Here’s some good news for ice cream lovers: Eating healthy doesn’t mean having to give up your favourite cold, sweet treat. In fact, nowadays, there are so many different ways of either making your own homemade healthier frozen dessert options or buying readymade “alternative” ice creams that you needn’t feel guilty about enjoying these creamy-textured concoctions at all. Call it “ice cream” or “nice cream”, using innovating bases such as avocado (yes, really), coconut milk or cream, cashews, yoghurt, or banana means there are plenty of ways to get your fix without having to consume dairy or cream, depending on what you’re trying to avoid.
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If you’re preparing your own from-scratch version at home, you can create an enormous range of dairy- and sugar-free “nice cream” options by using frozen banana, coconut milk, or avocado – scouring the internet for wonders will give you countless options and flavour combinations, from vanilla and coconut to green tea, cacao, fruits, and more. Using one of these ingredients as a base gives you the same creamy, rich, and silky texture that traditional ice cream does, but with plenty more nutrients – and they’re vegan-friendly and dairy-free, with a lower sugar content. Here’s another simple idea for a lighter frozen treat: Pop some peeled bananas onto wooden ice lolly sticks, dip them into melted dark chocolate, sprinkle that with almonds, then pop into the freezer on a tray until it hardens. Hey presto, you have banana pops that are a great alternative to traditional ice cream bars! Don’t have the time or desire to make your own? There are plenty of delicious readymade alternative options available at Spinneys, such as Nobo and Coco Yogo.
The world’s largest ice cream sundae was created in Canada in 1988, and weighed almost 25,000kg. The countries that consume the most ice cream in the world are, reportedly, New Zealand followed by the USA, and through all of the days of the week, the most popular day for ice cream to be purchased is apparently on Sundays.