Summer is here! After a hot day in the sun, there’s nothing more refreshing than a delicious frozen treat to cool you down and tickle your taste buds. If you’ve got kids, your summertime nostalgia has probably kicked in, and you are thinking back to your own childhood, when frozen desserts like ice cream and popsicles were the perfect end to a busy day of riding bikes, swimming, or playing with friends. You can share this experience with your own little ones, even if they have milk allergies, with these amazing recipes for safe frozen treats they’ll love on hot summer days.
Just because your child has a milk allergy, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for a sweet, creamy, frozen treat. Milk-free “Ice Cream” is a breeze, using your ice cream maker and these simple recipes:
- Chocolate Coco Whipped Freeze uses chocolate coconut milk, sweetened condensed coconut milk, and coconut whipped topping for a creamy, chocolatey delight.
- Pina Colada Ice Cream is a tropical treat that’s easy to make with coconut milk, brown sugar, and canned pineapple.
- Orange Soy Ice Cream is a creamsicle-tasting alternative for those who don’t enjoy coconut, and all it takes is vanilla soy milk, orange juice, sugar, and vanilla.
- Pumpkin Dream Ice Cream will almost make you daydream about fall and pumpkin pie, with its creamy pumpkin, coconut milk, and cinnamon.
- Strawberry Soy Ice Cream is another non-coconut option, requiring only soy milk, strawberries, sugar, and vanilla.
Want to use your ice cream maker for something less creamy and more fruity? Try these delightful sorbets or granitas! If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can pour the mixture into a shallow pan, place it in the freezer, and take it out every 30-45 minutes to scrape it with a fork. When you do this, you’ll create frozen flakes that eventually result in a mixture of coarse frozen grains of goodness.
- Strawberry Sorbet requires only five ingredients: fresh strawberries, apple juice, lemon, water, and sugar.
- Blueberry Sorbet uses fresh blueberries, sugar, water, and a little bit of lemon.
- Fresh Pineapple Sorbet is not too sweet and not too tart, but very refreshing.
- Watermelon Blueberry Sorbet doesn’t need an ice cream maker, just watermelon, blueberries, corn syrup, and a blender.
- Mango Apricot “Ice Cream” Sorbet has a smoother texture and is made of fruit, powdered sugar, and lime juice.
Feeling creative? There’s a host of desserts you can make using molds. Try a frozen mousse in the mold of your choice, or make your own popsicles. You can use popsicle molds or go truly old school, with paper cups and wooden popsicle sticks.
- Milk-free Frozen Berry Mousse can be made with any berries your family prefers. Experiment until you find your favorite!
- Blueberry “Cheezecake” Pops are milk-free, no-sugar-added treats that are full of flavor. They contain coconut milk and blueberries, and the surprise ingredient that makes them so irresistible is pitted dates.
- Chocolate Pudding Pops can also just be chocolate pudding if you’re not in the mood to freeze them.
- Pear Pops take canned pears and turn them into treats your kids will clamor for, using a recipe that’s so simple you won’t mind making them every day.
- Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt Pops elevate soy yogurt and fresh fruit to popsicle heaven.
- Pina Colada Paletas use a recipe that’s similar to pina colada ice cream, but doesn’t require an ice cream maker.
Living with allergies doesn’t have to limit you! Follow this blog for more tasty recipes and helpful tips. If you or your children suffer from allergies and you’re looking for an experienced, board-certified allergist, we can help with that, too. The physicians at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM are board-certified in allergy and immunology and are the region’s most experienced in food allergy testing and high-risk food challenges. They can help you identify triggers and learn to control your symptoms. Call 610-825-5800 or visit the website for an appointment, or to learn more.
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