We have a rule in The Mad House, which is that we do not partake in the ice cream van, this means that I have a freezer drawer full of ice lollies and we love making homemade ice lollies or popsicles. I never throw away nearly out of date juice or smoothies as they make fab lollies, Just like Kate at Crafts on Sea.
They are also a great way to get your kids to eat more fruit and veg (yes veg) if you have fussy eaters and you can tailor them for your childrens tastes. My two also love them when they have sore throats.
- Spinach (or other green)
- Berries (if you have fresh great, if not frozen ones are perfectly fine)
- Liquid – coconut water, yogurt, juice or water
- Sweetener (if required) – we use date syrup, but honey is great too
- Blender or food processor,
- Ice lolly moulds or paper cups and lolly sticks
- Blend the spinach with some coconut water first, I use about a bowl of spinach to a bowl of mixed berries.
- Add the berries and blend. I use frozen a lot of the time, they are cheaper and just as good. I let them thaw for 5 minutes before blending them.
- Add coconut water to get the right consistency for you.
- Taste and add sweetener as required.
I get about 20 lollies from a £1.50 box of berries.
Tip: We sieve the berries once we have blended them as my boys are not fans of seeds.
Variations: soft fruit is great for ice lollies such as banana or mango. You can use any sort of liquid, such as soy or nut milks and coconut milk is delicious with strawberries or pineapple, peach, vanilla and greek yogurt.
If you are looking for some more inspiration take a look at these: easy DIY popsicles, home made smoothies and freeze the leftovers, fruit and yogurt popsicles, three ingredient strawberry pops, simple juice lollies I am definitely making these avocado and kiwi pops. and Center Parcs have some great tips too.
Tip: If you make your lollies in a multiple mould, take them out and pop them all in a bag in the freezer one they have frozen, this way kids can help themselves easily and you are not trying to get them out whilst they wait impatiently!
Tip: when giving kids lollys give then a cup to put them in when they want to put them down, it saves finding puddles of melted juice everywhere!