Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops

The current heatwave in London necessitates the need to cool down by whatever means. We Brits may not built for this weather, but that’s when these Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops come into play.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}

I love it when a recipe is as intuitive as this one was. I spend ages deciding over which one of my recipes I should post here next. Too long. In fact I spend more time fluctuating between whether I should post my new layer cake, or maybe that granola bar recipe which I have been slaving over this past week than actually making, photographing or writing about any of my recipes. Haven’t I just posted a layer cake last week. Is it really granola bar season? I need to just pick one and go with it.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}

Or just let the recipe choose me. Yesterday morning Cole and I made these Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops (Ice lollies? Popsicles? I spent a good half hour deliberating over that one too) in 10 minutes as he sat on my kitchen top repeating, “Whatssat?”
“Mango, darling.”
“Mango Mummy…..Whatssat?”
“Mango, darling”
“Mango Mummy…..Whatssat?”
You get the picture.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}

I had been wanting to make ice lollies for days to cool us both down in this incessant heat. Our tiny victorian railway cottage has taken on the form of a casserole pot, trapping all the heat in and braising us in our own juices. By 3pm after Cole has woken up from his lunchtime nap and I have calmed him down from the injustice of being cooked in his sleep, then spending any time actually doing anything rather than chucking ourselves into the nearest paddling pool is inconceivable.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}

Yesterday morning though, as I scoured the fridge for breakfast food I came across a long forgotten mango which still looked pretty good. Not a moment later I declared lolly time and with glee Cole watched as I dragged the blender over. He loves helping with the smoothies so blenders get a fine welcome in our kitchen.

I peeled and chopped the mango, prompting the above conversation, threw the flesh into the blender along with a tin of coconut milk for healthy fats, a bit of almond butter for healthy protein and a teaspoon of turmeric, thereby warding off any form of horrible disease which may be winging its way in our future direction.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}

I forgot momentarily that toddlers don’t understand the concept of patience so Cole was quite indignant that we couldn’t enjoy them right away, and I realised my mistake over making such a hoopla about making lollies, the indignance threated to topple into something more when I extracted his sticky little hands from inside the filled lolly mould. However it was all made better when I poured him out a little leftover smoothie mix into a cup and he could stick his hand into that instead. It was a fine choice making them in the morning though as it meant that by yesterday afternoon when Cole awoke from his nap I earned Mother of the Year by presenting my grumpy little gnome with the perfect icy treat for surviving this blistering heat. I had one too, and we enjoyed them whilst splashing around in the paddling pool.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops

These deliciously cooling smoothie pops are full of good fats, protein and a teaspoon of turmeric.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8 pops
Calories: 136kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 mango
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Instructions

  • Peel the mango and cut the flesh into rough cubes.
  • Place in a blender with the rest of the ingredients and whizz until smooth.
  • Pour carefully into ice lolly moulds and freeze overnight or at least 8 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.9mg

If you want smoothie pops that look like mine then you can buy the Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker from Amazon. I have been using mine for two summers now and love it. It comes with some wooden sticks when you need more they are also easy to buy from Amazon.

If you want to know what blender we use which provokes such a raucous response from my son then it’s the KitchenAid Artisan Blender. I smashed the glass jug once so we were without it for a couple of months before I got my act together to buy a new one. The cheapo blender we used in the meantime did not compare. I was so happy to get my blender back. I’ve had it for years and use it nearly every day.

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Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies

Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies are easy to make and totally refreshing.

Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies

Iced tea is not a big thing in the UK which baffles me considering we are a nation of avid tea drinkers. I, on the other hand, am a staunch advocate of iced tea and I shall hereby declare it an imperative part of my British summertime.

Last year a cold jug of iced tea stashed in the fridge became my lifeline during the June heat wave, which I can recall so precisely as it coincided with both the first week of Wimbledon and the first week the care of my two week old son was solely entrusted to me when Luke had the gall to return to work. It was a scary scorching time. I got through the stifling temperatures by holing Cole and I up in our breezy bedroom, windows open, multiple desk fans blazing and guzzling my ice cold tea to the gentle sounds of tennis balls popping back and forth via my laptop at the end of the bed.

Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies

This year though I have absolutely nailed the iciest tea around by sticking it in the freezer in lolly form. I couldn’t have chosen a better time either as the temperature shot up yesterday in London quite unannounced. I bought my ice lolly mould at the beginning of summer last year but after bunging it on top of the fridge and forgetting about it whilst I sorted out having a baby I have only just begun to experiment with it. I bought one on a nostalgic whim remembering when I was young how we would pour fresh orange juice into the moulds on sultry evenings ready for as soon as the summer sun rose the next day. Such an amazing treat as a child and since Cole has just begun to steal ice cubes whenever I open the freezer door in his presence I think I need to think about more baby friendly ice lollies to play around with.

I would say though that these pomegranate iced tea lollies appeal more to an adult sensibility. They contain caffeine for a start which I understand isn’t the best thing to give your one year old but they are also not too sweet, as this recipe eschews any sort of refined sugar. Instead I have plumped for the sour sweetness of pomegranate molasses rounded out with a touch of honey. These flavours are completely in my zone. I bought my pomegranate molasses back when it became trendy a few years ago and dashed a bit in this and that, not entirely convinced. Now, though I am going through bottles of the stuff every month as I drizzle it over salads, include it in any of my current marinades and use it to flavour buttercreams. It’s sweet but not sweet and that is definitely my favourite kind of sweet.

Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies

These pomegranate iced tea lollies are the perfect antidote to the summer heat and definitely take iced tea to the extreme.

Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies

Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies are easy to make and totally refreshing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 10 lollies
Calories: 22kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon black tea leaves
  • 1 litre freshly boiled water
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • handful of pomegranate seeds

Instructions

  • Place the tea leaves in a large jug and pour over the freshly boiled water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the tea into another large jug, discarding the leaves and stir in the pomegranate molasses and honey until completely dissolved.
  • Place the jug in the fridge and leave for at least 2 hours until the tea has completely chilled.
  • Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds evenly into the bottom of your ice lolly moulds then pour the tea over the top. Place the wooden lolly sticks into your moulds and secure the top on then place in the freezer for at least 24 hours for the lollies to completely freeze before removing from the moulds.

Notes

I used Orange Pekoe Tea

Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 4g
Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies