How to Make Healthy Ice-Cream for Toddlers


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.


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.


Super Easy Berry Freezie
Super Easy Berry Freezie


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.

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  • February 10, 2015

    This sounds so delicious!! I need to try mixing up a batch in my food processor. Those are all ingredients we always have on hand.

    • February 10, 2015
      Tracy Gillet

      Thanks Holly! Its a great recipe and to be honest always comes out a little different each time depending on what we have to throw in. I haven’t tried tropical fruits yet – I think that may be the next experiment.

  • February 10, 2015

    We love berry smoothies 🙂 We’ve used agave syrup or honey, too, and they are delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • February 10, 2015
      Tracy Gillet

      Thanks Dionna! They’re the best hey and so easy to “hide” healthy goodies in for toddlers.

  • February 10, 2015

    This sounds and looks delicious, and perfect for families with food sensitivities! Thanks for sharing.

  • February 12, 2015
    Tracy Gillet

    Hi Lauren, for sure! Thomas is dairy allergic…..or at least sensitive with eczema….so this has been great for us. 🙂

  • January 18, 2016

    So delicious looking! Love the way you snuck in some protein powder too. I think I will try it with mango and mint to see if I can get a tropical flavour that goes with the bananas.

    • January 18, 2016
      Tracy Gillett

      Anything to sneak in some goodness for little man when he’s least suspecting. I sneak spinach and avocados into his smoothies and probiotics into his hummus…sneaky mama! 🙂

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