Hey! We're Tyler and Katherine, the founders of Nora's
We live in Vancouver, BC with our lovable cat Nora, who inspired the name for our brand. Adopting Nora helped us make the connection that all animals deserve our respect and the right to live their lives free from harm - our ice cream is a tribute to her, and all animals!
Katherine is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for plant-based foods.
We make delicious ice cream that is dairy-free, gluten-free, and certified vegan
Nora's began in our home kitchen in Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC. After adopting a plant-based lifestyle, we quickly realized that we missed ice cream (duh). We tried every non-dairy ice cream we could get our hands on, but none of them could replicate the amazing taste and texture profile of dairy ice cream without a super coconutty taste or some questionable 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 home ice cream maker and started recipe testing. After 8 months, we finally had our perfect formulation, with house-made cashew milk as our magic ingredient.
To make amazing-tasting plant-based 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 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 (or more) 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 we use dairy in our products?
Many people avoid dairy because of health concerns. It’s been estimated that between 30 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; It's estimated that a dairy farm with 2500 cows produces an equivalent amount of waste to a city of 400,000 people. We're seriously concerned about the health of our planet and believe that choosing plant-based products is an effective way to lighten our environmental impact.
Did you know that a female cow has to be pregnant in order to make milk? 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 and sold for veal meat at a very young age. Frankly, we simply don't agree with this system from an animal ethics standpoint and feel that using plant-based milks to make our ice cream is the kinder choice.
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?