A birthday is a time for celebration, fun and a few treats. Cake and ice cream is a classic birthday dessert that encompasses all of these.
But making a fun, colorful cake often involves lots of food coloring. Food dyes should not be a part of any child’s diet. They can cause hyperactivity and symptoms of ADD. Not to mention they are chemicals the human body is not meant to consume and can impair the immune system.
So what is the solution for making a healthy cake that is still colorful and fun? Yogurt gummies!These fun decorations are edible, healthy and contain nothing artificial. What’s even better is that you can make them in five different ice cream flavors. So you get your cake and ice cream all in one dessert.
Each flavor is a different color, so making a variety of themed decorations is easy.
It only takes about ten minutes to get the gummies from the blender to the refrigerator. They are so quick and easy you can make all five flavors in one day. Since the yogurt gummies last two weeks in the refrigerator you can prepare them in advance (one less thing to do at the last minute!).
The five flavors are mint (green), strawberry (pink/red), vanilla (white), chocolate (brown) and blue moon (purple/blue). If you’ve never had blue moon ice cream, it is typically a mid-west flavor (that is bright blue!). Here’s a little secret…that strange flavor you can’t quite figure out is nutmeg.
Hands down my kids’ favorite flavor was the vanilla. How convenient that it is the easiest to make! Their second favorite was chocolate, of course. But all five flavors are delicious.
If you are dairy free you can use coconut milk or coconut yogurt in place of the dairy yogurt.
Create any shapes you want with candy molds. Or you can simply pour the gummy mix into a pan and use a knife or cookie cutters to make the shapes you want. If you want to get really fancy you can do multiple flavors in the same mold. Simply fill in the portions of the mold you want with one color and refrigerate. When it has set add the second color/flavor.
As an added bonus, this Ice Cream Flavored Yogurt Gummies Recipe provides a lot of nutrition. The whole milk yogurt provides healthy fat and protein, while the grass-fed gelatin contains protein and helps aid digestion (Great Lakes gelatin in the red can is high quality). The gummies are low in sugar too.
Who says birthdays have to be loaded with sugar and artificial colors? Keep the decorations real and simple with ice cream flavored yogurt gummies.
Mary is a Christian, a wife, a mother and a lover of real food that works hard every day to nourish her growing family in spite of struggles with infertility and allergies. She blogs about her journey and life with three kids at Homemade Dutch Apple Pie.