Chocolate Chip Cherry Ice Pops
Makes 5 lollies
This brilliant sunshine calls for ice cream, ice cream, and more ice cream! But last summer I maaaay have gone a little overboard in trying to add all manner of hidden veggies to my kids' ice lollies and I can’t exactly say they went down a treat! So this time I decided to abandon the idea of sneaking in a courgette or two and went straight up creamy-sweet-deliciousness instead. But that’s not to say that these guys aren’t jam-packed with goodness too: 5-minute cherry compote, antioxidant-rich açai powder, high-protein low-sugar Skyr yogurt, dark chocolate chips, grass-fed collagen powder, oat milk and a touch of yacon syrup. These can easily be made vegan by swapping the Skyr yogurt for coconut yogurt, and the collagen powder for an unflavoured vegan protein powder instead. But I am forever searching for ways to up my kids' protein intake since their choice of school lunch consists of plain pasta and carrots. Every. Single. Day. So if I can add 8g of protein in the form of a refreshing, low sugar (only 2½ g per lolly), after-school snack then it’s a double whammy for me because these guys are seriously, properly, all-out delicious and not just for the little ones!
Weirdly, I am allergic to raw cherries, which is why I cook them quickly to make a compote, but if you are short on time then you can just use fresh raw cherries instead. But making them into a compote really does add a lovely rich sweetness to the lollies too.
P.S - If you are wondering what on earth happened to the ends of the lollies - basically I was trying to be insta-cool and failed! I saw some amazing looking lollies with granola at the top and I tried to emulate them....needless to say, it didn’t quite work, but you can’t win ‘em all eh?! They were super delicious and that’s all that counts!
· 100g Fresh Cherries
· 150g Skyr or Greek Yogurt for protein, or else coconut yogurt if vegan
· 100ml Milk (I used Oat Milk)
· ½ tbsp Acai Powder
· 1 tbsp Yacon Syrup (or maple syrup)
· 15g Dark Chocolate Chips
· 20g Collagen Powder (or unflavoured vegan protein powder)
· De-stone the cherries.
· Put the cherries in a small saucepan with a splash of water, and heat on low for 5 minutes to soften.
· Mash and set aside.
· In a bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix well to combine (or whizz together in a blender, leaving out the chocolate chips so they stay whole).
· Pour into lolly molds and freeze for at least 5 hours or preferably overnight.
· Tip: to help remove the lollies from the molds, run under warm water for a minute and they should just slip right out.
Calories – 74
Protein – 8g
Fat – 1g
Carbohydrates – 8g
Fibre – 1g