Wowsers things are busy round here. Packing and organising for the BIG move to the UK, working on a migration to a new blog (more on my exciting venture soon!), a trip to London for Food Blogger Connect last weekend (again more on this wonderful weekend shortly), snippets of time visiting friends for good byes AND it’s the big ten week school holidays here so have two kids desperate for some holiday action!. Needless to say there’s been many a trip to various water parks, swimming pools and lakes. So I offer my sincere apologies for the sporadic blogging now and over the next few weeks. The simply aren’t enough hours in the day for all I have to do!.
In view of my extreme state of busyness here’s a real quickie of a recipe today, Strawberry and Banana Yoghurt Pops which could probably be made and bobbed in the freezer in less than two minutes flat. And they’re good, really good. More importantly the kids LOVE them, and since they’re considerably healthier than any lolly you could possibly buy, containing only fresh fruit, natural yogurt and a weeny bit of honey to sweeten, that’s a very good thing in this baking hot weather we’re currently having!. Homemade lollies are definitely the way forward, and if you don’t have any lolly makers why not invest in a set or two, mine cost a mere two euros! And if you don’t want to use fresh fruit you could always just fill and freeze them with fruit juice (which is actually what I do more often than not!).
Feel free to vary your fresh fruit, a few days ago I also made a batch with raspberries and peaches (though admittedly I did add a little more honey), just use up whatever you have lurking. A great way to get your kids eating plenty of fruit, and to quickly use up any gluts.
Being notably cheaper than bought lollies I shall be entering this post to Credit Crunch Munch’s event, co-hosted by Camila of Fab Food 4 All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours, and this month by Sian of Fishfingers for Tea. I recently happened to notice a new challenge on the block called Strawberry Preservation Fundas, hosted by Techie Cookie Freaky calling for bloggers to submit their strawberry preservation recipes, so naturally I thought of entering my lollies!.
Strawberry and Banana Yogurt Pops
Great For: Toddlers and Pre-schoolers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Summer, Parties, Snacks, After School Treats, Fruit Gluts
Serves: Makes 6 Lollies (though this will depend on the size of your lolly maker)
Special Equipment: a hand held stick blender OR food processor or liquidiser, lolly makers
125g strawberries, washed and hulled
a large banana
125g plain yogurt, greek, cows, sheeps, goats are all fine (I’ve tried them all!)
dessertspoon of runny honey
1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whiz with a stick blender until the consistency of a smoothie. Or place in a processor or liquidiser and blitz.
2. Pour into your lolly moulds and place in a freezer for a few hours or overnight until they’re set.
And that really is all there is to it!. Off to do some packing…..
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July 16th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
You have two very good looking kids there!! Despite the faces 😉 Lovely lolly recipe, thanks for sharing. It was really great to meet you at #FBC5, good luck with all your exciting endeavours!
July 20th, 2013 at 7:06 am
Well they’re certainly trouble, and keep me on my toes! Lovely to meet you too Eleni!
July 16th, 2013 at 2:29 pm
I’ve bookmarked ur recipe and will defintely try it. You’ve reminded me to put my lolly makers into use.By looking at the pics i can understand how ur lil ones r loving it!
I’ll preserve some berries this way. Thanks a lot for linking it to ‘Strawberry Preservation Fundas’
July 20th, 2013 at 7:09 am
Thanks Kavitha, must be the easiest way to use up strawberries I know, and if we ever have any looking a little passed their best I use them up in lollies.
July 16th, 2013 at 4:49 pm
Love it! I’ve made mine with strawberry puree and some peach puree – healthy, cheap and delicious 🙂
July 20th, 2013 at 7:10 am
They certainly are healthy, cheap & delicious! And luckily we all love them too!.
July 16th, 2013 at 8:35 pm
Congratulations, my you are busy aren’t you!! Can’t wait to see the changes to the blog and best of luck with the big move. The pops are wonderful, a great healthful snack for kids and growns. That last photo has me laughing, too cute!!
July 20th, 2013 at 7:12 am
Jacques (at just over 3) is going through the phase of seeing a camera and instantly pulling a silly face!. Kind of makes it tricky to get a decent photo these days unless I go undercover!.
July 21st, 2013 at 1:21 am
I have so many of those same type of photo’s they seem to grow out of it when they are about 5 yrs. Jacques is so cute, the photo is priceless!!
July 16th, 2013 at 10:49 pm
Best of luck with the move sweetie. Love the look of these yoghurt pops – could do with one right now to help me cool down. And love your photos. Your children are so gorgeous!
July 20th, 2013 at 9:12 am
Thanks lovely. My children are TROUBLE Vanesther! Off to do some more packing today, swimming in boxes round here!
July 17th, 2013 at 2:10 am
These sound amazing (or “amazeballs” as the younger generation around here like to say). I’ll be trying some for myself (as rarely see our tribe these days, and someone has to try them ;-)). Thanks for the recipe!
July 20th, 2013 at 7:14 am
Certainly are amazeballs, considering the lack of effort and speed involved! Equally as yum for kids and grown ups, so don’t worry about your tribe not being around 🙂
July 17th, 2013 at 2:43 pm
These look fab and very much appreciated by your two lovely children – great, very cute pics! Definitely on my to make list for the summer hols. Good luck fitting everything in!
July 20th, 2013 at 9:10 am
Thanks Andrea, feel like I’m neglecting mine and other’s blogs lately (including yours!). So so little time, ahrrrr! But should be back on track in a few weeks.
July 17th, 2013 at 3:32 pm
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July 17th, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Ahhh, I hope the summer is going well for you and that you and the kids have a safe move back to the UK. We also make our own lollipops now as the amount of sugar in shop bought versions is so high. Besides it is so lovely to be able to customise like this. Lovely to see you at FBC x
July 20th, 2013 at 7:18 am
So lovely to meet you at FBC Nazima, sorry you had to dash off on the Saturday and we didn’t get to say goodbye….but I’m sure we’ll meet again soon!. I’m always a little shocked at what rubbish (inc sugar) goes into bought lollies so these are a fab quick alternative minus the nasties. And so cheap!
July 21st, 2013 at 12:16 pm
looks inviting and mouthwatering stuff!
July 23rd, 2013 at 10:53 am
Got some friends coming over this weekend and these will be fun to try. I love easy desserts.
July 25th, 2013 at 8:38 am
Well this is about the easiest a pud can be! Enjoy!!
July 23rd, 2013 at 2:39 pm
These look fab and I love the combination of strawberries and banana! Thank you for sharing with #creditcrunchmunch:-)
July 25th, 2013 at 8:39 am
Thanks Camilla, such an easy treat too. And a great way to use up a few past their best strawberries.