New Delhi , Mar. 10 : The heat is steadily climbing the charts and if you're already in a soup about how to deal with it, why not experiment with some easy summer popsicle recipes.
They're tasty, healthy and also a great way to get the kids to help out in the kitchen.
Smriti Advani, a writer for UrbanClap brings forth a list of icy goodness that surely will excite your taste buds.
- Berry Pops: If you're able to catch the tail end of the strawberry season, hang on to them for these super easy popsicles. Simply combine chopped strawberries with frozen berries like red currants, blueberries or blackberries with a dash of lemon juice and honey as per your desired sweetness. Freeze in a popsicle mould and sit back to relish these berry-berry good treats!
- Avocado Cocoa Pops: Skip the high fat cream and substitute it with the creamy goodness of avocado. Blend avocado with coconut milk and some cocoa powder and a few spoons of condensed milk. Leave to set in the freezer in a popsicle mould. Once done, dip the frozen pops in a small bowl of melted chocolate and gulp them down as fast as you can.
- Tamarind Tease: There's nothing quite like an Indian summer without the tangy sweet taste of fresh tamarind. Which is why this popsicle recipe brings back memories of summer holidays with such a bang! Boil about a dozen fresh tamarind pods with some sugar and water for about 20 minutes. Once cooled, puree the tamarind mixture and strain through a sieve, extracting as much of the tamarind water as you can.
- Mango Almond Popsic: Mango pulp, almond milk and a wee bit of honey or stevia is all you need for these summery delights. Blend together but make sure you keep a few chunks of mango whole to add a nice texture to the popsicles once frozen.
- Peanut Butter Jelly Popsicles: Who doesn't love a great PBJ sandwich? Now what if you could have it in the form of a popsicle too? Combine half a cup of peanut butter with some vanilla extract, a cup of yogurt and some maple syrup or honey (to taste). Create a layered effect by filling the Popsicle mold partially with the peanut butter mixture and freezing for an hour.
Create a puree of strawberries or raspberries and add it on top of the frozen peanut butter mix. Freeze again for an hour and then add a final layer of peanut butter again. Let it all freeze overnight and when serving drizzle some honey on the base and coat with a few crushed almonds or sesame seeds.
- Fresh Fruit Frenzy: All you need is your favourite fruit and juice to make these delicious popsicles. Combine chunks of fresh fruit like watermelon, kiwi, strawberry with berries and plop them into the popsicle moulds. Fill up the leftover space with fresh fruit juice of your choice and freeze till solid.
For sure, the kids (and adults) are going to have a blast eating these fruity pops!