The weather here in Sydney has started to really heat up, and the kids are spending more time in the pool, running under the sprinkler, and having fun in the sun. Like all kids… my kids just love ice blocks! I don’t love the sugar rush that they seem to get from many of the store bought varieties, so when I was given these awesome pick and mix homemade ice blocks (popsicles) recipes I was one happy camper!
Today we have the lovely Kandice from All for Herself who is sharing her simple, delicious recipes that your kids will love once they have one of these bad boys in their hand!
Pick and Mix homemade ice blocks (popsicles) – Kandice from All for Herself
My boys are busy, really busy…
They are so busy that taking a bath has recently become an inconvenient chore for them. My little guys are nearly four, and two and a half. They have so many more interesting things to do with their time, like draw, build, jump and run around the house playing tag! Just about anything that doesn’t involve them getting in the bath, and it’s even harder to get them to use soap I wont even go into the drama of getting them to wash their hair. I am sure there are Mums everywhere nodding their heads as their little guys and girls are the same.
Now that the weather has heated up a bit the boys are getting into ice blocks. As an after dinner treat (and bribe to get the boys to take a bath!) I started to give them an ice block in the bath – they thought it was a fantastic idea!
Curiosity got the better of me, and I took a look at the flavourings and the colours in the ice blocks that I was giving them, and was shocked at the numbers I was seeing. I started thinking – I’ll make my own!! The guys really love apple juice so I thought that I would make apple juice ice blocks using the moulds you can get from Kmart.
So here is my moment of genius, most kids like smoothies and I generally throw a handful of baby spinach in and they don’t notice. Soooooo in the my small blender I added some baby spinach and apple juice blended it up until it was completely pulverised. I’m sure you’ll start nodding again here in a minute – my boys don’t get enough greens…
Hulk Ice Blocks
Then my HULK ICE BLOCKS were born and they’re a complete hit, my sons absolutely love them.
Here is a bit of nerdy trivia that will push you to get your Hulk on – often we don’t chew our food properly so when the cell walls of greens a broken down and digested it allows the stomach to accept more of the goodness from our foods.
What’s so good about baby spinach?
It is high in Vitamin K, A and C, it also contains Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. (Reference – The Worlds Healthiest Foods Organisation www.whfoods.org – there is a lot more information there if you want to read about other specific foods)
After Hulk… then came Spider Man, and then Iron Man!
We were so excited about our delicious Hulk creations that we thought we’d see what other Super Hero Ice Blocks we could make. By adding some raspberries into the mix – we had gorgeous red ice blocks, or by adding mango – we had vibrant orange ice blocks!
Lets get to making these little gems
- 1 kg granny smith (green) apples
- 1 large handful of baby spinach
Other pick and mix options for your homemade ice blocks
In addition to the apples and spinach (which will makes you Hulk), try adding one of the below into the mix for a different colour/flavour/Superhero!
- 1/2 small punnet raspberries (Spider Man)
- 1/2 fresh mango (Iron Man)
- Half small punnet blueberries (Bat Man)
- 1/2 punnet strawberries (Flash)
- Use your imagination!
Note: If you don’t own a juicer, substitute apples with 1 litre of FRESH apple juice from the fridge section of your supermarket. We try to avoid the juice on the shelves due to the preservatives.
- Add 1 kg of green apples add to the juicer (I don’t peel them or core them just toss them in) let the juice settle for a couple of minutes.
- Pour one cup of the juice into your blender with a large handful of baby spinach and blend well.
- If you are making Green Hulk Ice Blocks – move to step 4. If you want to add another mix in, such as adding raspberries to make red Spider Man ice blocks, add to the blender and blend well.
- Add the blender mixture with the remainder of the apple juice and mix together.
- If your kiddos don’t like ‘bits’, you may wish to strain the mixture. (Note: Sometimes a layer of foam forms at the top of the juice, its up to you if you use this or not, I do and the kids don’t notice it.)
- Add the mixture to your Ice Block moulds, it should make around 12.
Thanks so much to Kandice from All for Herself for sharing her delicious Homemade Ice Blocks (Popsicle) recipes! They are certainly a winner with my boys. Please take a moment to check out her website – its a fabulous resource for any mumma who like me, is juggling too many things and need some help in finding the balance.
If you are looking for some awesome moulds for your homemade ice blocks I recommend you check out Bambino Love.
If you liked this recipe you may also like to check out our Homemade Healthy LCM Bars recipe!
Take a look at favourite our favourite blueberry recipes for more healthy kids snack ideas!
Rachel Cassidy is the founder of Little Peeps Eats. She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum! Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.