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A Safe Ice Cream for Babies

There’s a reason why there’s a saying that goes, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” We love this stuff as a society. We wanted a safe ice cream for babies.

My husband couldn’t wait to give some to our baby. But she wasn’t old enough yet. Babies aren’t supposed to have milk until a year old. Some milk products, like yogurt, are good to give earlier.

I wasn’t sure where ice cream stood on the timeline of when it’s okay to give so baby Sara was going to have to wait.

Until my mother told us to make ice cream using a banana as the base.

Super Simple

Use a banana, it’s that simple. Put one in the freezer for 5 hours or so. Take it out, let it thaw a little so it’s easier for the blender to mash up.

Add a tablespoon of peanut butter (or 2 if you’re a peanut butter lover like me) and one or two drops of vanilla.

That’s all it is. Blend the three together and voila! An ice cream safe for baby to eat.

ingredients for baby ice cream
ingredients for baby ice cream

Allergy Consideration

This recipe is great for anyone with lactose sensitivities but not so great for anyone with a nut allergy.

You can use any peanut butter substitute. One that I’m going to try because it sounds good and nutritious is pumpkin seed butter. It’s full of proteins and omega fatty acids.

Pro Tips

There are a couple of things that can make this a lot easier. First, peel the banana before you put it in the freezer. Put the peelings back on and use a few elastic bands to keep in place.

Demonstration of freezing a banana with bands around the peels

This will make it easier to peel the banana after it’s frozen.

My second tip is life changing. Or at least, it has been for my household. Normal mouth sized mason jars fit on blenders.

Put all your ingredients in a mason jar, stick it on the blender, and mix it like that. When you’re done, you can feed the ice cream to your baby directly out of the jar.

ice cream in mason jar
blended ice cream

Left overs can be stored in the same jar once you put a lid on it.

My husband loves using this trick for making margaritas.

Get Creative

Because this recipe is so simple, it’s a great base. You can play with the ingredients and find something that matches your family’s taste buds perfectly.

Perhaps add some maple syrup for maple ice cream. Or strawberries for strawberry ice cream.

Adding a little bit of yogurt will probably give it some extra thickness.

Caution: Babies younger than one year old should not have honey due to potential bacteria in honey tha babies younger than one cannot fend off. After one, their immune systems are strong enough to handle it.

The result? A Stoked baby

Sara happily eating her banana and peanut butter ice cream

She completely loved it. It had her favorite food, banana, in it. We had to be careful not to feed it to her too fast so that she wouldn’t get brain freeze.

Notice the giant bib? It’s a flat.

Why It Was Important for My Household

My husband isn’t going to be around for when Sara turns one and can officially try ice cream. He recently deployed.

But he wanted to see her have ice cream before he left. It didn’t seem like his wish was going to be able to come true until we learned about this recipe.

We were able to have a meaningful dessert thanks to bananas.

Input

I’d love to hear from you all what ingredients you add to make this recipe unique and perfect for your family. I’d like to try what other families love!

And by the way, this can be great for adults too. Certainly healthier than the ice cream we buy at the store.

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Awesome and simple recipe that will introduce a kid to a health-conscious lifestyle from the get-go. I would state that any kind of fruit that can be mashed up would be perfect here. The fact one can turn this into an ice cream type of product means both kids and adults can enjoy this. It’s also great for those who may not respond well to lactose. 

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ajibola40

Thanks for writing this article on a safe ice cream for babies. I must commend you for taking a job well done and sharing your experience on this post. Before now I don’t think there is no safe ice cream for babies because I do give my little brother baby any any ice cream I drink myself. I will follow all this recipe  on how to make ice cream for babies.i really find this article informative and educative 

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Louis

I like the idea of ice cream for babies, it would definitely be very healthy for adults as well. I love how easy it is to prepare the recipe, it wouldn’t even cost me much to experiment. Do you think I can play around by adding some other ingredient of my choice? Somehow, I’m delighted by this recipe and can’t wait to try it out! Can imagine my daughter will love it just as much.

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jaykaynigltd

This is a great informative and educative article. You have put everything in perspective for anyone reading this post .You have done this wonderfully well, nicely put together. Your girl is lucky to have you! But reading this article you have gave me ideas on how to make it wonderful for my boy when next I go home. No doubt both old and young love ice cream but children love for it is out of the blues, so making a homemade is a great way to bond with them especially for those that are not always around like me. My… Read more »

Derek.
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Derek.

Now this is a new one on me.  I’m a father and yes some where along the line I have fed my little screaming child.  But I would never have dreamt of making an ice cream treat from a banana!  That’s pure genius!  This is an idea I will run past friends of mine , who I believe will be blown away.  A great informative article, keep it coming. 

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Adamuts

I absolutely love what I read in this insightful article because it is full of great information. This is fascinating and interesting to me. ice cream are good for kids and so lovely, everyone loves ice cream. This recipe will be much okay easy to prepare for my household. I will definitely give my family a surprise with this ice cream by following the procedure you stated. Thanks for the educative and informative post. Best regards 

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Peace

The banana based ice cream for babies idea, I will applaudable. 

I remember one of my neighbours making it for her child too. And it helped him transmit smoothly from his months exclusive breast milk diet to more solid food. 

My neighbour was excited and delighted to discover the baby safe ice cream trick. It saved her alot of stress. 

