Popsicle Playdates ~ For sizzling hot summers

By Prachi Grover: When the temperature outside hits 45ºC and summer vacations are about to begin, what can our little readers do? Moreover, we are thinking of a very special way not only to treat these little ones, but also to show appreciation for those who will be first timers to fast during this Ramadan.

Yes, we are talking popsicles! Stock up the freezer with loads of popsicles, our summertime staple and by sprinkling them with nuts and dry fruits, we can turn them as healthy as we want. And that is exactly my little chefling’s idea of a perfect summer vacation – licking and slurping, wiping off ice cream moustaches and making a perfect mess on the floor. Come, join my little chefling Sara who loves to have her friends over for ‘Popsicle Playdates’ through out the summer!

“Let’s go – P O P S I C L E S – popsicles!”

Breakfast Popsicles... yoghurt stone fruit and granola

Breakfast Popsicles…(yoghurt stone fruit and granola)


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

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


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

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


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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Eid-Al-Fitr Popsicles... date, walnut, banana and cocoa

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

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. Look out for the very special recipe of Eid-al-Fitr Popsicles when we share later in this holy month!

 

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

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