Summer is upon us here in Australia – which can mean anything from sweltering dry heat with electrical storms to balmy humid days with sudden monsoonal downpours!
All this really means to me is time to make Icy Poles! We have covered this before on My Green Australia but we have had a request for more recipes and ideas! So here are some of my all time favourites frozen summer treats and icy poles!
Without a doubt, my FAVOURITE summer treat is FROZEN GRAPES!
Yes, all you need is a bunch of grapes (either red or green) then simply rinse under water, pull the grapes off the bunch and grab a freezable container or bag and pop those grapes in there. EASY!
Trust me, you will be so grateful to have these on hand to munch on after dinner, pop in drinks as an ice block alternative or to serve up for the kids to avoid having to buy sugary icy poles and ice creams. This also means you can bulk buy when the price is right and have them on hand for a couple of months.
You can even pop the grapes onto skewers and freeze in containers as a fancy treat for the kids. These are a REAL crowd pleaser and they are so, so simple and quick to do.
BERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP FROZEN YOGHURT DESSERT
1 cup natural yoghurt
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 cup mixed frozen berries (forest fruits pack: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries)or fresh berries if you have them on hand
1 – 2 tablespoons agave nectar or more to your taste, but taste before the choc chips go in. You can also use honey as well.
½ cup white chocolate chips or chocolate chips
Process the chocolate chips till crumbly (or bash them for a rougher texture) then add remainder of the ingredients and process to combine till the fruit is chopped up smaller.
Pour into icy pole moulds, tap to remove air pockets and freeze.
If you don’t have any icy pole moulds, you can use small freezable cups or containers and add pop sticks when the mixture is firmer.
Freezing time can take around 12 hours – but test before serving them up!
SMOOTH AND CREAMY BERRY ICY POLES
2 cups frozen berries of your choice – mixed berries are delicious!
1 handful cashews or macadamia nuts
1 tablespoon coconut butter (this you can purchase at health food stores, or use butter)
approx 1 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey) – remember to taste before adding a whole tablespoon!
Basically just blend it all together! Add water slowly to reach a thicker-than-smoothie consistency – you want it gluggy but pourable. You can also add a little shredded coconut if you use a butter supplement.
Pour into icy pole (aka popsicle) moulds and freeze for 12 hours.
TRAFFIC LIGHT ICY POLES
a drop or 2 of green food colouring
This is the simple way to make icy poles if you have taller moulds and juice around!
Pour into mould the RED light juice – raspberry/cranberry whatever you have on hand. Allow this layer to freeze for a couple of hours.
Once suitably frozen add the ORANGE light juice – orange/mandarin whatever you have on hand and allow this layer to freeze on top of the RED layer.
Finally we add the GREEN light layer. This is apple juice which might need a drop or 2 of green food dye to make it more convincing! So mix this in a separate jug and then pour onto the ORANGE layer and allow the whole thing to freeze.
Full fat/cream yoghurt in any flavour you like
roughly chopped frozen fruit
This is great for very young children on hot days. Simply pour the yoghurt into Star shaped icy cube trays or any cute shape you have on hand (even normal ice cube trays are perfect!) and then sprinkle across the top the chopped frozen fruit. Once frozen in the tray, you can remove them into a freezable zip lock bag and these are brilliant for an afternoon treat!
HONEY FROZEN BANANAS
Icy pole sticks if desired
Soften the honey by adding a little warm water and mix through.
Peel the bananas and cut in half. Carefully insert an icy pole stick through the cut end or leave as is.
Using a pastry brush, brush warm honey over the banana. Quickly roll in the coconut, covering completely.
Place on a waxed paper lined tray and freeze until firm.
Alternatively you can use melted chocolate and cover with nuts and then freeze or even melted chocolate and shredded coconut.
DECADENT FROZEN FRUITS
Basically find a fruit you love, such as strawberries, orange slices, pear halves or mango cheeks.
Lay fruit on wax paper, drizzle with melted chocolate add any nuts or shredded coconut as you like and then freeze until firm.
You could try serving these up but more than likely you will just eat them standing next to the freezer!!
NO DRIP ICY POLES
1 cup boiling water
1 packet of fruit flavoured jelly
1 cup plain yogurt
Combine boiling water and jelly in a blender and pulse until jelly is dissolved.
Blend in banana until smooth, then blend in yogurt.
Pour mixture into moulds or small, plastic drinking cups and freeze until hard. (If using drinking cups, freeze until firm, insert popsicle sticks, then freeze completely.)
If you are a fan of yoghurt, make sure you keep your containers as they can be used again. Simply wash them after use and then use as icy pole moulds or buy a bigger tub of yoghurt and make some frozen yoghurt desserts in the single serving containers!