Kids in the Kitchen: Nice Cream Edition

Kerry Roberts
Images and recipe courtesy of Planted Families. Thanks, Catrina! 

Opening up the kitchen to family-friendly culinary adventures is always a good idea, but especially in times like these. But busy hands in the kitchen isn't always easy, and your kitchen pantry may not be as readily stocked as it usually is (anyone else facing a flour shortage on their grocery store shelves?) 

That's why we were so inspired by this kitchen activity from one of our community members that we just had to share. 

Today's kid-approved Everipe hack is courtesy of Catrina of Planted Families: Nice Cream Cones! For those unfamiliar with the lingo, "nice cream" is ice cream made with more nutrient-dense ingredients than typically found in the freezer aisle. It's quick, creative, requires only a handful of ingredients, and the result is a nutritious sweet treat you can feel good about. Plus, the steps are all super kid-friendly, making it the perfect activity for a day at home. Talk about a total win.  

 

 

Ingredients 

  • 1 Everipe Smoothie Kit (we recommend Strawberry Bananza, Cocoa Mojo, or Unbelievaberry
  • 2 frozen bananas, halved (you can also use 1c ice, but frozen bananas give the best consistency)
  • 1/4 cup milk of your choice (Catrina used coconut milk) 
  • Ice cream cones
  • Ice cream toppings & sprinkles

Tools 

  • Food processor or blender 
  • Spatula for scraping
  • Spoon for serving
  • Freezer-safe storage container w/ lid 

Directions 

Have your kitchen helper assist you in adding the smoothie kit, frozen banana halves, and milk to food processor.  

Pulse or blend until desired consistency is formed, stopping to scrape down the sides occasionally. Stopping for an occasional taste test is A-ok, too!

Consistency too thick? Add a splash of milk at a time. This is a great time to ask your child his/her opinion on the thickness, and if it is too thick, to come up with an idea on how to fix it. A science lesson made delicious!

Spoon and serve immediately or store in a freezer-safe container.  

Tips for serving: if your child is old enough, allow them to help scoop the ice cream into the cone. No cones? No problem! Scoop directly into a bowl.

Add an assortment of your favorite ice cream toppings in small bowls and allow the littles to customize their "nice" cream creations! 

 

 

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