Frozen Banana Lollies

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine (August 2016)

Just as sweet as commercial ice cream, but with natural, nutritious ingredients, this is a gorgeously creamy, family-friendly summer treat.

Banana lollies

Makes : 6

Ingredients :
400ml coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk
2 large bananas, peeled
2 tblsp runny honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tblsp shredded coconut
Handful of chopped hazelnuts
Extra shredded coconut, if you like, for dipping

Step One : Pour half of the milk into a food processor and add the bananas, honey and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, then process until smooth.   In a bowl, whisk together the remaining coconut milk and vanilla extract.

Step Two : Divide the banana mixture between six lolly moulds.  Layer the coconut mixture on top of the banana mixture, then leave in the freezer for at least 6 hours or until completely frozen.

Step Three : Remove the lollies from their moulds by dipping them in warm water for 10 seconds.

Step Four : Tip the chopped hazelnuts (or shredded coconut) into a deep bowl, then dip the top 5-8 cm of each lolly into the nuts to coat.

Step Five : Place the lollies back in the freezer to set.  They will be ready after 5 minutes.

Quick Mincemeat Ice Cream

Recipe courtesy of Prima Magazine.

If you want a really quick, cool dessert on Christmas Day, this rich ice cream is just unbeatable.

quick mincemeat icecream

3 1/2 pt (2 litres) good quality vanilla ice cream
1 lb (450g) mincemeat
2 tblsp (30ml) orange juice
8 tblsp (120ml) brandy

Step One : Remove ice cream from the carton and place in a bowl. Leave out of freezer to soften slightly.

Step Two : Place mincemeat and orange juice in a saucepan and heat gently until suet melts. Cool.

Step Three : Stir mixture into softened ice cream, incorporating it as evenly as possible. Return to freezer. Beat well after an hour.

Step Four : Scoop ice cream into balls and place in serving dishes. Drizzle a spoonful of brandy over each dish and serve.

Other ice cream recipes can be found here …

Pancake Day

pancake daySo it’s Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day today.

My absolute favourite filling is Nutella, sliced banana and vanilla ice cream.    I just love how the warm pancakes melt the ice cream and softens the banana and it just turns into a gooey, chocolatey, yummy delight.  Photographic evidence to follow later.  🙂

What is your favourite topping / filling ?


The result …… they were delicious 🙂