Banana cookie dough ice cream

Cookie dough banana ice cream

Who doesn’t love a dollop of delicious, creamy ice cream? Even when the weather gets colder? It’s probably one of my favourite desserts and my four year old would eat it at every meal if I let him!

Obviously all the additional sugar in the traditional dessert isn’t ideal and means that it’s kept as a ‘sometimes’ food in our house. Frozen banana ice creams are a win. They are full of healthy fats and, without added sugar, they are a fabulous gelato substitute. Not exactly like the original dessert, but I think they are just as delicious. The secret is to make sure the bananas are as ripe as possible because they are the only source of sweetness in the dish. This ice cream is very rich, so a little goes a long way. It makes a yummy creamy squishy treat on the go when served in a Super Squish pouch.

Recipe

You will need:

  • 4 large very ripe bananas
  • about 250ml coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter or another unsweetened nut butter of your choice – I love the Meridian brand!
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Method

Peel the bananas and chop up into small pieces then freeze. Freeze in small batches – small enough to fit in your food processor. This is very important, as if you don’t freeze in small portions, it is impossible to put in the food processor. Blitz the frozen banana with all the other ingredients until smooth and creamy. Place into a freezable container or spoon into Super Squish pouches and freeze. Stir the banana ice cream every 30 minutes or so (if you remember!) until it’s frozen.

Delicious! Tastes like cookie dough…yum!

TIP: To make the banana ice cream nut free, substitute the nut butter for a tablespoon or two of cocoa for a chocolatey variation! You could also add chocolate chips before freezing.

ANOTHER TIP: You could spoon the banana ice cream into ice cube trays and then when frozen decant into a zip loc bag. You can then take a few cubes of ice cream out and pop into the Super Squish pouch when you want to go out. The ice cream will defrost a bit so its ready to eat! Its rich, so a few cubes are a perfect sweet treat.

Raw butternut smoothie anyone?

We experimented with making a raw butternut smoothie today and it was unexpectedly delicious! No added sugar, dairy and gluten free and mainly made of raw vegetables.

My small helper downed 2 Super Squish pouches and gave it his seal of approval. Recipe coming soon… Watch this space.

Super Squish butternut smoothie

Fruity yoghurt surprise smoothie

‘Fruity yoghurt surprise’ smoothie

We tested the strength of the Super Squish pouches this week.

I knew that they were strong and have never leaked while I’ve been using them, but we felt that a little ‘scientific’ experiment was needed to help verify this. We filled a few pouches with some yummy fruity yoghurt smoothie and my little 3.5 year old super kid jumped on one of them. Result = no spillage of it’s precious contents or breakage of any kind! Have a look at our experiment……

If it had spilled, it would have been a huge waste of the delicious smoothie inside – I called it ‘Fruity yoghurt surprise’ because I threw in whatever fruit I had in my fridge at the time that needed eating. SURPRISE!

If you want to substitute other fruit, I would keep the banana as a staple, but find other alternatives for the pear and the strawberries.

This is a great quick morning breakfast fix (you could add some oats, ground flaxseed or oat bran for a bit of extra staying power) or perfect for a lunchbox treat.

I took:

1 banana

about 100g of fresh strawberries

1 pear

a cup of (organic) full fat greek style yoghurt (I would imagine that a dairy alternative would be equally yummy)

enough milk to make it into a thick milkshake consistency (added as I went) – you could add a milk substitute such as unsweetened almond milk

then blitzed it all together until smooth.

It filled 3 Super Squish pouches with extra for me to drink as a reward.

 

 

 

Monkey juice green smoothie

‘Monkey’ juice – fabulous green smoothie

This smoothie was named by a friend of mine while trying to convince her 3 year olds to try this nutrient packed yummy smoothie! It did the trick, the littlies gulped it down and the name has stuck in our house.

It’s great for little kids and bigger ones (including grown ups!) too. It can be made dairy free or gluten free if you use suitable milk alternatives like oat milk, soya milk etc.

You need:

  • two large handfuls of baby spinach (or one kale and one baby spinach)
  • a large banana (can add an extra one if you want to  – this will make it sweeter)
  • 250ml of milk (or milk alternative)
  • 4-6 large ice cubes
  • Optional – a tablespoon of flax seeds, a few soft dates/a teaspoon of honey or alternative sweetner

Put everything into a blender, whizz and drink.

Fills about 4 Super Squish pouches.