Product review: best nutritious frozen dessert

I’m going to be reviewing my favorite products in the coming weeks, things people ask me about that I recommend–with links on where to get them, where possible.  Today you just have to know about the BEST, HIGH-NUTRITION FROZEN NON-DAIRY DESSERT for ice cream lovers.

I’ve been under a lot of stress lately because of a major life event/change.   So friends have been showing up on my porch, treats in hand.   (They know me, though, so they’re healthful treats!)   Yesterday was my favorite–”ice cream” made from coconut milk!

In the name of science, today I went to my local health food store and bought both brands to compare.   WOW, this stuff is so amazing.   And now I must brace myself that local GSG.com readers will make a run for it and it will disappear from The Good Earth–like the young coconuts from my Asian place, and the sweet potato sticks from Costco (now discontinued).   Good thing I love you guys.   (I’d stock up in advance of the run, if my freezer weren’t newly packed with beet greens and peaches and bottles of homemade pesto!)

This coconut-milk ice cream is the best in terms of nutrition, because it’s just organic coconut milk, organic agave, and cocoa–short, simple ingredient list.  Much better than soy frozen desserts or even Rice Dream (still processed).

PURELY DECADENT by Turtle Mountain.   It’s the better option in two ways: it’s cheaper by about $1, and lower in calories. (Eat the whole pint? Only 600 calories compared to 840 for the other brand.)   Please note that you should buy the ones that say “Made With Coconut Milk”–this company also makes a soy-based frozen dessert with about 4x as many ingredients.

COCONUT BLISS.  It’s the better option in two ways: it uses organic, free-trade chocolate (rather than the other brand’s alkali-extracted cocoa), and it’s creamier.

Yes, I did eat the whole pint yesterday.   And today, I ate half of both pints.   (I had to sacrifice.   For science, you understand.)   No heavy, bloated, undigested feeling like I would get if I ate ice cream.

Anybody have a favorite nutrition product you’ve discovered that you’re excited about?   Share!

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  1. I like to have Larabars in my purse or car in case i get hungry and can’t get to any good raw food. This bar is fruit and nuts. Usually dates and different nuts. This is what Larabar has to say about their product. They have many flavors and are delicious! Here is their website: http://www.larabar.com

    Super Target, whole foods and health stores sell them.

    LÄRABAR is a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices – energy in its purest form. Made from 100% whole food, each flavor contains no more than six ingredients. Pure and simple, just as nature intended.

    1 SERVING OF FRUIT   *   NO ADDED SUGAR   *   UNPROCESSED

    RAW   *   NON- GMO   *   GLUTEN FREE   *   DAIRY FREE   *   SOY FREE

    VEGAN   *   KOSHER

     

    LÄRABAR REAL.

    Sweet with no added sweeteners. Sustaining with no added fillers, supplements or flavorings.  LÄRABAR is what your body needs – real, whole food loaded with nature’s own minerals and vitamins.

     

    LÄRABAR RIGHT.

    All of the vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, good carbohydrates and healthy fats are derived exclusively from the whole, raw food used to make LÄRABAR.

     

    LÄRABAR RAW.

    Uncooked and Unprocessed. The essential enzymes, which are necessary for the digestion and utilization of nutrients, remain completely intact in their most natural, powerful state. A diet abundant in raw, unprocessed foods is important for health and longevity.

  2. I met Lara about five years ago. I used to lease a biophotonic scanner (developed at the University of Utah) and travel all over the U.S. with it. I was scanning people for their carotenoid antioxidant level, in a chiropractor’s office in Denver all day.

    Lara is lovely and was the high score of the day–above the 99th percentile. She practices what she preaches and is a raw foodie, an enthusiastic promoter of delicious whole foods. I was so disappointed when cases of Larabars (one of my favorites, too) were pulled from Costco after being offered there for a short time. My favorite is “Cherry Pie,” which is mostly sour cherries and walnuts, yum. It is NOT easy to offer packaged, mass-marketed whole foods that have integrity, because the shelf life is so short. Kudos to Lara for her energy, commitment, and passion.

    –Robyn

  3. Jill, thank you so much–I’m moved by your kindness. It’s not a happy change, and it makes my focus on health that much more important. (It is not a health problem I’m dealing with, incidentally.) We have a tendency to care less about nutrition when something else in life goes wrong–and that’s just when we need the support most. When I can get to a place to be able to talk about it, I’m sure I’ll do a little “self-disclosure” here. 🙂

    Robyn

  4. Hi! I read your site every day, but the first time I’m commenting. I love the Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream. It’s the only kind I’ve found in my area. I was able to try 3 flavors: Coconut, Chocolate, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I love the first 2 flavors, but I don’t care for the Cookie Dough. I could taste the processed ingredients. And I agree with you Robin, I don’t feel bloated from eating it. I love the Lara Bars, too! I like them all, but Cherry Pie and the Cashew Cookie are my favorites!

    I want to thank you, Robin! You were my inspiration to the healthy road I’m on. My boyfriend ordered a Blendtec, and I found your site, and purchased your recipes. I started with your green smoothies, and started adding more salads. Our bodies kept craving better and better foods. Now, a year later, we eat mostly raw, plant based food. I use a little cheese on my salads, like a condiment, and a maybe, once a week, I have a decaf coffee, with cream. We have fish about once or twice a month. We want to keep flesh to about 5% of our diets, like you quote from The China Study. I have lost about 25 pounds almost effortlessly, and I have never felt better. Thanks for keeping your site so great!!

