Before summer draws to a close and we’re all desperately digging out our wellies and winter coats, we felt it was only right to pay homage to the humble lolly.
There’s nothing better than an ice lolly on a sunny day (or a rainy day, come to that), and kids seem to quite like them too, judging by the sticky hands that go hand in hand with a visit from the ice-cream van.
Fancy feeling ever-so-wholesome and a tiny bit smug by making your own? Now you can! Here are five delicious lolly recipes that will wow your family, help your kids eat their five a day (apart from the last one!) and make you feel (even more) like an awesome domestic goddess. Plus most of these are guilt-free and actually fairly healthy. RESULT!
#1 Traffic light lollies
By Annabel Karmel
Good old Annabel Karmel – AKA the Weaning Queen – has done it again with these delicious traffic light lollies. They look incredibly complex and incredibly pretty, but they’re actually fairly easy. Just puree three different fruits (we like strawberries, peaches and kiwis) and you’re pretty much there!
#2 The Breakfast Lolly
From Jamie Oliver, via Eluxe Magazine
Jamie Oliver reckons it’s never too early in the morning to have a lolly – and we agree. These clever little brekkie lollies are guaranteed to get your little ones’ tastebuds tingling and give them a delicious healthy start to the day. If you fancy a bit of an early morning treat, Jamie recommends dipping them in white chocolate. Oh, go on then…
#3 Ice pops
From Paleo Diet and Fitness
Ah, ice pops. The lolly of our childhoods. And the good news is that they’re amazingly simple and great fun to make with the kids. Better still, these are totally natural and not laden with e-numbers, like the luminous blue raspberry ones we used to eat…
#4 The Green One
From No. 2 Pencil
Ok, ok, we admit it. These aren’t the prettiest lollies of the bunch. But they’re undeniably fantastic for all the fussy eaters out there and will get your little one eating their greens in no time. Blend frozen mango, banana, baby spinach and a dash of fruit juice – and you’ll get a delicious healthy treat that they’ll be scoffing like nobody’s business.
#5 The one for the parents’ – the Gin & Tonic lolly
From A Dash of Ginger
If you’ve already worked your way down this list, you definitely deserve one of these G&T lollies for all of your wholesome efforts! To be honest, you probably deserve one anyway, as this parenting lark is no mean feat. These are decadent, delicious and are guaranteed to put a spring in your step.
Blog by Annabel x
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