The ice-cream van is much maligned in this house. A little piece of me dies every time I hear the familiar, gut-wrenching jingle. It normally signals begging, pleading, imploring and general freaking out from the under 5 footers & it also normally occurs at either dinner or bedtime.
I, of course, have told a plethora of lies with regards to the mobile frozen cow-juice and sugar van & my kids are now convinced that “ice-cream van” ice-cream is a thing of disdain and disgust (well, apart from 3rd born……but he eats ants & sea slugs so ice-cream with rat is just another flavour and fair game). Hey, it’s all about survival here, folks. If he’s going to rock up at stupid o’clock into my space I’m going to do what I need to to keep the peace.
We (probably like everyone else) eat TONNES of ice-cream in the summer but I do try to control things when and where I can – because let’s face it, we are always finding ourselves in situations where you’ll let the kids eat more of the sugar laden creamy deliciousness than you wish – but you let it go (let it GOOOOOOOOO….sorry couldn’t help myself…..we survived Frozen and all that) and go with it for peace sake.
And because that’s what summer’s are made of – it never hurt us.
But we didn’t actually get ice-cream EVERYDAY growing up. Summer 1984 usually brought a weekly treat of Vanilla encapsulated between 2 thin HB wafers, which you ate last sodden and delicious.
I started making these Smooth Summa’ Pops last summer & my kids love them. Plus as parent you get to rest easy in the knowledge that there is some goodness in them too!
All you need is a few simple ingredients, your smoothie maker/blender & some ice-lol moulds. I’ve seen them in all the local supermarkets lately & in Tiger Stores – here is an example.
For the record I generally chuck stuff in unmeasured and blitz but I’ve done my best to give you an idea of how much I use with the measures below.
Spinach Surprise *I neglect to EVER call them this in from of the kids
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup frozen blueberries (or any berries of choice)
3-4 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt
2 Giant handfuls of spinach
1 – 2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, agave (whichever you prefer)
500ml water (sometimes I add half almond or coconut milk and half water)
Blitz and pour into moulds and freeze. I normally pop the mould into a glass of hot water on taking them out to free the pops.
Yes there is added sugar – but it’s unrefined and personally I feel if it gets the spinach & avocado into them I can live with that. Also compared to a regular pop this is SO much healthier.
Smashed Strawberries & Cream Popsicle
This ridiculously good pop is so creamy that it’s hard to believe it’s dairy free! This is one the adults love.
300 g Strawberries
1 can Coconut Milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 – 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional!!! Can add to suit taste or not at all)
Blitz your washed strawberries in a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Pour into moulds and enjoy!!! Could this be any easier?
You don’t need to answer that!
Yours, still licking the insides of the strawberries and cream bowl,