    Tammy

  5. The cookie dough one isn’t the coconut milk stuff. It’s the same brand, right next to the good stuff, but it has a bazillion ingredients, not all of them good. (It’s cookie dough, right, so clearly a lot of bad stuff has to go into that.) I believe that one is soy based. So be careful when you go to buy them, everyone–the soy stuff is right next to the ones made with coconut milk.

    By the way, I tried the chocolate and dark chocolate from those two brands I reviewed, and the taste was about the same except that the one was much creamier. Chocolate’s the only thing I tried. The coconut-milk product has only a few, basic flavors. (Oreos, for instance, no matter how many ingredients are “organic,” are just not going to land in any frozen dessert with only whole-food ingredients.)

    Tammy, I’m so glad you said that. When the focus is on health, the pounds come off without deprivation or real “effort!” Congrats to you!

    Robyn

  6. Ha ha! You’re always ahead of me, Brenna! You, Katie, Elaine, Heather, and others. I would love to have you guys in my town–or at least get to meet y’all! Wanna take over this site when I’m on vacation? 😉

    Robyn

  7. Re weight loss – I have lost about 20 lbs in the last 3.5 months – totally effortlessly!!! And I eat a lot (raw of course). Plus I havent started to work out seriously. Used to be a jock – marathon runner, instructor at the Y etc. and somehow packed it on over the last 15 years. Maybe daily swims in the local pond helps. And staying away from potatoes, bread and pasta. Havent touched tea or coffee in the last few months either. Love Larabars – bought a giant box of them from Costco recently. yummy snacks.

    Enough about me – I too am worried about our Robyn. My brain is doing somersaults. I wish we could be a source of comfort to you, Robyn. I will zip up and wait until you are ready. Until then I wish you and your family well.

  8. 🙂 I wish I lived closer to you so I could get in on all those co-op deals! And since I’m still eating dairy & soy (& corn & wheat & nut) free for my nursling, I’m always on the prowl for fun treats! I’ve tried the coconut milk yogurt, too, and it’s yum! Great for smoothies 🙂 I’ve also been making my own coconut milk ice cream in the ice cream maker. See my blog for recipes 🙂

  9. One more way you’re ahead of me, because I was going to figure out how to make that coconut-milk ice cream from scratch! (I think I’m too lazy to use an ice cream maker, though.)

    Watch the blog, ’cause in the next couple of days, I’ll announce that the raw almond group buy I’m about to do is open to the whole U.S.!

  10. That’s what I was going to do, too–except I might try putting the ice cubes through the Champion Juicer with the blank plate on. (Only problem with that is that some people don’t have a juicer, when I go to post the recipe. Or a BlendTec, but I advocate for the BlendTec being your #1 most important purchase, of course).

  11. I was at Yosemite National Park today enjoying the beautiful day and the unbelievable beauty of the park. We were about 75 miles away when we decided to go this morning and didn’t plan anything.

    WELL, we were starving at lunch time and went to the fast food place in the park village and got a SAD lunch and sat down in the sunshine to eat. On the table it said, (in more than one language)

    (I am paraphrasing) Please do not feed any wildlife, they become ill eating salt , fat and preservatives . They gain weight, lose their hair and become dependent on the salt, fat and preservatives.

    After we whooped with laughter, we left most of our SAD lunch and said “Yeah, us too”.

  12. Experiement #1 with the coconut ice cream didn’t work so well. I started with 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/3 c. agave, 6 cubes frozen coconut milk, and a cup or two of ice. Was gritty. Added 2 T. heavy cream, didn’t help texture. Became watery. Remembered that hillbillyhousewife.com uses cooking spray in her ice-cream free “magic milk shakes”, so I added 1/2 t. lecithin to the mix, but that didn’t help the mouth feel much. Finally added 1/2 a frozen banana which helped immensely with the mouth feel, but added banana flavor. Added 1 T. more each cocoa and agave, which came out better, but I still tasted the banana. Should’ve tried avocado and didn’t think of that until too late. Was shake-like, so I froze the result in popsicle molds.

    I wil try again soon, refuse to be beaten by a blender!

  13. Thanks for blogging your experiment so any of the rest of us start at a higher place! That’s pretty much what I was going to do, although I am also thinking of getting out my ice cream maker (wedding gift 20 yrs. ago, never used, in the basement somewhere) after getting mocked for saying that’s too hard for me 😉 and also using the homogenizing plate on the Champion Juicer. (I hate using the juicer though because it’s messy to clean up.)

    Did you use coconut MILK from the can? Or coconut liquid straight from the coconut? Because I believe the ingredient in the stuff you buy is MILK (higher in fat). I know it is, actually, but sometimes I wonder if we’re all using the same terms, when I read recipes with all the different coconut products.

  14. I just bought the chocolate Purely Decadent ice cream today at whole foods. WOW, is that delicious! Thanks Robyn for turning me unto this wonderful treat! I’m going to tell all my friends about this. I’m lactose intolerant so this is perfect for me.

  15. Last night I dug out the never-used, 20-year-old ice-cream maker (wedding gift) from the basement. I tried to make this “ice cream,” and was successful at getting the taste just right, but unsuccessful in actually getting it frozen! We ran out of regular refined salt with less than half of what we needed, so maybe that was why–the temp didn’t get cold enough? (I refused to use my sea salt.) Will buy more salt and try again.

    Ingredients as follows if anyone beats me to trying this again:

    1 can coconut milk

    1/2 cup agave

    1/4 cup powdered raw chocolate (you could use cocoa powder)

    1/8 tsp. salt

  16. That’s what I did. But of course then it freezes like an ice cube–no creamy texture. I bought ice-cream maker ice today, so I’ll try it again!

    Robyn

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