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December 6, 2016

Just in time for the hot summer weather, our blogger Stacey Kemeys shares a recipe for a healthy frozen treat your little ones are sure to love. 

The makers of the original Perky Nana were definitely onto something – banana and chocolate is such a delicious combination. Although very tasty, the Perky Nana bar is not exactly a nutritional hero. Which brings me to Nice Cream. Nice Cream is everywhere at the moment; it is essentially a way to make an ice cream substitute that is based on fresh fruit rather than cream and sugar. It is not only that bit healthier than traditional ice cream but it’s also dairy free and suitable for children with cow’s milk protein allergy.

I therefore took it upon myself to combine the delicious taste of the Perky Nana bar with a healthy summer substitute. This Nice Cream is now one of my kids’ favourite after-kindy treats. On a hot day it is such a fun cool snack for the kids to fuel up on before the rest of their afternoon activities.

This Choco Nana Nice Cream is easy and very quick to make - the only step that requires a little bit of pre-planning is freezing the bananas. My kids are banana lovers, but they often don’t finish an entire banana. They do that with a lot of fruit actually, I find half eaten apples and slightly sad looking bananas in the strangest of places, it drives me a little crazy! Instead of binning the mistreated bananas I slice them, pop them in a bag or container and freeze them. You can just keep adding sliced bananas to your freezer stash. Then they are on hand for baking or of course for making Choco Nana Nice Cream.

This recipe also contains cocoa. Regular old run-of-the-mill cocoa actually provides a little extra nutrition in the way of fibre, protein and iron (not to mention that little chocolate hit that everyone loves as well!) 


 Ingredients

  • The equivalent of 3 small bananas frozen (make sure you freeze them peeled and sliced so that they are super easy to use and a little gentler on your food processor)
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1-2 dates (these add a bit of extra sweetness - if the bananas you are using are very ripe to over ripe you may not need any) 

 Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients into your food processor. Blitz until you create a smooth nice cream
  2. Scoop and serve

There you have it - a super easy, fun and healthy frozen treat for your kids. You can definitely make a bigger batch, too, just increase the ingredients in the same ratio. (i.e. a whole avocado to 6 small bananas) 


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