Logan knows all too well what it is like to be left out during a food gathering because of an allergy. Being allergic to peanuts is a real drag. There are a lot of things that he can’t eat even if they don’t have peanuts in them.
We understand how hard it is for kids to constantly feel like they can’t eat something because of an allergy – they feel different, sad, excluded, and forgotten when no one plans an alternative snack or treat for them during a party.
Because we’ve experienced this ourselves, we are extra sensitive to the allergies of others and would never want to put someone in this same position while in our home. One of Logan’s best friends not only has a peanut allergy, but also a dairy allergy.
I cannot even fathom being allergic to dairy. It isn’t just cheese, yogurt, and milk that are off limits. Butter, too, is included in that allergy, something a lot of people forget about. Homemade ice cream or creamy popsicles aren’t an option. And how sad during summer when some days a bowl of ice cream would squash the hot temperatures.
With summer already almost halfway over, my thoughts turn to back to school time. I’ve been wanting to have a backyard ice cream and creamy popsicle party with all of our friends to celebrate the end of summer. One last hurrah before school starts. But how is that possible when you throw a dairy allergy into the mix?
I love that there are alternative products like Vanilla Soymilk from Silk that are easily substituted in the place of milk. Silk allows me feel confident, safe, thoughtful, and inclusive in social situations with kids rather than worrying about hurting feelings and leaving someone out because of allergies.
Thanks to the creamy, smooth taste of Silk’s Vanilla Soymilk, the dairy-free versions of our favorite homemade ice cream and creamy fruit popsicle recipes taste just as good.
Try this recipe for Dairy-Free Creamy Berry Banana Pops using Silk’s Vanilla Soymilk. You can use the blended mixture for popsicles or for ice cream. Simply freeze the mixture until solid in your favorite popsicle molds or churn it in an ice cream maker until thick and creamy.
Creamy Berry Banana Pops
1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced and completely frozen
6 ounces sliced frozen strawberries
6 ounces frozen raspberries
1/2 cup Vanilla Soymilk from Silk
Add the frozen bananas to a food processor and blend until they are completely pureed and the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Add the berries and Vanilla Soymilk and blend until smooth.
Transfer the mixture to popsicle molds and freeze until firm, this makes about 1 dozen popsicles.
Alternatively, churn the mixture in an ice cream maker until thick and creamy for a delicious Dairy-Free Berry Banana ice cream.