This dairy-free, kid-friendly recipe for healthy berry banana ice cream is made with whole foods and wholesome ingredients. Naturally sweet, it’s a deliciously creamy surprisingly healthy dessert that tastes like a treat!
All summer long, we’ve been on a huge homemade popsicle kick in our house. Chase LOVES popsicles and thinks they’re such a treat and I love making them at home so I know exactly what’s going in them.
Homemade popsicles are such a great way to get fruits and veggies into Chase’s diet in a fun way and he also loves being a part of the popsicle-making process so it’s a win-win. (We use this popsicle mold I bought off Amazon several years ago.) We’ve made everything from coconut popsicles and orange creamsicles to strawberry banana popsicles and chocolate peanut butter pops.
And now in a blog post that talks about popsicle making and happy summertime memories, I’m going to shatter that image and say that one day last week I was practically in tears by the end of the day after dealing with a baby who wouldn’t nap and wanted to be held all day long and a threenager who seemed to only be able to communicate via the whiniest voice in all the land. I got nothing done, our house was a disaster and I’m pretty sure countless spoonfuls of peanut butter counted as my “meals” for the day.
So at the end of the day, I turned to Daniel Tiger for help.
We try to limit television in our house for the sole reason that it usually results in a very fussy child and a kid who then asks for television over and over again but sometimes Mama needs Daniel Tiger’s assistance. And sometimes Daniel Tiger hits the ball out of the park and manages to make a positive impact on Chase and I want to call up the producers of the show and say BLESS YOU wonderful people.
I let Chase watch two different Daniel Tiger episodes last week that centered around eating vegetables and trying new foods and by the end of the show he was snacking on red peppers and requesting “banana swirl” for dessert, aka Daniel Tiger’s banana-only pseudo ice cream. (By the way, Chase has tried red peppers at least 10 times in the past and hated them. Daniel Tiger is magic.)
After making countless popsicles this summer I’m not sure why I never thought to make a healthy version of homemade ice cream but sometimes inspiration strikes me in the form of a musical tiger with a gift for entertaining children.
I promised Chase we’d make Daniel Tiger’s “banana swirl” together the next day so we got to work in the kitchen and made some healthy “ice cream” that’s kid-friendly, dairy-free and made solely with frozen fruit, MCT oil, maple syrup and coconut milk. Not only did Chase LOVE it — especially when we topped his ice cream with sprinkles — but Ryan and I did, too! It was so darn tasty and perfect for a healthy dessert or a mid-day snack that tastes like a treat.
Thank you, Daniel Tiger.
Healthy Berry Banana Ice CreamPrint
A dairy-free, kid-friendly recipe for berry banana ice cream made with whole foods and healthy ingredients that’s deliciously sweet and perfectly creamy.
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 3 cups frozen banana cut into thick chunks
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup MCT oil
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (or preferred non-dairy milk)
- Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. You may need to stop the blender and periodically stir the ingredients as they blend and thicken to allow everything to blend properly and to eliminate any chunks of frozen fruit.
- Using a spatula, pour berry banana ice cream out of the blender and into a loaf pan. Cover and freeze for at least two hours. Scoop and enjoy!
Important note: If you wait to enjoy this ice cream after it’s been in the freezer for more than two hours, you may need to let it thaw a bit in the refrigerator for 10-30 minutes before scooping.
Question of the Day
What TV shows do your little ones love? What is their current favorite movie?
We don’t have cable so most of Chase’s shows can be found on Netflix or random DVDs but he loves Super Wings, Daniel Tiger, Chuggington, Paw Patrol and Little Baby Bum. His favorite movie is, without a doubt, How to Train Your Dragon.