There is a whole lotta ice cream going on in BRK since summer began. And what’s ice cream without toppings? Neat. Virgin. Naked. Plain. If I had it my way, then fresh berries along with some fresh whipped cream would be my choice. We had our friends over the other night and between our two families the kids out numbered us, which meant I had to have a nice kid approved ice cream topping. After making the Strawberry Shortcake Bars, I got the idea of making Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sprinkles as I did the crumbles on the Shortcake Bars. What a hit they were too! I was telling my friend Sabrina about them yesterday and she said she could go for some of these sprinkles in or on her pancakes- great idea! I had suggested not only ice cream, but atop one’s morning oatmeal or yogurt, cupcakes, cake, or pudding. Or how about hot buttered popcorn? Swoon.
- ½ stick or 4 T. unsalted organic butter, chilled
- 3.4 oz. box vanilla pudding, non-instant kind, like Dr. Oetker Organics
- ½ cup organic oat flour
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips, like Enjoy Life
- In a medium bowl, using a fork or pastry blender, blend butter, pudding mix, and flour until small crumbles form.
- Blend in mini chocolate chips until small clusters form as in the photo. Store in a jar or air-tight container in the refrigerator.
- To serve, loosen or fluff the crumbles with a fork and pour into a nice serving bowl.
If you have been following me for a bit now, you know that my kiddos are not on board with the paleo lifestyle- they want rice, pasta, potatoes, and sweeties. The compromise is I make as many of their treats from scratch as possible, and lower the sugar as much as I can. No, I did not make the ice cream, but I did buy one that had normal ingredients and not a bunch of things I needed a science degree to understand. Oh wait, I have a science degree. We will get there eventually. Maybe. Maybe not. It took me 44 years to figure out what worked for me, I just hope it doesn’t take them that long.
I must confess too, that I did indulge in a bowl of ice cream with a touch of fresh whipped cream and berries with a bit of those sprinkles, and let me tell you, although it was all yummy and I enjoyed every bite, I paid the price. No guilt. Just consequences.
Do you have different dietary plans in your home? How do you compromise or cope?