Fruit Burst! Healthy and Fruit-Filled Sweet Summer Treats
As we greet these summery days and enjoy the sunshine your little ones will welcome a cooling treat. Whilst Ice Creams and Ice Lollies are a wonderful special treat to enjoy on a hot summer's day, shop bought ones can often be packed full of sugar or preservatives.
We’ve got some fresh, healthy and simple ice lolly recipes that are packed with vitamins. Making sure you and your little ones get your 5 a day isn’t a challenge with these tasty, refreshing and fruity flavour packed recipes. Following these recipes means that tasty, cooling icy delights can be a daily and regular treat.
(Ice lolly or Popsicle moulds are really easy to find, they are sold in most supermarkets and easily found online. Ice cube trays and yoghurt pots make a great substitution for an ice lolly mould if you do not yet own one.)
Delicious Ice Lolly Recipes
Kiwi and Watermelon Ice Lollies (Makes approximately 6 lollies)
320 grams watermelon pips removed
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
180 grams kiwi
2½ tbsp honey or maple syrup
Remove the seeds of the watermelon and blend with your honey or maple syrup in a food processor until smooth.
Take your ice lolly moulds and pour the watermelon mixture into each one, filling them until they are about ⅔ full.
Place them in the freezer for 30 minutes or more, until slightly firm.
Rinse your mixer and then blend the kiwi with your honey or maple syrup, to make the second layer.
When your ice lollies are ready, remove them from the freezer and pour in the remaining third of the height with the kiwi mixture.
Pop the sticks in the ice lollies, and the tops on and freeze for 2 hours or overnight.
Strawberry Ice Lollies (Makes approximately 6 lollies)
250 g strawberries (hulled)
100 ml natural yoghurt , or apple or orange juice
1 teaspoon honey
Blend up 250g ripe strawberries, 100ml natural yoghurt (or apple or orange juice) and 1 teaspoon honey in a blender or food processor.
Divide the strawberry mixture between the ice lolly moulds, then pop a stick into each one.
Put the ice lollies in the freezer for at least 4 hours or until solid.
Fruity Rainbow Ice Lollies (Makes approximately 8 lollies)
½ a banana (sliced)
180g strawberries (hulled and roughly chopped)
½ banana (silced)
150g mango (peeled and chopped)
To make the strawberry layer, add ½ a banana and 180g strawberries, to a blender or food processor then blitz until completely smooth.
Divide the mixture between the lolly moulds so that each mould is about a third full.
To make the mango layer, rinse out the blender or processor then add the remaining ½ banana and 150g mango, peeled and chopped and blitz until smooth.
Spoon or gently pour a layer of the mango purée into the moulds so that it sits on top of the strawberry layer, taking care not to mix the layers.
To make the blueberry layer, rinse the blender or processor again and add 180g blueberries and blitz until smooth.
Carefully add to the moulds on top of the mango layer.
Add the lolly sticks to the moulds then freeze until solid. (At least 8 hrs, or overnight.)
Fro-yo Ice Lollies (Makes approximately 6 mini round lollies using yogurt pots)
4 tbsp of Natural or Greek yoghurt
1 tbsp of honey
200g strawberries (hulled)
Mix the yoghurt with the honey.
Blend the strawberries in a food processor or blender until very smooth.
Mix the blended strawberries thoroughly into the yogurt mixture.
Spoon into little containers (fromage frais pots or small ramekins work well).
Add lolly sticks and freeze until solid. (For at least 3 hours or overnight.)
More Yummy Fruit Packed Treats
Banana and Apple Smoothie Ingredients:
1 banana (chopped)
1 apple (chopped)
60g natural yoghurt (1/2 small pot)
1 tsp honey
3 ice cubes
Simply pop all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. (If your child doesn’t like bits, then sieve before serving).
Vibrant Rainbow Fruit Skewers
(We’ve shared this recipe with you before in our ‘Healthy and Tasty Snacks’ post, but these skewers are so fun to make together and such a nice snack we couldn’t resist sharing it with you again!)
(1piece of fruit per skewer)
mango (peeled and cubed)
pineapple (peeled and cubed)
kiwi (peeled and cubed)
blueberries (2 per skewer)
1. Use wooden skewers and thread the fruit onto the skewer in this order to make a rainbow pattern:
cube of peeled mango
chunk of peeled pineapple
chunk of peeled kiwi
1 green and 1 red grape
We hope that you enjoy these simple, tasty, homemade treats for all the family to enjoy this summer!