It is the peak of summer here in South Africa. When it is this hot I am always in the mood for Ice cream, frozen yoghurt or any frozen creamy dessert. The recipes I will be sharing this week are delicious healthy desserts that are easy to prepare and will satisfy any craving for creamy summer desserts.
The first dessert, nice cream is a healthy alternative to traditional ice-cream. Nice cream is very popular recipe amongst the healthy community, it is super easy to make and can be flavoured is so many ways. All you need to make this delicious "ice-cream" are frozen bananas, but let us take it one step further by adding in yoghurt or full fat coconut milk. The yoghurt or milk makes this ice-cream super decadent and rich. Now you can ice-cream all summer long.
The second dessert, fruity yoghurt popsicles is a healthy alternative to store bought frozen yoghurts. You can use any fruits that your heart desires, I had strawberries on hand and that is what I used to make my popsicles. If your fruit is sweet and ripe you don't even need to add sweetener to your popsicle mixture.
What I love about these desserts is that they both can be made vegan, so you can always accommodate any friends, family or children that have different dietary requirements. Both of these desserts main ingredients are fruit and yoghurt if you have children that don't like eat fruit this is a great way to sneak in fruit into your children's diet.
Chocolate Banana Ice-cream
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
2 ripe large bananas
30ml plain dairy or non-dairy yoghurt or full fat coconut milk
1t/5ml vanilla essence
40g Dark chocolate
Slice and freeze bananas overnight.
Once bananas are frozen add bananas, yoghurt and vanilla essence into a food processor or blender, process the bananas until smooth with the consistency of soft serve ice cream. You might need to stop in between to scrape down the sides of the food processor or blender. This process will take a few minutes, but after 3-5 minutes the bananas will change in consistency.
Pour the ice cream into a freeze proof dish and place in the freezer for 1 hour to harden slightly.
To serve scoop ice-cream in to cups, bowls or ice-cream cones. Shave or grate chocolate on top and enjoy!
It is easier to make banana ice cream in a food processor than in a blender, so if possible rather use a food processor.
Fruity yoghurt Popsicle
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
1 cup/ 250ml plain dairy or non-dairy yoghurt
½ cup/ 125ml strawberries, peaches, mango, pineapple, banana or any other fruit of choice
1T/15ml honey or any liquid sweetener of choice
Combine all ingredients in to a blender, blend to desired consistency. Leave the fruit chunky to give the Popsicle more texture or make it smooth to give the popsicle an ice cream appearance and texture.
Pour the blended mixture into a popsicle mould or even paper cups, gently tap the mould or the paper cups on the countertop to remove any air bubbles and level the popsicle mixture. Inset sticks and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
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For an affordable vegan option replace non-dairy yoghurt with full fat coconut milk.
The number of popsicles you will get out of a batch will depend on the size of your mould or paper cups.
Ps: All weight loss starts in the kitchen...