As you head into Summer (depending on which side of the world you’re on), I think it’s time to post some recipes for healthy frozen treats.
If you search the internet, you’re bound to find plenty of dairy free or sugar free ice cream recipes. I’ve tried a couple and in my humble opinion, I don’t think they’re worth the effort unless you have an ice cream maker. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times you stir the mixture during the freezing process, you just don’t get a very good result without an ice cream maker.
So let me share some much simpler ideas with you here.
One of the easiest ways to make a healthy frozen treat is to simply blend up frozen fruit. Bananas work very well, as do berries, watermelon, pineapple and mangoes. You can probably use most fruits as long as you follow a couple of basic common sense rules. The most important thing that you need to do is prepare the fruit before you freeze it – that means, peeling, hulling, removing stones, pips etc, washing and chopping it. That might sound obvious, but I know people who haven’t peeled their bananas first and the first time I froze a punnet of strawberries I forgot about hulling them. It wasn’t a disaster tho, I just had to take the time to partially defrost them so I could hull them and then they were good to go!
You can buy frozen dessert makers from department stores like Kmart, Big W and Target very cheaply – I have one that does a pretty good job. But if you don’t have one, a powerful blender or food processor will do the job just as well. As long as you remember to keep a supply of frozen fruit in your freezer, you’ll always have a really fast, healthy treat or dessert on hand.
I recommend that you experiment by combining different fruits for different flavours and even add in things like yoghurt, honey, peanut butter or ricotta cheese for a creamier consistency or add texture with chocolate chips, nuts, granola, etc.
The other great way to use frozen fruit is to make delicious fruity icy poles/popsicles. You can buy the moulds at any kitchen shop and they’ll save you buying commercial ones that are full of added sugar, artificial flavours and colours and other nasties.
The simplest icy pole recipe is to squeeze a bag of fresh oranges, pour the juice into your moulds and freeze. Again, I recommend experimenting with fruit and fruit juice combinations and you will get some recipes with your moulds when you buy them. To keep your icy poles healthy, its worth using juice that you squeeze yourself, as most juices that you buy have added sugar, preservatives, colours or they’re made from reconstituted powder.
I really hope that you enjoy experimenting with the ideas that I’ve shared and I’m going to finish up with one of my favourite healthy icy pole recipes.
- 1 ripe banana, sliced
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
- ½ cup plain Greek yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- ¼ cup water or milk of your choice
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and fully mixed.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds, and place in the freezer to set.
- Extra cacao/cocoa powder can substituted for protein powder.
- To remove from moulds, run under warm-hot water for a few secs.
- These are really yummy, quick to make and good for you too!