Ice Creams

Yes that’s right, Ice Cream!

It’s fatty,  it’s sweet, it’s cold. All perfect ways to hide the taste of supplements. The cold numbs the taste buds to help reduce the taste of the Hidden Ingredient, and the sweetness just makes it that much better. Plus how many kids won’t eat ice cream?? Not that many. Maybe none.

You can use any ice cream you have at home, but if you are using supplements you will be using them for a reason. Probably to help improve your child’s health, behaviour, sleep, digestive health and more. So if you can use a dairy free, low sugar ice cream, then you’ll help the process along that bit faster.

Mix the supplement powder (from the capsule, or a crushed tablet) into a spoonful of ice cream. Take 1 spoonful of the plain ice-cream to numb the taste buds a little, then the spoonful of the supplement mix, then another spoonful of plain ice-cream if needed.

Family Favourite recipes

These ice creams taste amazing and look like soft serve ice cream. Buy bananas in bulk and freeze to have ready on hand. All you need is a blender.

Chocolate ice cream

3 bananas, peeled, sliced into coins and frozen.

4 tbsp raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder, if pure)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend frozen bananas in a food processor until the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Add cacao and vanilla and blend for about 10 seconds or until well combined. Excess can be frozen and remains easy to serve.

Strawberry Ice Cream

1 banana, peeled, sliced into coins and frozen

1 handful of strawberries, frozen

2 tbsp coconut cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until the consistency of soft serve ice cream. This ice cream is best eaten immediately.

Tropical Ice Cream

3 bananas, peeled, sliced into coins and frozen

1 mango, frozen chunks (Nanna’s or Coles Select both do frozen mango pieces)

2 tbsp coconut cream

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Excess can be frozen and remains easy to serve.

Recipes taken from 4 Ingredient Allergies cookbook

Ruth Fellowes hide supplements kids

Strawberry Ice Cream

1 banana, peeled, sliced into coins and frozen

1 handful of strawberries, frozen

2 tbsp coconut cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until the consistency of soft serve ice cream. This ice cream is best eaten immediately.

 

Berry Surprise

1 ripe avocado flesh (soft but not discoloured)

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 tsp lemon juice

Blend all ingredients until smooth and serve. Store in the freezer in one container or in separate servings (it sets hard). Tip:  use frozen mangoes instead of blueberries for a Weis bar icecream taste!

You can get inspired with more flavours here https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/08/22/banana-ice-cream-healthy/

Mousse

Avocado Choc Mousse

2 ripe avocados

125ml chilled coconut cream (it needs to be firm)

¼- ½ cup cacao powder (or plain cocoa powder)

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tsp rice syrup (tip: for children use much more to make it sweet enough)

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

pinch of sea salt

Whiz all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Scoop the mousse into small serving dishes eg. teacups and chill in fridge for at least 2 hours.

Coconut Choc Mousse

400 ml can coconut cream.

1/2 cup raw cacao powder.

1 tablespoon rice malt syrup. (Tip: for children use much more to make it sweet enough)

Whiz all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Scoop the mousse into small serving dishes eg. teacups and chill in fridge for at least 2 hours.

By Sarah Wilson  I quit sugar 

Raspberry Mousse

340g silken tofu (bought to room temperature)

225g frozen raspberries

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp honey

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe  and image adapted from SOS Cuisine. 

Ruth Fellowes Nutrition kids supplements mousse

Jellies

The simplest way is to buy a packet of jelly crystals and after making up the liquid, pour into silicon shapes or silicon ice cube trays. Into each jelly mix through the daily dose of the liquid / herbal/ powdered supplement. If the taste is too noticeable, spread the supplement over 2, 3 or 4 jellies.

You can amp up the nutritional value by making homemade jellies.

Homemade Jellies

2/3 cup liquid (juice)

1 1/2 tbsp gelatin*

1. Heat the liquid gently in a small saucepan until warm.

2. Sprinkle the gelatine over it and QUICKLY whisk to avoid lumps. Keep whisking to break down any lumps that form.

3. Take off the heat and pour into your silicon shaped mould. Remember to put your mould onto a freezer safe tray before pouring!

4. Freeze for 15-20 mins. Then turn out of mould while still frozen and store in a container in the fridge.

* Gelatin: use good quality such as GelPro (Australian) http://www.gelatinaustralia.com.au

More creative mum ideas

A few extra ideas that mums have come up with. Not always nutritious, but definitely successful. Mix the goods into:

  • Spoonful of nut butter or peanut butter. Salty and fatty to hide the taste.
  • Spoonful of jam. Not great I know but the sweetness definitely helps.
  • Spoonful of custard or yoghurt.
  • In a milkshake. (Can’t do this for zinc or iron supplements due to competition for absorption from the calcium in these foods)
  • Sprinkle on bread or toast underneath the topping. Best toppings are vegemite, nut butters, cream cheese, jam.