Here at eco rascals HQ, we know just how much an ice lolly can change a day. Our children associate them as treats and we've been learning every trick in the book to keep them healthy yet delicious.
As well as just making children happy, they can also keep us hydrated, help us reduce our waste by using up leftover fruit and veggies and they also help relieve pain from teething.
The lolly recipes below are suitable for children from around one year and up. For smaller children who are just starting out on their baby led weaning journey, we used the little food feeders and would freeze some breastmilk mixed with a fruit or vegetable that they enjoyed.
Fruit & Veggie Lollies (Top left image)
The red one
1.5 cups strawberries
0.5 cups beetroot (cooked and chilled)
1 cup apple juice
1 tsp lemon juice
The orange one
1.5 cup mango chunks
1 cup orange juice
0.5 cup peach slices
0.5 cup grated carrot
The green one
0.5 cup coconut water
0.5 cup orange juice
1 cup baby spinach or kale
1 ripe banana
1 cups pineapple chunks
1-inch fresh ginger
Method: For each lolly, you need to blend all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth and then freeze overnight.
Tropical Green Smoothie Lolly (Top right image)
2 cups spinach
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup mango chunks
1 medium ripe banana, peeled
1 cup strawberries, blueberries or raspberries
1 cup milk of your choice
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Alternatively, if you have some of these ingredients already frozen, this makes a delicious green smoothie.
Pineapple & Coconut Popsicles (Bottom left image)
2 cups coconut milk (or coconut water)
1.5 cups pineapple chunks
1.5 cups coconut chunks
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
Sweeten to taste with honey
Either mix the ingredients in a bowl by hand and share between lolly moulds as show in the image OR blend for a smooth tasting ice lolly.
3 cups watermelon
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup kiwi (blended)
Method: Blend the watermelon and share between the ice lolly moulds. Place in the freezer for one hour. Remove and add a layer (approximately 50mm) of coconut milk. Put back in the freezer for one hour. Remove and add a thicker layer of blended kiwi. Freeze overnight before serving.
This wonderful recipe features in our recipe video found here.
Each recipe can make between 4-6 lollies and look wonderful served up with cut fresh fruits on our natural bamboo eco rascals suction plates and bowls. You can find the ladybird plate featured here.
If you enjoyed this recipe feature, you'll be pleased to know we often share toddler meal ideas from snacks, dinners and treats. You may enjoy our most read recipe about different toast toppings here.
If you're looking at enjoying healthier summers and want some great tips on how to do it, check out Just Average Jens post here.
We love to hear comments from you - let us know below any special lolly recipes we can try.