Being a mother is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but sometimes, the everyday challenges that come with it can really get to me!
As a mom, I always have to make choices for my kids, be it nutrition-related choices or other choices.
One of the top guilty indulgences of my kids would have to be ice-cream. My kids love ice-cream, in fact I think if given a choice, they would love to have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Nevertheless, I can’t allow that to happen. Ice-cream is full of processed fats, artificial flavors, sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Therefore, I restrict and does not really approve of ice-cream for my kids.
Of course, begrudging the kids their favorite food is definitely heartbreaking but sometimes what must be done must be done!
However, this doesn’t mean that I am a bad mum, because I don’t just stop at restricting my kids from eating store-bought ice-cream, instead I strive to make them homemade alternatives are healthy and do not compromise on the taste factor.
The weather in Hawaii can get brutal – especially in the summer, when the temperature rises well beyond the comfortable zone. During such times, homemade ice cream is a welcome treat. With this all-nAtural recipe, you won’t have to worry about your kids gorging on an extra helping of the ice-cream.
One of my favorite homemade ice-cream recipes is the following blueberry sherbet recipe.
This is a type of frozen dessert that does not just look good but tastes good, too. It is a flavorful dessert that uses natural ingredients, a standard blender and a freezer.
You don’t really need to have an ice cream maker in order to make this dessert. Although the name may be ‘blueberry’, the bright purple color of the sherbet is attractive. Once you pop this delicious frozen treat in your mouth, you’d be greeted by the flavorful taste of blueberries and the tanginess of lemon or lime.
When I make blueberry sherbet, I like to add my own twist to the classic recipe in order to make it my own and also to make it more healthy and exciting for my kids.
If you all have been following me then you will know that I love to cook and experiment with dishes. For this dish, I like adding in a Tropical ingredient such as mango or pineapple to it to give the recipe more of a Hawaiian feel.
The following is my recipe for blueberry sherbet, which has been an instant hit with my kids:
– 2 cups of fresh blueberries (frozen blueberries can also be used in case fresh ones aren’t available)
– 1 cup buttermilk (fat-free)
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1 tbspn lemon or lime juice (fresh)
– 1/2 tspn vanilla essence
– 1 cup mixed tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, etc) cut into small cubes
In a blender, throw in the blueberries, buttermilk, sugar, lime juice and vanilla extract and blend until smooth.
Now, fold in the tropical fruit cubes and mix well.
Pour the mixture into a baking tray or a large square serving bowl and pop it into the freezer for 4-5 hours.
If you like your sherbet extra firm, then let it freeze overnight. However, be warned that the longer you freeze it, the more difficult it will be to blend it later!
When ready to serve, process the frozen mixture in a blender (I like to use my Margaritaville Frozen Drink Machine) until it reaches a smooth consistency and put it into the freezer again for 4-5 hours. You can serve this in a cocktail glass with a sprig of mint for garnishing.
Processing the frozen sherbet-in-the-making well is definitely the key to the smoothness of the sherbet.
This is a dessert recipe that you can make in advance, which is why it is a great idea for when you have guests over in your house. This way, you won’t have to leave the dinner table to fuss over the dessert, you can simply open the freezer, pop this out, serve it to your guests in cute cocktail glasses or bowls and watch them get bowled over by the taste!