Frozen treats so tasty you won't believe they're healthy!
It may not seem like it now, but soon (hopefully) the days will be warmer and we'll be in search of ways to keep cool. While a nice cold drink can do the trick, we love a nice frozen snack as well! While ice cream is at the top of most people's list of delicious summer treats, if you're looking for something a little healthier to nibble on then check out these suggestions.
Frozen, yoghurt covered blueberries
This is a simple and tasty snack that shouldn't take too long to put together. All you need are some fresh blueberries and a tub of greek yoghurt. You can go for plain or flavoured, depending on what you prefer. We like a nice vanilla flavoured yoghurt with our blueberries.
Cover a baking tray with a piece of non-stick parchment paper. Now, using a tooth pick spear a blueberry, dip it into the yoghurt until completely covered, and then transfer the blueberry off the toothpick and onto the tray. You can use another toothpick to help gently slide it off.
Keep going until your tray is full or you're out of blueberries or yoghurt. All you need to do now is transfer your tray to the freezer and leave your berries to freeze for at least a couple of hours. Once solid you can transfer them into little portioned baggies for snacking!
If you love the thick creamy taste of a smoothie then you'll enjoy this recipe. All you need is some fruit, ice, milk (or almond or coconut milk if you prefer), greek yogurt and a popsicle mould!
Our favourite flavour is strawberry banana, but you can do this with just about any fruit combination. The recipe will work better if your fruit is already frozen, but can be workable with fresh fruit as long as you add a bit more ice to achieve desired thickness.
In a blender combine 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 cup of frozen banana (the equivalent of one medium banana), 125ml of the 'milk' of your choosing, and 125ml of greek yogurt. Blitz until the mixture is smooth and pourable, but still creamy and thick. If you find the mixture is too thick add a bit more milk, or too thin - try more ice. Now pour your mixture into your popsicle moulds and add the little sticks. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
To mix things up you can add whole pieces of fruit as well. Just blend as required above and then add some blueberries or chopped strawberries to the mixture before pouring into the moulds.
Banana 'ice cream'
Fancy some ice cream but not interested in all that sugar and all those calories? Here's a somewhat healthier solution. Cut up 2 -3 bananas into small chunks and place on a tray in the freezer. Leave until frozen through - it can take a couple of hours. Next, throw your banana pieces into a blender or food processor and blitz until you have a smooth mixture! It will probably take a few rounds of 'blending' until you reach the desired consistency. Having a spatula on hand to scrape down the sides of your food processor or blender between rounds is a good idea!
By the end you should have something akin to soft serve ice cream in look, texture and feel!
Chocolate banana bites
For a slightly more indulgent, but not too terrible snack, give these a whirl. Chop a large banana into pieces that are about 1 inch thick. Next melt a 100g bar of dark chocolate. We like to use the microwave, heating in a microwave safe bowl for 15-20 second bursts and then stirring in between. Once most of the chocolate is melted ( a couple lumps might remain), remove the bowl from the microwave and add 1 tbsp. of coconut oil or butter to help thin the chocolate for better dipping - stir until smooth.
Using a toothpick gently dip the banana chunks in the chocolate, let the excess dribble free, and then drop your chocolate covered chunks on a baking tray covered in non stick parchment paper. Sprinkle the tops with chopped nuts - peanuts, pecans, almonds or cashews are great. Now freeze until frozen through - about 2-4 hours. Like with the blueberries, once frozen you can remove these from the tray and store in smaller plastic baggies.
If you're looking for a lighter twist on traditional ice cream then Ice Milk is a great option. Made with milk instead of cream, ice milk contains less fat and has a lighter taste. While it's easier to make this one with the help of an ice cream maker, you can do it without.
If you are using an ice cream maker simply combine 2 cups of milk with half a cup of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then use your ice cream maker as directed to freeze it.
If you don't have an ice cream maker then pour your mixture into a shallow plastic container and freeze. You'll want to take it out every couple of hours once it starts to solidify and give it a bit of a stir. You can serve when it's the texture of soft serve ice cream. If you let it freeze for longer you may need thaw for a short while before serving as it may be too solid to scoop!