I’ve had vegan ice creams made with everything from soy to bananas to cashews, but oat-based ice cream was a new one for me. Also, it was freaking delicious!
I am still off of the added sugar train right now, but I’m not being a total purist about this thing. At my baby shower, I ate a cupcake from Dulce Vegan, and if there are vegan dessert samples at the grocery store, I’ll still try them out. A little taste surely won’t hurt this babe, especially at this point, right?
When I was at Whole Foods a few weeks ago, there was a rep from WayFare Foods handing out samples of their vegan ice cream. It wasn’t until after I tried their Vermont Maple and the Blueberry Cream flavors that I thought to ask what the base was made of. I was pretty surprised to discover that this creamy, rich ice cream had oats as the base!
I only had a little taste of each flavor, but I was super impressed! The Vermont Maple was hands down my favorite – rich, mapley, and totally decadent. I’d love to serve up a bowl covered in toasted, crushed pecans. It’s definitely on my to-eat list once this baby gets here!
I was also pretty impressed with the ingredients list! Here’s the whole shebang (for all 5 flavors) from their website:
INGREDIENTS: WAYFARE DAIRY FREE ICE CREAM BASE (PREPARED OATMEAL [WATER, OATS]), ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, VEGETABLE OIL BLEND (SAFFLOWER AND COCONUT), CALCIUM CARBONATE, WAYFARE NATURAL VEGAN FLAVORS, SEA SALT, TARA BEAN GUM. (VANILLA : VANILLA EXTRACT), (CHOCOLATE: DUTCH PROCESSED COCOA, VANILLA EXTRACT), (LEMON: LEMON JUICE, NATURAL COLORS), (BLUEBERRY: BLUEBERRIES, NATURAL COLORS), (VT MAPLE: VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP)
From what I can tell, none of these ingredients are GMOs, and there are only a couple of things there that you probably wouldn’t have in your own kitchen. Even those couple – tara bean gum and calcium carbonate – don’t seem very scary.
After perusing their site, it looks like WayFare has some other vegan dairy substitutes. Have any of you guys tried them? Are they as impressive as the ice cream?
Image Credit: Photo via WayFare blog