Healthy Plum ice popsicles
Healthy and popular ice cream for kids ?!?
An impossible combination? No, actually not – and it is really, really easy to make too!
Over time, my kids have become, as you might imagine, quite … discerning when it comes to ice cream. Luckily, the majority of flavours to which they have been exposed have met with their approval. But I readily admit that I still was not prepared for the huge successes recently with ‘simple’ ice pops (or ‘ice lollies’, if you prefer British English).
And guess what? Some did not even contain any added sugar!
Today’s Plum ice popsicle – both popular and healthy – was actually the result of a rather failed ice cream experiment.
One of my favourite bloggers had posted a recipe for healthy plum sorbet. The recipe only called for sweet plums and some lemon juice – how nice, pure and healthy it seemed … I decided to give it a try, despite certain rational misgivings. Well, perhaps the plums she had been using had been of a particularly super-sweet type, but my test batch ended up tasting pretty much like frozen plum purée, pretty much devoid of sweetness. In my view, the recipe simply needed more sweetening than what the plums alone could provide.
Then it hit me – I could use the rest of the “natural plum sorbet base” and make ice pops out of it!
But it would still need more sweetening. Being somewhat disappointed (by the rather unsuccessful ‘healthy sorbet’) but still in a healthy mood, I decided not to add any pure sugar. Instead, I reached for a couple of very ripe bananas! Recalling one of my earliest posts, the bananas would hopefully be able to fill in the missing sweetness. I mashed them together with the plums, filled the moulds, put them in the freezer and waited.
Did it work? Yes – definitely!
The pops – devoid of any added sugar – were wildly popular with the kids! Since they were so incredibly easy to make (like most pops), I even felt somewhat embarrassed that I had not been making more ice pops in the past. Well, you can rest assured that I will try to make up for it from now on – there is little reason to buy ice pops when you can make better ones yourself, even with only a minimum of effort:-)
- About 3-6 plums, as sweet and ripe as possible
- 2-3 bananas, also as ripe as possible
- (possibly about ½ teaspoon lemon juice)
- Blanch the plums in boiling water for a minute or so.Take them up and let them cool a bit.
- Peel the skin (save for a few spots you might want to keep for looks), cut or rip the plums in halves and discard the pits.
- Cut the bananas in pieces, blend them with the plums and mix everything together thoroughly (preferably using a mixer, blender, or similar).
- Pour the resulting mixture into the ice pop moulds.
- Wait at least 5-6 hours, or preferably over night, to let the pops freeze properly.
- Obviously, if you churn the banana-plum-mixture in your ice cream machine for a while before filling up the moulds with it, you may shorten the time of preparation considerably:-)