After a brief teaser in March, summer has finally set in Toronto and we’re having beautiful 25 degree weekends with glorious blue skies. This means that the number of my trips to Loblaws for soy ice cream has increased, as has my need for all things cold.
I bought some lollipop moulds a while ago and was determined to use them. As we move away in 3 weeks, I thought I’d better get started.
In an effort to avoid the huge sugar consumption that often comes hand in hand with cooling summer treats and replace it with some healthy fruit consumption, these ice pops are made from just 4 natural ingredients, and are to all intents are purposes frozen smoothies. It should be noted that they are more like ice lollies than ice creams, which makes them great as they won’t smear so easily over the face of a hungry young one.
(Makes 6 iced smoothie pops)
3 large strawberries
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
Blend all ingredients together
Divide between 6 ice pop moulds and freeze overnight, or for at least 6 hours
These are gluten-free, sugar-free, raw and of course, vegan, so they’re 100% guilt free. Because they’re so easy to make, they’re also a great thing to whip up with your kids, and can be made with any type of fruit they you like.
To make them look even fancier, place a thin slice of one of the fruits against the side of the mould before you pour the smoothie in – then rest safe in the knowledge that you’ve replaced a summer diet heavy in e-numbers with one that’s full of fruit!