Saying good-bye to dairy nearly nine years ago was difficult, but so worth it. My health drastically improved from this change. But saying good-bye to ice cream was honestly difficult. I mean, hasn't ice cream been in you're life forever? It's a part of our childhood and our memories. For me, special memories of summer, my grandpa, friends...a simpler time. It's a treat enjoyed by children and adults alike and something that weaves a bond of love and tradition between us. But going dairy free doesn't mean missing out on delicious ice cream - no ma'am. In fact, it means a world of delicious healthy alternatives is wide open.
Just in time for summer, Danielle, from Blue Mountain Organics, contacted me and asked if I would review some of their cashew based ice creams. Below you'll find our thoughts and opinions on 4 of their ice cream flavors. (Please note, we were not paid for our personal comments).
Blue Mountain Cashew Creamery makes a variety of cashew-based ice creams made with the highest quality organic ingredients available - made with organic raw superfoods!
Strawberry was my favorite flavor
(in fact, I'm eating some as I type this review).
The first thing I noticed about their ice cream was the texture. It's like nothing else I've experienced. Velvety is what comes to mind. In looking at the ingredients I saw they add shea butter. This is new to me in food, but it makes perfect sense and yields a luscious, creamy texture. The color is darker than most strawberry ice creams (not a bright red color), but don't let this put you off. This is packed with berry flavor. My daughter also likes this one. She said it tastes like gelato.
Mango was my son's favorite flavor. The first thing he said when he took a bite was, "Yummy, sooo good Mommy."
The mango has great color and a distinct mango flavor with hints of pineapple. Very refreshing with a tropical feel.
My daughter had the flu last week and wasn't interested in eating much, but she gobbled down this ice cream. I felt great giving her this healing, raw superfood. It was the perfect balance of nutrition and calories while she was healing.
My husband went a little nuts for the mint cacao chip.
To quote him:
"This was one of the most delicious ice creams! I'm so impressed with the creamy texture and the mint flavor. I also love these cacao nibs (what are these?). I can NOT tell this is cashews based, WOW - this honestly tastes just like traditional ice cream." He was equally impressed with the ingredients, stating, "I can't believe something so tasty is so good for me."
The final ice cream is chocolate.
In general, chocolate isn't my favorite flavor of ice cream. I don't crave chocolate like my husband, so one night I had another bowl of mango and my husband had a bowl the chocolate (and raved about it). But he's a huge chocoholic, so of course he loved it. But the next day I was craving something during afternoon snack time (something rich), and I remembered this ice cream I thought I would give it a try....
Let's just say I didn't even get a chance to put it in a bowl. I devoured it like a maniac right out of the carton. It was amazing. I've never tasted chocolate ice cream like this. Again, the texture is like none other, soft and creamy. It's not overly sweet which I appreciate, and the chocolate flavor is deep and rich (you can tell it's real chocolate). It's a superb dessert.
When my husband went for some more chocolate ice cream that night I gently told him it was gone, and he sadly walked away from the freezer (and I wasn't at all sorry I finished it off...okay, maybe a little).
I'm very particular about what products I share and what companies I promote here on The Tasty Alternative, and I can tell you this company is special with superior products. In additional to their cashew cream, they also offer other healthy, delicious foods, such as: raw desserts and snacks, raw and sprouted seeds and nut butters, & grains/ cereals/sprouted flours.
Blue Mountain Organics is offering my readers 10% of their order with the code: "BLOG"
Please take advantage of this discount!
Click here to browse their many fabulous products, and to place your order.
Note: If you're ordering the cashew cream, it will be sent to you in a Styrofoam box with dry ice. Danielle from Blue Mountain Organics informed me that you can send back the Styrofoam box (at your own expense) so it can be reused. I sent mine back!
Blue Mountain Organics
1011 Floyd HWY North
Floyd, Va 24091
1011 Floyd HWY North
Floyd, Va 24091
Thank you and happy summer!