By Nora Heston Tarte Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.
In most corners of the world, families are enjoying hot days in the peak of summer. But those warm weather treats that keep kids cool in the summer heat are often loaded with dairy, sugar, gluten and other allergens. Kids with sensitivities may not be able to run out to the ice cream truck when its song starts playing down the street or order up a scoop (or two) of their favorite flavor at the local ice cream shop.
With a little work, however, there’s no reason every kid can’t still enjoy these summer staples. Whip up some dairy-, gluten-, sugar-, nut- and casein-free chilled choices for your brood. If you’re trying to keep them busy while school is out, make it a family project and get the kids in the kitchen too! (And if it’s cold where you are, store these recipes away for later use.)
Strawberry Ice Cream
Not only is strawberry a refreshing summer flavor, the bright pink color makes it especially appealing to kids! Mix together these alternative ingredients to create an ice cream treat kids with sensitivities can enjoy.
- 2 cups, unsweetened, organic frozen strawberries
- 13 oz. can full-fat coconut milk
- 1¼ cups unsweetened vanilla hemp milk
- ½ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon guar gum (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Kirkman® No Sugar – Sugar Substitute (optional)
Expert Tip: Mix in a serving of Pea Protein Powder to up the nutritional value.
Place strawberries and coconut milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and run again. Place mixture in the freezer for one hour, then remove and pour into an ice cream machine and process according to instructions.
Ice cream can be served immediately. For better presentation, put ice cream into the freezer until it hardens. Allow it to thaw on the counter until slightly softened before serving.
Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 cup strawberries
- 8 oz. water
- 3 teaspoons Vances™ DariFree™ – Chocolate powder
- ½ teaspoon raw honey (optional)
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately and store leftovers in the refrigerator, or freeze them in popsicle molds for a sweet treat for later.
Expert Tip: If your child wants a more liquefied smoothie, add additional water and match ratio to the chocolate powder to avoid diluting flavor.
Gimme Green Popsicles
Use a fruit-based popsicle as a refreshing outdoor treat that forgoes common allergens such as dairy, casein and more.
- ½ cup spinach
- ¼ cup kale leaves, chopped
- 1 ½ bananas
- ½ of a pineapple
- ¾ cup water
Prepare the ingredients by cutting the tough stems off of the kale and chopping it into small pieces. Peel and chop the pineapple and banana. Next, puree spinach, kale, bananas and pineapple in a blender. Add water and process again. Pour mixture into molds and freeze until completely hardened – about three hours.
Expert Tip: Buy exciting ice pop molds to add another level of fun!
Frozen Banana Pops
Create a variety of flavors by mixing up the toppings on these banana-based, frozen sweets! The best part is there’s plenty of room to get creative so you can truly customize these pops to meet both your diet and your taste buds!
- 4 ripe bananas cut in half
- Spread of choice
- Toppings of choice
Spread coconut oil, hemp butter, soy yogurt, honey or another item of your choice onto the bananas. Next, roll it over or dip it in the toppings of your choice. Think seeds, sugar-free candy, dried fruit, granola, coconut shavings, raisins or anything else that fits your family’s dietary restrictions.
Expert Tip: All of these recipes make it easy to add a dash of supplements to boost your child’s immune system, or give them a daily dose of medicine they won’t notice. Use flavor-free products when possible and always double-check to make sure the product can be safely mixed and blended. In some cases, applying heat is a supplement no-no, but that isn’t an issue here!