Ok, so as I type this London is looking decidedly grey and it feels like summer could be over. Maybe not the ideal time to be sharing ice lolly recipes I admit but I have strong hopes the sun will make a triumphant return and we'll have a wonderful Indian summer before Autumn creeps in. Any ways, it was a hot day a couple weeks ago when I decided it was high time I created a homemade ice lolly recipe. Partly in the hope it may temporarily offer relief from the molars tearing through Archie’s gums but also a nice summery alternative to the usual yogurt and fruit pudding he can’t get enough of.
I won’t lie, I was also looking forward to watching the confused, slightly horrified yet enthralled expression on his face as he experienced something icy yet delicious for the first time. I wasn’t disappointed. In fact it I will always remember watching the catalogue of expressions he went through as he got to grips with his first ever ice lolly. The slurping! Oh the slurping! He was loving it and I was in fits of giggles. Everyone's a winner. It’s a memory I will always cherish. In the end I couldn’t separate him from his ice lolly, even when he was done actually eating the thing he refused to let it go and I had to let him walk around with the stick until bathtime.
I wanted to create something that was sugar free, creamy and packed with tasty fruit. This is a little sharp due to the stewed fruit but the vanilla pod adds a gentle sweetness to it as does the coconut cream. If you don’t like the idea of coconut cream you can use coconut milk or make it a straight yogurt/fruit mix. This does have a slightly crystalised texture supposed to being wholly smooth but to be honest this didn’t seem to bother Archie or my other taste tester (his dad). I bought my moulds from Tiger but they are massive for a baby/toddler and so you may want to hunt down something smaller or just resign yourself to ‘helping’ them out with the rest when they tire of them which let's be honest ain’t such a bad thing!
Makes 6 large Ice lollies
A handful of blackberries
A handful of frozen or fresh blueberries
Half a vanilla pod
Half a cup of Onken natural stirred yogurt
Half a cup of coconut cream
1. Cut the nectarine into quarters and add to a sauce pan. Add the vanilla pod whole, the blackberries and blueberries and gently stew over a low heat for 5 minutes or until soft and reduced.
2. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes and then blitz in a processor for a minute until smooth.
3. Mix the yogurt and coconut cream in a bowl. Place the fuit mix in another bowl.
4. Now it's time to assemble your ice lollies by alternatively spooning layers of the fruit and then coconut yogurt mix into the ice lolly moulds. Leave some space at the top to allow for them to expand when frozen then pop in the lid/sticks and put into your freezer. Mine were ready in a couple of hours but to be on the safe side allow a good 5 hours freezer time depending on the size of your moulds.
Simples! I’d love to hear if your little ones enjoyed slurping on these so, please leave a comment below or @millycundall on instagram of any pics you snap!