Homemade icy poles

A sweet and frozen treat

Icy poles are very easy to make and are as delicious as they are healthy

If you have kids at home, it’s a fun and interactive way to get them involved in cooking, while still treating them to something sweet, colourful and refreshing (all the while luring them away from the chemical-laden store-bought kind). 

You really don’t need a recipe for icy poles as it’s essentially frozen fruit juice, but here I’ve included a few templates to get you going and some flavour ideas for inspiration. 

 

MANGO LASSI 

You will need:

  • 2 small, ripe mangos, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup yoghurt or milk
  • Pinch of ground cardamom 

MethodBlend all ingredients together until smooth.

 

ROSEHIP RASPBERRY TEA 

You will need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 rosehip teabags
  • Handful of raspberries
  • 2 tbsp sweetener

MethodIn a pot, bring raspberries and a splash or water to a boil and stir until raspberries are dissolved. Add remaining water and bring to a boil. Add teabags and brew for 5 minutes. Add sweetener and strain tea through sieve to remove raspberry pulp. Allow to cool.

 

BERRY BREEZE

You will need:

  • 250g fresh berries
  • 1-2 tbs of sweetener, or to taste 
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  •  4 tbs water or fruit juice

MethodAdd berries, sweetener and lemon juice to a food processor. Blend until combined, leaving a few chunks of berry for texture.

Note: Any fresh or frozen berries work here (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or a combination)

I've just said sweetener in the recipes – this can include raw honey, maple or agave syrup. A food processor is required for most recipes and if a smoother consistency is required then sieve the fruit puree before putting into molds. Generally, freezing time is around four-to-six hours. 

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- Rosie Percival and Ruth Friedlander - Green Cooks

Photo credit: Jessica Symonds

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