Barrywesley
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Barrywesley

I really want to commend you for taking out time to write this great article about A Safe Ice Cream for Babies, that is quite informative and also to say that you are creative. I have never had  about using banana in the production of ice cream, since these steps are easy to follow,  a think my little cousin is going to fall in love with this 

Fortune
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Fortune

Sara baby was all smile in the video clip taking and enjoying her banana ice-cream. This is really lovely and tasty. I agree that baby cannot take the sugary ice cream we take until they reach certain age. But I love the creativity in bringing about banana ice cream. I also love it though and I will make this go my cute baby cousin when next she visits. Thanks for sharing this article.

Taetske
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Taetske

Good afternoon Nicole,

The title of your post caught my attention as here in our house there are a couple of ice cream fans. My baby is already 67 but loves ice cream together with healthy things. That is not always an easy combination. Your baby ice cream has solved this problem and I am really happy with this healthy recipe. Thanks a lot.

Regards, Taetske

Olanike
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Olanike

Ice cream is loved by almost everyone. Preparing ice cream in the home can fun especially for the infants to be able to eat out of it. In my opinion a little addition of egg white will be very nutritious for the baby. 

Also other flavours can be used in place of the common vanila. Like strawberry flavour or even coconut flavour.

Sara
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Sara

Well, Sara, most certainly looks like she’s enjoying it. That smile is so precious. Only thing I would add is make sure you do not use honey favored peanut butter because babies under one can’t have honey. I am sure you are fully aware of this, but I’m sure there’s other moms out there that aren’t.   Other than that it looks like such a wonderful idea, and who could take that smile away from her? Your blender being able to use mason jars is pretty interesting too.. Did you know you can take a lid off of a regular sized… Read more »

Eric
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Eric

I love to blend smoothies and make my own ice cream. I never thought to make ice cream specifically for my baby. I do have a two year old that would still probably absolutely love this. I also thought the mason jar hack was great. I will definitely be using that and wowing my friends when they visit. 

Marlinda Davis
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Marlinda Davis

Thanks so much for taking the time to share this important info and delicious recipe. I used to make this for my daughter when she was a baby also and she loved it. I would also put some cinnamon and honey in it as well to sweeten it up a little bit. I love using honey because its sweet but has so much health benefits its amazing! Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work! 🙂

JJ
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JJ

Hi Nicole, this is good information for my family. My grandchildren usually spend a day with me each week and we noticed that my grandaughter didn’t tolerate ice cream very well. I was wondering what I could give her because I usually serve regular ice cream in a cone to everybody, and I would not get away with not giving her some. I think I am going to prepare a dessert like you suggested and serve all of us. I am thinking of flavouring with chocolate and strawberries as an added treat.Thank you for this valuable information.

AV2001
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AV2001

Hey Nicole,

I’ve really enjoyed reading this article as you’ve provided us with tonnes of valuable information. I can’t wait to try this recipe, in fact, I’ll feed this to my baby today. Is it okay to mix banana with a couple of other fruits like mango, strawberries, raspberries or other fruits?

Thanks in advance for answering my question and for this detailed post. Keep up the good work Nicole!

Salim
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Salim

Hello,

Thanks for the write-up and I must confess that I liked the creativity and concept of the ice cream and babies. Almost everyone will be happy to take ice cream even babies. But then we have to be careful when feeding our babies with loads of lactose and to avoid allergies and it’s effect on our babies.

This post was highly relevant and helpful.thanks

Michelle
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Michelle

Since your baby should at least wait until he gives them ice cream. Before that, you can give your child a small taste of ice cream, but do so sparingly as the delectable milk product might have problems for their small bodies. High in the sugar and fat is traditional ice cream. It’s brilliant to use banana and peanut butter according to your post and I can’t wait to try it out myself.

Alex
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Alex

Hi Nicole. Thanks to you for sharing this lovely post. Babies take ice cream after 2 years in my family, I have seen my mom rejecting ice cream when my lil brother was still a baby. I love this recipe and I’m definitely going to try it myself because I like peanut butter too. Thanks to your Husband for his service. 

Alex

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phranell86

This is simply unbelievable! When I first saw the title of the article, I was expecting a long list of recipes from strange sources. Who would have imagined that I can make a healthy ice cream for my baby, with bananas? This is so simple to make and is several times safer than commercially prepared ice cream for babies. Thanks for sharing this info as FREE stuff. This could easily be packaged into an ebook and sold for 17 bucks. I love your generosity. Please publish more useful articles like this in the future since I’ll be coming back for… Read more »

Seyi
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Seyi

Firstlyi want to commend you for this educative article you have written here on giving our babies a safe ice cream. My take is this , my love for babies and their well being is enough for me to wanna try this with my kid when I eventually have one. There are times you just want to give them other things and now I think I have found one of those healthy other things you can give a baby. My love for ice cream is also gonna make me try this even before the baby comes. Thanks

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mzakapon

Usually, ice cream is prohibited for kids by the doctor. After reading your article, I realize that we can make safe ice cream for babies by following your guideline. I have not heard about this before. I think that my family will get benefit after reading your article. So I’m going to share it with them. Soon I will apply this new method for making ice cream for my baby. Thank you for writing this helpful article.

Toriola Aanu
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Toriola Aanu

I once watched a film where lactose intolerance terminated the life of a talented and promising child. If her parents have been opportuned to see and read this article before now, perhaps, their daughter’s life would have been sustained.

The writer has made it so simple here, for a better understanding. Clearly, one could see the nutritional benefits that abound in ice creams. With this newly-found exposure, I will love to take ice creams everyday.