Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
You may or may not have heard the buzz about one-ingredient ice cream, and you may be wondering whether it’s too good to be true. Rest assured that, yes, it really is as quick, easy, and delicious as it seems! I whipped up a batch in less than fifteen minutes with stellar results. Most recipes call for a food processor, but a blender will work just as well.
This is a perfect treat for kids and adults with a dairy-free diet or as a light alternative to traditional ice cream, and it definitely doesn’t sacrifice taste. I used this recipe as a guideline and added a few of my favorite mix-ins.
This makes enough for two small portions or one hearty (read: sweet-tooth-approved) serving.
All you’ll need is:
- 3 bananas, cut into small chunks and frozen
My optional additions:
- 2 heaping tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- A few pinches of sea salt, to taste
1. Whizz your bananas in a blender or food processor. If your blender is low-power, like mine was, let the bananas thaw on the counter for about five minutes. If your bananas are straight from the freezer, stop a few times to give your blender a break and the scrape down the sides. Blend until the consistency is smooth throughout, like soft-serve.
2. Once you’ve got a smooth texture, that’s it!
3. If you want to take it a step further, add your mix-ins. Pulse just a few times until everything is incorporated. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of cinnamon and salt on top.
Let your imagination go wild when it comes to your mix-ins: nuts, berries, spices, candy, sprinkles, or granola are all great additions. Or, keep it plain and simple with just the bananas. Either way, relax and enjoy your guilt-free dessert!
Looking for more easy family desserts? Check out these recipes!
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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Summer is here, and temperatures just keep rising and rising. Along with the heat, the urge for a refreshingly cold treat also tends to increase on a daily basis. Thankfully, July is National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the celebration, here at Parents we’ve taste tested a variety of flavors and brands to bring you our absolute favorites! (Hey, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.) Be sure to check back every week during the month of July for even more yumminess.
Most of us have two assumptions about ice cream: First, it’s delicious. Second, it’s a dairy product. And while that’s true, there are many scrumptious dairy-free options that can fulfill an ice cream craving without the allergy worries. (P.S. These are delicious even if you don’t have a milk allergy!) Here are our favorites:
The brand you loved as a child is now available for your little munchkins to enjoy. TCBY has partnered with Silk Soy Milk to create a delicious dairy-free frozen yogurt option available in all its locations. Since Silk is available as a soft-serve, customers can still customize and add their favorite toppings.
Flavors: Coconut, Chocolate, and Vanilla
Sold: TCBY Stores Nationwide
“Mmmmm, I tried the coconut and loved it! Not too sweet or too rich. Definitely a keeper.” – Allison Berry, editorial assistant
New Yorkers have enjoyed Alchemy Creamery’s unique dairy-free goodies for years. Recently, the team behind the brand launched nationwide-shipping so every one can experience their unique mix of flavors.
Flavors: Green Tea & Coconut, Chocolate Chai, Salted Peanut Butter, Almond Marzipan, and Strawberries & Cream
Sold: Smorgesburg and Fairway Markets in New York City, shipped nationwide via their website
“I loved the almond marzipan. It tasted just like crushed almonds. It was creamy and tasted naturally sweet, not overly sweetened.” – Ruthie Fierberg, editorial assistant to the Editor in Chief
Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet
Sorbabes prides itself on combining farm-fresh ingredients, filtered water, and peak-season fruits to create a delicious mix of exciting summer flavors.
Flavors: Pistachio with Sea Salted Caramel, Peanut with Banana and Chocolate Fudge, Juicy Orange Passionfruit with Lychees, Lemon with Candied Zest, and Raspberry with Dark Chocolate.
Sold: Primarily on the East Coast but constantly expanding
“Passionfruit with lynchee was refreshing, light, and tangy. Both flavors were present and I liked that the tart balanced the sweetness.” – Mia Song, senior designer
Click here for dairy-free desserts you can make at home!
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