NEW cheese alternatives (vegan, dairy-free, soy-free) that taste good

Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Alison | Posted in Dairy Allergy, Products | Read 1 Comment - Add Your Own »

Do you miss cheese? In my opinion, cheese is the hardest thing to replace if you are on a dairy-free or vegan diet. There are good non-dairy ice creams, yogurts, milk and butter replacements, but cheese is a challenge. I recently tried to two dairy-free and soy-free “cheeses” that I feel are worthy enough to write about.

Follow Your Heart ProvoloneFollow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart’s new soy-free vegan cheese in slices and blocks is so good that I ate a whole sandwich made with their Provolone slices at a recent Vegan Sandwichevent. (The sandwich was made with a new gluten-free and vegan brioche bread that they are coming out with also!) This cheese has a great texture, whether melted or not, and does not have a strange aftertaste that I have found in other dairy-free cheeses. In fact, it actually tasted good!

The ingredients are not yet available on the web as of this writing (I will update when I have them), but the cheese is a coconut oil base. Four flavors will be available: Provolone, American, Mozzarella and Garden Herb.

Follow Your Heart is a brand that is available nationwide, so look for this new cheese in natural foods stores soon. You can also check their Store Locator to see which stores near you carry the brand.

Miyoko’s Kitchen

Regular cheese is hard enough to replace, so who would think a dairy-free person could ever enjoy fancy cheese again? Miyoko’s Kitchen, based in Fairfax, CA is changing people’s minds about vegan cheese. Their “cultured nut product” flavors include Double Cream Garlic Sundried Tomato, Aged English Smoked Farmhouse, Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash and several more. All the cheeses have cashews as the base. The Aged English Farmhouse cheese ingredients are: Organic Cashews, Filtered Water, Organic Chickpea Miso (Organic Chickpeas, Organic Rice Koji, Sea Salt, Water, Koji Spores), Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt, Cultures.

This cheese is pricey, and for now only available in stores in the San Francisco Bay Area or via mail-order, but remember, this is fancy cheese! I tried several flavors and each one was unique and delicious. I could imagine spreading it on a gluten-free cracker or a gluten-free baguette! These cheeses will definitely fill the void and would also make a great gift for a dairy-free or vegan friend!

Miyoko Farmhouse Cheddar

Smile, and say “Cheese!”


Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by Alison | Posted in Dairy Allergy, Products | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

When you are gluten-free, you generally no longer get to have ice cream flavors with cookies in them — like cookie dough, cookies ‘n cream, or brownie flavors. But there are a few companies out there that are making these flavors gluten-free! Here are the ones I could find (and have mostly tasted). For you dairy-intolerant people out there, you will happy to know that all but one is dairy-free also.
*Note – I obtained these ingredients from the companies’ websites for your quick reference. Ingredients can change at any time, so please read all labels before consuming.

COCONUT BLISS
“We take the issues of cross-contamination very seriously and we do everything within our power to ensure that our products are free of undeclared allergens.”

Coconut Bliss Ginger Cookie CaramelGinger Cookie Caramel

“Spicy cookies & creamy caramel in rich vanilla.” All ingredients are organic! Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, peanut-free, nut-free.
Ingredients:
Organic Coconut Milk (Organic Coconut, Water, Guar Gum)
Organic Agave Syrup
Organic Coconut Extract
Organic Fair Trade Vanilla Extract
Organic Caramel Sauce (Organic Coconut Milk, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Guar Gum, Salt)
Organic Ginger Cookies (Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Rice Base [Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic White Rice Flour, Organic Sweet Rice Flour, Organic Tapioca Starch, Xanthan Gum], Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Ginger, Sea Salt, Baking Soda, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cloves)

Coconut Bliss Chocolate Walnut BrownieChocolate Walnut Brownie

“A divine treat for chocolate lovers.” All ingredients are organic! Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, peanut-free.
Ingredients:
Organic Coconut Milk (Organic Coconut, Water, Guar Gum)
Organic Agave Syrup
Organic Fair Trade Vanilla Extract
Organic Fair Trade Cocoa [processed with alkali]
Organic Chocolate Brownies (Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Rice Base [Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic White Rice Flour, Organic Sweet Rice Flour, Organic Tapioca Starch, Xanthan Gum], Organic Fair Trade Cocoa [processed with alkali], Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Vanilla Extract, Baking Soda, Sea Salt)
Organic Walnuts

SO DELICIOUS
“So Delicious Dairy Free applies strict quality control measures in an effort to prevent contamination by undeclared food allergens.”

