allergy. They’re delicious, healthy, and relatively gentle on the stomach. Using a frozen banana in place of dairy, nut, or soy ice cream leaves options for people with any allergies or intolerances. It’s one of the safest routes to go if you have people with a mixture of allergies attending the same event. 

Cacao (raw chocolate) allergies are also incredibly rare. Bananas and chocolate are a delicious combination that just about everyone can enjoy. 

Melt a few bars of 100% cacao chocolate with no added sugar or dairy. Just pure, good, old-fashioned chocolate and cocoa butter. Peel your bananas and skewer them on a bamboo stick. Then, dip or roll them in the pure cacao. Stab the bottom of the stick into a piece of foam to keep the banana propped up, and pop them in the freezer for a few hours to let the chocolate harden. 

Everyone gets their own frozen banana, and you get to impale a harmless fruit -- everyone wins.


Frozen Cookie Sandwiches

Frozen cookie sandwiches are a great dessert for people with gluten allergies and dairy intolerances. You can either make your own gluten-free cookies or purchase gluten-free cookies from your local bakery. Making them at home isn’t a challenge. 

All you need is 1 cup of nut butter, ¾ cup of almond or oat flour, and 5 tablespoons of maple syrup or agave nectar. Mix all the ingredients together and portion them into a dozen balls of dough. Set the dough on a cookie sheet and smash each ball down with a fork, creating a grid pattern on top. Bake them for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

When they’ve cooled, flip them upside down. Take a big ice cream scoop and drop in a dollop of Snow Monkey on one cookie. 

Try maple cinnamon to compliment maple peanut butter cookies. Go for a chocolate non-dairy dessert filling for a peanut butter cup-inspired flavor. Grab another cookie and gently press it down on top. You can use the back of a butter knife to smooth the outside edges where the dessert spills out, neatening up the appearance of your cookie sandwiches.

Once you’ve assembled all six sandwiches, place them back in the freezer for a few hours to help them hold together. Serve them whenever you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, or eat them all for yourself -- we won’t judge. 


Frozen Cheese-less Cheesecake

Cheesecake is hard to make. But frozen cheesecake is shockingly easy. Since the freezer holds everything together, you won’t need to worry about perfectly crafting the consistency, baking the cake, or setting it. You also don’t have to use any dairy or any gluten in the recipe.

Pick up a box of gluten-free graham crackers. Put them in a plastic bag and crush them into little tiny pieces. You can do this by hand or by running a rolling pin over the bag several times. Once you have your graham dust, pour it into the bottom of a pie pan. Drizzle it with a few tablespoons of avocado oil and use the back of a spoon to push it into the perfect pie crust shape.

For your filling, simply combine oat milk or hemp milk with your favorite flavor of Snow Monkey. If you pop two cans of full-fat cooking coconut milk into the fridge overnight, the solids and the liquids will separate. Open the cans carefully, drain off the liquid portion, and save the solids. Mix the solids with two pints of dairy-free frozen dessert. This will make the texture creamier and a little more decadent, just like cheesecake.

Fill the pie crust with your filling and pop it in the freezer for at least four hours. You’ll get the best result if you freeze it overnight. When dessert time rolls around, simply pull it out of the freezer, slice it, and serve it cold. 

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can chop some berries and stew them on the stove with a little bit of coconut sugar. They’ll create a fresh berry sauce that you can use to top your cheesecake. If you’re feeling a little less ambitious (or if you’re tired from the labor of love it took to create the cheesecake), you can lightly drizzle each slice with a modest amount of maple syrup and sprinkle on some dark chocolate chips to give your dessert the “wow” factor. 


Creamy Sundaes

Dairy-free ice cream works perfectly well on its own. If you choose a variety without nuts or soy, most people will be able to enjoy a scoop or two, no problem. If you choose Snow Monkey, everyone will be able to enjoy it. Snow Monkey is made to be great for your body. Even people who are looking to be more conscious of the things that they eat can guiltlessly enjoy a healthy serving of Snow Monkey.

You could even set up a sundae bar with allergen-free toppings. Be careful not to offer any nuts.. Fresh fruit, pure dark chocolate chips, chia seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds, and non-dairy whipped topping can turn a simple scoop of frozen dessert into something a little more fun. 


The Takeaway

People with food allergies, along with vegans, have somehow developed a reputation for being difficult to accommodate. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. Anyone who loves dessert will enjoy these dairy-free, allergen-free alternatives, and if they don’t, that’s a them problem, not an allergy problem. 

The best part is that many of these options are healthier and lighter than traditional desserts, making it easy to indulge without the guilt. People who are trying to make more health-conscious decisions will appreciate having a light and delicious frozen treat available to them! 


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