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Kiwi Fruit Ice Lollies

September 30, 2012

 

When Zespri asked me to post a recipe for using their kiwi fruit I was positively stumped for a while. You see, Kiwi fruit just does not like me. It leaves a strange metalic taste in my mouth for some odd reason. Even though I know how wonderfully good they are for you, I simply cannot manage them. My boys however love them. They often get cut up kiwi in their school lunch boxes which they must polish off with relish because there is never any left in those lunch boxes when they get home.

Kiwi is of course full of health benefits. They contain more vitamin C than oranges and as much potassium as bananas. They have a high fibre content and list many health benefits since they are an excellent source of anti-oxidants which protect our bodies against free radical damage.

For more interesting information and kiwi fruit recipes visit this kiwi fruit website.

As you may very well know it is still hot in Dubai. Since we have dairy allergy in our house we substitute with sorbets and fruit ice lollies. These kiwi fruit ice lollies are just the ticket to get all those valuable vitamins and minerals into your kids in a really cool way. They are so easy to make you don’t even need a recipe. In fact they would be great to make with your kids.

I don’t have plastic ice lolly moulds since I stay away from freezing liquids in plastic, instead I used disposable mini espresso coffee cups. They are made from paper. They also fit very neatly into my mini muffin trays so they can be popped into the freezer without fear of toppling over. They work for me.

This is how I made my Kiwi Fruit Ice Lollies. I placed 4 pealed kiwi fruits into my blender. I added about 4 tablespoons of honey and a splash of water (probably less than a quarter cup) and 5 mint leaves. Blended all this together until the mixture was smooth. I then filled my little espresso cups about 3/4 full and placed them into the mini muffin trays. I popped them into the freezer for about 25 minutes. At this point I inserted the popsicle sticks and left the lollies in the freezer  until we were ready to eat them.

As you can see, the minute you blend the kiwifruit it does not remain bright green, but a sort of hazel colour. I think the colour is also influenced by the honey. The colour in no way effects the taste. You remove the frozen lollies by simply running a little warm water over the outside of the mould. The lolly then slips out beautifully. The smell is really fresh and zesty with the mint really being dominant. The taste is lovely and refreshing….even for me. So go ahead and give these a try. They’re so much better than those junk filled lollies you buy in the shops.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2012 12:25 AM

    Stumbled upon this as I also posted a recipe just now (10 minutes to midnight!). I love the green grassy look – the lollies are looking natural and fresh. BTW, it’ funny but my Kiwi Purée came out green and pretty from the blender. Could it be because of the mint leaves and the honey?

    • October 1, 2012 10:56 AM

      The color of the honey definitely had something to do with it. Glad yours turned out pretty!

  2. October 1, 2012 3:20 AM

    That’s an interesting idea, I love the color of the lollies, a great treat for kids in the house.

    • October 1, 2012 10:55 AM

      I love the fact that these are so easy to make. You can make them with any soft fruit I am sure and they contain no nasties that you find in shop bought varieties and they take all of about 5 minutes to prepare. You can’t beat that. Thanks for your comment.

  3. October 1, 2012 11:37 AM

    Simple and delicious recipe

  4. October 1, 2012 8:47 PM

    Amazing. But if I try it without mint leaves do you think it wouldn’t be so good?

    • October 1, 2012 9:52 PM

      Of course you can leave out the mint leaves. I don’t think it is a major consideration. Enjoy!

  5. October 2, 2012 3:54 PM

    these are adorable!

  6. October 6, 2012 3:10 PM

    Ha, great minds think alike: I had the same idea for this Zespri competition. I made kiwi sorbet, but didn’t get the pictures and blog post out in time. I just used pureed kiwi, and added honey and some lemon juice. It’s addictive. I now make double batches and fill them in His n Her’s containers, so we don’t have to fight over it after dinner :-)

  7. October 27, 2012 7:56 AM

    My 4 1/2 year old loves kiwi fruit and would adore these. I think we might just make them together :)

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