The sunshine has finally made a welcome return to the UK and it has inspired me to start making ice lollies for my little family. I love making ice lollies as they are quick and really simple to create. Plus I can put lots of extra goodness in them that the family won’t know is there.
My son Ted loves fruit and he really enjoys frozen fruit too. I buy our fruit frozen from our local farm shop as you can take as much as you need. Over the winter months he’s been trying fruit from Nana’s garden too as she has been growing blackberries. They are now a favourite and luckily the farm shop sells them in the freezer section.
Berries have been proved to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. New research is constantly emerging about berries. They are now being recognised and analysed for their health giving properties. They are very high in antioxidants and are now one of my son’s favourite foods.
Blackberries are more than just powerful antioxidants, they are high in chronic disease fighting compounds, including vitamins C and E. They also hold high levels of soluble fibre known as pectin, a substance that studies link to lowered levels of cholesterol.
Cherries are high in anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, substances related to reducing any joint and muscle discomfort. They also contain melatonin an important natural chemical related to healthy sleep rhythms and they can help to maintain a youthful appearance.
So I have used these two great berries with other healthy ingredients and I have made them into a delicious smoothie ice lolly. My son really appreciates it on a hot sunny day like today and hopefully he will love them on the not so sunny days too. Well worth a try if you’re looking for a yummy treat.
Makes 10 ice lollies
- Food processor
- Stirring spoon / spatula
- Ice lolly moulds
- Bananas x 2 large very ripe
- Coconut cream x 200mls
- Spinach x 2 large handfuls
- Cherries x 1 large handful
- Blackberries x 1 large handful
- Maple syrup x 50mls
- Raw Cacao powder x 4 tbsps
- Cinnamon x 1 tsp
- Peel the banana and roughly break it into pieces.
- Add this to the food processor.
- Next add the coconut cream, spinach, cherries, blackberries, maple syrup, raw cacao powder and cinnamon.
- Blend all the ingredients together until they are well mixed.
- Using the spoon pour the mixture into the moulds.
- Freeze for eight hours or preferably overnight.
- Once frozen remove from the ice lolly moulds by putting them under the cold tap in the kitchen.
- Finally enjoy!
Blackberry and Cherry Smoothie Ice Lollies are definitely a new favourite in this house. They are good to keep in the freezer for a delicious snack on those hot sunny days. Plus they also make a fantastic dessert to serve to guests or just to have as something naughty after dinner. However you decide to eat them, as always, please enjoy.