Ice lollies, or ice blocks as they are typically known as round here, are the ultimate summer treat, but the shop-bought variety are often full of added sugar and nasties. So we are experimenting with making our own, and it couldn’t be easier.
Our current favourite is a tropical mix of banana, mango and coconut milk with a spoonful of honey to sweeten. I found the original recipe here when I desperately needed to use up some over-ripe fruit on a day when it was way too hot for baking (muffins are my usual handy standby). You simply peel and prepare the fruit, throw it in a blender with the coconut milk and honey to taste, pour into lolly moulds and pop in the freezer.
The mix easily fills our four moulds, and there is generally a little to spare – yummy as a mid-morning smoothie snack! Icklegen loves them; despite being ickle she has proved herself more than capable of eating a whole ice lolly in the afternoon, and then gone on to have a decent tea later. And, because they are dairy-free, Daddy Ickle can indulge on occasion as well.
For our latest batch, Ickle and I popped in a handful of fresh blueberries – it’s the season for these ‘wonder’ fruit over here, so make the most of them while they last. Yum. Don’t those lollies look good? And they taste even better, I can assure you! So, don’t delay any further and whip out that blender right now, people.
What is your favourite fruity mix for homemade ice lollies/blocks?