Kid Friendly Pina Colada Ice Pops
Vegan, Soya Free, Gluten Free, No Added Sugar, Nut Free.
Summer is coming and that means hot lazy days, paddling pools and ice creams. For my little boy this means lots and lots of ice cream, in fact I think it would be fair to say he is obsessed with the stuff! If he could he would eat it morning till night, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But of course, that isn’t going to happen. So, what can we do to avoid tantrums whilst boosting their fruit in take? I present to you the Pina Colada Smoothie Ice pop!
This recipe is a great introduction to smoothie ice pops, its creamy, its sweet and its nutritious too. It contains both pineapples and bananas giving a fruity boost in vitamins and minerals. Whilst both the bananas and coconut cream provide the creamy fat source making it similar to ice cream. I wouldn’t however call it an ice cream as its not churned in any way, meaning it freezes more like an ice pop.
Pineapples are rich in vitamin C and manganese which support health bone and collagen formation. They’re a great source of dietary fibre and bromalin which can support healthy digestion, help clear mucous and reduce inflammation. Word of warning – bromalin can interact with some medications, please consult your doctor before eating pineapple if you or your child are taking prescription medication.
Bananas are well known for being a source of potassium which is great for cardiac health and plays a role in rehydration. It’s also contains a good amount of dietary fibre and resistant starch which help to fill you up and support colon health. Bananas can also support sleep and relaxation! They contain magnesium which helps to relax muscle, Vitamin B6 which can help with sleep and Tryptophan which is converted by the body to serotonin and melatonin – key for mood and sleep.
Coconut Cream provides us with plenty of vegan saturated fat, including Lauric Acid which has been found to support brain development and its even been shown to signal apoptosis in cancer cells – i.e. it causes them to die.
Ice pop molds – I love this ice cream ones I found at a garden center, they’re perfect for little hands and catch any drips. I found them available on Amazon but they’re more expensive then what I paid so it would probably be worth shopping around.
1 Tin of Coconut Cream – not milk!
2-3 cups of frozen pineapple – I use frozen as this kick starts the freezing process
Peel the bananas.
Put all ingredients into the jug blender and blend until completely smooth.
Pour the mixture into the molds – enjoy any leftovers as a scrummy virgin Pina Colada or add a shot of rum for an adult treat!
Place molds into the freezer until frozen, then remove and enjoy!
Now you know how to do it with one flavour, the possibilities are endless!
Let me know any other smoothie ice pop flavours you enjoy by commenting below.