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#Lickalicious: Summer Recipes for Ice Lollies

Summer is here. Think fast and list four of the best things about summer:

  • Longer Days
  • Going to the beach with your family
  • Easting outdoors and
  • Ice Lollies

Tell me, who doesn’t like a “lickalicious ice lolly on a hot day?

In summer the kids are going to nag about ice cream and ice lollies every time you get in the car. You see their eyes light up when you pass garage shops with posters of ice cream treats.  These treats are great but when you have the whole family around, it can hit your pocket.

Ice cream and ice lollies from the shops are not cheap, and why spend all that money when you can make delicious ice lollies yourself?

In fact, if you enjoy cooking and being in the kitchen with your kids, why not try something different. Teach them to make their own ice lollies?

Remember: little ones should always be supervised when helping in the kitchen. Make sure you are in control of sharp implements – like knives – as well as gadgets and sources of heat, including the oven.

And figure out something to keep them busy while the lollies freeze.

When you make your own ice lollies or ice pops, you can make sure they are healthier by using fresh fruit and less sweet. Here are two recipes.

Fresh Strawberry Ice Lolly

Ingredients

500 g strawberries, rinsed

200 g sugar

250 ml water

Method

Place the strawberries in a blender and whiz until smooth.

Put the sugar in water in a pot and stir over mild heat until it has dissolved. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Allow to cool.

Mix 180ml of the cooled sugar syrup with the strawberry puree, pour it into ice lolly moulds to freeze.

Tip:  You can select a variety of fruit to make your ice lollies – mango, berries, apricots, peaches and litchis are all suitable.

Coconut Water Fruit Popsicles

These popsicles are absolutely delicious and great for kids since they’re literally just coconut water (striped ones use coconut milk) and sliced fresh fruit. Use your imagination. And if you don’t like coconut water, use lemonade or sugar water. This recipe uses strawberries and blueberries.

Ingredients

Fresh or frozen blueberries

Fresh strawberries, sliced

1 cup coconut water (Lemonade also works)

2 tbsp maple syrup or sugar – Some will also enjoy the refreshing subtle flavour of unsweetened pops, so amount of sweetener is up to you

Popsicle moulds

Instructions

Place a thinly sliced strawberry at the bottom of each popsicle mould. Add two or three blueberries on top, then place another strawberry on top of that, pressed onto one side of the popsicle mould. Stir your sweetener of choice into the coconut water. (You can also leave them unsweetened, if you prefer) Fill each mould or cup with the coconut water, and then freeze.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Summer special … Ice popsicles made using some fresh fruits and coconut water. #icepopsicle #icepopsicles #coconutwaterpopsicles

A post shared by Aparna P (@redapronbakes) on

Thanks to the pics from Instagram from miznadia1 and redapronbakes

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