Sun, sand, outdoor fun and holidays. What’s not to love about summer?!
With all the warm weather I decided it was time to whip out the ice blocks. Rather than going for the sugar filled and artificially flavoured ice blocks from the shops, the boys and I made up a batch of delicious healthy all fruit ice blocks (watermelon ice blocks to be exact!) Healthy homemade ice blocks… winners all round!
They are so easy and once you’ve started making them you’ll be hooked. Plus, they are literally JUST fruit. Nothing else. So they are healthy enough for the kids to have every day.
I make mine using the basic recipe below but you can mix it up with other fruits or even add some yoghurt. I’ve given some alternative suggestions at the end of the post.
This recipe will make around 24 fruit ice blocks. I bought my ice block moulds from Kmart for $2 for a set of 6. Fruit was a mix of fresh seasonal fruit from our local fruit market Country Growers and frozen fruit. Speak to your local greengrocer about what is in season and they can point you to the freshest produce. They also often stock other bits and pieces like yoghurt that you can add in for variety.
How To Make Ice Blocks…
Making ice blocks is so simple and this is a super easy ice block recipe that you can modify to your own tastes. The basic watermelon ice blocks recipe makes simple watermelon ice blocks and I then add in other fruits for variety and flavour. Here’s a step by step guide on how to make homemade ice blocks.
Healthy Home Made Fruit Ice-blocks
Ingredients for fruit ice blocks
- 1/2 a medium watermelon
- Frozen raspberries or blueberries (or both!)
- 3 kiwi fruits
- Frozen mango pieces
- 1 punnet strawberries
- 2 passionfruit
How to make fruit ice blocks
- Blend up the watermelon in a blender or food processor. It should be liquified and will be quite watery.
- Slice up strawberries and kiwi fruit (peel kiwi fruit first).
- Start by placing a mix of fruit (frozen and fresh) into the bottom of each mould. I like to place the kiwi pieces along the sides as this gives a very attractive look to the iceblocks when they are finished.
- Spoon or pour in the watermelon mix. Gently tap the moulds so that everything settles and there are no gaps left.
- Place the stick into the mould and freeze for 4-5 hours or until completely set
To easily get the ice blocks out of the moulds when ready to eat, run them under hot water for 5-10 seconds so they slip out of the mould.
They are a total hit at our house and the boys love eating them for afternoon tea on the deck each day. If you’re looking to mix it up you can try some of the variations for different homemade ice blocks below.
Variations On Home Made Fruit Ice Blocks
- The basis for all these is a basic watermelon ice blocks but you could mix it up with predominantly mango or orange if you prefer.
- Add a few spoonfuls of yoghurt to the mould before adding fruit and watermelon. Instant yoghurt topped fruit pops!
- Blend frozen mango and water to use as the filling mixture in place of watermelon.
- Make yoghurt pops by blending natural yoghurt and fruit puree and adding to the moulds.
- Fruit juice with fruit also works if you don’t have a watermelon (although it’s much higher in sugar).
- Add a little cocoa powder into a sweet yoghurt and freeze in the mould for a special chocolate treat.
Healthy ice blocks the kids will LOVE. Enjoy!
p.s If you’ve got any healthy ice block recipes for homemade iceblocks you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment 🙂