Homemade Blueberry Ice Lollies

My Homemade Blueberry Ice LolliesHot weather and high temperatures very often call for a cold treat being somewhere within easy reach. Yes, of course we can pop to the store and simply purchase a selection of ice-creams but what about making them from scratch?

And no, you don’t have to own an ice cream making machine to be able to make your own ice cream… well if I can call my ice lollies ice cream… I guess they are sort of icy and creamy 🙂

Anyway, lately I am experimenting with frozen desserts a little bit. I have already shared with you my papaya & orange ice lolly, which were just pure blended fruit with natural juice – a super extra healthy option… today’s blueberry lollies aren’t as forgiving but still I would dare to claim they are healthier than most shop bought ice creams.

So what will you need?

Well, ingredients wise you need:

  • 500ml pot of natural fat free yogurt
  • 400g tin of light condensed milk
  • 800g blueberries

To add to this you will need a blender, ice lollies mould and well… a freezer… surprise, surprise…

Method:

Wash and towel dry a little your berries.

Pour the yogurt and condensed milk into the blender; add blueberries and blend.

You can either blend all the berries or keep some back and add them into your finished mixture later on – I added some whole berries into our lollies but I will blend them all in the future. The whole berries help keep the ice lollies frozen for a bit longer so they aren’t defrosting in a jiffy. If that is not a problem for you as you eat quickly then you might as well skip the whole barriers part and simple wiz them all into a lovely “smoothie” ready for freezing.

Once all the fruit is blended and you have a smooth mixture, simply pour your mixture into the ice lollies moulds and then pop them into the freezer.

Allow for at least four hours of freezing time… then dig in… or lick on 😉

Homemade Blueberry Ice LolliesHomemade Blueberry Ice LollyDo you make your own ice lollies?

What are your favourite flavours or combinations?

Bring on the summer – Papaya & Orange Ice Lolly

Bring on the summer – Papaya & Orange Ice LollyImagine my huge surprise when a few weeks ago I opened my pantry cupboard to retrieve a couple of mangos (yes mangos) I needed for my salad, only to discover there were no mangos; they had been replaced by some papaya fruit! Well they were not exactly replaced… in moment of madness I think I must have picked them up, instead of the mangos I wanted, whilst out shopping a couple of days earlier. I am still foggy as to why or even how this could have happened but it did, so I had to deal with the consequences of my mistake.

Now I like playing the ingredients replacement game as much as the next person but I couldn’t really use papaya instead of mango in my salad as it wouldn’t be a mango salad any more 🙁 I have to admit we aren’t huge fans of the papaya so eating it just as a fruit wasn’t really a viable option… so it was time to get creative.

There is nothing simpler than creating ice lollies so I decided it would be the perfect way to deal with my “unwanted” fruit 😉

Ingredients:

2 large ripe papaya (not mangos!)

4 large juicy oranges; juiced

Method:

Wash, peel and chop the papaya into small chunks.

Juice all the oranges and then pop both the fruit and the juice into a blender.

Blend it for a minute or so until all large chunks have gone and it has nice smooth consistency.

Pour into ice lolly moulds and pop into the freezer.

Allow at least 4 hours of freezing time.

Bring on the summer - Papaya & Orange Ice LollyBring on the summer – Papaya And Orange Ice LollyBring on the summer - Papaya and Orange Ice LollyAs it ended up they are very enjoyable little treats. There is no added sugar or any other ingredients for that matter so they are diet friendly.

In addition to consuming them straight from the freezer, I’ve used them instead of ice cubes whilst making myself smoothies and shakes. I have to admit they are perfect in this role and provide an incredibly exotic level of additional flavour. I would assume they would work well as regular ice cubes too in an appropriate drink.

Do you prepare homemade ice lollies?

What’s your favourite flavour?

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