Who’s ready for warm weather and cool treats? I AM!! I’ve made a healthy homemade “ice cream” and it turned out great so I’m sharing it with you =)
**note: the bigger kid is actually happy, he’s just gotten weird about smiling in pictures. He ate three of these “ice cream” cones back to back!
Instructions and Ingredients:
My kids don’t love honey, but it’s so great for combatting allergies so I figured I’d try to make something they’d love that would get some great local honey into their little bodies. They LOVE almost anything frozen so I grabbed some yogurt, honey and strawberries and whipped up a surprisingly delicious frozen treat!
Our health food store carries a grass-fed organic yogurt that is literally milk, live cultures, modified food starch, and pectin. No sugars or artificial sweeteners added, no synthetic flavors or colors like “yellow #5”, and the cows weren’t given rBGH. It’s available in plain or vanilla. It’s awesome. Very different from regular grocery store yogurt, even organic brands. If you can get your hands on something like this, you’ve got to try it! If not, get some organic yogurt with as few ingredients as possible. Whole fat is better than low fat because they have to add ingredients to replace the fat… generally sweeteners. We want our food to be as minimally processed as possible, and removing fat is another “process”. I used about 3 heaping tablespoons.
Next, get some raw honey. Local is best because it will contain pollen from local flowers, and that helps combat seasonal allergies. If you can’t get a great organic/raw local yogurt from your health food store, then check out Really Raw Honey or Canadian Raw Honey from Tropical Traditions. I love both of those, they’ve got great flavor. I used a heaping tablespoon.
Add some fruit and crushed ice, blend, pop it in a freezer safe container and wait. Depending on the amount of ice you use, it might be ready in an hour or less. I like getting it frozen solid, then allowing it to soften just a bit so I can get it out of the container but so it’s still firm enough to serve in a cone. I use my handy little stick blender. In this stick blender container I use about a cup of crushed ice, 3 tablespoons of yogurt, 1 heaping tablespoon of honey, and 1/2 – 1 cup of fruit. Just enough of everything to fill up the container, hopefully without making a huge mess, lol. Adjust according to personal taste. More ice means eating it sooner 😉
For this one I used the apple pulp from juicing some apples (my kids don’t like pulp in their juice) honey, ice, and vanilla yogurt. It turned out great! Cinnamon would be a great addition too!