After naps today it was warm, a bit humid, sunny and we all needed a snack… but we all wanted a “treat” as the boys like to say. As we were talking about what that treat might look like they were running through options that typical kids would think of, but, of which, we had none on hand. Tonchi wanted gum or candy and Koa wanted chocolate. Aisling would have been happy with whatever sweet she was given, grapes probably would have done it for her, but she is happy to go along with the boys… most of the time!
I offered green smoothies which I said I could add a bit of fruit to make it sweeter or maybe even some kombucha! Both of these are usually “treat” worthy around here! They enjoy them as much as I do! But today… that didn’t suit… it didn’t sound good to me either, so I didn’t blame them. We wanted something light, refreshing and cool! I had some kombucha pops in the freezer which would have done the trick, but it wasn’t what I wanted! 😉
Since it is probably one of the last few warm days this summer, we wanted a summer treat, even though the pool was closed!. You know,… and icy would do the trick! As fall approaches, I am looking forward to the pumpkin pie lattes, gingerbread and hot apple cider. But since it was still warm we didn’t want anything hot, so we decided on cold pumpkin pie! 😉
This was super easy to make especially with the VitaMix on high!
Pumpkin Pie Icy
⅓ cup rice milk
1 ½ c cooked pureed pumpkin (or butternut squash works too)
½ cup molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
6 cups of ice
I made sure everything was blended/pureed together first and then added just enough ice to make it thick and icy.
Note: This was almost like ice cream when we first had it. Thick enough to eat with a spoon. This made A LOT, so I froze the rest of it. It got very hard and almost impossible to scoop out. But as I scraped the top it was more like an icy and if I let it sit a bit longer it was more like ice cream again! Also if you want it a bit sweeter you could add a few dried dates, honey or maybe even some maple syrup. I thought it was fine, but I’m sure the boys would have liked it better had it been a little more sweet!
It did hit the spot and it was cool and refreshing for the afternoon! Next time I may also add a few nuts to make it a little thicker and add a little more protein to it to make it a snack that would help hold the kids til dinner!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!