Ice Cream For Breakfast Or Desert

My daughter, Ameli, like most toddlers, loves ice cream. I don’t want to deny her the fun things in life, but I certainly don’t think she has any lack of sugar intake. I came across this recipe for frozen banana ice cream a couple of months ago, and it’s been a regular staple in our house ever since.

From time to time, if Ameli won’t have breakfast for whatever reason, I’ll just reach into the freezer for some ice cream – she’s happy, I’m happy, and a healthy breakfast is had with no fighting or fuss.

If you regularly have over ripe bananas, this is an even faster alternative to banana bread!  Rather than popping over ripe bananas in the bin, they’re cut into chunks and popped in the freezer. While some people say you can’t taste the banana, I think that depends what you mix it with – as a plain ice cream, it definitely tastes of banana.

This recipe is dairy, gluten and sugar free. Depending on what you add it can be nut free and anything else free too.

Ice Cream For Breakfast Or Desert

Ingredients:

1 Banana, Frozen

Cocoa, berries, 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1/2 cup frozen mango, to taste

Feeds one toddler

1. Place your chopped and frozen banana pieces into a food processor, and blend on high. Within a minute or so it’ll become a beautiful rich and smooth consistency. Don’t over blend or it’ll become too liquid and you’ll have to freeze it again.

2. Add your additions. Blend again briefly (depending on what I’m blending, it may be useful to prepare them separately, i.e. frozen mango can be liquidised separately.

3. Serve

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Extras: If we’re doing it for desert, I will sprinkle some nuts or colourful sprinkles on top. Also lovely with apple pie.

Little Cooks – Banana Muffins

I absolutely love baking and cooking with Ameli. It’s something we do regularly enough, and it’s fun for both of us, most of the time. While I don’t tend to use ‘dumbed down’ recipes specifically on her behalf, it is sometimes easier if I’m just looking for an afternoon activity for us to use a child friendly recipe that has few ingredients and little effort.

We came across the Little Cooks Collection, featuring Dora the Explorer and decided we’d try out the recipes.  You subscribe and receive two magazines a month, complete with recipes, activities, and a child’s kitchen set to collect.

The first recipe was for Banana Muffins, so here they are with our take on it:

This recipe is supposed to be for four muffins. Four seemed a low number to turn the oven on for, so we immediately doubled it and somehow ended up with 11 muffins – no one was complaining!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 80g soft brown sugar (although we used white as that’s what we had)
  • 4tbsp rapeseed oil (that’s 60ml)
  • 2 small eggs or 1 large one
  • 130 ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • 200g self-raising flour

(I think next time I’ll add a pinch of salt too, to deepen the banana flavour.)

Instructions:

  1. Peel and mash the banana in a bowlLittle Cooks - Banana Muffins
  2. Mix in the sugar and oil
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  3. Add the egg
  4. Pour the milk and stir together
  5. Add the flour and stir
    Little Cooks - Banana Muffins
  6. Spoon the mixture into your Dora muffin cases (we only had four so used paper for the rest – but the silicone muffin cases are excellent and I’m going to look out for another copy of the first book so we can have another set of the silicone muffin cases which come with the 99p book.)
    Little Cooks - Banana Muffins
  7. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 190C/365F/gas mark 5
Little Cooks - Banana Muffins

The book also recommends adding either 50g of chopped nuts, blueberries or apple pieces. I think that can only add to the flavour so we’ll try that next time. Something else that works well with banana is coconut, so we could try that too.

Flavour-wise this is a really basic recipe and I do think salt could bring out more of the banana flavour, but it’s perfectly suitable for  children and packed in an air-tight container makes a lovely breakfast for the next day too.

Simplicity-wise, however, there couldn’t be an easier recipe for a two-year old to follow with Mama’s help – older kids will need even less help.

Find out more from the Little Cooks website, where you’ll find information on subscribing, all the freebies you’ll receive and you can see what the inside of the magazine looks like too. We are loving the Little Cooks series, and highly recommend them!