So Delicious Coconut Cookie DoughCoconut Milk Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Bits of gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough in vanilla coconut milk ice cream. Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, nut-free, contains soy lecithin.
Ingredients: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, COOKIE DOUGH {DARK BROWN CANE SUGAR, RICE FLOUR, CHOCOLATE CHIPS [CANE SUGAR, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, DEXTROSE, COCOA BUTTER, SOYA LECITHIN (AN EMULSIFIER), VANILLA EXTRACT], NATURAL OIL BLEND [PALM FRUIT, CANOLA OIL, OLIVE OIL, WATER, SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, LACTIC ACID, ANNATTO EXTRACT], POTATO FLOUR, TAPIOCA FLOUR, CANE SUGAR, VANILLA EXTRACT, GUAR GUM, BAKING SODA, BAKING POWDER, POWDERED CANE SUGAR}, CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT, CHOCOLATE FLAKE (DRIED CANE SYRUP, COCONUT OIL, COOCA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, VANILLA), CAROB BEAN GUM, GUAR GUM, NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR.

So Delicious Coconut Cookies n CreamCoconut Milk Cookies ‘N Cream

Chocolate creme cookies in vanilla coconut milk ice cream. Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, peanut-free, nut-free.
Ingredients: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, GLUTEN FREE CREÌ€ME COOKIE (TAPICOA FLOUR, RICE FLOUR, CANE SUGAR, ORGANIC POWDERED SUGAR, PALM OIL, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, ORGANIC TAPIOCA SYRUP, CASSAVA FLOUR , COCOA, POTATO FLOUR, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, SALT, NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR, BAKING SODA, XANTHAN GUM, SALT), CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVOR, CAROB BEAN GUM, GUAR GUM.

So Delicious Almond Cookies n CreamAlmond Milk Cookies ‘N Cream

Chocolate creme cookies in vanilla almond milk ice cream. Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, peanut-free.
Ingredients: ALMOND MILK (WATER, ALMONDS), ORGANIC TAPIOCA SYRUP, GLUTEN FREE CREÌ€ME COOKIE (TAPIOCA FLOUR, RICE FLOUR, CANE SUGAR, ORGANIC POWDERED SUGAR, PALM OIL, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, ORGANIC TAPIOCA SYRUP, CASSAVA FLOUR, COCOA, POTATO FLOUR, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, SALT, NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR, BAKING SODA, XANTHAN, SALT), CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT, ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, ERYTHRITOL, PEA PROTEIN, CAROB BEAN GUM, GUAR GUM, NATURAL FLAVOR, MONK FRUIT.

So Delicious Soymilk Cookie DoughSoy Milk Cookie Dough

Bits of gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough in vanilla soy milk ice cream. Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, nut-free.
Ingredients: WATER, ORGANIC SOYMILK (WATER, ORGANIC SOYBEANS), ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, COOKIE DOUGH {DARK BROWN CANE SUGAR, RICE FLOUR, CHOCOLATE CHIPS [CANE SUGAR, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, DEXTROSE, COCOA BUTTER, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLA EXTRACT], NATURAL OIL BLEND [PALM FRUIT, CANOLA OIL, OLIVE OIL, WATER, SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, LACTIC ACID, ANNATTO EXTRACT], POTATO FLOUR, TAPIOCA FLOUR, CANE SUGAR, VANILLA EXTRACT, GUAR GUM, BAKING SODA, BAKING POWDER, POWDERED CANE SUGAR}, ORGANIC TAPIOCA SYRUP, CHOCOLATE FLAKE (CANE SUGAR, COCONUT OIL, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, VANILLA), ORGANIC SOYBEAN OIL, CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVORS, CAROB BEAN GUM, TAPIOCA DEXTROSE, GUAR GUM, ALGIN (KELP EXTRACT), YUCCA EXTRACT, SEA SALT, GELLANGUM, ANNATTO.

