Hot day? lovely lollies!
On a hot day what could be better. Unfortunately, most of the lollies you buy are full of sugar and not very healthy. Well help is at hand and I have here a few flavour combinations to get you started- no additives or added sugars. Lollies are fun to make with the kids and you can have almost any flavour that takes your fancy- yes even marmite or coffee if you really wanted.
I have 3 great lolly flavours that will be a welcome treat on a sunny afternoon. And so easy-peasy to make. You can buy lolly moulds at the supermarkets and there are some great shapes available but if you don’t have any no problem just use washed out yogurt pots as your ice lolly mould.
*Recipes make 6-8 lollies depending on lolly moulds
Coconut fruit pop
Coconut is better than water at re-hydrating, so refreshing and full of nutrients so it seemed the obvious choice as a base for this lolly. I have listed the fruit I used but you can use any fruit you like. The fruit suspended in coconut water looks so pretty and inviting. The fruit chunks get hard when frozen but as you eat the lolly they soften and become easier to eat. A scrummy treat on a hot day.
1 kiwi peeled and sliced, a few raspberries, 2 large strawberries, large carton coconut water.
You won’t need all of it but reserve some for the other lolly recipe or pour over crushed ice to keep you re-hydrated as you wait for the lollies to set.
wash and chop your fruit and place in lolly moulds, place your stick in the mould being careful not to crush the fruit. Pour over enough coconut water to cover all the fruit. Carefully place in freezer to set- this should take at least 3-4 hours.
Cucumber mint lollies
These are so very refreshing. Cucumber and melon have fabulous hydrating properties so mixed with coconut water and with the cooling hint of mint these make for a must have lolly on a hot day.
1 cucumber peeled and chopped, 200g honeydew melon fleas chopped, 25g fresh mint leaved finely chopped, 100ml coconut water.
place all ingredients through a juicer and stir the juices till combined add the coconut water. If you do not have a juicer place all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until mixed and smooth. Then push through a sieve to extract juice and remove pulp. This lolly works best with not pulp giving a smooth lolly. Pour juice into your lolly moulds insert sticks and freeze.
* Try freezing in ice-cube bag or moulds and add to your Pimms or summer cocktails. For that extra special twist add a curl of lemon zest and sliver of cucumber to each cube before you freeze.
Elderflower and Blueberry
Elderflower cordial (strong), blueberries.
Make up a jug of strong elderflower cordial with sparkling spring water. It should taste stronger than you would drink it as the cold numbs the taste buds so subtle flavours get lost. Place blueberries into the lolly moulds, cover with cordial, add lolly sticks and freeze.
Banana & Yogurt creamy pops
Kids love these lollies, creamy and delicious and a great alternative to ice-cream lollies.
1 ripe banana, 160g yogurt (Soya or Greek) 1 tsp maple syrup. (if you don’t have maple syrup honey works wonderfully) Chopped mixed nuts (optional)
Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz till smooth- this will take a few pulses of the blender. If using the nuts sprinkle a few into the tip of each lolly mould, then pour in the banana mixture add the lolly sticks and freeze. This should take about 4 hours. If you do not want to use the nuts you can replace them with a few choc-chips or chopped seeds for crunch.
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