Dairy Free Ice Cream by Kelly V. Brozyna- Cookbook Review

July is national ice cream month. So what better time to talk about a new dairy free ice cream cookbook!?!? (The author did not ask me to write this, I just chose too).

As I happen to have a July birthday, my husband bought me the cookbook Dairy-Free Ice Cream – 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar.   I love reading and perusing through cookbooks, but I think it was also a subtle (or not so subtle) clue to make more ice cream. :-)

Blog-Ice Cream CookbookThis cookbook is BEAUTIFUL! It is one of the prettiest cookbooks I have ever seen! Every recipe includes a picture. And these are not just any old pictures. They are stunningly styled and photographed (taken by the author). This could easily pass as a coffee table book. In fact, this cookbook has not found its spot in my cookbook cupboard yet, as I keep flipping through it after having it for about a month now.

All the ice cream recipes are free of refined sugar, milk and egg free (vegan), and soy and gluten free. In fact, this book can be considered Paleo since all the recipes are grain free too (like the cookie and brownie type recipes)!

There is a chapter on traditional ice cream flavors of which I tried three—Vanilla, Strawberry and SunButter Fudge Ripple. All were excellent! The Vanilla recipe is actually a base for many of the book’s recipes. I made the SunButter Fudge Ripple with my homemade cashew butter and not SunButter. I will make this over and over again, I am sure.  The entire batch of Strawberry Ice Cream got eaten in one sitting.  I should mention that some of the ice creams in the traditional section do not seem all that traditional to me, but do look and sound fabulous!

Another chapter has unusual flavors of teas and coffees. Cakes and Cookies is another chapter in which I tried the Brownie Batter Ice Cream. The recipe turned out just fine, but for me it was too rich, for someone else it was not sweet enough (go figure) and one wouldn’t eat it. I guess it just wasn’t for us.

There are also chapters on popsicles, sherbet, sauces and toppings in addition to tips and tricks for making great ice cream (I have learned a lot). I also enjoyed reading the history of dairy free ice cream.

This is a book worth buying if you like ice cream! Or if you love to collect cookbooks! Or love to feast your eyes on beautiful food pictures.

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Mexican Bean Baked Casserole

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Making a casserole is a once in a while thing in my house. I have made this Mexican Bean Baked Casserole a handful of times and thought I would pass it on. It refrigerates well and reheats well, so it works for leftovers. I always love to have leftovers…makes lunch the next day, EASY! The recipe is flexible. Love cheese? Or should I say Daiya? Load it up. Not so much…go skimpy. Same thing goes with a lot of the other ingredients.  I use these homemade tortillas in the recipe. I like to top my piece with some dairy free … Continue reading

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Ever Wonder If You Should Go Gluten Free?

Have you considered going gluten free?  Do you wonder if it would be beneficial to you?  Maybe you just want to learn more about gluten and its affects on the human body.  Find out by reading my article on My Life With Food Allergies.  Click here to find the post. As always, please feel free to share or comment!

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Cherry Quinoa Breakfast Bake


Today’s recipe is one I found on the Whole Foods blog. I know people are looking for breakfast ideas and quinoa ideas. So I decided to bake this up and test it out for you. This recipe for Cherry Quinoa Breakfast Bake makes a lot, but according to the Whole Foods blog this will last 5 days. That’s perfect! Make it Sunday evening and you’ll have a breakfast ready and waiting for you every morning. It can be eaten cold or warm, but it tastes much better warm. I followed the recipe almost to the tee so I’ll send you … Continue reading

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Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Strawberry Jam Muffins

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This post first originally appeared on My Life With Food Allergies where I am a contributor. Whether for breakfast, brunch or a snack, an easy and delicious muffin recipe is a must have for any kitchen. When it comes to a gluten free or allergy free diet, making your own homemade muffins is necessary. The great thing about muffins, no matter what kind, is that they freeze very well. Baking up a batch of muffins and freezing them will save you time on busy mornings when you have to get out the door quickly or if you need an easy … Continue reading


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Vanilla Ice Cream

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Summer is in full swing and who doesn’t like an ice cream on a hot day? Thankfully, even those of us who do not eat dairy products, (whether due to allergy or if you are a vegan), can still enjoy ice cream. While I have had this in my arsenal for a while now, I have not been keeping this recipe to myself on purpose, rather trying to get it just right. While a lot of people work on one recipe over and over until they get it right, I do not. I only work on one when I want … Continue reading


Easy and Tasty Brussel Sprouts

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Every vegetable deserves a chance to shine. Today it is the mighty, little brussel sprouts turn! Basically a mini cabbage, the brussel sprout is a health boon boasting tons of vitamin A and C and beta carotene. They also contain protein and fiber. Sadly, they somehow get a bad rap. And I used to be one of those who wouldn’t eat them. But one thing I have learned about vegetables. It’s all about how you cook them. Cook them wrong and you will get a bad result. Cook them right and you will get a delicious vegetable. Follow the recipe … Continue reading

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Fruity Red Lentil Hot Breakfast Cereal

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Are you looking for a gluten free breakfast idea; an allergy friendly option for breakfast? Do you have a penchant for eating healthy? Maybe you like to skip grains, even gluten free ones, altogether. Or maybe you are a foodie who likes to try new things. Well, this hot breakfast cereal is for you. Don’t be scared off by the use the lentils (just make sure to use the red ones). It’s a wonderful way to make a grain free/gluten free hot breakfast cereal that is also high in protein. It is also dairy, egg, peanut, soy, sesame and tree … Continue reading


10 Office Supplies Every (Allergy Free) Kitchen Needs

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The following post first appeared on the blog My Life With Food Allergies where I am a contributor. If you have food allergies chances are you are cooking a lot. I found that there are ten office supplies I use frequently in my kitchen. 1. Three ring binders. These are perfect for storing all the recipes you print off of the internet. 2. Three ring binder dividers. These are the dividers with tabs sticking out. I use these to divide my binders into sections such as “main dishes,” “desserts,” etc. Buy more than you think you’ll need. It is easier … Continue reading


Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event Recap

Gluten Free Wellness Event

I attended the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event in St. Louis on Saturday. It was fun! There were speakers to listen to if you wished, and there were quite a few vendors there. Some I had heard of, but many I have not. We ate lots of samples…enough that we could skip lunch that day. Some of the standby companies were Enjoy Life and Udi’s. Just a few of the new products I found out about are the following: Freedom Foods. They recently came to The United States from Australia. All their products (cereals) are free from: gluten, nuts, … Continue reading

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