5 gluten-free toppings for your favorite ice cream

There are so many great quality ice creams out there that we are spoiled for choice. But even if you’re shopping on a budget for your ice cream treats, you can still crank up the flavor by adding delicious toppings to your ice cream dish, and I’m going to share with you some of my wonderful gluten-free favourites.


Gelato vs ice cream


First thing’s first though: gelato or ice cream. Is there a difference?


There is, actually. Gelato is the official Italian term for ice cream, but making it is a slower process than the traditional American treat we know and love. The Italians favour using whole milk rather than cream (giving gelato a lower fat content) and churn gelato at a slower pace than our traditional ice cream. This leaves gelato with less air in the mixture, and therefore offers a more intense flavor.


Ice cream has a more custard-like base, using heavier cream and also eggs.


gelato vs ice cream


Nut brittle


A workout for the teeth (though sadly not for the abs), a crunchy nut brittle topping adds sweet depth to the flavor of your ice cream as well as a contrasting hard texture.


We’ve all seen manufactured nut brittle neatly packaged and sold in candy stores, but don’t be fooled; it’s super easy to make at home with 3 basic ingredients…


nut brittle



2 handfuls nuts of your choice (almonds and hazelnuts are best blanched to remove the skin. You can buy them ready blanched or you can do this yourself. To blanch the nuts, put them in a bowl of very hot water for about a minute, then cool them rapidly by running them under cold water in a sieve or colander. Rub off the skin, which should now come off easily.)

¼ cup white granulated sugar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter



Take a non-stick skillet and add the nuts, sugar and butter.

Heat over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often so that the mixture doesn’t burn (especially towards the end).  

When the sugar mixture starts melting, stir constantly until all the sugar is melted and the nuts are coated.

Allow to cool and roughly chop or grind more finely if you prefer, and sprinkle over your chosen ice cream flavor for sweet, nutty deliciousness.


Hot chocolate fudge sauce


bittersweet chocolate


When you are in need of a treat, or have guests to impress, nothing beats a glistening river of hot chocolate fudge sauce.



1 cup heavy cream

1 tbsp brandy

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon light corn syrup



Pour the cream and brandy into a saucepan and heat until almost boiling.

Add the chocolate, syrup and butter and stir until the chocolate has melted and the sauce is smooth and glossy.

Pour over your bowl of ice cream and enjoy! Of course, you could also add a sprinkle of the candied nuts (see above) for extra yumminess.


Berry compote


berry compote


A great and easy way to create a fresh and vibrant topping for your ice cream is to make a lovely berry sauce – it looks so good poured over vanilla ice cream.



8 ounce bag of frozen berries

1/2 tsp confectioners sugar (or more if berries are very tart)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Zest of 1/2 lemon



Pour the frozen berries into a saucepan over a medium heat.

Sprinkle the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest over the berries and stir.

Cook the mixture down gently until it reaches a sauce-like consistency.

Allow to cool and pour over your ice cream.


Cookie crumbles



I just love the texture of cookies crumbled over ice cream, and it just seems so decadent!

My favourite for this purpose would be my white chocolate chunk chocolate cookies, which go well with ice cream and can easily be made using the recipe I’ve linked to.


Going all-out? Sandwich chocolate ice cream between 2 cookies. Simply heavenly!


When you’d rather finish with coffee


When you want to finish your meal stylishly, with a dessert and a coffee combined, the most wonderful way is to do as the Italians do and make affogato.

You need to make enough espresso coffee for 4 little after-dinner coffee cups. Then put the ice cream into 4 dessert glasses or cups. Drown (the literal meaning of affogato) each with the coffee and serve while warm and melting. It takes around 10 minutes to make, and is great when you don’t want a dessert that’s too sweet.


I really hope you have fun trying out these toppings and share your creations with me on Instagram. If you have some great ideas for gluten-free ice cream toppings, then share those with me too!

Caroline Byron

Homemade Herbal Teas For Health And Healing

The humble herb has hundreds of uses: medicinal cures for many different ailments, as natural beauty products, to make drinks infinitely more fragrant and, of course, as a key source of flavor in our food.

A truly healing cup of goodness can be found when brewing select herbs into tea. Drinking specific teas can improve everything from your gut health to your mood, and I’ve been experimenting with some life-changing concoctions of my very own…




Herbal teas can be a great substitute if you’re avoiding caffeine, and can be used as a digestive aid, to help sleeplessness and even weight loss. I’m going to share with you a few simple recipes for some of my favorite teas:


Peppermint iced tea


This is such a refreshing summer drink, I’m certain you’ll love it!





30 fresh, slightly crushed peppermint leaves or 5 peppermint tea bags

¼ cup sugar

½ lemon, sliced

Handful of mint leaves for serving



Boil a quart of filtered water with your 30 peppermint leaves or 5 peppermint tea bags. Allow to steep for 10 minutes and for the water to cool slightly.

Pour the brewed tea into a serving pitcher.

Add sugar and lemon slices, and swirl in the remaining mint leaves.

Continue stirring gently to dissolve the sugar.

When sugar is dissolved, add 2 cups cold filtered water to fill and to taste.


Green energy tea


Green tea


Green tea has long been said to have a wide range of health benefits and it has more antioxidants and flavonoids than ordinary black tea. This energy booster can be a real pick-me-up drink when you reach that afternoon slump and need reviving!



1/2 teaspoon loose green tea leaves

1 teaspoon rosemary

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Honey (optional)



Add green tea leaves, rosemary and nutmeg to 8 ounces filtered, boiled and slightly cooled water in a teapot, infuser or large mug.

Steep for 5 minutes or to taste.

Add honey to sweeten if liked.


Dandelion tea


I’m including my Dandelion tea recipe here because it is an amazing all-natural tonic that helps to detoxify the entire body.  It supports liver and kidney function, as well as aiding digestion. It’s also a natural diuretic, so it’s perfect for helping you to recover from over-indulgence and its bloating effects.


Dandelion tea


While you can use freshly picked dandelions, I recommend buying pre-picked and dried dandelion leaves – available at health-food stores such as Whole Foods – which can be brewed just like a traditional herbal tea in muslin bags. I love making a big pot of this and keeping it in a jug in the fridge for sipping throughout the week.



4 bags dandelion tea

Juice of 3 lemons

¼ cup cranberry juice

23 tbsp honey



Bring 2 cups of water to the boil.

Add the dandelion teabags and allow to brew. The longer you brew the tea, the more powerful it is.

While the water is warm, melt in the honey.

Add the lemon juice, cranberry juice and additional water to taste.

Stir to combine. Enjoy this tea warm or chilled.


Are you trying one of my herbal teas, or have a recipe of your own to share? Tag me into it on Instagram!