These Mango Cherry Popsicles are made entirely of fruit and a touch of fruit juice so there is no added sugar, artificial sweetener or colouring involved. I’d say they are so healthy they are fair game anytime of day.
I’m not too sure what’s going on but I seem to have come up with another healthy recipe. It’s so unlike me, but I promise that next week there will be cake. In fact, I’ve spent today baking and photographing next week’s cake recipe with the help of my kids. We did reach the slicing and eating stage before I noticed one ingredient hadn’t made it into the mixing bowl. I could call that an accidental, slightly sidetracked by kids, genius move since now I know the cake works well with or without the ingredient. However, since that ingredient was also just the styling prop I was after for the photos I took today I am annoyed at myself.
Anyway, more about the cake next week. Today I’m all about these completely healthy Mango Cherry Popsicles, which I’m sneaking in before we get sidetracked with a windfall of autumn goodies.
These Mango Cherry Popsicles are incredibly simple to prepare and contain:
- No added sugar
- No artificial sweeteners
- And no artificial colourings
Made entirely of fruit, these popsicles are a great alternative to ice cream or other more indulgent treats. They are also gluten free and vegan.
If there is one thing that utterly annoyed me about ice pops as a kid, it was taking two sucks and then discovering that my beautiful blue ‘raspberry’ pop had magically transformed into a stick of ice. Starved of all flavour and devoid of all colour.
Tragic. I don’t know what I really could have expected from a 10p mouthwash-blue ice pop c1980, but my childhood self really did envisage more.
Suffice to say, I’ve taken care to ensure my pops do not warp the same abysmal way when put under the suction test. These Cherry Popsicles are made entirely of fresh fruit and just a little fruit juice. No water is involved, so the colour and taste stays for the duration of the time it takes to suck each pop into obscurity.
Confession: I’m normally a stickler for staying with English terminology rather than adopting American words, such as popsicle, when I write. To be honest, my life would be much simpler if I went with all words American here on LittleSugarSnaps, but I am English and I do feel a bit fraudulent to write any other way than I would typically talk. But I reserve the right to abandon my morals and talk about popsicles. England has ice pops or ice lollies. I’ve never liked those terms. And honestly, which one sounds more fun – ice lolly or popsicle?
Thanks, I knew you’d understand.
- 2 Fresh Mangoes (about 800g/ 28oz) when peeled and de-stoned)
- 1 lime
- 24 fresh cherries
- 120ml / 1/2 cup apple juice
Remove the skin and stone from the mangoes and dice the flesh
Pit the cherries
Squeeze the juice from the lime
Put all ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth
Pour into your popsicle moulds and freeze for at least 6 hours (inserting sticks according to mould instructions)
Once frozen remove from moulds, wrap individually in greaseproof paper and return to the freezer until required
Makes approx 6 popsicles using 100ml moulds. I used silkomart ice cream molds