There Is Always Room For Dessert
My kids eat dessert after dinner almost every night. I just keep it fruit based and leave out the added sugars and sweeteners.
This delicious, sugar free, ice cream is so easy to make in the Thermomix, and only contains two ingredients.
Fat. Glorious Fat.
I like to add coconut cream to this dish because not only does it make this dessert creamy and dairy free, but it adds good quality fat, that not only satisfies and fills up their little tummies, but is super nutrient dense too.
Humans need good quality fats for our brains, immune systems, muscle function, and to help us to absorb different minerals and vitamins.
But What About the Fructose? Isn’t that a type of sugar?
Yes, coconut cream and fruit contain fructose, but they also contain fibre to help the body utilise it effectively.
The explanation that made most sense to me was, (1:13:07)
“When God made the poison he packaged it with the antidote.”
“Fructose is a poison, but wherever there is fructose in nature there is way more fibre.” – Dr Robert H. Lustig
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology reckons fresh whole fruit is ok because:
1. It contains fibre, which limits the amount of fructose you are going to take in.
2. It gives you an essential nutrient, which you needed in the first place.
Can Fruit Damage Your Teeth?
My four-year-old Maxwell has a congenital defect known as Enamel Hypomineralsation or Molar Hypomin.
Healthy teeth are smooth and hard like marble. They protected against tooth decay by the hardest substance in the human body, enamel. Maxwell’s teeth lack enamel, so some of them are soft and crumbly like chalk.
This condition can become quite painful but thankfully, through the use of a low (added) sugar diet and a fantastic paediatric dentist, Max hasn’t suffered much from this condition. He has had a bit of dental work done, but his dentist is so awesome with kids (and parents) that it was a positive experience for him.
I was concerned that whole fruit was giving Max cavities, but his dentist said that whole fruit does not damage teeth.
Whole fruit has plenty of fibre that helps promote saliva production, and brushes away harmful bacteria.
Dried fruit, canned fruit, and fruit juices are a whole different ball game. Dried fruit can stick to your teeth, canned fruit is often full of added refined sugar, and fruit juices don’t contain enough fibre to help the body deal with the fructose efficaciously. I try to limit these foods as much as possible.
Super Easy No Added Sugar Dessert
I like to keep a few different types of fruit in my freezer, and a can of coconut cream in my pantry to create this quick, easy and nutritious dessert.
My kids enjoy this ice cream on it’s own, with a few cacao nibs sprinkled on top, or with a hot dessert like my Apple Crumble.
Thermomix Paleo Vegan Ice Cream
A creamy Paleo Vegan Ice cream, made in the Thermomix with only two ingredients! This icy cold treat is free from dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts, sugar and sweeteners.
- 250 grams bite sized pieces of frozen fruit banana, mango, strawberries or raspberries work best
- 100 grams coconut cream
Add fruit to Thermomix and desiccate Speed 8/ 20 seconds.
Scrape down the bowl and repeat.
Pour/ spoon in the coconut cream and combine Speed 8/ 20 seconds.
Scrape down the bowl, and repeat until it looks like ice cream.
Serve immediately or store in glass container in the freezer.
You can store this ice cream in the freezer but it will set very hard.
To thaw it out enough to scoop it I either take it out of the freezer and put it on the sink before you serve dinner.
Or if I am in a hurry, I add it to a shallow hot water bath in the kitchen sink for a few minutes.