It is roasting hot here just now and I have two very hot toddlers pestering me for ice cream from the moment they wake up to the time they lay their sweaty little heads on their pillows to go to bed. Summer is stretching in front of us and a quick (maths isn’t my strong point) calculation tells me that we could easily get through around 40 boxes of lollies (popsicles) in the next 10 weeks.
This was never an issue my Mum had to face. I used to beg for a trip to the corner shop to buy a Lemonade Sparkle or a Strawberry Mivvi. But she thought them a waste of money so when it was hot she dug out her molds and made lollies with whatever fruit juice we had in the fridge.
I bought myself some cute rocket shaped popsicle molds(click on the link to buy them). I’ve bought some more traditional molds before but I love these, the shape is perfect (not too big) and it comes on a little stand to hold them upright in the freezer. And the stick has a cup to catch the drips.
Mold bought, I had a rummage in the fridge to see what we could make our first batch of lollies out of. If I am going to make my own I want them to be healthy too. That way, what the boys see as a treat, I know is a healthy snack so they will think I’m just an indulgent Mum when they have a lolly every day. Here are the flavours we’ve made so far – all have been a hit and they have averaged out at less than 15p (20c) each. Best of all they have nothing nasty in them.
My boys loved making all four flavors with me so it gave us a little bit of time to do something fun together and gave me a nice break from trains and racing cars.
I chunked up around a quarter of a watermelon. Very roughly. Then I threw it in the blender until it was smooth and poured it into the molds. Next time I might add some strawberries and basil to the melon.
I broke up 2 ripe bananas, put them in a jug with around half a cup of Greek yoghurt and a splash of milk then used my immersion blender to make what is essentially a banana smoothie. You could do this in a regular blender. I also threw in a tablespoon of ground flax seeds to add some omega 3 and fiber. You could use almond milk or my date, almond and coconut banana smoothie recipe.
Chocolate almond milk
The laziest of all. The boys wanted chocolate ice cream (who doesn’t?) so I bought a carton of organic chocolate almond milk. Not something we usually have but I figured it is still tons healthier than chocolate ice cream and they are getting a nice shot of protein with their lolly. I literally poured it into the molds from the carton. It might be nice to mix some chunks of banana in to the milk before putting into the molds too.
Apricot and raspberry yoghurt
Exactly the same as the banana yoghurt above except I used fresh apricots (off our neighbor’s tree) in place of the banana. I then put a few whole raspberries in the bottom of each mold before I poured the apricot yoghurt mixture on top. Any in-season or frozen soft fruits would work in this. Or you could use this roast rhubarb. If you are patient (I am not) you could layer up squashed raspberry with the apricot yoghurt mixture to create raspberry ripple.