Have you ever made ice cream from scratch?
I am not sure why, but I thought the process of making ice cream was difficult and tedious. How wrong was I? Last year, I found out you could make ice cream with one ingredient only! It is delicious and healthy, and you do not need any fancy equipment. Until recently, I was using my ancient soup blender to make it.
My soup blended died as I was blending carrot and parsnip soup a few months ago, and after thinking about it for a long time and asking friends for advice, I took the plunge and bought a Vitamix. I could not do without it now and I use it daily.
Having a powerful blender means you can blitz fruit from frozen and the ice cream will be perfect every time. If you are using a soup blender, I would recommend taking the fruit out of the freezer 10 minutes before you intend to blend it. It will be softer, but it will be ice cream all the same. You could give it 20 minutes in the freezer to harden if you wish.
On Friday, the children had a playdate at home with two of their friends, but I had completely forgotten to get some food for our lunch. Luckily, I had pasta, ham and cucumber, as well as frozen fruit in the freezer. I asked the little ones whether they wanted smoothies or ice cream, and they were unanimous in choosing the latter.
I was thinking of making banana ice cream, but Crevette’s friend cannot stand bananas, so I had to improvise. Strawberry ice cream really appealed to everyone and it took me less than 5 minutes to make. Initially, I did not put bananas in the ice cream, but the texture was not great. As soon as the banana was in, the frozen mush became ice cream. Crevette’s friend did not notice the banana at all.
What a treat it was! The children really loved it, and the older two had a second scoop. It was so healthy I was willing to give them as much as they wanted.
Because of her allergies, Jumpy had it in a cup, and she did not mind one bit. She actually preferred eating frozen strawberries.
I gave Wriggly her first ice cream, too. After she got over the fact it was colder than anything she had eaten before, she loved it! She finished the whole ice-cream, even the cone!
After being silly with her ice cream, Beanie dropped hers on the living-room floor. She was about to lick it on the floor and I caught her just in time!
The children absolutely loved the ice cream, and I will definitely make it regularly in the next few months. Please note that if you are not on a dairy-free diet, you can use regular single cream. I only had soya cream at home and it was perfect.
4-Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream – Quick, Simple, Tasty, Healthy
- 1 punnet frozen strawberries approximately 400g
- 1/2 sliced banana frozen
- 100 ml single soya cream
- 3 tablespoons runny honey
Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy straight away!