Thursday, January 9, 2014

DIY 'soft serve ice cream'

It's summer here in Australia and its getting HOT! Being a sugar-free family means we are always on the lookout for healthy alternatives to our old favourites. Mr Ladybug always loved ice cream, so when I discovered this simple recipe, we were all smiles.  

DIY soft serve ice cream:

The website for a popular fast food chain lists the ingredients for their soft serve ice cream as: milk, milk solids, sugar, cream, glucose (contains preservative sulphur dioxide), emulsifiers (433, 471), vegetable gums (407, 407a, 412, 466), flavour.

How about one that has 2 ingredients and both of those ingredients are fresh, whole foods (no science experiment creations or freaky numbers!) AND it is healthy with NO added sugar, in fact it only has the naturally occurring sugar from fruit ...??? 

Ingredients: banana, strawberries 

...yes, that's it! 

Here's how: 

- Slice up some fresh banana's and strawberries (one large banana and a punnet of strawberries equals one serving each for Ladybug, Mr Ladybug and I) 

Here we used 4 banana's and a large tray of strawberries and this served 4 kids, myself and a small amount of leftovers to keep for another day) 

- Place into ziplock bags an freeze (containers or jars will work fine too, but I find it's best if the sliced fruit is spread out as much as possible - you don't want to end up with a frozen solid chunk!)

- Go outside and play for a few hours! Once the fruit has frozen, place it in a blender/food processor and whizz it up. First it will go grainy, keep whizzing and eventually it will turn into a creamy soft serve consistency 

- Scoop into ice cream bowls, ice cream cones, open mouths, whatever! If you have any leftovers they can be frozen in an airtight container for later use, however the fruit will continue to freeze more solidly and won't have the same creamy consistency. It's still yummy though and still passes the kid test! 

Easy and delicious!

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If you're interested in some more alternatives to unhealthy food check out some of these posts by The Sustainable Living Bloggers Community:

Healthy Smoothies and Ice Cream from Just for Daisy 

Homemade Happy Meal from Down to Earth Mother

Healthy Homemade French Fries from All Done Monkey

Healthy Homemade Takeaway Chicken from Kids' Play Space

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  1. This is fabulous! And I know my girls would absolutely LOVE this! Yummy!! I think I would too actually! Thanks for sharing!