I’ve been a little quiet and misanthropic again the last few days but wanted to get my groove back. What better way to lift the spirits in the midst of a humid Sydney summer than homemade icy treats?
Well, I say treats, but these are actually ridiculously healthy! No cane sugar, cordial, or reconstituted juices here. I really love making these when the kids are home a lot because a) it’s a fun activity making them together, and b) I can break them out when the girls are bugging me for lollies at breakfast. Winning!
Pear, Lychee and Cinnamon
I first made this by throwing together a bunch of fruits that were about to go off but the flavour ended up so delicate and delicious! It really surprised me how nice it was.
1 green pear (Josephine, if possible)
6-8 fresh lychees
1/2 red apple (optional, but it beefs up the flavour a bit)
1-2tsp ground cinnamon
1-2tsp maple syrup (optional if you want it a little sweeter)
Peel and dice the fruits and blend them in a processor with the cinnamon and maple syrup. Add water and blitz again until you reach your desired consistency and volume – we like it a little chunky so only made 2 cups of mix, making 6 icy pops.
Pour into moulds and freeze for at least a couple of hours.
The flavours would also work well with some yoghurt or coconut milk instead of water, but this is super refreshing as it is on a stinking hot day.
The Cocoba! Cocoa, Coconut and Banana
1 large banana
1 small tin of coconut milk
1-2tbsp cocoa powder (or cacao if you want it even healthier)
Blitz everything until it’s smooth and creamy. Try not to drink it (harder than it sounds!).
Get someone to help pour it into the moulds and freeze for at least a few hours.
Feel free to gorge!!