5 easy healthy ice creams and lollies!

Quick homemade treats for sizzling summer days!

Written by Danna Wills

Gawd it’s hot.

So hot.

So so so hot.

Every 10 minutes an ice cream van chimes past your house and you pray the kids haven’t– “ICE CREAM! ICE CREAM! CAN WE HAVE AN ICE CREAM?!”

This happened before: you scrambled around the house to get enough change for a Twister, only to run outside and find the ice cream van had gone. Then the front door slammed and you were locked out. That was a fun day.

So instead, here are 5 simple ways to make your own delicious ice cream and lollies and, what’s more, they use healthy fruit that you’re bound to have sweating away in your stuffy summer kitchen. Mmm enjoy

1) Yoghurt ice cakes: they’re berry delicious!

What you’ll need: yoghurt, berries, cupcake cases, muffin tray

What to do:

1. First your kids pop cupcake cases into the sections of a muffin tin. Then they dollop the yoghurt into the cases.
2. Now they pop in the berries and press them into the yoghurt.
3. Put them in the freezer until they set (about 3 hours).

2) Mashed banana and peanut butter: super-easy and super-delicious!

What you’ll need: 4 very-ripe bananas, 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter

What to do:

1. Help your little one cut banana slices, and freeze for 2 hours.
2. Once frozen, blend the bananas (or let your kids mash them with a fork if you’re feeling adventurous!)
3. Add peanut butter to the banana purée.
4. Return to the freezer for a couple more hours, then enjoy!

3) Watermelon ice lollies: will make your mouth water!

What you’ll need: watermelon wedges, ice lolly sticks

What to do:

1. Help your kid insert the ice lolly stick through the rind of each watermelon wedge.
2. Pop onto a baking tray, freeze for 3 hours, then eat! Yum!

4) Super-easy fruit ice cream: a sweet and healthy treat!

What you’ll need: 200g strawberries, 1 mango, 1/4 lemon, 3 bananas, 200g condensed milk, 600ml double cream, 4 kiwi

What to do:

Ask your kids to help you do the prep:

1. They can weigh the strawberries.
2. They can mash the bananas.

Find the rest of the recipe here

Credit: BBC Good Food

5) Easy mango ice: simple yet refreshing!

What you’ll need: 2 mangoes, 425g canned lychee, 100ml apple juice

What to do:

Ask your kids to help you do the prep:

1. They can measure the apple juice.
2. They can help you pop everything into a blender.
3. They can help serve the final mixture into glasses!

Find the rest of the recipe here

Credit: BBC Good Food

So next time that ice cream van chimes its (definitely-not-annoying-whatsoever) music past your house, just turn up your own favourite tunes and try these stress-free ideas instead!

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