Getting your 2 year old to like healthy vegan desserts: Pistachio Sorbet-Ice-Cream

Homemade Vegan Pistachio Sorbet

Below is my 2 year old enjoying the results of the creation. It shows that you can get children to like ‘not so sweet things’ at an early age. Recipe to follow.

This is best pistachio sorbet sweetened with pitted dates with a little raw vanilla. Recipe:

Gotta a Vitamix blender (or something comparable?) Mix 1/2 cup of raw pistachios, 3 pitted dates (you can always add more if you like it sweeter), 1/2 tsp of raw vanilla powder, 1/2 tbsp of soy lecithin, 1/8 tsp of gum Arabic (optional) and 2 cups of water. Blend until smooth, chill in the fridge for an hour, then throw in the ice cream maker.

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0 thoughts on “Getting your 2 year old to like healthy vegan desserts: Pistachio Sorbet-Ice-Cream

  1. I don’t think that adults give children enough credit when it comes to the “likeability” of certain foods. I know a 9-year-old who LOVES bitter greens and olives, while his father gives me the side-eye at the mere mention.

    I don’t eat pistachio ice cream often but do enjoy it when I have it. I am going to try this.

    I don’t know that I’ve ever seen vanilla powder.

    I know you’re not real big on sweeteners, but I’m not real big on dates and will probably try this with maple syrup.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I know people think kids only enjoy Twinkies and Pop Tarts. This post implies that that isn’t that case.

      I’m sure maple syrup or agave is fine too, but those don’t agree with my chemistry.

      Let me know what you think!

  2. My little 7-year-old mentee has enjoyed organic chocolate soymilk, blue corn chips, and sugar plum tomatoes…despite the fact that her mother refuses to taste unfamiliar-looking foods. And my 3-year-old mentee demands pieces of my tofu stir fry (preferably hand-fed to her, LOL).

    Since I’m not their mom, there’s never any power struggle between us over food, and they are very open-minded toward trying any food I bring with me.

    1. @Zoe I just love how my son had a little temper tantrum the other week because I wouldn’t give him some of my kale smoothie that he’s used to drinking.

      I do want to note that I am in a socio-economically and geographically privileged location in which I have access to foods that I are more holistic. I also have this great fellowship that allows me to do research from home and could stay home with my toddler the fist 2+ years of his life and make him his meals and give him his snacks.

      @Ted. What ages do you teach? Thanks for the donation BTW, and believing in supporting my work!

      1. I love how you are. You always make sure to note that not everyone has an opportunity to eat these foods. I am from a rural area in the south, and they just recently started opening up health food stores here. Before, they were always in the nicer parts of town and the ones we do have are expensive so many people aren’t able to do their grocery shopping there. I can always come to your blog and I never feel bad or guilty about not being able to eat all of the foods you do because you never seem judgmental and are very understanding. I’d love to try some but I’d have to scrape up the money, haha. Most of the food/drink establishments in my part of town are either fast food restaurants, convenient stores, or cigarrette and tobacco shops, and they all rival each other for customers. It’s like they make sure healthy food isn’t available. I’ve been lurking for a while and really love this blog. As an African American/Puerto Rican female I have always thought I was the only one who noticed the “whiteness” in veganism and found your blog by searching for other people who might notice it, and was happy I was not alone. I thought about veganism and vegetarianism but the “whiteness” of it and the people I have enountered made me feel a bit alientated and it actually made me distance myself from this movement. For instance, when trying to find natual hair products from vegan stores and realizing they didn’t have very many options for curly, dry, hair made me feel like I wasn’t wanted. I have to go to actual Black establishments for anything to get a good selection. (With that being said, you should do a couple of entries on your hair care routine and the products you use! I have found a store called but I’d love something a bit cheaper.) I’ve learned so much from reading this blog and always pass it around! Thanks so much for your work! This has made me definitely rethink my position and give think about veganism/animal rights a bit more seriously.

        Also, you have a really pretty little boy!!

  3. so cute! it’s all about being positive and open with food. at the school i teach at, we try really hard. but a lot of the food is still starchy, nutritionless grains.

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