We’re close to feeling the Summer heat soon! Summertime reminds me of my childhood place, Philippines… Not because of the heat but because it’s the time of the year that I enjoyed homemade refreshments a lot… From simple iced-water, to crushed ice scramble (the famous Pinoy halu-halo which I would be making also sometime later), street ice cream (sorbetes) and of course the iced candy!
A good way to satisfy that craving of mine is to make it (of course!). I hope that you too would find a better and wholesome way of hydrating yourself —by eating lots of fresh, watery fruits or by making healthy refreshments… Homemade is always the best! Why not make one for your family to enjoy?
Fruity Iced Candy (homemade popsicle) :Filipino Style
CLASSIFICATION: Vegetarian with Vegan option
ripe banana – 1
blueberries – 1/2 cup (fresh or frozen)
ripe hass avocados – 2
yellow ripe mangoes – 2
almond milk – 1 cup
organic condensed milk – 1 small can (option: sweetened almond milk and a little more sugar)
sugar to taste
1. Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth. If mixture is too thick, add a little bit of almond milk; if too watery, add an avocado or a banana. You would want your popsicle/iced-candy to be fruity flavor not watery and bland. Add sweetener if needed.
Note: You can make your own fruit combination using different fruits of your choice. Pineapple, kiwi, orange (juice), strawberry, etc.
2. Pour mixture in a Popsicle mold. I use iced candy wrap that I bought from Philippines (you can buy the “ice candy wrap” online or an Asian/Filipino store). Using a funnel pour the mixture into the plastic wrap and knot-tie the end.
3. Place the wrapped mixture in the freezer. Let it sit in the freezer for about 6 hours and it should be hard and ready to eat!
Tip: If you want your Popsicle to be soft like frozen yogurt or soft ice cream. You can add 1 tablespoon full of cornstarch into 3/4 cup cool water. Heat it up (but do not boil) until thickened. Add to the fruit mixture, then blend one more time. You may need to reduce the amount of almond milk to prevent the mixture from getting too watery.