Fruit salad icy poles – gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean, vegan and paleo friendly.
January has seen plenty of hot days and this has resulted in a lot of swimming down the beach. I swam regularly in my local rock pool during the remainder of my holidays – which was glorious by the way.
However, swimming only takes care of part of the heat problem. With such extreme temperatures, you need something ice-cold on your taste buds as well.
Lucky for you I have just the thing. These fruit salad icy poles are simple to make and don’t require any added sugar. All you need is some ripe fruit which you can cut up and freeze. Blitz frozen fruit in your food processor or blender with ice crushing blades and pour into your icy pole moulds and freeze. Make sure your fruit is heavenly sweet like it should be, otherwise you can add some natural, unrefined sweetener to your mix.
I chose watermelon, rockmelon, pineapple and banana for the icy pole mix, then lined the moulds with sliced kiwi fruit and passionfruit pulp but you can use sliced strawberries or other berries if you prefer. I left the watermelon unfrozen so that there was enough liquid when blitzing the ingredients.
You will need 6 x 5 tablespoon capacity icy pole moulds for this recipe. I bought my BPA free moulds by Avanti from a local home wares store but you can purchase Avanti moulds online at ozhut.com.au and ozkitchenware.com.au who both have them on sale at the moment for $7.45. Otherwise, you can find them on Ebay from $17 – $20 or at purplespoilz.com.au.
The moulds come with their own handles but I like the look of paddle pop sticks. You can purchase paddle pop sticks in the craft section of most bargain variety stores plus Kmart and Officeworks sell them too.
Enjoy your weekend and stay cool.
Love, Tash x
Why this is so good for you
Watermelon helps increase bone strength, lowers the risk of heart disease, reduces inflammation, helps prevent cancer, protects against age related blindness and helps improve skin elasticity.
Rockmelon helps prevent cancer, prevents cramps, improves eye health, helps speed wound healing, strengthens the immune system, improves oral health, helps maintain healthy lungs, helps prevent heart attacks and helps keep you calm and relaxed.
Pineapple lowers blood pressure, helps prevent cancer, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves fertility, reduces swelling, bruising and healing time in injury and surgery, helps prevent formation of kidney stones, helps reduce inflammation of joints and muscles, helps prevent constipation and diarrhea, helps strengthen bones and helps strengthen gums.
Bananas help combat depression, build strong bones, strengthen the nervous system, protect against type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, strengthen your blood, help regulate bowel movement, provide relief from acid reflux and heartburn and help prevent kidney cancer.
Kiwi fruit boosts the immune system, fights stress and ageing, helps prevent cancer, helps boost memory and mood, boosts energy levels, decreases the risk of kidney stones, decreases the risk of stroke, helps prevent blood pressure, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, helps prevent age related blindness, regulates digestion and helps manage blood sugar levels.
Passionfruit boosts the immune system, helps prevent cancer, prevents macular degeneration, helps reduce wrinkles, improves digestive health, regulates bowel movements, increases circulation, helps prevent osteoporosis, helps prevent insomnia and reduces restlessness, helps alleviate asthma attacks and whooping-cough.
* You will need 6 x 5 tablespoon capacity popsicle moulds and 6 paddle pop sticks for this recipe.
- 5 chunks (about 3 cm x 4 cm) of watermelon (unfrozen)
- 1 banana, sliced, frozen
- 5 chunks of pineapple, frozen
- 5 chunks of rockmelon, frozen
- 2 kiwi fruit, sliced
- Pulp from 2 passionfruit
- Set kiwi fruit and passionfruit aside.
- Place remaining ingredients in a high speed blender, food processor or smoothie maker with ice crushing blades and blitz till smooth.
- Hold popsicle moulds at an angle while you line them with the kiwi fruit slices and passionfruit pulp. Fill with the fruit mixture then insert each mould with paddle pop sticks. Freeze.
- Fill a glass 3/4 way full with hot water. Dip each mould for a few seconds and then pull ice pole out.
- If you aren't eating these immediately, wrap individually in cling wrap and store in freezer.