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6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids
August 7, 2014 | Home >Healthy Kids > Picky Eaters >6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids

The kale in my garden has exploded! We’re not quite eating it fast enough.  Kale as well as other leafy greens are super foods and should be a regular part of a child’s diet.   One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all!

And because the most common way we use kale is in ice creams and smoothies, I freeze it!  I will pick the kale in my garden, rinse, and pull the thick stems off of it. Then, place on a baking sheet to freeze, and add it to a freezer safe bag.

I will also purchase a bag of baby kale from Costco, and put the entire bag straight into the freezer.

After freezing, it gets crumbly, but that’s OK! We take a handful, or a cup full and it to the smoothie. The crumblier it is, the easier it is to blend with the rest of our ingredients.  This is the last of my baby kale from Costco- gotta make room for the large leaf garden kale!

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all!

So, with our abundance of frozen kale on hand, as well as a bag of spinach, we created several green ice cream treats!  Choose one to try today- your kids will LOVE THEM!

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all!

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes

Tropical Coconut

For the tropical coconut we combined:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen spinach or kale
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Flaked coconut for garnish

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender.  Then pour into a container and freeze at least 4 hours.  After frozen, remove from freezer and then wait about 10 minutes to make scooping easier.

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all!

Creamy Avocado

We started with our original recipe for avocado ice cream here, and modified it based on your feedback.  For the one we ate this week, we used:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup frozen kale or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt.

This one was super creamy!  It almost didn’t need to be frozen.  Kind of like soft serve.  But we froze it for about 2 hours anyway, and it was even better!

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all!

Vegan Almond Pistachio Ice Cream

This one isn’t mine, but I couldn’t have a round up of green ice creams without pistachios!  So, I found one from Somer at Veged Out that looked amazing! Check out her super healthy, vegan Almond Pistachio Ice Cream here.

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all!

Mint Chocolate Chip

MMmmmm! Do your kids like mint chocolate chip? Some kids love it, some don’t. But either way, I’m sure they have an opinion. So, this one was easy. We used:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen spinach or kale
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Blend milk, greens, vanilla, honey, mint, and also banana in a high powered blender.  Then Fold in chocolate chips.  Then Scoop into bowl and freeze for 2-4 hours.

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all!

Fresh Creamy Lime Ice Cream

This one does taste fresh and amazing.  We used:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 lime, juiced (we just squeezed the lime juice into the blender)
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen spinach or kale

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender.  This one will be super runny.  But just pour into a bowl and put in the freezer. It will take at least 5-6 hours to freeze to our desired consistency.

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all!

Kiwi Sorbet

We’ve been making this one for years!  Fruit and honey is really all you need, and maybe your kids don’t even need the honey!?  Check out the steps over on our Kiwi Sorbet post here.

6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all!So there you have it!  6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream ideas that your kids are sure to love!  Do you have any others we forgot?

 

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6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all! 6 Super Healthy Green Ice Cream Recipes for Kids. You wouldn't know there is kale in them all!

 

 

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Comments(21)
Amber3 says:

The lime juice doesn’t separate the milk? When I was very little I was determined to make ‘ice cream’. I went about this by adding orange juice and sugar to milk and boy did I end up with a big surprise when I opened the freezer. How does this not happen to your lime ice cream?

Amy says:

It didn’t.. Maybe we blended too fast and it froze too quickly?!? I’ll make more today to test it, but it turned out just like the photo above.

Marci says:

I have steamed and frozen kale in my freezer. Can I use this?

Beth says:

When the recipes call for 1 cup coconut milk… is this from a can of coconut milk or a carton for drinking?

Stacie says:

Will coconut milk work in the mint chocolate chip recipe? I am lactose intolerant and would love to try it with my son! Thanks!

Donna says:

Why does the Spinach_kale have to be frozen

Reina says:

Excited to try the Mint Chocolate Chip!I just have a question – you mentioned 1 tsp vanilla ..is this vanilla ice cream?vanilla essence?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Amy says:

@Marci The cooked and frozen kale might be too concentrated.
@Beth, I used the milk in the can, but you should be able to do it from the carton as well.
@Stacie Definitely! It should taste pretty close to the same I imagine.
@Donna- It doesn’t. It’s just what I used.
@Reina- Sorry, vanilla extract!

Paola says:

Could almond milk be used instead of regular milk?

Kim says:

Do you know if I can use rice milk?

It probably won’t be as creamy Kim.. but you can certainly test it out! Might be a little icy. Almond milk (Paola) and coconut milk might be a little creamier.

Katylin says:

I’ve frozen fresh mint and it’s bitter. How did you avoid this?
I’ve frozen it in ice cubes for drinks, and other use same day servings. So I know it wasn’t just old.

From what I’ve read, mint becomes bitter when it’s heated. Are you freezing, and then using it in cooking? You could also just mix it in right before you eat the ice cream.

Ori says:

These ideas are fabulous! Can’t wait to make them, but I was conserned about freezing veggies, using them in the recipies ( and by that time they might melt) and freezing them again….do you think it is safe?

Hi Ori-
The veggies never get defrosted. We freeze, blend, then freeze. Rather than freeze, defrost, and re-freeze. You know what I mean?

KC says:

How about green tea ice cream? It is one of DH’s favorites, but I’ve never seen one in the grocery store that isn’t full of garbage.

That does sound good KC!

Lisa Sanford says:

These all look amazing! I’m curious if any of them have ever been made in an ice cream maker?

I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I’ve never tried!

SusieCreel says:

Hi Amy, thanks for your post.
My son and I have a common interest in ice cream, so I always want to add to my recipe collection new creamy, tasty ones and especially nutritious too. And btw I have a suggestion for you guys, try adding the lemon to mint chocolate chip, mint born to combine with lemon, trust me.

Susie

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