This Low FODMAP Frozen Peppermint Bûche de Noël began life as a recipe that I developed for Bon Appetit magazineand it is so much fun, and so delicious, that I gave it a FODMAP makeover. A tender cocoa cake rolled around lactose-free peppermint ice cream, slathered with meringue frosting, browned with a torch, and served frozen with warm chocolate sauce. It doesn’t get any better than that. Note that the cake needs an overnight sit in the freezer. Make room!
For the Cake: Position rack in center of oven. Preheat to 375°F (190°C). Line 15-inch by 10-inch (38 cm by 25 cm) jellyroll pan with parchment paper. Coat paper with nonstick spray and dust with cocoa; set aside.
Prepare the Ice Cream: Allow the ice cream to soften; it should be firm, but spreadable. (You can do this at room temp, or in the microwave with short bursts, if you are daring). Place ice cream in bowl of stand mixer and attach flat paddle. Mix on low speed and add peppermint extract and food coloring, if using, along with three-quarters of the chopped peppermint candy canes. Blend until thoroughly mixed, but not melted. If the ice cream has melted, return to freezer until it is spreadable but not liquidy. Taste and mix in more peppermint extract if you want it extra minty!
For the Meringue & Assembly: Have a large platter available that is big enough to hold your buche and can also fit in your freezer.
Our recipes are based on Monash University and FODMAP Friendly science.
• Cocoa: Monash University has lab tested what they call “cocoa” and also “cacao” and they show different FODMAP content. The problem is that from the chocolate manufacturing industry’s perspective, there is no difference between cacao and cocoa powder. The FDA, The Food Standards for Australia and New Zealand, the ICCO (International Cocoa Organization) and the National Confectioners Association do not even recognize the term “cacao” to describe cocoa powder. We have an article, All About Cocoa, that we encourage you to read. It attempts to explain the discrepancies in the Monash lab testing.
• Eggs: Eggs are high in protein and do not contain carbohydrates, according to Monash University.
• Lactose-Free Dairy: Lactose-free dairy, such as lactose-free milk or lactose-free cream cheese, has lactase enzyme added that breaks the disaccharide molecules and creates a more digestible dairy product, from a lactose perspective. The resulting product is not dairy-free, but it is lactose-free. Some products might have miniscule amounts of lactose remaining, but the amount is small enough for the product to be labeled as lactose-free. For instance, Breyers Lactose-Free Vanilla Ice Cream states it is 99% lactose-free, while Lactaid Vanilla Ice Cream states it is 100% lactose-free.
• Oil: All pure oils are fats and contain no carbohydrates, therefore they contain no FODMAPs.
• Sugar: Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have both lab tested white, granulated sugar. Monash states that a Green Light low FODMAP serving size of white sugar is 1/4 cup (50 g). FODMAP Friendly simply states that they have tested 1 tablespoon and that it is low FODMAP. Regular granulated white sugar is sucrose, which is a disaccharide made up of equal parts glucose and fructose. Sucrose is broken down and absorbed efficiently in the small intestine.
Please always refer to the Monash University & FODMAP Friendly smartphone apps for the most up-to-date lab tested information. As always, your tolerance is what counts; please eat accordingly. The ultimate goal of the low FODMAP diet is to eat as broadly as possible, without triggering symptoms, for the healthiest microbiome.