Ice lollies always take me back to the long summer holidays of my childhood.
Time seemed to go so slowly in those days, my summer holidays seemed like they had no beginning and no end, unlike the summers of today. Adulthood has seemingly made everything speed up, you blink and time has passed. Can you believe that we are half way through 2014 already!? Now that’s just crazy!
Last summer especially, I really got into making my own ice lollies and fell in love. The only real expenditure is the cost of the lolly moulds, which can cost as little as a few pounds. The rest is up to your own imagination, as long as it can be blitzed up then you’re on to a winning recipe. I think homemade lollies are so much healthier and cheaper than shop bought, you know what is in them and can control the infamous sugar content. After getting my thinking cap on I got my blender out and created these refreshing and slightly indulgent popsicles, which are a bit similar to this recipe that I found, so here it goes!
- 1 can of coconut milk (I used full fat)
- 3 peaches or nectarines
- 2-3 tbsps agave nectar or honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 50 g melted dark chocolate
- crushed hazelnuts
Stone the peaches and add to a blender with the rest of the ingredients, excluding the dark chocolate and chopped hazelnuts. Blitz until smooth and pour in to ice lolly moulds. Allow to freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
Once fully frozen you can remove them from the moulds and dip the tips into the melted dark chocolate and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. Immediately return to the freezer in an upright position if possible to allow the chocolate to set.
These have been great on warm afternoons as snacks and on balmy evenings for dessert. They remind me a bit like Solero ice lollies. Again you can use this recipe as the basis for your own creativity. The coconut milk can be replaced with coconut water and natural yoghurt as brilliant alternatives.
What is your favourite ice lolly? Do you like to make your own lollies?