My babies are all dairy free although I do let them have dairy from sheep and goats. This means I can make them frozen yogurt style ice cream which I have and do.
This recipe however is completely dairy free but don't be put off if you eat dairy because this dessert has the added benefit of being really healthy and almost clean apart from a few naughty bits. The creaminess comes from frozen bananas that are blended. When you blend frozen bananas they magically mimic the texture and appearance of soft scoop ice cream. If you wanted you could use the guidelines below to make banana ice cream out of just frozen bananas- super healthy and lovely and soothing for baby's teething gums.
If you want something a bit more special and a bit more of a treat for your little ones then this is what you are after. Also- I don't like the taste of bananas on their own so I like to mix it up with different stuff- I know this is for my little ones but I am not gonna make ice cream without partaking!
A final word on the ingredients before I begin- I don't know how strict everyone is with their babies but I like to thing I am quite hot on healthy eating and following current guidelines. That said I don't want to be so strict and deprive them of all yummy/naughty foods to the point where they have either negative relations with food when they are older or run of and live in MacDonald's as soon as they are old enough to go out on their own. It's all about balance I think so this recipe does include some cocoa- it's 100% cocoa no added sugar or anything and some maple syrup. You could use honey if your little one is one or over. You could also omit it completely if you are worried.
I have read an interesting article on how to sweeten food without using sugar which might be useful if you want to omit any syrup.
OK so here is my recipe:
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 handfuls of frozen cherries - about 85g
- 1 tbsp of 100% cocoa- I use Cadbury's Bournville
- 1 tbsp of maple syrup
- 3 tbsp of boiling water