We make delicious ice cream that is dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.
Nora's began in our home kitchen in Vancouver, BC. After eliminating dairy from our diets, we quickly realized that we missed ice cream (duh). We tried many non-dairy ice creams from our local grocery store, but none of them could replicate the amazing taste and texture profile of dairy ice cream without a coconutty taste or weird ingredients (looking at you, corn syrup solids).
We knew we couldn't be the only people facing this issue, so we invested in a tiny Cuisinart home ice cream maker and started recipe testing. Fast-forward 8 months and we had our perfect formulation, with house-made cashew milk as our magic ingredient. We couldn't be happier or more excited to share our ice cream with you!
To make amazing-tasting ice cream that is better for you, for animals, and for the planet, no compromise required.
What is plant-based ice cream?
Plant-based ice cream is ice cream that is completely egg- and dairy-free, made with no animal products whatsoever. Our ice cream base is made up of a unique blend of coconut milk and house-made cashew milk. The healthy fats from these plant milks lend themselves wonderfully to a creamy texture that's just as delicious as dairy ice cream.
Our ice creams are made in small batches using only the purest, wholesome, plant-based ingredients. We blend our own cashew milk to ensure the highest quality possible.
Why don't you want to use dairy?
There are a few reasons why we don't use dairy:
Many people avoid dairy because of health concerns. It’s been estimated that 30 million to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, and dairy is the most common self-reported allergy on the planet. Also, since dairy comes from pregnant cows, it contains significant levels of naturally-occurring sex hormones like estrogen, and has been connected to a host of issues in your body such as inflammation, mood swings, acne, and even some forms of cancer.
Put simply, dairy is not a planet-friendly product. Studies have shown that 683 gallons of water are needed needed to sustain a cow in order to produce a single gallon of milk. Cows also breathe and burp all day, which releases harmful methane gas into our atmosphere, and they produce a lot of waste.
Did you know that a female cow has to be pregnant in order to make milk? In order to keep the cows producing milk, they are forced to be pregnant nearly all year-round, and their calves are taken from them within hours or days of birth so that their milk can be used for human consumption. Male calves are of no use to the dairy industry, so they are housed in isolation in 'veal crates' and sold for veal meat at a very young age (from a few days old to a few months old).
The bottom line is - If we can enjoy a rich, decadent creamy ice cream without the ethical, environmental and health issues that come along with dairy - why wouldn't we?