Today, I want to share with you a delicious plant based ice cream recipe perfect for toddlers and adults alike. It is so simple to make without an ice cream maker. Plus, it has such nutritious and delicious flavors and colors that it will be fun for the whole family. Plant based diet recipes for toddlers were not always easy to find but that is changing. The Plant-Based Baby and Toddler is a brand new resource that offers easy-to-digest nutritional facts, guidelines, and recipes for vegan, vegetarian, and veg-curious parents. Today’s fruity plant-based ice cream smoothie bowl recipe is from this new cookbook. It was written by the dietitian duo behind online community Plant-Based Juniors® so they have lots of experience with what toddlers will actually eat!
Fruity Plant Based Ice Cream Recipe For Toddlers (And Adults)
As more of us are turning to plant-based diets for our health and the health of the environment, the recipes just keep getting yummier with experimentation and practice! However, when it came to feeding babies and toddlers a vegan or vegetarian diet, there was a huge lack of reliable, evidence-based resources out there for a new-until now. The Plant-Based Baby and Toddler is full of great information that isn’t available elsewhere. It has a special focus on the most important period of a child’s life when it comes to developing good eating habits: infancy and toddlerhood. Plus, they make it so much easier with 50+ plant-based recipes created specifically for stages from first bites to age three toddlers!
Vegan recipes don’t have to be complicated. In fact, this homemade ice cream is some of the easiest you could make! There are only 3 simple ingredients in this creamy vegan ice cream and you don’t need a fancy ice cream maker! Dairy-free ice cream recipes can still have a nice creamy ice cream texture. This recipe is a nice thick flavor packed fruit flavored ice cream you will feel great about eating and the bananas help give it that creamy texture without any dairy.
Recipe From THE PLANT-BASED BABY AND TODDLER: Your Complete Feeding Guide for 6 months to 3 years by Whitney English, MS, RDN, and Alexandra Caspero, MA, RDN, to be published May 18, 2021 by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2021 by Alexandra Caspero, MA, RDN, and Whitney English, MS, RDN
Plant Based Ice Cream Smoothie Bowl
Makes 2 heaping cups
Once our kids tasted “real” sorbet and ice cream, it was only a matter of time before they started asking for it at home. This is our fruity version, packed with raspberries, mango, and banana. It’s more tart than traditional banana “nice cream,” so if you find that your kiddos are sour sensitive, reduce the amount of raspberries and increase the amount of mango or banana.
You can make this in a blender, though you will likely need to stop and scrape down the sides more often. Slightly thawed fruit will also be easier to blend.
- 1 cup frozen raspberries, slightly thawed
- ½ cup frozen mango chunks, slightly thawed
- 1 medium frozen banana
1 Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until very smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Depending on the power of your appliance, this may take 4 to 5 minutes.
2 Enjoy immediately! Leftovers can be stored in the fridge and enjoyed in a smoothie or poured into popsicle molds and frozen
Serve the plant based ice cream as it comes out of the blender for a smooth, soft serve ice cream consistency, perfect or toddlers to enjoy! Or for older toddlers you can serve it as raspberry mango banana ice cream smoothie bowl with small chucks of the fruit on top for extra fun, pretty presentation.
This plant based ice cream comes out smooth and creamy because of the banana. It is bursting with flavor because of the raspberries and mangoes. Plus, all three of the fruits are full of valuable nutrients so you can enjoy it guilt-free! This homemade vegan ice cream is perfect for hot summer days.
Printable Recipe For Fruity Plant Based Ice Cream
If you enjoy this recipe, you are sure to love their other plant based recipes for toddlers. They have everything from French toast fingers to PBJ blender muffins. The book offers a visual guide to structuring meals that are nutritionally balanced–1/3 fruits and vegetables; 1/3 legumes, nuts and seeds; and 1/3 grains and starches–and easy to adapt for the entire family! As dietitians and moms, Whitney and Alex, found that plant-based diets are associated with a reduced risk of obesity, decreased cholesterol levels, and increased fruit and vegetable intake.
Do you enjoy plant based meals? Do you have questions about plant based meals for toddlers? I hope you find The Plant-Based Baby and Toddler to be a helpful resource!