But hey, just because the countdown to another school term (and shorter, cooler days) has begun, it doesn't mean we cannot still enjoy one of our summer time favourites: home made ice lollies.
It started a few years back, when I bought some ice-lollies molds from IKEA, full of good intentions but little else. The molds remained untouched in a drawer in our kitchen until this year, when I found a number of nice looking recipes online and decided to start experimenting.
This summer, I've done from the really easy, virtually no work required lollies made of frozen supermarket-bought smoothies (I know, I know, but sometimes one is really short of time and ideas) to the more elaborate ones. This is a recipe for banana-chocolate ones, which have proved a big success with Bibu. It features the good, old, hard-working banana (is there a house with small children without a bunch of bananas lying somewhere?) and cocoa powder, which is apparently full of antioxidants and a super food. Here we go:
Ingredients (for 6 ice lollies)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder (I used the 100% cocoa powder from Carrefour, but you can even go organic if you prefer, so ensure healthy credentials)
- 4 tbsp natural yogurt
- half a small carton of cream (creme fraiche)
- 1 tsp of sugar (or honey, or agave syrup)
Just put everything into a blender, whiz until you get a chocolatey, creamy texture and pour into the molds. Put the molds in the freezer for at least 4 hours (best overnight) and then enjoy. They won't make summer any longer, but they will definitely make it sweeter!