I’m that mum. Yep, the one that says if you eat all your dinner you’ll get something else afterwards. Some might call it a bribe, but I call it incentive.
Now to cut myself some slack, I do try to be careful with the exact wording of the ‘something else’ because I get it. Saying that the something else is ‘yummy or a treat’ kinda implies that the plate in front of them is c**p. Harsh, I know, but you know that’s what they’re thinking. Kids are clever creatures and they catch on quickly.
So when I do call on the ‘ice cream’ gods to get all the peas, carrots and broccoli in I reach for this super-quick and healthy dairy free ice cream option that both my babes LOVE. Truth be told, hubby and I make it for ourselves when they’re finally in bed.
Berry Good Ice Cream
A 'nice cream' dairy free dessert that you can make in a flash. Watch the video!
- frozen banana: 2
- frozen berries: 1 cup
- yoghurt: ½ cup
- maple syrup: 1 tablespoon
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Slice the bananas into rounds, about 3cm thick. Pop in the freezer to harden. This will take about 1 hour. If you can, freeze bananas in bulk – they will keep for a few weeks at least.
In a blender or food processor, combine all the ingredients until just smooth. Take care as over-blending will result in mush. Tasty mush but you’ll need a straw or a container so you can pop it back in the fridge to harden.
Serve as you would any soft-serve. My babes love it in a bowl with pecan nuts crushed up on top. This is your licence to get creative.
Stacey Clare's Nutritional Tip:
This 'nice cream' recipe means you ditch the cream (and the time) and use bananas to get the same 'soft serve' consistency of ice cream.
More healthy sweet treats to try:
Images: Stacey Clare