Summer is almost over which means we’re supposed to slowly (or maybe super abruptly) get back into our school year routines. Yawn. I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to mean no more staying up late, no more pajamas will TOTALLY work for today’s adventures that would normally require real clothes. And of course no more what the heck, have a donut mere moments before I tell you it’s bedtime. Basically, goodbye fun mom! Hello mean strict mom!
Combine that with the fact that my mini-me, Kayla has really stepped up her negotiating tactics this summer and through the powers of mom calculus and parenting physics you get an I’m-just-so-tired-of-trying-to-parent-I-give-up kind of parent. So basically I need to get an edge wherever I can. And I have thought of one place I can get that edge. Dessert. The good old dessert debate.
Apparently Craig and I grew up with very different concepts of what dessert meant and this adds to the debate.
Me: Dessert is a treat to celebrate a special day, achievement, etc.
Him: Dessert (ice cream, ice pops, ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches) is something that comes after dinner.
As you can see, we’re totally aligned when it comes to this issue. Therefore I have to outsmart my 6 year old and my 44 year old. You want frozen treats, I’ll give you frozen treats!!
Except I will sneakily make them with a dairy free smoothie. Because mom always wins. You know, except when she doesn’t. Like when she was all excited about leaving the house early to get to camp drop off yesterday only to buckle everyone in and realize hair brushing, make up and coordinating clothes were all she was missing. Oops.
But in all seriousness I have noticed something over the years. Our whole family seems to get a nice stuffy nose post dairy consumption. Which probably means we shouldn’t be consuming a lot of it, especially in the evening. So I came up with an ice cream-esque frozen treat that is dairy free because it uses cashew milk.
The best part is thanks to my super quick pop maker it takes about a minute to prep these and only 7 minutes to freeze them. It’s like 8 minute abs, ice pop edition. Want to make your own? Here’s how:
You can use a traditional blender or my preference, an immersion blender. Put about 1 cup of crushed ice and 1/2 a cup of vanilla cashew milk into a large measuring cup. Add 1/2 a banana (this is awesome for using up bananas that have overstayed their welcome by a day) and a handful of strawberries with the leaves removed.
Blend until it’s combined evenly and then pour into your ice pop molds. If you’re using traditional ice pop molds it will obviously take a few hours to freeze up so you’ll want to do this earlier in the day. If you’re a stellar meal planning procrastinator like moi then the quick pop maker is your hero. And now for the hard part…
Dispense deletable frozen treats to aforementioned dessert lovers. Enjoy their shocked looks when you hand it over without a fight.
Mom. For. The. Win.
Interested in trying cashew milk? It’s pretty darn delicious. You can visit Silk, sign up and receive a coupon plus check out some other amazing looking recipes. Want to try this recipe out but not quite ready? You can pin the image below and it will be waiting for you when you get around to winning that dessert debate.
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. Obviously.