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Triple B Ice Cream (the 3rd ‘B’ may surprise you!)

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In our house, we end our last meal of the day with something sweet.  I can’t help it.  To me, it’s the perfect way to unwind together as a family after a long, hectic day of work, school, homework and errands.  I try to keep a healthy balance by alternating between fresh fruit and treats.  Every other night, dessert is fresh fruit.  On the other nights, it’s a cookie or lately, a piece from their Halloween candy stash.

Of course kids are always excited about getting a sweet treat, but my kids are just as excited about “fruit nights”.  Sometimes, I sneak in more fruit on “treat nights” by making something like this, inspired by Whole Food Simply’s Raspberry Bliss Ice Cream.   I made this last night on a whim and had to make some substitutions based on what I had in the house.  Plus I took out the high-in-fat nuts and added in a bit of colorful vegetable.

Frankly, my version is not as decadent or as natural as hers, but it is smooth, creamy and a fun color.  For my kids, I call it Purple Dinosaur Ice Cream.  When speaking to adults, and not wanting to sound insane, I call it Triple B (Bananas, Blueberries and Beets – yes Beets).

I buy beets, wash ’em, cut them into 2″ cubes and freeze them.  I toss a cube or two into smoothies.   The color of beets is so deep and vibrant, that no matter what else you put into a smoothie, it looks purple.   I use this trick to hide the fact that I’ve put a handful of spinach or kale into the kids’ smoothies (shhh – don’t tell).  A cube or two of beets makes the smoothie looks “berry” flavored.

A word of warning if you have messy eaters or if you’re wearing white:  Between the blueberries and beets, be ready to clean up spills or treat stains right away.

Triple B Ice Cream (aka “Purple Dinosaur” Ice Cream)

Ingredients:

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  • 3 frozen bananas, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 small pieces of frozen beet
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy vanilla coffee creamer (or substitute any kind of  milk plus sweetener and vanilla extract)
  • Raw cacao nibs (optional)

1.) Throw the first four ingredients into a good blender and blend until smooth.  I used my trusty Vitamix and needed to use the tamper to get all ingredients smooth.

2.)  Add cacao nibs and blend on low for just a few seconds.

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Enjoy!

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This entry was posted on November 26, 2013 by in Recipes, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , .
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