6 Healthy Ice Cream Spots In Sydney
- Mums & Bubs
By Melissa Fine, ellaslist
Sounds like an oxymoron, but healthy ice cream is a thing! Have your dessert and eat it too at one (or two!) of these health conscious ice cream joints - sans the dairy and the sugar headache.
1. Pepitas, Northern Beaches
Driving through the Northern Beaches Wednesday through Sunday, Pepitas serves up their artisanal VEGAN ice cream - from a too-cute pastel green kombi van! You can make sure you don't miss out on their made-from-scratch dairy free, gluten free ice cream (in flavours like Early Grey cashew-based ice cream, and Chocolate Sorbet) by checking out their GPS tracker on the Pepita's Facebook page.
2. Gelato Blue, Newtown
Famous for their non-dairy, coconut milk artisan gelato, everything at Gelato Blue is vegan, although many customers aren't even aware of this. With 'planet friendly' flavours like Mint Choc Chip, Passionfruit Cheesecake and Pannacotta (drool!), even non-vegans will be happy here...the only hard part will be choosing a flavour - or two!
3. Cocowhip, Around Sydney
Soft serve done differently, Gold Coast-born Cocowhip is made from coconut water, probiotic-rich 'organic coconut bio-fermented coconut powder', and plant-derived stabilisers...so it's healthy enough to have for breakfast! It's sweetened with xylitol, a plant-derived sweetener that's lower in calories than sugar, and cafes serving the stuff like to pimp it up with fun wholefood toppings - think raw chocolate, fresh fruit and date 'caramel'. You'll find Cocowhip at locations all around Sydney, including Girdlers Dee Why, Dr Earth Newtown and Hugh Jackman's favourite cafe, Speedo's in Bondi. Click here to find a Cocowhip supplier near you.
4. Chacha's, Bondi Beach
Cha cha over to Chacha's on Bondi's Hall St/health food mecca for cashew-based 'ice cream' in countless unique flavours like Turmeric, and Miso Caramel - a crowd favourite. Acai Soft Serve Bowls and DIY 'Magnums' are also on the menu, and all the ice cream here is sweetened with fruit and rice malt - a better-for-you, fructose free sweetener. It's on the pricier side, but healthy and filling enough to eat for a lunch treat after a morning at the beach. It's pretty rich too, so you could even share a cup with the kids...or not!
5. Vegan's Choice, Newtown
This dessert parlour is a vegan and lactose intolerant's heaven, with everything from the ice cream to all the baked goods on offer being 100% plant-based. There are plenty gluten free options too (down to the ice cream cones), and the homemade tofu ice cream (don't knock it till you try it!) is sure to hit the spot, and comes in unique flavours like Black Sesame.
6. Nalini's, Bondi Junction
Chacha's sister restaurant, Nalini's 100% gluten free and probiotic-themed, gut-loving menu includes two soft cashew-based serve varieties, which the creamy, dreamy flavours changing daily.
Don't Forget Your Nearest Supermarket
Woolies, Coles and independent supermarkets are increasingly meeting consumer demand for quality dairy free and gluten free desserts. Relatively new to the market are ice cream brands Over The Moo (read: coconut milk-based ice cream; the We're Mint To Be and I Fell For Caramel are heavenly), and vegan choccie brand Pana's Organic Dairy Free Ice Cream - find it at Coles in Vanilla Bean, Mint Choc Chip (an ellaslist fave) and Salted Caramel. You can totally have your ice cream and eat it too with this magical stuff.
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