Homemade ice lollies are healthier and cheaper than shop-bought ones, plus they can be ready in a flash. Perfect for a summer day, these easy fruit-infused ice lolly recipes make yummy and healthy low-calorie treats that help tick off that five-a-day goal. They’re sure to be a hit with the young and the young-at-heart….
BERRY SMOOTHIE STICKS
Makes 6 lollies
- 100g (31/2oz) frozen mixed summer fruits/berries
- 250g (8oz) thick plain yogurt
- 2 tbsps. maple syrup
1. Put the frozen fruits, yogurt and maple syrup in a blender and whizz until well mixed.
2. Pour mixture into six lolly moulds, put in the sticks and freeze until firm. It doesn't take long, just a few hours.
Tip: Push the mixture through a sieve if you don't like the thought of pips in the lollies.
MULTI-TONED MELON LOLLIES
Makes 8 lollies
- About 500g (1lb) watermelon flesh (1/4 of a watermelon), cut into chunks -without needing to deseed it
- About 300g (10oz) honeydew melon flesh (from 1/2 a melon, deseeded), cut into chunks
- Juice of 1 lime
- 100m1(31/2floz) pressed apple juice
1. Put the watermelon in a blender and whizz until smooth. Strain it into a jug, then pour into eight lolly moulds to come about a third of the way up the moulds. Freeze for about one hour or until almost frozen solid.
2. Rinse out the blender and add the honeydew melon with the lime juice and apple juice and whizz to a purée.
3. Push the mixture through a sieve and pour into the lolly moulds, inserting a stick in the middle, and freeze until solid. Pour in remaining watermelon juice to fill the moulds, then freeze. Use within three months.
4. A When you want to eat the lollies, take the moulds out of the freezer and dip them in hot water for 10-20 seconds to release the lollies.
Tip: Ice-lolly moulds vary in capacity. If you have any mixture left over, use plastic cups as moulds.