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Creamy Summer Ice Lollies

Posted Jul 20 2013 5:03am

It’s been so beautifully sunny and warm in England recently, which meant that it was time to really get into summer cooking – beautiful salads , cold wild rice and quinoa dishes, grilled summer veggies with delicious dips , mountains of guacamole with crudités, so many fruit smoothies , raw desserts and bowls of fresh berries. It’s all been insanely delicious, but I’ve been missing one thing, the ultimate embodiment of summer: ice lollies! So of course I began experimenting with healthy recipes and I’ve found three favourite flavours, they’re the classics really - strawberry, chocolate and banana cinnamon. All three taste so delicious, they’re just so wonderfully cool and refreshing, yet still so wonderfully sweet and creamy thanks to the coconut milk and dates. They taste so incredible you’d really never know they were healthy, and they’re so insanely simple to make too. They literally take three minutes each and require so few ingredients so anyone can make them anytime anywhere, all you need are bananas, dates, strawberries, coconut milk, cinnamon and cacao – it’s perfect. Now you may think these are very childish and perhaps a little silly, but trust me – they are absolutely not! I can guarantee that everyone will love these! They’re literally the best afternoon snack ever, I really can’t get enough of them. You can experiment with so many flavours and textures too, I love adding chopped pieces of fruit to the mixture as well as little pieces of nuts and sprinklings of coconut. It’s all just so good! The perfect treat on a beautiful summers day!

Creamy Summer Ice Lollies: vegan Creamy Summer Ice Lollies: vegan

Makes 8 lollies – 2 chocolate, 2 banana cinnamon, 2 strawberry and 2 mixed

For the chocolate

- 2 ripe bananas

- 2 tablespoons of coconut milk

- 2 tablespoons of water

- 2 medjool dates

- 1 heaped teaspoon of raw cacao powder

For the strawberry

- 1 ripe banana

- 1 cup of strawberries

- 2 tablespoons of coconut milk

- 2 tablespoons of water

- 2 medjool dates

For the banana cinnamon

- 2 ripe bananas

- 2 tablespoons of coconut milk

- 2 tablespoons of water

- 2 medjool dates

- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Creamy Summer Ice Lollies: vegan

Simply remove the stones from the dates and peel the bananas. Then place the ingredients for your chosen flavour into a blender and blend for a minute until smooth, pour into an ice lolly mould and freeze – do the same for each flavour. To make the mixed ones simply pour half of one flavour into a mould, allow it to freeze for an hour and then top the mould up with the second flavour. My lollies needed to freeze for about 5 hours before they were ready to be enjoyed!

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