Jolly Llama Ice Cream Review

IMG_3811If you know anything about me, then you know I love ice cream. There is just something so refreshing about it, and since I pretty much don’t eat dairy, I wanted to find some good alternatives. I love the cashew milk ice cream from So Delicious, but I wanted to find some good ice cream cones and sandwiches. I tried Jolly Llama which is both gluten-free and vegan. I have tried 3 of their products, the two ice cream cones in Vanilla Fudge Sundae and Caramel Chocolate Chip and their Cool Mint Chip ice cream sandwich.

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I loved the vanilla cone, it has a nice layer of chocolate on the top and mini chocolate chips. It wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet, it had a nice balance between the chocolate and the vanilla. The cone is amazing considering it’s gluten-free, some gluten-free cones tend to seem a little stale, and this wasn’t like that at all. It has a nice crunch to it, but it wasn’t crumbly. It has also has a nice layer of chocolate coating the inside of the cone. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Caramel Chocolate Chip cone, it was a little to sweet for me, but if you like your ice cream to be sweeter, this would be perfect for you. The Mint Chip sandwich was amazing!! Mint Chip ice cream has always been one of my favorites, and this was so good I almost forgot it was dairy free. Overall I would give Jolly Llama a 10/10. If you’re looking for a good dairy and gluten-free alternative to ice cream cones and sandwiches, I would definitely give them a try.

Gluten-Free Acai Bowl

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I want to start this off by saying, that I know it’s cliche to put an Acai bowl recipe on a blog with vegan recipes, but they really are so good! This is something that I definitely consider a treat, because Acai bowls are usually full of sugar, and Acai is not cheap. That being said, when I do make these I always use the Sambazon unsweetened Acai, and I will usually use homemade granola if I have it around. One of my favorite ways to make an Acai bowl is to mix fresh and frozen fruit,I add fresh fruit to make it sweeter, but I add frozen fruit because I want the coldness of the frozen fruit so that I get a thick smoothie like texture. I personally don’t add a lot to my smoothie bowls, I will usually just use what frozen berries I have on hand, add hemp milk, and then top it off with more fresh fruit, granola, and nuts. The fun thing about making a smoothie bowl though, is that you can really add whatever you want, you could add yogurt to make it sweeter and thicker, or you could add vegetables, flax seeds, and protein powder to make it healthier. I personally try to keep it a bit healthier to make sure I really absorb the nutrients in the Acai. Acai is full of antioxidants, it’s high in fat and low in sugar, and it might even help boost brain function.

 

The first thing you should do is let the Acai thaw, you can either leave it out on the counter for a little while which works really well on a hot day, or you can run it under hot water until it melts. After doing that I add all of my ingredients to my blender, and blend until smooth. If you have a food processor you might find it easier to get a thick, smooth consistency.

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After everything is blended add it to a bowl and add your toppings. I always add granola, nuts, and fresh fruit, but you can add whatever you want.

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Ingredients:
1 cup fresh or frozen fruit
1 ½ cups hemp milk
1 Acai packet

Preparation:
1. Thaw Acai packet.
2. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
3. Add smoothie to bowl and add toppings.
4. Enjoy!

Vegan Strawberry Acai Protein Smoothie

vegan acai smoothieOne of my favorite things about summer, is to be able to make as many smoothies as I want and not get cold like I do in the winter. I have tried many different variations of smoothies over the years, and I never felt like I could make a smoothie that was both healthy and delicious, but I think I finally figured out the perfect recipe. This smoothie is full of great nutrients, it’s refreshing, and it tastes amazing.

I like to start by going through my spinach and making sure everything is fresh and clean. After I’ve done that I add my acai, strawberries, protein powder, and hemp milk. I would recommend using unsweetened acai, with all of the fruit in this you really don’t need the extra sugar, and it’s healthier without it.IMG_2908

Hemp milk is one of the best dairy free milk’s to use in a smoothie, it makes it smooth, creamy, and it doesn’t leave a weird aftertaste like almond milk does.  After I’ve added everything to the blender, I blend it all together until it is nice and smooth. Then I put it in a glass and enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 ½ cups spinach
1 ½ cups hemp milk
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
1 frozen acai pack

Preparation:
1. Thaw acai.
2. Add all ingredients to blender.
3. Blend until nice and smooth.
4. Enjoy!

So Delicious Dairy Free Cashew Milk Ice Cream Review

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When I had to go gluten-free and then decided to go mostly dairy-free, I knew I had to find a delicious alternative to my favorite dessert, ice cream. I haven’t tried very many vegan ice cream’s, but so far my favorite are the So Delicious cashew milk ones. Most of the So Delicious ice cream products are also gluten-free, so if your like me and need to eat gluten and dairy free, this is a great option. Just make sure it says gluten-free on it before purchasing.  My favorite flavor from their cashew milk ice cream, is the salted caramel cluster.  The cashew milk gives this a creaminess similar to dairy ice cream, and it has a nice combination of cashew bits, chocolate, and caramel.IMG_2868

My favorite way to eat this is with chocolate syrup, I use Hershey’s which is surprisingly both vegan and gluten-free. I know it’s not the healthiest, but it’s delicious, and ice cream is a treat. This is also great with vegan whipped cream, my favorite is the Reddi-wip almond milk whipped cream. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, so this is a great alternative. Once you’ve added your toppings all you have to do it enjoy!

 

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Easy Almond Milk Iced Latte

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On a hot day in the summer, nothing is better than an ice cold drink. While a glass of lemonade is delicious, sometimes you need a little pick-me-up, and an iced latte is perfect for that. This recipe is super easy, it’s vegan, and it’s naturally gluten-free. All you need for this delicious iced latte is two shots of espresso, almond milk, and ice.

The first thing you need to do is make your coffee at least 2 hours before you are ready to make your latte. You can chill your coffee overnight too.

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Once you’ve chilled your coffee, pour it over ice, and add your almond milk. I probably used about half a cup of almond milk, but just pour until it’s right for you.

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Ingredients:
2 shots of espresso
Almond milk

Preparation:
1. Chill espresso at least two hours before serving.
2. Pour espresso over ice, and add almond milk until it’s right for you.