Ice, ice, baby! Is there anyone who doesn’t like a delicious ice cream? We consider ice cream a summer essential (and really, we are happy to indulge in a scoop of ice cream all year round)! Try your hand at these easy recipes for homemade ice lollies that are sure to go down a treat at a BBQ or garden party. Staying cool never tasted better ;-) Which recipe will you try first?

Blueberry & vanilla ice lollies 

Yum! Blueberries don’t just make a great combo with yoghurt, they also make a great addition to homemade ice cream. This is a super quick and easy recipe, all you need to do is dip the blueberries in homemade vanilla yoghurt (homemade is lower in sugar than shop-bought) and freeze them. So you end up with a homemade tasty treat while still having plenty of time to focus on the important things in life: like relaxing with a book in your garden or on your balcony.

What do you need?
Popsicle molds
Apr. 250ml vanilla yoghurt (tip: make your own, shop-bought vanilla yoghurt usually contains lots of sugar. An option that is lower in sugar would be mixing natural yoghurt with a little bit of icing sugar and a pinch of vanilla seeds that you’ve scraped out of a vanilla pod)   
2 tsp lemon juice
A punnet of blueberries  

Combine the blueberries, lemon juice and yoghurt in a bowl and gently stir. But be careful, mashing the blueberries would be a shame and the end result won’t look as good. Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds and then pop a stick into each one. Put into the freezer and leave to set for approximately two hours and your ice lollies are done! Enjoy! 

Mojito & strawberry-basil ice lollies  

Are mojito cocktails also one of your favourite summer drinks? This mojito ice lolly with strawberry and basil is a delightfully fresh flavour sensation (especially if you add a splash of rum). Find out how to make your own below!

What do you need?
Popsicle molds 
Handful fresh strawberries 
Few basil leaves 
Few drops lemon or lime juice 
Splash of water 
Optional: splash of rum, cane sugar or honey  

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix until a smooth liquid forms. Do you like it sweet? Just add some cane sugar or honey. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and then pop a stick into each one. Put into the freezer and leave to set overnight. To loosen the popsicles from the mold when they’re ready to eat the next day, run under warm water for a few seconds. Cheers….uhm…. enjoy!

Healthy chocolate ice lollies 

Party on a stick! That best describes these scrumptious homemade chocolate ice lollies. Chocolate is always a good idea and adding ice cream just turned this good idea into a great idea. ;-) This recipe is more time-consuming, but the result is so worth it! Fun fact: this recipe is a healthier take on a classic Magnum-style ice cream.  That’s what we call a carefree pleasure. Make yours now! 

What do you need? 

Popsicle molds 
Blender or food processor 
Wooden lolly sticks 
1 bar dark chocolate (70% cacao)
2 ripe bananas (sliced and frozen) 
400 ml coconut milk 
2 tbsp cashew butter 
1 tbsp agave nectar 
1/2 tsp sea salt 
2 tsp vanilla extract

Topping suggestions
Flaked almonds 
Shredded coconut 
Finely chopped pistachio nuts 
Sea salt 
Chili flakes 
Hemp seed 
Freeze-dried fruit 

Combine the bananas, coconut milk, cashew butter, agave nectar, salt and vanilla extract in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and then pop a stick into each one. Put them into the freezer for 3 hours to firm up. Melt the chocolate au bain marie to make the topping. Take the popsicles out of the mold and drizzle with the melted chocolate. Sprinkle with the topping of your choice and let the chocolate set. Yummy!

Apple cider ice lollies with vodka

If you like apples, you will love these apple cider ice lollies! Perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot summer’s day and a delicious (garden) party treat, especially if you add a splash of vodka to the mix. Here is how you make these wonderful and refreshing ice lollies:  

What do you need?
Popsicle molds 
4 tbsp apple cider
4 cups apple juice 
3 cinnamon sticks 
5 black peppercorns 
8 whole cloves 
2cm fresh ginger, thinly sliced 
Optional: 2 tbsp vodka (Prevents ice crystals from forming, lol. The perfect excuse, right?!)

Combine the apple cider, apple juice and spices in the blender and blend. Strain liquid through a sieve to remove the spices and if you want to use vodka now is the time to add it. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and then pop a stick into each one. Stick in the freezer for approximately 3 hours and enjoy! 

Relax and keep cool with your homemade ice lollies! 

Can you picture yourself lounging in your garden or on your balcony in your favourite swimsuit or bikini while enjoying one of these delicious homemade ice lollies? I promise you every one of these flavours is worth a try. Do you have a delicious recipe of your own? Be sure to share it with us!