Ice lollies and watermelon always take me back to the long summer holidays of my childhood. Time seemed to go so slowly in those days, my summer holidays seemed like they had no beginning and no end, unlike the summers of today. Adulthood has seemingly made everything speed up, you blink and time has passed. Can you believe that we are half way through 2017 already!? Now that’s just crazy!
Last summer especially, I really got into making my own ice lollies and fell in love. The only real expenditure is the cost of the lolly moulds, which can cost as little as a few pounds. The rest is up to your own imagination, as long as it can be blitzed up then you’re on to a winning recipe. I think homemade lollies make a healthier and budget friendly snack, you’re in control what goes into them. With a huge watermelon in the fridge, I created these refreshing and fruity popsicles.
Fruity and refreshing homemade popsicles made using watermelon, strawberries, and quark that is naturally fat-free and high in protein.
- 1/2 watermelon
- 200 g strawberries
- 250 g Graham's The Family Dairy vanilla quark
- 2-3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
Pour all of the ingredients into a blender.
Blitz until smooth and pour into ice lolly moulds. Allow to freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
Run the mould under warm water to release the popsicles to eat.
These have been great on warm afternoons as snacks and on balmy evenings for dessert. They remind me a bit of Solero ice lollies, but with strawberries and watermelon instead and vanilla quark. Again you can use this recipe as the basis for your own creativity.
The vanilla quark adds a lovely creaminess to the texture of the ice lollies. Also, quark is naturally low in fat and high in protein making these a lovely healthier snack alternative in the summer. Now, all we need is the sunshine, come on summer!
Do you make your own ice lollies? What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
*This post was commissioned by Graham’s The Family Dairy, but all opinions are my own.