Honestly, I think finding safe allergy-free desserts is one of the most difficult aspects of managing food allergies. So many of the classic desserts contain one or many of the top 8 allergens. Plus, many desserts are processed in a way to cause cross-contamination to a dessert that may have been otherwise safe with the main ingredients, prior to processing. So, here is an awesome top 8 free dessert: So Delicious dairy-free rootbeer float.
Did you know that milk allergy (dairy allergy) is the most common allergy in infants + children? Also, many people have a lactose intolerance. The two are often interchanged + misunderstood, but they are very different. Food allergies involve the immune system + have the potential to produce an anaphylactic reaction. Food intolerances, like lactose intolerance do not involve the immune system.
According to food allergy.org: People who are lactose intolerant are missing the enzyme lactase, which breaks down lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. As a result, lactose-intolerant patients are unable to digest these foods, and may experience symptoms such as nausea, cramps, gas, bloating and diarrhea. While lactose intolerance can cause great discomfort, it is not life-threatening.
I nursed my son, Bowan for a year after the diagnosis of his food allergies. During that time I strictly avoided all of his allergens. I also avoided foods that could've been cross-contaminated with his allergens. So, I didn't eat ice cream. (Sounds hard, I know!) I knew that most ice cream was or had the potential to be cross-contaminated with peanuts + tree nuts, so I just avoided ice cream. And, honestly I didn't take the time to research ice creams. Until I found So Delicious. They use top-notch allergen testing, that I trust enough to eat myself + let my sweet little Bowan enjoy.
One day my husband came home with rootbeer + I thought, why didn't I think of that?! A rootbeer float can be top 8 free! So, it was a fun evening with way too many rootbeer floats. And, here Bowan is with his 1st rootbeer float.
Top 8 Free Rootbeer Floats (dairy-free):
Pour chilled Rooter into your glass + scoop as much of the coconut frozen dessert in as you want! Enjoy with a spoon or maybe some fun straws for an extra special treat for your kids.
Top 8 free desserts don't have to be super complicated + they don't even need to include baking!
Did you know that going dairy free for 21 days can not only be beneficial for your health, but also beneficial for our environment? You can read more about the dairy-free challenge here.
Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.