Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars are Wise to the Low-Sugar Trend

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Enlightened is currently the fastest-growing brand in the better-for-you ice cream industry, and they are setting a new pace with an expanded dairy-free line. They’ve just launched Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars in five flavors.

These vegan frozen dessert bars are crafted using an almond milk base to recreate the same texture and flavor as their dairy-free ice cream pints. Consistent with the brand’s commitment to certain nutritional aspects, each bar flavor is 100 calories or fewer, vegan, and gluten-free.

But use caution when purchasing these frozen desserts. The packaging of the dairy-free bars looks a lot like their regular, dairy ice cream bars.

Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars Review and Information - ingredients, availability, nutrition facts, and more for these vegan, gluten-free, low calorie frozen dessert bars

Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars are Wise to the Low-Sugar Trend

Each fanciful flavor is low in sugars, light in fat, and spiked with a little boost of fiber. It’s functional food that aims to satisfy dessert lovers. Did they succeed? When you try them, be sure to leave your own rating and review below!

Salted Caramel

Enlightened doubled down on a popular flavor, swirling this dairy-free salted caramel ice cream bar with a vegan caramel.

Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars Review and Information - ingredients, availability, nutrition facts, and more for these vegan, gluten-free, low calorie frozen dessert barsIngredients: almondmilk (almonds, water), tapioca syrup, non-gmo soluble corn fiber, erythritol, broad bean protein, coconut oil, cane sugar, natural flavor, tara gum, guar gum, carrageenan, salt, monk fruit extract, corn starch, molasses, malt extract, caramel color, pectin, sunflower lecithin Contains: almonds and coconut. Made in a facility that uses tree nuts and peanuts.*

Nutrition (per 79-gram bar): 90 calories, 2g fat, 22g carbs, 6g fiber, 5g sugars (plus 6g sugar alcohols), 3g protein.*

Mint Chip

I think it was a smart move going with mint. The mint-chocolate combination usually works in alternative type ice cream products.

Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars Review and Information - ingredients, availability, nutrition facts, and more for these vegan, gluten-free, low calorie frozen dessert barsIngredients: almondmilk (almonds, water), tapioca syrup, non-gmo soluble corn fiber, erythritol, broad bean protein, cane sugar, coconut oil, dutched cocoa, mint, natural flavor, tara gum, guar gum, carrageenan, salt, monk fruit extract, corn starch, sunflower oil, sunflower lecithin. Contains: almonds and coconut. Made in a facility that uses tree nuts and peanuts.*

Nutrition (per 79-gram bar): 90 calories, 3g fat, 21g carbs, 6g fiber, 5g sugars (plus 6g sugar alcohols), 3g protein.*

Peanut Butter & Jelly

In this bar, sweet peanut butter ice cream is contrasted with a tart raspberry swirl.

Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars Review and Information - ingredients, availability, nutrition facts, and more for these vegan, gluten-free, low calorie frozen dessert barsIngredients: almondmilk (almonds, water), tapioca syrup, non-gmo soluble corn fiber, erythritol, peanuts, broad bean protein, raspberry puree, cane sugar, vegetable glycerin, tara gum, guar gum, carrageenan, salt, monk fruit extract, lemon juice extract, natural flavor, pectin, natural color. Contains: almonds and peanuts. Made in a facility that uses tree nuts and peanuts.*

Nutrition (per 78-gram bar): 90 calories, 3g fat, 21g carbs, 6g fiber, 6g sugars (plus 6g sugar alcohols), 4g protein.*

Monkey Business

There’s nothing funny about vegan banana ice cream swirled with peanut butter and dotted with dairy-free chocolate chips

Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars Review and Information - ingredients, availability, nutrition facts, and more for these vegan, gluten-free, low calorie frozen dessert barsIngredients: almondmilk (almonds, water), tapioca syrup, non-gmo soluble corn fiber, erythritol, broad bean protein, bananas, peanuts, peanut oil, cane sugar, coconut oil, dutched cocoa, natural flavor, tara gum, guar gum, carrageenan, salt, monk fruit extract, corn starch, carob gum, sunflower oil, lemon juice extract, cinnamon, sunflower lecithin. Contains: almonds, coconut and peanuts. Made in a facility that uses tree nuts and peanuts.*

Nutrition (per 75-gram bar): 100 calories, 4.5g fat, 18g carbs, 5g fiber, 6g sugars (plus 5g sugar alcohols), 4g protein.*

Mocha Chip

Coffee lovers will eat up this combination of java and chocolate.

Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars Review and Information - ingredients, availability, nutrition facts, and more for these vegan, gluten-free, low calorie frozen dessert barsIngredients: almondmilk (almonds, water), tapioca syrup, non-gmo soluble corn fiber, erythritol, broad bean protein, coffee, cane sugar, coconut oil, dutched cocoa, tara gum, guar gum, carrageenan, salt, monk fruit extract, corn starch, sunflower oil, sunflower lecithin, natural flavor. Contains: almonds and coconut. Made in a facility that uses tree nuts and peanuts.*

Nutrition (per 79-gram bar): 90 calories, 3g fat, 21g carbs, 6g fiber, 5g sugars (plus 6g sugar alcohols), 3g protein.*

Allergen Note*

Their “may contain” statement only lists nuts and peanuts, but this product is certified kosher dairy. That means it’s probably made on shared equipment with dairy. Be sure to contact the company about their allergen processes if potential trace contamination with milk is a concern. Keep in mind that “may contain” statements are voluntary and unregulated.

More Facts on Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars

Price: $5.99 per 4-pack

Availability: Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars are popping up in the ice cream section of major U.S. grocers like Albertsons, Safeway, Big Y, HEB, Shoprite, Sprouts, and Weis.

Certifications: Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars are Certified Kosher D (for dairy equipment, not ingredients; see our Understanding Kosher Guide).

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*

For More Product Information: Visit the Enlightened website at eatenlightened.com.

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy. 

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Love the dairy free but hard to find with out chocolate

5.0 rating
July 29, 2019

I love the enlighten dairy free ice cream bars. My only problem is finding them . I am also allergic to chocolate so I can only have the Salted Carmel and the Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Can Someone please let me know where I can find these two.

Donna Errico

OMG! Salted Caramel!

5.0 rating
June 4, 2019

So good! Very impressive! I love these things, very tasty. Hits the spot!

M.A. McLemore

Mint bar

3.0 rating
June 3, 2019

I liked the mint but it has carrageenan so sadly not for me.

Cathie

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