Lactose intolerance is a common condition among many Filipinos – the estimate is that between 50 to 90 percent of the population or at least 1 in 2 Pinoys have difficulties digesting lactose, the main sugar found in dairy products. This may be the reason why you feel a little sick after eating dairy-rich foods such as cheese, ice cream, or milk. Because most yummy desserts are made with milk, it makes them an uncomfortable option for many. However, don’t fret; below are a few dairy-free recipes to bring sweet treats back into your life:
Coconut milk ice cream
Ice cream is one of those quintessential desserts. Thankfully even those who have shied away from it due to a serious aversion to dairy can indulge in this perfect-for-summer treat without the pain and discomfort. For this ice cream, coconut milk is used in place of cow’s milk, which adds the richness and texture you’re used to along with some serious tropical flair. You can even add your favorite fruits in, such as strawberry and banana chunks. Recreate this recipe in your own kitchen by freezing your chosen fruits overnight, then dropping them into a high-speed blender. Add coconut milk from a trusted coconut milk and cream supplier in the Philippines and blend until the mix is creamy and smooth.
Chocolate crème pots
This is one of those indulgences that only needs 5 ingredients: dark chocolate, coconut milk, egg yolks, some sweetener and salt. It’s a paleo-friendly option as well as completely dairy-free. The texture is like that of pudding – thick and sweet, but never cloying. All you need to do is heat some coconut milk in a saucepan before adding your egg yolks, a sweetening agent like Stevia, and some salt, stirring constantly for five to ten minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a blender with the chocolate chips. Transfer to containers and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. It’s an easy choice if you want to make a family dinner a little more special without having to put out much effort.
Dairy-free vegan carrot cake
Going vegan is one of the best ways to manage your intake of lactose, especially if your body is against you having any dairy. You absolutely still can indulge in cake, so long as it’s one that’s been made with vegan ingredients and contains no dairy. Instead, use nut milks like an oat milk as a substitute for cow’s milk. Putting coconut oil in your cake batter gives it a distinct flavor and improves the texture, while all other ingredients remain the same: flour, sugar, baking powder, sodium bicarbonate, carrots, ginger, and other spices.
Peach pie popsicles
One of the best and most convenient ways to cool off in the summer is snacking on frozen popsicles in your favorite flavor. We like peach for its tart brightness, so we’re using it as our flavor base here. Greek yogurt is used in place of milk or cream, and it’s flavored with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. You’ll want to go with full-fat for your yogurt if you want them extra creamy, and preparation is simple: dice your fruit, combine all of your ingredients, then spoon the mixture into popsicle molds. A graham cracker topping makes it a “pie”, but you can totally forego the optional step, too. Freeze and enjoy on a hot day, preferably while lounging.
Jarred lemon meringue pies
If you miss the taste of pie – or meringue, for that matter, this dairy- and gluten-free option is made with you in mind. By using honey instead of sugar, you can retain sweetness and keep the pie from becoming bland or overly tart. Almond flour is a great substitute for regular flour, giving you a base that doesn’t need to be rolled out or kneaded. Make your filling with lemons, honey, coconut oil and milk, and egg yolks, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
What’s your favorite creamy yet dairy-free dessert? Share the recipe with us in the comments section.