The homemade popsicle certainly represents a quick and tasty solution to combat one of the most common summer problems: that of heat. With just a few ingredients it is in fact possible to create a refreshing food, with a reduced caloric impact and gratifying for the taste buds. All this, spending very little.
Prepare gods DIY popsicles it is really very simple and does not require special skills in the kitchen. However, some tools are required, such as the special mold to be stored in the freezer, as well as comfortable sticks to be able to comfortably hold the food with your hands. For this purpose, we can also rely on recycling, an environmentally friendly solution: just recover old popsicle sticks, properly washed and sanitized.
But what are the advantages of this preparation and which one recipe follow?
Do it yourself popsicles: the advantages
Choosing DIY popsicles can provide numerous benefits. Starting from very low costs: the ingredients necessary to make them are in fact all cheap. It will be enough to have your favorite fruit, water, sugar and a little patience, while waiting for the preparation to solidify inside the freezer.
But the advantages are also of an environmental nature. As already mentioned, there is for example the possibility of recycling the classic sticks of this summer food, thus avoiding accumulating waste. The latter can also be harmful to nature, considering how more and more manufacturers are replacing the classic wooden stick with plastic alternatives. Furthermore, home preparation reduces the costs related to emissions due to transport, especially if you choose zero kilometer fruit.
Homemade popsicle recipe
But how to do a homemade popsicle, which recipes to follow to obtain a tasty and at the same time refreshing food? The basic steps to be carried out are really very simple and do not require great skills in the kitchen. However, it is possible to fuel one’s creativity, always looking for new tastes, trying new ingredients and experimenting without any limitations.
Here are some recipe ideas that you can easily recreate at home.
Fruit juice based popsicles
The most classic home preparation is that of fruit juice based popsicles, that is the do-it-yourself alternative to commercial alternatives available in bars, restaurants and even in supermarkets.
The possibilities vary according to your tastes and you can practically use any type of fruit: come on lemons to other citrus fruits such as orange and mandarin, passing through peaches and apricots, cherries, grapes, strawberries, kiwi, ananas, amarena and much more. From these it will be necessary to obtain the juice, if they lend themselves to squeezing, or they can be reduced to a puree with a blender or a mixer.
The ingredients include:
- 150 grams of juice or puree;
- 100 grams of water;
- 50 grams of sugar.
You start by melting the sugar in the pot, bringing the water to a boil and then slowly pouring the sweetener, then letting everything cool. Add the juice or puree, mix properly and pour everything into the appropriate freezer molds, remembering to position the sticks. After four hours of refrigeration, the popsicle will be ready to be consumed.
Popsicle with whole fruit
An equally tasty alternative is represented by popsicle with whole fruit, to ensure an even more satisfying touch on the palate. The preparation is similar to the version with juice.
The ingredients include:
- 100 grams of whole fruit;
- 100 grams of water;
- 50 grams of sugar.
First of all, cut the whole fruit into small pieces, preferably in small cubes. You then continue making the sugar syrup, always bringing the water to a boil and slowly melting the mixture. Once the syrup is obtained, it is left to cool, the pieces of fruit are added and everything is poured into the appropriate molds with lots of sticks. Finally, the fruit popsicle the whole freezer for about four hours.
For those looking for a creamier, less sugar-rich solution, i yogurt-based popsicles they can represent the ideal alternative. In addition to their unmistakable taste, they are also friends of health: this derivative of milk is in fact rich in useful properties for the body, for example with its probiotics that strengthen the natural defenses of the intestine.
For the ingredients, you need to get:
- 200 grams of yogurt;
- 50 ml of milk;
- 100 grams of fruit in pieces.
The first step is to mix the yogurt with the latte and sugar, until the mixture is thick but free of lumps. At this point, the chopped fruit is added and everything is poured into the refrigerator molds, taking care to insert the sticks as well. Once in the freezer, these popsicles will be ready to be consumed within 4 or 5 hours.
Alternative to coffee
A more energetic and intense flavor alternative to classic popsicles is represented by coffee. The latter can be substituted for the classic fruit juice or, again, combined with banana pieces, chopped nuts, ginger, orange or lemon.
For the preparation, you need the following ingredients:
- 3 cups of cold coffee;
- 50 ml of water or milk;
- 30 grams of sugar;
- chopped fruit or chopped nuts.
Simply mix the cold coffee with the water, warming the mixture slightly to be able to add the sugar and ensure the complete dissolution of the sweetener. Once cold, the fruit or the fruit is added to the drink obtained chopped walnuts, then fill the molds and add the stick. After four hours in the freezer the popsicle will be ready.
Sugar free ice lolly: why prefer it
All the alternatives proposed can also be made without sugar, for a final product that is more friendly to the body and with reduced calories. To do this, however, it is necessary to increase the doses of juice or fruit in pieces by 40/50%, to compensate for thesweetening effect and therefore avoid excessive acidity on the palate.
This version is preferable to the classic one, precisely because it has reduced calories and is also suitable for those who follow a dietary diet or must contain the levels of glycemia.
For versions of the recipes that use cow’s milk, it is possible to replace it with vegetable drinks so that the recipe is perfectly suitable even for consumers who have decided to marry the vegan diet.
Source: GreenStyle by www.greenstyle.it.
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