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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a couple of things that can make this a
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.
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.
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
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.
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.