When my toddler turned 2 years old, I started giving him a little of every food in moderation. That said, I still haven’t given him extremely sugary foods like candy or ice cream. I know I know, I need to let him be a kid, but I just don’t want to deal with an even more extremely energetic child.
Unfortunately, or fortunately for you, I have sugar cravings all the time. So when I have a sweet tooth, I try to make whatever I’m wanting toddler friendly. I’m not sure why, but I had a craving for a drumstick. You know, the vanilla ice cream one with sugar cone, topped with chocolate and peanuts.
I quickly started thinking about how I can make something similar and guilt free. These days, I’m up all night with my newborn nursing, so I have a lot of time to think… ok I digress. Well, I remembered making no refine sugar chocolate covered strawberries in the past, so I used the same recipe. Instead, I made drumstick balls and made my own no refined sugar ice cream. While it may not be the same as the real drumstick, I don’t feel bad giving these to my toddler.
P.S. My kids were a handful today, hence the very melted ice cream picture below. I wanted to show you how pink it is and that’s all from the strawberries only!
- 2 Bananas (frozen)
- 5-6 Strawberries (frozen and hulled)
- 3 tbs. heavy cream
- 8 tbs. honey ( or to taste), divided
- 4 tbs. Coconut Oil
- 4 tbs. Cacao Powder / or melt chocolate chips
- Toppings: Crushed peanuts or sprinkles
- Cut bananas and hull strawberries.
- Freeze for at least 3 hours (I left them in overnight)
- Blend bananas, strawberries, heavy cream, and honey until the mixture has a soft serve consistency.
- Using an ice cream scooper, form ice cream into balls (remember to work quickly as it will melt). Place on a baking sheet and return back to the freezer
- In a bowl, add coconut oil. Place in microwave for 10-12 seconds. It should not be in liquid form but just melted enough to mix with the cacao.
- Mix cacao and coconut oil together and add honey. For a sweeter variety, add more honey until you reach your desired sweetness. Allow cacao mixture to cool a bit.
- Dip ice cream ball into cacao mixture, then in peanuts. You can also sprinkle peanuts instead of rolling it in it.
- Freeze until ready to eat
- Remove from freezer and allow it to melt a bit before eating
TIp: you can always use semi-sweet chocolate chips and melt it instead of raw cacao powder. Try to use ripe, but not overripe bananas and sweet strawberries.