Eid-Al-Fitr Special ~ Date Popsicles

By Prachi Grover: Eid Mubarak! While we talked about a few Popsicle recipes earlier, this Eid-Al-Fitr Special ~ Date Popsicles come in the wake of 100% humidity and peak Dubai summers!

Yes, there is a right popsicle for every meal and moment – one that you can eat for breakfast (yes, you read it right!), one for when you get back home after playing in the blazing hot sun, another one for when it is too hot to go to the beach but your heart really wants to and finally, the one to celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr with all your loved ones. Do try out our special recipe of Eid-al-Fitr Popsicles and don’t forget to share your images with us.

Eid-Al-Fitr Special - Date Popsicles

Eid-Al-Fitr Special – Date Popsicles


 

Eid-Al-Fitr Popsicles… (date, walnut, banana and cocoa)

Serves 6

You will need

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 8 dates
  • 8 walnuts*
  • 4 tbsp of good quality unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup full fat milk
  • 6 popsicle sticks and moulds

Method

  1. Peel and chop the banana. De-seed the dates and chop them too.
  2. Smash 4 walnuts with a back of spoon or with a rolling pin.
  3. In a blender, combine the bananas, dates, smashed walnuts, cocoa powder and half a cup of milk.
  4. Ask mom or dad to help you blend till it looks like a thick purée.
  5. Add the rest of the milk and whizz again. Now, it will appear more like a smoothie.
  6. Pour the mix into popsicles moulds.
  7. After about 10 minutes, place popsicle sticks into each one.
  8. While the popsicles get ready, smash the other four walnuts and keep it ready for coating the popsicles once they are frozen.
  9. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  10. Once the popsicles are ready, sprinkle and coat the ends of the popsicles with the walnut powder. Make sure you get the popsicles coated all around.

* Recipe contains nuts and if you are trying out this recipe, make sure you don’t have a nut allergy!


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4 ways to make popsicles if you don’t have popsicle moulds:

  1. Disposable paper or plastic cups
  2. Silicone muffin cases
  3. Ice cube trays
  4. Small yoghurt containers

Breakfast Popsicles... yoghurt stone fruit and granola


Breakfast Popsicles… (yoghurt stone fruit and granola)

Serves 6

You will need:

  • 24 tbsp of full fat yoghurt or greek yoghurt
  • 3 stone fruits (we used a mix of peaches, nectarines and plums or you can try a combination of berries)
  • a handful of granola
  • honey to add and to drizzle
  • 6 popsicle sticks and moulds

Method:

  1. Whisk yoghurt in a large bowl.
  2. Chop the fruits. Remember to use a child friendly knife and ask for help!
  3. Combine the fruits and the yoghurt. Taste. Add a little honey to sweeten it.
  4. Fill popsicle moulds with the above mix leaving enough space for granola.
  5. Take the granola (about a teaspoon for each of your popsicles) and drizzle some honey. This will help the granola to stick together.
  6. Add tiny amounts of granola into each mould and put it into the freezer.
  7. After about 10 minutes, place popsicle sticks into each one.
  8. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Enjoy your Breakfast Popsicles any time of the day. Why not try a breakfast popsicle for dinner?

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Summer Cooler Popsicles... watermelon, mint and rock salt


Summer Cooler Popsicles… (watermelon, mint and rock salt)

Makes 6

You will need

  • half of a juicy watermelon
  • loads of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp of rock salt (or more)
  • 6 popsicle sticks and moulds

Method

  1. Chop the watermelon into pieces and ask mum or dad to run them in a blender.
  2. Tear the leaves of mint into small bits and add to the watermelon purée.
  3. Add rock salt and give it a good mix. Taste and adjust the salt.
  4. Pour the watermelon cooler into popsicle moulds and put them into the refrigerator.
  5. After about 10 minutes, place popsicle sticks into each one.
  6. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Enjoy your Summer Cooler Popsicles whenever the sun leaves you hot and parched!

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Beach Time Popsicles... Mango, coconut milk and toasted coconut


Beach Time Popsicles… (mango, coconut milk and toasted coconut)

Serves 6

You will need

  • 1 ½ cups of coconut milk
  • 3 ripe mangoes
  • handful of dry coconut slivers or desiccated coconut
  • 6 popsicle sticks and moulds

Method

  1. Peel and chop mangoes into tiny pieces (always use a child friendly knife).
  2. Ask mum/dad to help you blend the mango pieces into a purée.
  3. Add coconut milk into a blender, and ask mom/dad to whizz it again.
  4. Pour the puréed mango and coconut mix into popsicle moulds.
  5. After about 10 minutes, place popsicle sticks into each one.
  6. While the popsicles get ready, chop dry coconut slivers and toast them in a pan on low heat until they are golden brown. Let them cool and keep them ready for coating the popsicles once they are frozen. If using desiccated coconut, simply toast.
  7. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  8. Once the popsicles are ready, sprinkle and coat the ends of the popsicles with toasted coconut. Make sure you get the popsicles coated all around.

Enjoy your Beach Time Popsicles at home when the temperature outside soars to 45ºC or more and you can’t get to the beach!

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[This story has been written exclusively for FoodeMag dxb. All images provided by author]

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