Ice Pops

Ice Pops

I am sure that I am not the only one that has been trying to find ways to stay cool and not melt in the sunshine over the past few weeks. I therefore thought it would be the perfect time to make some homemade ice pops! I always remember having these when I was younger in all kinds of flavours and colours and whilst they were great at providing refreshment they always used to really dry out my mouth and get a real chemical aftertaste. I know realise that this is most likely down to the amount of additives and artificial flavourings that are used.

I have therefore created a clean eating version that consists of just fresh fruit, water and a touch of maple syrup which is optional depending on whether you want to add some sweetness. I have also added some fresh mint to my blackcurrant version. Homemade ice pops are really simple to make, all you need is a blender and a container in which to set the ice pops. I purchased some reusable ice pop bags but you can also get silicone versions – lots to choose from on Amazon!

I have created two different flavoured ice pops. One using raspberries and the second with blackcurrants and a touch of fresh mint. I chose these ingredients as they are what I had leftover from from fruit picking at the weekend and are therefore incredibly fresh, local and seasonal. You can however use whatever fruit you wish – some citrus or tropical flavours would also work well but I am a huge fan of berries. I used fresh fruit in my homemade ice pops but you could also use frozen but you may need to add more water to get to the correct consistency. You could even try using some vegetables as you would for a green juice, I have not tried that out yet though!

Once you have filled your ice pop containers you will need to place into the freezer for a few hours until frozen. I found that mine took about 6 hours to become fully set but it is best to leave overnight if you can to make sure they are ready.

The amount of water in the recipe is a general guide. As all blenders are different the mixture will come out in different consistencies so you may need to add more water; you are essentially looking for a consistency that is thicker than water but thinner than a syrup. I use a high speed blender by Froothie to make my homemade ice pop mixture and this creates the perfect consistency with the quantities provided in the recipe.

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Ice Pops

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Servings: 4 ice pops for each flavour

In the Summer heat we all need to cool off with something refreshing and fruity! These homemade ice pops are really easy to make and all you need is your favourite fruits. Simple and delicious.
Ingredients
  • For the raspberry ice pops:
  • 250g (1/2 lb) raspberries
  • 120ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 2 tbsp organic maple syrup (optional)
  • For the blackcurrant and mint ice pops:
  • 250g (1/2 lb) blackcurrants
  • 3 sprigs mint, leaves only
  • 120ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 2 tbsp organic maple syrup (optional)
Preparation
  1. Place the berries and water (and mint in the blackcurrant recipe) into a blender and blitz together until smooth. You are wanting a consistency that is slightly thicker than water. Keep adding additional water if needed until this consistency is reached as this will vary blender to blender.
  2. Once you have the right consistency taste to see if you need to add any sweetener.
  3. If you want to add sweetener than add a small amount, blitz the mixture together again and then taste. Continue until you have reached your preferred taste.
  4. Pour into a measuring jug and then carefully fill whatever container you are using. I used resealable ice pop bags.
Notes
* The preparation time includes the time needed for the ice pops to freeze.

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