Naturally sweet, dairy-free if required and utterly sublime. This simple ice dessert combines just a few simple ingredients, in fact, it’s one of those recipes you look at once and then make it up as you go depending on what’s in the fridge/freezer and the fruits in season.
The recipe combines a creamy, fruit ice and a juice-infused chia layer. Tiny yet mighty chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as being rich in antioxidants. Their benefits include promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of ageing, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles, and more! Chia even means ‘strength’ in the Mayan language.
You will need:
2-3 frozen bananas
2 bottles of Prodjuice (we used Orange, Kakadu plum, turmeric and ginger in one for a more sophisticated and refreshing ice and in the other we used Dragonfruit , finger lime and apple juice for a more classic dessert with a sweeter edge). Any of our other fruit-based juices would work well too!
1 cup of yogurt or milk of your choice – almond milk works beautifully with the Kakadu, Ginger and Turmeric juice.
2 tablespoons of chia seeds.
Extra fruit for garnish. We used fresh dragonfruit, finger lime jewels, shaved coconut, passionfruit + mango.
How to make:
1. Pour 1 bottle of juice into a ice cube tray and freeze.
2. Place half of the yogurt/milk with all other ingredients into a food processer and blend until well combined. Add and blend the rest of the yogurt/milk if needed.
3. You can serve at this point for a soft-serve texture or place into a bowl, cover and return to the freezer to scoop later. Just bring out of the freezer 10-15 mins before you want to scoop to make it easier. You could also use this same mix to make into ‘pops.’
To make the chia layer:
4. Combine remaining ½ bottle of juice with two tablespoons of chia seed, mix well and place in the bottom of your serving glasses and refrigerate until you are reading to serve.
Images and recipe by Samantha Mackie.