You can buy some pretty good dairy free ice-creams but many have fructose syrup in them which makes them unsuitable for anyone following the FODMAP diet plan. Instead buy yourself a very cheap ice cream maker and keep the bowl in the freezer ready for use, you can then whip up delicious FODMAP -friendly ice cream and sorbets in minutes. This recipe uses low fat natural yoghurt which many people with IBS can tolerate as most of the milk sugars (lactose) are broken down by the fermentation process. If you find any dairy irritates your digestive system you could try using a non-diary yoghurt, just make sure it is not sweetened with fructose syrup, honey, agave or artificial sweeteners.
500g low fat natural yoghurt
5 tbsp icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
1tsp vanilla extract
Mix together the yoghurt, sugar and vanilla extract. Taste to check flavour and add more sugar or vanilla if required.
Pour into ice cream maker and churn until it reaches desired consistency. Try not to eat all at once!
Double chocolate chip - add 2T cocoa (dutch process) and 20g grated dark chocolate (check it is dairy-free, most premium 70% cocoa solids bars are)
Lemon meringue - add zest and juice of one lemon. Serve sprinkled with crushed meringues
Coffee and hazelnut - add 1tsp hazelnut flavouring, 150ml hazelnut milk and 1 shot of espressso