In the summertime, my family loves to enjoy frozen treats. My hubby and son, especially, are big fans of ice cream. For a while there, we were going out to have ice cream one night a week, as a special summertime treat, and then I began to notice that our special treat wasn't being too kind to me. I knew that if we were going to continue to enjoy all of those special frozen treats, I was going to have to find time for extra workouts, when I barely have time time for them now.
In search of an alternative to the not-so-good for us frozen treats, I came across Cooks Club. Cooks Club promotes healthy eating, by offering smart products, like their Salad Shooters, Food Dehydrators, and Frozen Fruit Dessert Makers. I love frozen yogurt with fresh fruit mixed in, so the idea of being able to make frozen fruit desserts at home was incredibly appealing to me. Hubby and B aren't overly fond of many fruits, but I was determined to find a way to make healthier desserts.
I was able to connect with Tyler, over at Cooks Club, who offered me the opportunity to review a Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker in my choice of color. I couldn't wait for it to arrive, so I could start making frozen fruit treats, right in my own kitchen.
Our Cooks Club product has arrived- we selected the green model.
I was happy to see an instruction book, right on top of the product.
The Cooks Club Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker was in pieces, and those pieces were individually wrapped.
As I removed the pieces of the frozen dessert maker from the box, and placed them on the table, I instantly fell in love with the black and green color combo. My kitchen is black and green, and most all of my appliances are black and silver or black and stainless steel, so it seemed nice to have a small appliance with a pop of vibrant color!
Stands tall, slender, and colorful...
I also noticed the size of the frozen fruit dessert maker. It's not a big, monstrous contraption... instead, it's just a lightweight, small counter top appliance that can easily be stored away, and brought back out for occasional or everyday use.
The frozen fruit dessert maker came with easy to follow instructions for use.
The handle simply clicks in, and when you're ready to use the frozen fruit dessert maker, plug it in, and flip the switch. Easy as could be!
When I told B that we were going to make frozen fruit 'ice cream' for one of our daily preschool at home activities, he was thrilled! He thought the frozen fruit dessert maker looked like a spaceship, and he could wait for frozen treats to blast on out of it! I asked Chef B to hop into the kitchen with me for a little prep work.
B, excitedly holding a bunch of bananas, ready to check out the Cooks Club Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker!
Tyler gave me a few tips on what types of fruits work best for creating frozen fruit treats. He told me that bananas seem to work best, and some folks even like to use cubes of frozen yogurt, with added fruits like strawberries. Juicer fruits can be a bit trickier, so I decided to stick with bananas.
We only needed a couple of bananas to start with, so we grabbed two from the bunch...
...and Chef B helped to peel bananas for the very first time. As you can see, he loved it.
We split each banana in half, and then placed them into a plastic container. The bananas needed to be completely frozen before we could use them with the frozen fruit dessert maker, so we placed them into the freezer for 24 hours.
Ready to roll- our Cooks Club Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker is all set up, and we have everything we need to make a delicious frozen fruit treat!
When the bananas has thoroughly frozen, we removed them from the freezer, and immediately put them through the frozen fruit dessert maker. I put each piece of frozen banana through one piece at a time, and B watched as the frozen bananas were transformed into banana 'ice cream'
Place the frozen fruit into the shoot, and switch the machine on...
...and then insert the plunger, and press the fruit down firmly.
Then, watch as the fruit comes out beautifully through the dispenser (make sure there's a bowl underneath to catch it!).
Mmm... pretty ribbons of frozen banana! This has the consistency of frozen yogurt!
B enjoyed helping me press the on/off button, and watching the frozen banana treat swirl into the bowl.
We got a big bowl-full of frozen banana from 1 & 1/2 bananas.
We added a drizzle of warm peanut butter, and dried cranberries to our frozen banana dessert, and it was delicious! The banana, cranberry and peanut butter combo is one of my all time favorite snacks! This frozen treat didn't disappoint one bit! It was smooth, creamy, naturally sweet, and guilt-free!
I am not usually a big fan of anything banana flavored, but I have to tell you, this frozen banana treat was incredibly delicious, and healthy! I would have this again and again, and wouldn't feel an ounce of guilt. I may actually eat bananas much more often! Even my husband, who likes bananas less than I do, really enjoyed this treat. Being able to sort of customize the flavor by adding a scoop of peanut butter (protein!) really made a big difference for him. Even little B, who we're never quite sure will like the new things we try, was quite taken by the yummy frozen banana treat! I think this frozen fruit dessert is a definite keeper!
We threw in some dried cranberries...
...and drizzled warm peanut butter over top!
I appreciated that the actual frozen fruit dessert maker wasn't super loud when I was using it. I love to have B helping me in the kitchen, but he often runs away with his hands over his ears, anytime we have to use a small kitchen appliance. He enjoyed staying by my side, and watching to bananas turn into a frozen fruit dessert. I also appreciated the fact that the frozen fruit dessert maker was simple to take apart, and easy to clean. The handle/shoot detaches, and all I had to do was give it a quick wash.
I plan on trying even more great recipes, which came with my Cooks Club Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker. I'd really love to try using some of the frozen yogurt cubes with frozen strawberries, blueberries, and perhaps mango, or peaches! Yum!
The Cooks Club Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker is available in a variety of colors: blue, green, pink, red, and white.
Also available from Cooks Club: Salad Shooters, and Food Dehydrators...
Salad Shooter (I would love to have one of these, as well!)
Domestic Food Dehydrator
Commercial Food Dehydrator
I would love to try both the salad shooter, and the food dehydrator from Cooks Club, since our experience with the frozen fruit dessert maker was so positive! Far too many people believe that eating fresh, healthy foods at home has to be incredibly complicated or incredibly expensive. When you have the right tools on hand, and make the conscious decision to cook and eat well with your family, you'll be surprised at how easy it truly is, to enjoy healthy meals, snacks and even frozen desserts right at home.
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