Frozen treats just got healthier with these gut-friendly, sugar-free options
This heat! It just calls for something cold and delicious to cool yourself and the kids down. That’s our excuse for eating ice cream and froyo (frozen yogurt) incessantly, anyway. Now you can have your cake and eat it, too, so to speak with these healthier ways to enjoy frozen desserts.
We all know that while froyo sounds healthier (and is lower in calories) than ice cream, it’s still often packed with sugar. We’ve lined up a new sugar-free soft serve gelato cafe, two gut-friendly froyo ideas for kids (one is completely refined sugar-free), and for those up for some DIY, check out our homemade kefir ice cream or vegan one-ingredient ‘nice’ cream for the ultimate healthy probiotic-rich kids’ treat!
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Power Pops are the frozen yogurt popsicle snack for littlies that won’t send them over the edge. Power Pops is a mumpreneur business started by two sisters in Singapore who were looking for a healthy afternoon treat to give to their kids. Power Pops are mini-froyo popsicles made from homemade Greek yogurt, fresh fruits, herbs and honey. Flavours include Banana Peanut Butter, Mango & Peaches and Strawberry Basil. We can testify these go down a treat with kids and mamas alike! Currently they’re only available in bulk (perfect for birthday parties!) at $2 a pop, with a minimum order of 100pcs (packed in a styrofoam box with dry ice to last 4-5hrs).
Power Pops, Tel: (+65) 9648 4870, www.facebook.com/powerpops.sg
Hailing from Taiwan, with outlets in Shanghai & Malaysia, Camaca at King Albert Park offers Singapore’s first ever capsule pod gelato and sorbet made with maltitol instead of refined sugar. Maltitol is a sugar alcohol that is less sweet compared to refined sugar and with only the calories plus unlike regular sugar it does not promote tooth decay. All of the gelato are handmade and individually stored in a custom-made capsules (that look like macarons) – apparently to seal in the flavours (which means no pre-tasting, sorry peeps!). The capsules are put into a special machine and out swirls soft-serve gelato in flavours ranging from Swiss Chocolate to Raspberry Mango, Coconut, Royal Earl Grey, Roasted Oolong and Yuzu ($5.80 per capsule).
Camaca, 9 King Albert Park, KapMall #01-11/12, Singapore 598332, Tel: (+65) 6904 3811, www.facebook.com/camaca.singapore
Sogurt at KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar has just launched a “healthier-choice” hard-serve frozen yogurt “Sogurt Spoonful” in mini pints. This locally-produced froyo has prebiotics and soft-serve active bacterial cultures so it’s gut-healthy and a little less sinful than your regular scoop of ice cream! Sogurt Spoonful is made with live active cultures (great for the immune system, and gut health), prebiotic fibre (a natural dietary fibre that acts as a fertiliser for good gut bacteria), New Zealand skim milk (a source of calcium and protein), and coconut oil (to help burn fat, increase metabolism and satiate hunger). There is sugar present in the yoghurt powder, but keep an eye out for the sugar-free froyo coming out soon! There are six different flavours in 120g mini pints., including Dark Chocolate, Lychee, Berry Drizzle, and Strawberry Yuzu. You can order nine mini pints in a cute box, making a fun kids’ party offering! Mini pots are $4.20 – $4.65 each, or $42 per pack for a Sogurt Spoonful pack of 9 (120g each).
From now till 31 March 2019, Sassy Mamas can get an extra 1 box free when you purchase 4 festive boxes.
Sogurt Spoonful, 617 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 269718, Kallang Wave Mall, #01-46 Singapore 397628, www.sogurt.com.sg
If you can get your hands on some kefir grains and start culturing your own probiotic-rich kefir milk, this recipe for gut-friendly kefir ice cream is an easy way to get kids to eat their good bacteria!
Homemade Kefir Ice Cream Recipe
- 1 cup full fat fresh milk
- 2 cup frozen fruit (raspberries or/and mango are good) or 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp honey (leave out if your kid is under 12 months)
- 1 tsp milk kefir grains
- First make your kefir by putting the milk kefir grains in the full-fat fresh (not UHT) milk. Cover the jar with a muslin cloth and ferment for 12 -24 hours on your counter top until the mixture has thickened like a yogurt (if you leave it too long it will separate into whey and curd – you can still use but better to make before this happens).
- Remove the milk kefir grains saving grains for next batch of kefir milk.
- Blend the fermented kefir milk with the other ingredients until smooth (taste for sweetness – it should be a little sweeter than normal as sweetness is reduced by freezing).
- Eat immediately for very soft serve ice cream or place mixture in pre-chilled container in freezer for a few hours and then re-blend to soften ice crystals and serve. These work great as ice pops too.
Read more: Kefir: What it is, where to buy it, and why it’s so darn good for us
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It’s a little bit silly doing a recipe for nice cream; to let the cat out of the bag (we won’t tell if you don’t) it’s just blended frozen banana! But it’s oh so delicious and creamy if you eat it as soon as it’s blended. You can store for later but it will freeze up and go hard if frozen for too long. Add in any flavours you like — raspberry, cocoa powder, a squeeze of lemon…go wild!
One Ingredient Nice Cream
- Peel and chop bananas up (the riper they are the sweeter they will be). Freeze.
- Blended frozen bananas in a food processor (you’ll need to scrape the sides down regularly). You can add in extra ingredients here – coconut cream if you are having troubling blitzing, other fruit, peanut butter, cinnamon or go pure.
- Serve immediately for a soft creamy nice cream or pop in freezer for no more than an hour to make firmer.
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