Slimming World friendly Syn free “Ice Cream ” Cookie Sandwiches

A few weeks ago my five year old saw ice cream cookie sandwiches being made on Food Network and nagged me to make them ever since. So, one rainy half term day last week we made some, and they looked … Continue reading

Avocado, banana and Nutella ice lollies

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This is an incredibly easy healthier treat for those of us with a sweet tooth.  You’ll need just three simple ingredients:

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Mash a couple of bananas until pretty smooth.

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Put in a nutribullet cup (a regular blender will work fine), top with half a mashed avocado and three tablespoons of Nutella. For those of you who would prefer a more natural alternative to Nutella you could try adding coconut oil and manuka honey chocolate instead, although I’ve yet to try it.

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Blitz until smooth and well combined.

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Pour into moulds and leave to set in the freezer.

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Run the mould under a little warm water to release the lolly and enjoy.

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Ice cream cone cupcakes.

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I know these babies have been popular in the USA for a while now, but here in the UK they’re still a bit of a novelty. With our church hosting a Light Party (alternative to Halloween) this afternoon, I figured the kids would love a bit of a treat. Here’s how to make these incredibly simple cone cupcakes:

Firstly buy the short ice cream cones which have a flat bottom so they’ll stand up. Make your cake batter and then cover a cupcake tray with tin foil. Push the cones through the foil (this works best of you puncture the foil worth a knife first). The foil will give them some stability and so them falling over in the oven.

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Then fill the cones with the cake batter up to the first line of the cone. As you can see from the pictures I was a little over enthusiastic with the batter and overfilled them which caused a few of them to spill over the sides during the baking process.

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Bake in a preheated oven at about 160oC for about 20 minutes or until a skewer comes clean. You’ll end up with something like this:

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Now for the icing. I made white  buttercream but wanted it to be a bit more colourful so in the piping bag I drew a line of red, purple, green and blue food colorings before carefully adding the white buttercream trying not to smudge the colours.

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Then, from the outside of the cupcake, start a swirl working inwards to create the affect of a ‘Mr Whippy’ ice cream.

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Everyone knows an ice cream isn’t complete without some adornment so I used peppermint straws as makeshift flakes.

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I had some left over buttercream so iced a few regular cupcakes with a rose style. For this start at the centre of the cake and swirl outwards.

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Well that’s all for today folks. I’ve got a party to go to! Here’s all this mornings baking ready to go…

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