Can you make an ice lolly with only one ingredient, but above all, without sugar?
Are you looking for a light snack, with few calories, refreshing on sultry days, with fruit or yogurt and above all without sugar? The answer is: make popsicles! Colorful, fun and perfect for the summer. Preparing them is child's play. Just decide what to put in between fruit, yogurt, milk or vegetables, blend everything and freeze.
But today we do not want to offer you the classic recipe with sugar syrup that we have already given you some time ago, but the light and sugar free version for those who do not want to give up the sweet, but without exaggerating with calories.
Icicles: our recipes
Popsicles are really easy to make at home, you can prepare them in the flavors you want and then have natural products without dyes and, as in this case, no added sugars.
If you really don't want to give up sweetness and prefer to add a sweetener to your basic compound, use fructose, which is fruit sugar, or even stevia which is a natural sugar, but which has a slight aftertaste of licorice.
What it takes to make an ice lolly
To prepare the popsicles, you simply need plastic cups and wooden ice cream scoops. If you don't find the pallets, use plastic spoons.
If you want to make popsicles as beautiful as those on the market and with regular shapes, buy a popsicle holder consisting of trays with built-in sticks. They are found in kitchen supply stores and in many supermarkets.
Always remember to take your popsicles out of the freezer a few minutes before serving them and warm the molds with your hands.
Extracts, smoothies and centrifuges
We talked about sugar-free popsicles because we will only use juice and fruit pulp to prepare them.
You can use a centrifuge to extract the filtered juice of fresh fruit and get very light popsicles. With the extractor, instead, you will get a denser juice and therefore a more full-bodied popsicle. Finally, blending the fruit in a classic blender, the consistency will be even denser and the flavor more intense.
If you want to give body and cream to your popsicles, remember to always use a part of pureed banana or Greek yogurt.
This looks more like an ice cream than a popsicle because it has a soft texture. It is prepared simply by blending the flesh of a banana with a little lemon juice. Pour the mixture into the molds and leave to cool in the freezer for about three hours. If you like it, add a pinch of cinnamon.
Cherry popsicle with yogurt
This is a complete snack for children because it contains proteins and many vitamins. Simply blend the yogurt with the pitted cherries and then pour the mixture into the molds.
You can replace the cherries with fresh berries or strawberries and you can sweeten with a little honey or agave.
Melon and watermelon popsicle
All the taste of summer on a stick. These are the most refreshing popsicles of this season and are prepared by blending the pulp of these two fruits. If you choose to use watermelon, watch out for the seeds that must all be eliminated. You can flavor these popsicles with fresh mint or basil leaves.
Not just fruit
You can make delicious popsicles even without fruit, but with the tea you prefer, perhaps enriched with spices, fresh aromatic herbs or flowers. Have you ever used, for example, lavender or rose petals in the kitchen? They are excellent paired with tea.
A perfect ice lolly after meals, on the other hand, could be prepared with coffee and and with a goccino of fresh whole milk. An excellent digestive that refreshes after a binge and worthily replaces a super caloric and sugared sweet.
Snacks read less than 100 calories
In summary … here are some ideas for a fresh and light snack with less than 100 calories!
You can blend the fruit you prefer, insert it in the popsicle mold or in paper cups and put everything in the freezer for a few hours.
You can also always freeze the skimmed yogurt you prefer in the special molds.
You can also blend yogurt and fruit together. You will make popsicles that look like ice cream. Do you have a centrifuge or an extractor? Use the juice to prepare delicious fruit or vegetable popsicles.
To obtain a naturally sweet ice lolly, always add a banana or a mango shake to the mixture.
A popsicle to eat after meals? Put coffee in the molds and if you prefer, stretch it with milk.
Don't have time to prepare smoothies or centrifuges? Buy sugar-free organic juices and freeze them in popsicle molds.