Friday, 11 July 2014

Watermelon Ice lollies (popsicles!)

When I was a little girl, we were super lucky that my Grandparents owned a flat in Spain on the Costa del Sol. We used to go there most Summers and spent our days swimming, sunbathing and enjoying the local food. It's also where my love (obsession?) with cats started, as I took it upon myself to look after all the strays that lived there, and there were so so many of them!

Going back to the food, one of the highlights for me had to be ice lolly time. We used to get these watermelon ice lollies that were out of this world- seriously nothing compared to them back in England- my brother and I loved them. They were creamy, sweet and delicious, but the best part was that they were made to look like a slice of watermelon, complete with little chocolate pips and a green rind! I've never seen these anywhere other than Spain, but I always remembered them. So this weeks project was to replicate something similar, but healthier, so my girls could enjoy watermelon ice lollies in the glorious sunshine too.

And this is what I came up with. The 'pips' weren't as visible as I had wanted, but I'm going to give it a try again and see how I can improve on it. The main thing is that they tasted divine. I love the contrast between the icy pink part and the creamy-smooth green part. The combination of textures and the zingy lime actually reminded me of those twister lollies you can buy, which I also happened to love as a kid!

Ingredients (makes 6)
1/4 small watermelon
Big handful of fresh strawberries
1 tbsp cacao nibs 
1 large avocado
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp coconut nectar
Few drops of stevia

Cut the watermelon flesh away from the rind and blend it up with the strawberries until smooth. Pour into Ice lolly moulds to 3/4 of the way to the top. Sprinkle a couple of cacao nibs into each one and shake to distribute (you could gently push them to the sides to help them show up a little more). Next add little wooden lolly sticks into the middle of each one and freeze for an hour.

While they are in the freezer you can prepare the green part. Scoop out the creamy avocado and pop into a food processor with the juice of a lime, the stevia and coconut nectar. Process until smooth.

Remove the ice lollies from the freezer, top with the avocado mixture and put back into the freezer for a few hours until set.

Enjoy in the sun!