· By Julia Boase
Smoothie Pops - Healthier Homemade Ice Blocks or Popsicles
It's the first day of summer here in Australia and the weather is actually starting to warm up - Yay! I have vivid memories of pestering Mum and Dad to let us walk to the local Deli (remember those ?! Sadly a thing of the past, we mostly have local service stations to walk to now) to buy a lemonade icy pole on the hottest of summer days. They were usually consumed whilst lounging in our blow up paddling pool (oh how we longed for a real pool!).
Nothing against the icy pole, but sometimes it's nice to have a healthier treat on hand for those days when the kids come in all hot and bothered after school and looking for a snack. Smoothie pops are the answer!!
Of course you can pretty much freeze any smoothie into an ice block. I've layered a couple of our favourites here to make these pretty little popsicles. If it's mould you need look no further than Amazon - there's plenty to choose from.
Banana & Raspberry Home Made Ice Blocks
For the Banana part:
1 large banana
1 scoop of vanilla yoghurt (or yoghurt of choice)
600ml milk of choice (I used reduced fat cows milk)
2 Tbs maple syrup
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and pour 3/4 of the way into your mould. Add paddle pop sticks and freeze for 1-2 hours or until set. Depending on the size of your moulds you may need to adjust the above quantities.
For the Raspberry Part:
1 cup frozen raspberries
250ml no added sugar apple juice (I used Nippys brand)
Blend in your blender and pour onto of set banana ice block. Freeze for a further 2 hours or until set.
Depending on the size of your moulds you may need to adjust the above quantities.