As you know, both of my boys are dairy free. It’s become habit of what things Freddie can/can’t eat and we tend to stick to the same things. However this can lack such variety and spontaneity that I used like to add to our family meals.
That’s why when I was approached by Ciao Gusto I was SO exited to give Freddie (and us) some lovely dairy free items from Italy. We LURVE Italian food and luckily you can snaffle all your favourite authentic Italian food and drink with the arrival of Ciao Gusto at Ocado. For the first time, a simple tab brings together over 30 of Italy’s most popular brands, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for – and discover new and exciting ingredients – in just one click.
Brands include familiar names such as Valsoia, Ponti, Barilla, Cirio, Lavazza, ,Santa Rosa and Riso Gallo as well as lots of exciting products new to the UK.
For a quick midweek evening meal I made meatballs in a creamy sauce made with tinned tomatoes, salami and onions.
I made this luxuriously creamy with Valsoia Oat cream. I always used to add cream to tomato based sauces to take out the harshness but we stopped this due to the milk allergy. However the oat cream was the perfect consistency and smooth tasting alternative.
Freddie absolutely adored it and he had the rest of the left over oat cream in his bed time oat milk drink with some Valsoia chocolate spread to make it the most velvety dairy free hot chocolate EVER!
Oh yes.. that’s right. Dairy free chocolate hazelnut spread. It’s absolute heaven on a spoon.
We have it spread on bread as a snack or you can try it as we did and bling up a dessert such as Valsoia Cherry ice cream for a super speedy after school dairy free pudding.
The ice cream is perfect, soft, creamy and delightful..you wouldn’t be able to tell at all that this is dairy free, it’s amazing. The Cherry flavour is so so good too!
I made Freddie a super quick pudding by using three scoops of ice cream and a dollop of the chocolate spread on top. Done!
I am so happy for Freddie that he has some new found variety, it’s horrible to have to say no so many times to such a little boy because of his milk allergy. As you can see he enjoyed them very much, as we all did as a family. The pizza is next on
Mummys Freddie’s menu. I’m
sure it won’t be long before Dexter is tucking in aswell!
This is a collaborative post with Ciao Gusto in return for an honest review of products.