The sun is already shining and it's set to be a scorcher of a summer. We can't think of any better way to cool down than these awesome treats you can make at home.
Homemade ice lollies can be a great special treat on a hot day, and they can also be a super way to squeeze in one or more of your 5-a-day. We've put together a list of recipes that are a breeze to make, and sure to be a hit.
If you're new to the idea of making your own lollies, we'll give you some handy tips and fun new ideas to try out with your kids. We can guarantee you'll be experimenting with new recipes all summer long.
Strawberry Yoghurt Ice Pops
These delicious homemade ice pops look just like retro Fabs, and your kids will love the chocolate and multi-coloured sprinkles!
90g caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
500g tub natural yoghurt
100g melted white chocolate
Crush the strawberries in a bowl with the sugar and vanilla extract
Mix in the natural yoghurt
Pour into your moulds and freeze
Once lollies are frozen, take them out of the mould and dip the tops in melted white chocolate and sprinkles.
Rainbows are everywhere you turn at the moment, and these easy summer lollies are a perfect way to get involved. Feel free to substitute any fruits you can't find - the more the merrier!
red and green grapes
strawberries or raspberries
tinned peach slices
Wash and chop the fruit into small chunks.
Fill your ice lolly moulds with fruit, layering each colour at a time to create your rainbows
Pour lemonade over the lollies until the moulds are full.
Add your sticks and freeze until they're solid.
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Avocado Chocolate Lollies
This healthy lolly recipe is so delicious your kids will never guess there's something green in them.
25 g cocoa or cacao powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 ripe avocado
25 g cacao powder
Whizz everything together in a blender.
Taste and add more maple syrup if the lollies aren't sweet enough.
Pour the mixture into your moulds and freeze for 4 hours.
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Peanut Butter Banana Bites
Peanut butter and banana are a winning combination, and these yummy treats are a great recipe to tick off one of your 5-a-day. The nutty butter will make your kids fuller for longer in between meal times too!
2 large bananas
3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tsp chopped nuts
Mix bananas and peanut butter together in a blender until smooth and combined.
Pour into ice lolly moulds and pop into the freezer
After 30 minutes, sprinkle the chopped nuts on the top of each ice lolly and return to the freezer until frozen.
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Pear and Apple Ice Pops
This ice lolly recipe only calls for fruit and water, so it's a great healthy option for kids of all ages, and we love how easy it is to prepare.
1 cup of water
Peel and core the apples and pears.
Blitz the fruit and water in a blender until smooth.
Pour into your moulds and freeze overnight.
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Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Ice Bars
A definite favourite here at Kidadl, these easy chocolate treats will rival chocolate ice cream - the whole family are definitely going to love them!
100g caster sugar
1 tbsp butter
100g dark chocolate, chopped
2 1/2 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and cornflour with half of the milk in a bowl.
Heat the remaining milk in a saucepan with the butter and bring to the boil.
Stir in the chocolate mixture, lower the heat and stir until the mixture thickens.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
Stir the chocolate into the chilled mixture, spoon into your moulds and freeze overnight.
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Minty Watermelon Refreshers
This refreshing ice lolly recipe is great for hot days that kids of all ages will absolutely love to snack on all summer long.
Half a large watermelon
2 sprigs of mint
Blend together the mint and watermelon until they form a smooth liquid.
Pour into your moulds, and freeze until hard, and enjoy!
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Creamy Coconut Lime Pops
These fresh coconut delights will have you dreaming of faraway summer holidays on the beach.
1 tin of full-fat coconut milk
64g of coconut cream
1 tbsp grated lime zest
Whisk your lime zest with the coconut milk and cream in a bowl.
Divide between each lolly mould and freeze until slushy.
Stir again to make sure the lime zest mixes all through the ice lollies, and freeze until solid.
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All you need for this easy homemade ice lolly recipe is fruit squash in any flavour. Experiment with layering different colours of squash by freezing the lollies in stages to create multi-coloured stripes.
Fruit Squash diluted with water
Pour your squash into your moulds, pop them in the freezer and you're done, it's as easy as that!
Enjoy these fresh summer ice lollies.
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Breakfast Granola Yoghurt Pops
Trying to get your kids to eat breakfast during summer when they're running about the garden can be a challenge, but this yummy breakfast recipe is the easy answer we've all been looking for.
120 ml Greek yoghurt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp honey
350g mixed berries
Whisk together your yoghurt, vanilla and 1tbsp of honey and fold in the berries.
Drizzle the rest of the honey over your granola.
Split your mixture between the ice lolly moulds leaving a few centimetres at the top
Pour the granola into the tops of the ice lollies, add the sticks and freeze until firm and ready to eat.
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Be sure to tap your homemade ice lollies once they're in their moulds to remove any air bubbles.
If your kids are messy chefs, try using a funnel or a freezer bag with a corner chopped off for a steadier way to fill your moulds.
If you're struggling to get your homemade ice lollies out of their moulds, run them under a warm tap for a few seconds and they'll loosen right up.
If you can't keep your sticks in the middle, try putting your lollies in the freezer without for 30 minutes, and then add the sticks. Be sure to set a timer so you don't forget!
If you don't eat your icy treats within a couple of days, wrap separately in baking paper and pop into a freezer bag - this will stop them picking up any freezer tastes.
In short, you can make ice lollies from almost anything, so we give you full permission to get creative! If you don't have any of the things you need, feel free to swap them out with something else, or even just forgo them altogether. Kids will love inventing their own lolly recipes. Just take a liquid base like a juice, smoothie, yoghurt or fizzy drink, and mix in some small berries and anything else you want to try! This is a great time to raid your baking cupboard for chocolate chips, sprinkles and mini treats leftover from other tasty makes.
No Moulds? We've Got You Covered
Don't worry if you haven't got ice lolly moulds to hand, there are loads of things in your kitchen you can use instead. Why not try:
Small baking tins, muffin or cupcake tins
Yoghurt pots - you can just pop a stick in full ones and freeze them for instant lollies, or wait until they're finished and refill the pots
Plastic or paper cups
Ice cube trays
Emily has lived in London for ten years, and still loves discovering new places to explore in the capital with her two little brothers. She loves all things lifestyle and fashion, she is a fashion designer and artist, as well as working with arts charities to facilitate workshops and outreach on crafts, fashion, and design for children with special needs and children with difficult home lives who might otherwise not have access, from toddlers to teenagers. Emily is also a trained life coach and loves talking and writing about general wellness, mindfulness and healthy relationships.