With school out for the summer, it feels like my children’s requests for treats and snacks are constant. Every time I turn around someone is asking for a popsicle, a cookie, or digging through the pantry for something to eat. They usually give me a long and detailed explanation of why now is a good time to have ice cream. Said child usually chooses 4:45 p.m., right as I need to think about making dinner, to have the ice cream conversation.
Obviously, we need an intervention. I don’t mind the treats and snacks, there just needs to be some level of moderation. Also, it’s expensive! When we blow through a box of popsicles in a day, something needs to change.
I set out to make a healthy version of ice cream or frozen yogurt. I have an ice cream maker but didn’t want the hassle of actually using it. My vision was a recipe my kids could help make or even do themselves. We experimented with a no-churn ice cream recipe but found it very difficult to scoop once frozen. We also tried simply freezing vanilla Greek yogurt mixed with fresh strawberries and peaches. My kids loved this but next time I’ll freeze in popsicle molds. The flavor was wonderful, but again hard to scoop once frozen.
Finally, we took the recipe for the famous “Dole Whip” that you get at Disneyland and made it our own. We mixed frozen mango and raspberries with coconut milk and a little sweetened condensed milk. The result is a creamy sweet treat that’s healthy and affordable. My kids loved making it and started dreaming up other fruit combinations to try next.
Mango Raspberry Whip
• 1 ½ cups frozen mango pieces
• ¾ cup frozen raspberries
• 1 ripe banana
• ¾ cup coconut milk
• 1⁄3 cup sweetened condensed milk
• Juice of half a lime
In a food processor, combine all ingredients. Pulse to break up the fruit and then mix for two to three minutes until mixture is smooth and creamy. Scoop whip into a freezer-safe container and freeze for one hour. Scoop into dishes or ice cream cones. Store leftover coconut milk and condensed milk in covered containers in the refrigerator to make another batch. One can of each ingredient will make two batches of whip.
Additional flavor combinations worth trying:
• 2 cups pineapple
• 3 cups frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
• 1 ½ cups peaches and
½ cup strawberries