First up, what actually IS lactose intolerance? It’s essentially a digestive problem where the body is unable to digest lactose, a naturally occurring sugar present in animal milks. This must mean a lot of our favourite foods including chocolate, ice cream and yoghurt are pretty much off the menu right? Not with this delicious lot! And even if your tummy can tolerate lactose, these are all way too scrumptious to miss out on.
Ombar 72% Cacao 35g, £1.99, www.ombar.co.uk
Made with raw cacao, coconut sugar, cacao butter and live cultures (hello happy gut), Ombar honesty satisfies all chocolate cravings. Ombar are also ethical, claiming that they work closely with suppliers to ensure everyone, from farmers to exporters, are compensated fairly. We love.
The ‘Ice Cream’
Co fro Frozen Dessert Natural 500ml, £5.29, Ocado
Not technically ice cream of course, this is the UK’s first ever coconut based, paleo, frozen yoghurt and oh wow, does it taste good. Like, really good. The brains behind this beautiful tub of healthy, tasty joy? None other than @londonpaleogirl, Tessa Seward. You don’t need sugar-laden, artificial ice-cream when this exists. Free from dairy, gluten, refined sugar, soya, grains and nuts, there’s nothing stopping you from having a spoonful with breakfast. Just us?
Nush Almond Milk Yoghurt 125g, £2, Ocado
Dollop on granola, add to smoothies or just eat straight out the tub. This nutty yog is made with the most sustainable almonds in the world. It’s also gluten, soya and preservative free and tastes blooming fantastic. The banoffee is a must-try but the natural flavour hits the spot just as much.
THE SUPERFOOD SHARE BAG
Doisy & Dam Maple, Toasted Rice & Pink Salt Superfood Snaps 100g, £2.75, Sainsbury’s
Chocolate gets healthy AND kind with D&D’s new bag of chocolate chunky bits, which are great for sharing. Oh and melting in cups of tea too. Made from dairy free dark chocolate, Canadian maple syrup, Himalayan pink salt and crunchy, toasted rice, we don’t actually blame you if you don’t want to share.
THE CHOCOLATE MYLK
Oatly chocolate Oat Drink 250ml, £1.50, Independent health food stores
Sorry, who said lactose intolerance meant turning your back on a milky drink of dreams? Made with oat mylk and cocoa powder, it won’t go giving your tummy any grief plus it contains fibre to help keep your gut in check.
THE CREAMY FRIDAY NIGHT DRINK
Bailey’s Almande 700ml, £20, all major retailers
You thought Bailey’s was off the menu now, didn’t you? No, no, no. You’re so wrong. It tastes as good as the original, but it’s made with crushed almonds and vanilla, making it gluten, vegan and lactose free. Happy days!