So Delicious Soymilk Cookie AvalancheSoy Milk Cookie Avalanche

Chocolate creme cookies in vanilla soy milk ice cream. Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, nut-free.
Ingredients: WATER, ORGANIC SOYMILK (WATER, ORGANIC SOYBEANS), ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, GLUTEN FREE CREÌ€ME COOKIE (TAPIOCA FLOUR, RICE FLOUR, CANE SUGAR, ORGANIC POWDERED SUGAR, PALM OIL, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, ORGANIC TAPIOCA SYRUP, CASSAVA FLOUR, COCOA, POTATO FLOUR, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, SALT, NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR, BAKING SODA, XANTHAN, SALT), ORGANIC TAPIOCA SYRUP, ORGANIC SOYBEAN OIL, CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVOR, CAROB BEAN GUM, TAPIOCA DEXTROSE, GUAR GUM, ALGIN (KELP EXTRACT), YUCCA EXTRACT, GELLAN GUM.

STRAUS

Straus Cookies 'N CreamCookies & Cream

Big pieces of rich, organic chocolate cookies in organic vanilla ice cream. Gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free, nut-free.
Ingredients: PASTEURIZED ORGANIC CREAM AND ORGANIC NONFAT MILK, ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, ORGANIC GLUTEN-FREE COOKIES (ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE SUGAR, ORGANIC NON-HYDROGENATED PALM OIL, ORGANIC DUTCH COCOA POWDER, ORGANIC RICE FLOUR BASE, [ORGANIC BROWN RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC TAPIOCA STARCH, XANTHAN GUM], ORGANIC EGGS, ORGANIC VANILLA, NATURAL CHOCOLATE FLAVORING, BAKING POWDER, SEA SALT, AMMONIUM BICARBONATE), ORGANIC EGG YOLK, ORGANIC VANILLA EXTRACT.


Allergen-Free Chocolate Chips

Posted on December 15th, 2013 by Alison | Posted in Candy, Dairy Allergy, Peanuts/Nuts Allergy, Products, Soy Allergy | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

Enjoy Life MorselsIf you are looking for an allergen-free chocolate chip, I recommend Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels. Enjoy Life already has its Mini Chips and Mega Chunks, and the Morsels are a new addition.

All of these products are gluten, dairy, nut and soy-free — allergens that could be found in other chocolates. While I love the size of the Mini Chips and have been using them for years, I like the flavor of the new Morsels much better. They have a richer chocolate taste (69% cacao).

There are only two ingredients in the Morsels: Unsweetened Chocolate and Cane Sugar. The package states “Made in a dedicated nut and gluten-free facility.” It has a Gluten-Free Certification, and its allergen statement says, “The facility also processes dairy and soy; however, this products is produced on a dedicated dairy- and soy-free line. Ingredients have been additionally tested to ensure strict allergen control standards are met.”

So if you are looking for safe chocolate chips, try these! If you can’t yet find them in stores, you can buy them online at Enjoy Life Foods.


zpizza – gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free

Posted on August 19th, 2012 by Alison | Posted in Dairy Allergy, Dining Out, Egg Allergy, Restaurants/Stores, Soy Allergy | Comments Off on zpizza – gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free

Most of America takes for granted the ability to go out for pizza or have it delivered. Most families I know have pizza at least once a week and it is the standard food for birthday parties and sports team outings. If you have to avoid gluten, finding pizza gets a little more challenging, but there are more and more options out there. If you also have to avoid eggs and/or dairy, however, it becomes almost impossible to find a good, safe pizza.

zpizza, a pizza chain started in southern California, offers not only a gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free crust (made by Venice Bakery), but also offers Daiya cheese for those who want a non-dairy cheese option (it is also soy-free). They offer a gluten-free menu online and in the stores, as well as a vegan menu.

I really liked the pizza. The crust was crunchy but not crackery, and the toppings were really fresh. The meats are nitrate-free, the tomato sauce is organic and the veggies options are interesting, like arugula, shitake mushrooms, caramelized onions and capers.

But the best part of all was that my gluten-free egg-allergic daughter could order a pizza. It’s the little things!

Note: zpizza states that they are not a gluten-free environment. While I was at the Petaluma, CA location they seemed very careful and used dedicated pans in the oven, but please dine at your own risk. If you have nut allergies please note that they use peanuts and pine nuts in some of their sauces.