Summer's end may be fast approaching but with the temperatures set to stay beautifully warm (at least for a little while), we thought we'd celebrate the season's last hurrah with two fitting treats. Vaara's nutritionist contributor Rose Glover has worked her magic in the kitchen to create two easy and delicious frozen desserts that won't have you slaving away, with both requiring only the minimum of ingredients and time.
Coconut Water Fruity Lollies
Makes 6 – 8 large ones
1 ½ cups coconut water
A selection of fresh fruit (e.g. whole blueberries and raspberries, sliced strawberries, sliced kiwi)
2 tbsp. maple syrup or a pinch of stevia (optional)
Simply fill each ice-lolly mold with fresh fruit. Don’t pack it in, rather just place each piece of fruit loosely on top of each other.
Whisk together the coconut water and sweetener (i.e. the maple syrup or stevia), and pour into each mold. Be careful not to fill quite to the top of the mold as the water will expand when frozen.
Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Coconut and Blueberry Ice-Lollies
Makes 8 large ones
1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
1 ½ tbsp. water
4 tbsp. coconut nectar (or maple syrup)
1 can full-fat coconut milk (400ml)
½ cup non-dairy milk such as almond milk
Place the blueberries, water and 2 tbsp. of coconut nectar in a saucepan, and bring to the boil, reducing to simmer until the liquid is thick and syrupy (approx. 3-4 minutes), then remove from heat and allow to cool. *Ever so slightly mash the blueberries as they are cooking.
Meanwhile, in a bowl mix together 2 tbsp. of coconut nectar, the coconut milk and the almond milk.
Pour the blueberry mixture into the coconut mixture and stir gentle a couple of times. Do not over-mix unless you want one-tone lollies (i.e. all purple as opposed to white and purple!).
Fill each mold with the mixture, being careful not to fill to the top of the mold (as the liquid will expand slightly when frozen), and insert the lollie sticks.
Place in the freezer until the lollies are frozen, for at least 4 hours.
Tip: Before consuming the frozen lollies, run the molds under warm water for a minute or so, which helps to loosen them out.