I recently found out I have a mild dairy intolerance (go figure I just so happen to live in the dairyest of all states- Wisconsin). This is very sad news for me, as I am a huge lover off all things dairy: milk, delicious Wisconsin cheese and Culvers frozen custard all being at the top of my list. But, in an effort to improve my health I have decided to eliminate dairy in all shapes and forms for the next month, and decide then if it is really worth all the trouble.

Here's what I've come up with.


Banana Soft Serve

So apparently people are making ice cream out of all sorts of crazy things these days! This soft serve is super simple to make, and it's so versatile! You can mix and match ingredients for a ton of different flavors. Is it as good as Culvers? Pretty damn close (and a whole lot cheaper!). 


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a small amount of almond/coconut milk  (not necessary, but it can make a creamier custard)

Extras: cocoa powder, peanut butter, strawberries, mint extract, chocolate chips, walnuts, honey, caramel....anything you could want in your custard


Blend the frozen banana and almond milk until creamy. Add whatever toppings you like and serve!
*Note: If you prefer a thicker, more ice-cream like consistency, you can stick it in the freezer after blending for 30-60 minutes.


Dairy Free Milkshake


2/3 cup milk of choice (you can try canned coconut milk for a thicker shake)

1 frozen banana or 1/2 cup of your favorite dairy-free ice cream

1/4 tsp (or less) baking soda

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Optional: pinch of stevia or sugar. I find it sweet enough without it, but your tastes may vary.

Mix the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Mix and match your ingredients; add cinnamon for a snickerdoodle shake, cocoa powder for chocolate or mint extract and some mini chocolate chips for a mint chip shake!


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1.5 tbsp cocoa powder

3 tbsp whole wheat or gluten free flour

pinch of salt

2 tsp sugar or a few pinches of stevia

1/4 tsp baking powder

2-3 tsp coconut or vegetable oil

3 tbsp almond/coconut milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Add liquid, stir then transfer to a large mug or microwave safe bowl. Microwave 30 to 40 seconds. Add your choice of topping (or eat as is!) and enjoy!


Dairy Free Hot Chocolate


1 cup almond or coconut milk

Optional: an additional 1/3 cup full-fat canned coconut milk for a creamier texture

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp sugar or a few pinches of stevia.


Combine all the ingredients and stir. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.  Sip and enjoy!