“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” ~ Anton Chekhov
Last summer, I spent a small fortune on pre-packaged icy poles and struggled to find ones that weren’t full of sugar and lord-knows-what-else. There were some yummy exceptions, but phew! They were pricey.
The good news is, it is easy to make your own delicious icy poles, without making them a sometimes-treat.
But first, allow me to declare a bias. These are the best icy pole containers I have ever found.
You get them at IKEA, $5.95 for a pack of 4. Ask for UTSPÄDD!
There are similar ones about, (I also have a pack of Decor Icestix which are a bit pricier) but it’s their design that is brilliant. Made from silicone rubber, they are reusable, they don’t take up much room in the freezer and they don’t end up dripping everywhere when the kids eat them.
Now, another bias. I don’t like just-juice icy poles. My kids would happily drink juice all day long and like the desperate addicts they are, they can’t self-regulate with just a small amount. They always want MORE!
But, fruit is healthy, as long as it is whole fruit. Plus blending up the whole fruit not only includes all the important fibre in the icypole, it also gives the icypole a sorbet-style mouthfeel, but again, without the added sugar. These icy poles are actually best when the fruit is almost overripe and extra sweet. A bit of a mushy texture that would otherwise turn off my fussy fruit eaters, isn’t an issue and acutally makes for a smoother textured icy pole.
So without further ado, here are our five firm family favourites*…
The healthiest icy poles on earth…
You will need,
Blender, the more powerful, the better.
Icypole molds (the UTSPÄDD ones hold 50ml each)
Put all your ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth with no chunky bits. Pour into molds, and freeze, usually for at least 4 hours.
Each recipe below is enough to fill 4 moulds, (200-250ml) adjust as you need to.
Pineapple & Turmeric
1 cup of fresh, pineapple cut into chunks. (be sure to save the pineapple top and propagate it for your garden!)
A few gratings of turmeric, but don’t go overboard! It can be very spicy & stain.
Pear, Kiwi & Ginger
Two kiwifruit, peeled and quartered.
One pear cored & quartered but with skin on.
A scant few gratings of fresh Ginger to taste
*Pink grapefruit & Mint
3 whole grapefruit, peeled and segmented.
Few leaves of fresh mint to taste (if you have purple basil, use it! So pretty and yum!)
Half a teaspoon of orange flower water.
*Actually, the kids do not like this one! It’s my favourite. It’s very tart and refreshing.
Watermelon, Raspberry & Rose.
3/4 cup of watermelon with the seeds removed
1/4 cup of raspberries (frozen is fine)
A few drops of rosewater
Banana & Mango
Banana and mango makes a very creamy icy pole. It’s the kids favourite.
One whole ripe banana, peeled and chunked
Half a big mango, peeled and chunked
Splash of lemon juice
Special BONUS Icy pole!
Add all your fruit trimmings into a bucket, top with water and freeze. Bonus Chicken Icy Pole! Your feathered friends will love this special treat, especially on a scorching day when chickens find it hard to keep cool too.
Fresh fruit icy poles are delicious, easy to make and you can let the kids have more than one without them going sugar-bonkers.
And if you are of the appropriate age and thinking,
“Hey, these icy poles would be awesome blended with 30ml of white rum and ice to make a frozen daiquiri!”
You would be absolutely right.