Stay cool with a homemade lolly (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)
We all love an ice lolly on a hot summer’s day.
Today is hotter than most days, mind you – the Met Office has even issued an extreme weather warning.
Over the weekend, many headed to the beach to cool off. But that’s not always an option in the middle of the week.
What always does the trick, though, is an ice cold treat.
So, to help us through the heat, we’ve rounded up some ice lolly recipes to help you keep cool as you unwind. They’re nice and easy, so should be suitable to do with children or after a long day.
If you’re feeling extra lazy, feel free to substitute fresh fruits with smoothies and juices.
There’s also a bonus, boozy recipe at the end for anyone who’s interested.
Before we get going, a reminder to wash all fruit thoroughly before use, and remember that not all homemade ice lollies can last a long time in the freezer.
You will need ice lolly holders, a freezer and some ice lolly sticks for these recipes.
For best results, add sticks when your ice lollies are semi-set.
Orange and mango ice lollies
A cheery snack (Picture: Getty Images)
- Three oranges
- One large carrot
- One mango
- 2 tbsp of coconut milk (scraped from the top of a can of coconut milk)
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- Peel three oranges, one mango and one large carrot
- Juice the oranges and the carrot together
- Blend the mango with orange juice, coconut cream and cinnamon
- Add the juiced orange and carrot mixture to the mango blend
- Freeze in lolly holders overnight
Source: Madeleine Shaw
Strawberry and banana ice lollies
Add some yoghurt for a creamy taste (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
- One small, very ripe banana
- 200g strawberries
- 1 1/2 tbsp of honey or agave nectar
- 75ml natural yoghurt
- Blend all the ingredients together
- Taste to see if more honey is required
- Pour into ice lolly moulds
- Leave in freezer for at least three hours
Source: Jo’s Kitchen Larder
Apple and ginger ice lollies
You could add extra bite-size pieces of apple (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
- 1L Cawston Press Apple and Ginger Juice
- Bottlegreen Elderflower Cordial
- Pour 500ml of the apple and ginger juice into a large jug and add 20ml of the elderflower cordial
- Stir them together
- Taste, and add more apple and ginger juice to dilute the elderflower cordial if necessary
- Pour into moulds and place in the freezer for at least five hours
Source: The Lifestyle Blogger UK
Gluten and dairy free raspberry mint ice lollies
Mint makes these extra refreshing (Picture: Getty Images/500px)
- 200g fresh raspberries
- 2 tbsp honey (you can substitute for agave or maple syrup if you are vegan)
- 50ml water
- 6-7 fresh mint leaves
- Mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth
- Pour into moulds and freeze until they set
Source: The Gluten Free Blogger
And finally, if you are after something a bit more grownup…
Pineapple and tequila ice lollies
And a boozy option for grownups (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
- 384g of fresh pineapple cut into chunks
- 1/2 lime zest
- 59ml of fresh lime juice
- 2 pinches of sea salt
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- 2 tbsp freshly chopped mint
- 78ml of tequila
- 2 tbsp of Cointreau or triple sec
- Blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor
- Pour the mix into ice pop moulds and place them in the freezer for two hours
- When the mixture is semi-set, pierce an ice cream stick through the centre of each ice pop
- Place back into the freezer and allow them to set overnight before serving
Source: Souvlaki for the Soul
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