This is my favourite go-to homemade recipe for a super healthy ice-cream dessert for my rambunctious toddler. He gobbles it down with absolute gusto and delight! He also loves helping to make his special ice-cream, so it can be a great rainy day activity to keep him happy and occupied whilst teaching him about where his food comes from.
Dairy free, naturally low in sugar, super smooth and creamy, its better than the real thing. And it can be easily varied depending on what you have in your pantry.
SUPER EASY BERRY FREEZIE
Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus time for banana slices to freeze) + 30 minutes if toddler helping!
- 4 ripe bananas
- 1 handful frozen blueberries
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/2 cup non dairy milk (almond, coconut or rice are my faves)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Peel and slice the bananas finely. Freeze the banana slices on a tray or plate lined with parchment paper. Once banana slices are frozen combine all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender (I use a Vitamix).
Pulse until the mixture is ice-cream like consistency (1-2 minutes), scraping down the sides if needed, then spoon the berry freezie into bowls or cones and enjoy! Freeze any remaining ice cream for a firmer dessert.
Protein Powder: Add a teaspoon of protein powder (I use Vega One, Natural) for a protein boost
Cinnamon: Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon for flavour. Among a host of health benefits, cinnamon helps to control blood sugar, which will offset the natural sugars in the fruit.
Cacao: Add a teaspoon of cacao nibs for a yummy chocolate flavour. Cacao nibs are a superfood and are a great source of magnesium, iron and antioxidants.