Homemade fruit ice blocks are both easy and fun for kids to help make. Although not technically edible the molds make a wonderful gift and teamed with a couple of favorite and yummy recipes they are a fabulous option for any child. You can get all sorts of very cool shaped molds these days, this these Bug Pops Molds
. It is a great way to sneak fruit into the kids too!
Blackcurrant Berry Ices
1 cup frozen blackcurrants
300g low fat berry yoghurt
2 tablespoons icing sugar
150g vanilla fromage frais (optional)
250g strawberries sliced
Step 1 Place the blackcurrants in a bowl. Puree until smooth.
Step 2 Stir in half the yoghurt with icing sugar.
Step 3 Half fill 6 pop molds with puree and freeze for 1 hour.
Step 4 Add a spoonful of from age frays (if using) to each mold and freeze for a further 30 minutes.
Step 5 Puree strawberries. Mix with remaining yoghurt. Pour strawberry puree over vanilla.
Step 6 Place lids onto molds and freeze for 1 hour.
Melon berry pops
Puréed fruit aren't only a delicious, cool treat, they are the perfect palate cleanser – think sorbet on a stick.
400g rockmelon flesh, chopped
3 tablespoons sugar
Step 1 Purée rockmelon until smooth. Pour into moulds and freeze for 1 hour.
Step 2 Purée raspberries with sugar and pour onto melon purée. Freeze for at least 2 hours. Wrap in plastic wrap to eat.
Tropical smoothie ice-blocks
The addition of dairy creaminess to these ice-blocks gives a smooth, full flavour without the full fat.
1 mango, peeled, chopped
250g pineapple flesh, chopped
squeeze lemon juice
300g vanilla fromage frais
Step 1 Purée mango in a blender until smooth. Add pineapple. Blend until smooth.
Step 2 Add banana and lemon juice. Blend.
Step 3 Stir in fromage frais. Mix well. Pour into containers and freeze for 4 hours.