Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
In my 40th year there is mounting evidence that I am in fact old. There’s no grey hairs (yet) or wrinkling chins. Sure, there’s a few joints that go crack when I stand but they’re not the main reasons.
The 5 signs that I’m becoming an old lady
1. I shopped at Millers
I was walking past Millers last week with my Mum and Aunt and was mocking them for going into an ‘old ladies shop’ when I spotted a nice top in the window. To my horror there were more nice things inside and I ended up in the change room with an arm full of clothes.
Now in my defence I bought clothes from the Crossroads side of the store, which apparently makes me only slightly less grandma-ish, but it’s still a far cry from my early days of Glassons and Sportgirl.
2. I use a bum bag
Let me reassure you that it’s not a Carlton style bum bag fresh from the 90’s but nevertheless it’s still a waist strap that carries stuff.
I bought it to use when running as my upper arm chaffing from my phone case was giving me permanent scarring but it has since turned into a much used (and secretly loved) accessory. It has just enough space to carry my phone, keys, spare toilet paper and some money and I can (mostly) conceal it under my t-shirt.
I’m pretty sure that justifying an accessory based on it’s practicality rather than it’s looks puts me in the old man category!
3. I shopped at Millers again!
I was so in love with a blue top I got earlier in the week that I went back and got it in black as well. I thought I could covertly duck in and out without being noticed, but the retail assistant remembered me from my first visit. I think she even offered me a membership card which I politely declined!
4. I use a recliner
Our extravagant purchase when we moved to a new house 4 years ago was a black leather lounge suit with recliners. The fact that it was ½ price and cheaper than our old (and now kid trashed) couch was the motivating factor however the recliners were an added bonus.
The couch also has built in recliners at the ends, but I have never used them, preferring to sit up right…until recently. I am now a member of the lazy boy club with legs extended out and toes pointing towards the ceiling. I claim it’s to help with recovery after a run but really, it’s just super comfy and the closet thing I get to a day time nap.
5. I used the phrase “back in my day”
I was explaining something to the kids recently and uttered the phrases “back in my day”, “you don’t know how lucky you are” and “before there were mobile phones, the internet and computers…”.
To really age yourself tell your kids how old you were when your family got their first home PC; the one that could only show a few colours on the screen and, if you were lucky enough to have dial up, could never be used just in case someone rang (PS Mum they never did!). I think I was 14 or 15…or in kid speak a long long time ago!
This Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Cream takes something old and gives it a new twist in the only way this #crazyveggielady knows how…with added #hiddenveggies!
The original concept came when I was deep into recipe development for my Veggie Dessert Cook Book. In the beginning this Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Cream was made using pured steamed Cauliflower, but since then I have learnt that me and cauliflower are not friends so I took to the recipe with sweet potato. And guess what? I think it’s even better as there is less veggie taste to try and mask with sweetener which means you don’t need to add as much and can logically therefore eat way more ice cream.
You can freeze this Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Cream in moulds (like I have) or in a sealed container in the freezer.
If using moulds please take care when removing the Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Creams. Mine got stuck (maybe the amount of peanut butter in the recipe?) despite running them under hot water to loosen them. I ended up running a knife around the edge of the moulds to help jiggle them out. There were a few casualties, but that’s ok as I scooped the ice cream out and used it in a cone instead.
If you are freezing your Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Cream in a sealed container then you can eat it straight away, but I find to get a creamier texture blending the frozen ice cream will give it a soft serve consistency. Either way is tasty.
The final step of making the perfect Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Cream is the chocolate topping. This is an optional extra but gives it a Choc Wedge vibe (remember them from the olden days?!). The topping is my processed sugar free Chocolate and it sets pretty much straight away after being poured onto the ice creams. There is a small window for getting sprinkles to stick to the chocolate so maybe not leave the job up to your 3yo helper. She may be enthusiastic but not speedy with her sprinkling!
These can be eaten straight away or placed back in the freezer for a bit to make sure the chocolate has set. You can keep the Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Creams in the freezer for days (but as if they’ll last that long!). I wrap mine in baking paper or cling wrap to prevent them drying out
Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Cream
- 1/2 Cup cooked Sweet Potato puree to cook a sweet potato; place a whole unpeeled, sweet potato in a moderate oven and bake for 1 hour or until mushy inside. Peel the skin and remove the mushy insides
- 3/4 Cup Peanut Butter smooth is best
- 1 Cup Coconut Cream thick dairy cream can be substituted- place an opened can of coconut cream/milk in the fridge overnight and spoon off the thickened cream to use. place an opened can of coconut cream/milk in the fridge overnight. Scoop off and use the thickened cream, discarding the watery remains.
- 4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup Taste and add an extra 1 Tablespoon if needed
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
Healthy Peanut Butter Ice Cream
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
- Pour the mixture directly into the moulds and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours (but preferably over night). To assist in removing the icy cream run the mound under warm water to loosen it.
Ice Cream in the freezer
- Pour the Ice-cream into a sealed container and cover. Freeze for at least 4 hours (longer is fine). Once set remove from the container and process in the blender until smooth. Serve immediately.
- This last step will give the Ice Cream a creamier consistancy but it can be eaten stright from the freezer.
Ice Cream Machine
- Follow the manufacturers instructions.