Friday, 21 June 2013

#FitFruitFriday - Chill Out with Fruit! PART ONE: Ice Lolly and Popsicle Recipes

The weather's been up and down for ages now but (despite the 10 minute torrential downpour we had here at Fruit for the Office HQ yesterday) the sun is out, the temperature's rising and things are looking up!

However, if you're anything like us pasty office dwellers, we need cooling down when things are heating up outside. But when the sun is shining in on us from the window we also need something that'll cheer us up and take our mind of the fact that while we type away there are some lucky so-and-sos on a beach somewhere...

So enter, the sweet treats that'll see you (and your buff beach bod) through the summer - and through to 5pm...

Fruit and ice.

Sounds too simple, right? Wrong!

Over the next few weeks we'll be treating our lovely readers to a great variety of fruit and ice recipes that will keep you hydrated, healthy and happy!

AND if that wasn't enough, they can all be made using the fruit that - if you're lucky enough to be getting our office fruit deliveries - can be found in your box!
Aren't we so good to you?

Berries and Coconut Cream (A Dairy-Free Dream!)

What To Get:
  • Ice lolly/popsicle moulds 
  • Blender or food processor
  • Freezer
  • As many frozen berries or cherries as you like (just freeze your fresh Fruit For the Office berries or cherries overnight!)
  • 500ml or 1 can of cocount milk - easily found in most supermarkets (we prefer the fresh stuff found in the dairy aisle!)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of honey

 What to Do:
  1. Pop your fruit into your blender or food processor, give it a good whirl until pureed then set aside in a seperate bowl
  2. Blend together the coconut milk, vanilla extract and honey - also set aside
  3. Pour carefully and layer the two mixtures equally in each mould - starting with two teaspoons of puree, then two teaspoons of coconut mixture and so on until each mould is about 90% (or enough to safely get the tops or sticks in)
  4. If you desire a fancy looking swirled effect (and who doesn't?) then pop your teaspoon into each of the moulds and slowly drag upwards to the top once or twice
  5. Gently(!) tap your moulds on your counter to remove any trapped air bubbles
  6. Leave in the freezer for at least 6-8 hours before serving

 Frozen Fruit Salad

What to Get:
  •  Ice lolly/popsicle moulds
  • 1 peach - cut into approx 1cm slices
  • 450ml white grape juice or apple juice (make sure the variety you choose is clear not cloudy to ensure the best looking lollies)
  • 90g blueberries
  • 110g strawberries - hulled and cut in half
  • 2 kiwis - peeled and cut into 1/2 cm round slices

What to Do:
  1. Arrange the fruit equally in the moulds, making sure it is packed quite tightly together
  2. Pour the juice into each mould to cover the fruit - leaving some room for the mould top or stick
  3. Very gently tap the moulds to remove air bubbles
  4. Leave in the freezer for at least 6-8 hours

Let us know in the comments which of these recipes you'll be making first and we'll be back next week with more fruit and ice treats!

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