Mango Coconut Ice Blocks

October 11, 2014

Mango Coconut Ice Blocks

Summer is coming! I looked in the pantry the other morning and saw that my coconut oil had melted overnight. This is a sure sign that the temperature is heating up.

In my childhood, the passing of seasons was noted by the types of fruits that were consumed in our household. In the peak of summer we used to eat big juicy slices of watermelon outside on the grass, throwing the seeds into the garden. We savoured beautifully ripe mango cheeks, wiping off the dripping mango juice from our chins before jumping back into the pool. I loved these fruits so much because they were such a treat. When I think of mango and watermelon I have happy thoughts of Christmas, summer and playing in the pool with my sister. Such is the power of food in creating lasting memories.

My own children love their sweet treats. My eldest child is quite transfixed with good food and is becoming quite the little food connoisseur. He already has some strong memories of the yummy food he has eaten over the past year and I can see my own love of food growing in him.

I am conscious of providing my boys with food choices that are delicious, healthy and free from gluten, dairy and sugar. I don’t want them to miss out on eating sweet treats, so I make a real effort to come up with nutritious snacks and goodies for them that I would be happy to eat myself. Now that the weather is heating up, it’s a perfect opportunity to bring back the ice blocks that I have produced rather sporadically over winter.

These mango coconut ice blocks are nice and easy to make with only four ingredients.  This recipe is vegan and paleo friendly.  I really like the coupling of mango and coconut. These two flavours go together perfectly.  I use Stevia liquid concentrate in this recipe for a little added sweetness. However, if you do not have this at home you could always add a few tablespoons of raw honey or organic maple syrup until the mixture is sweetened to your liking.

With a little preparation, these mango coconut ice blocks are a delicious and healthy dairy free, gluten free and sugar free summer treat.  The best part…you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them.

Mango Coconut Ice Blocks

Makes 6 large ice blocks (or 12 smaller ice blocks)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups or 500g of frozen mango
  • 400ml full fat coconut cream
  • 400ml full fat coconut milk
  • 6 drops of Stevia liquid concentrate
  • 6 plastic cups and 6 paddle pop sticks (or 12 small ice block moulds)

Method

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor, blender or your Thermomix.  If using a blender, ensure it has a larger capacity that can accommodate 1.8 litres of liquid. Blend until smooth and creamy.  If using a Thermomix, blend on speed 6 for 30 seconds.
  2. I have small ice block moulds at home, but I opted for some plastic disposable cups and paddle pop sticks for something different.  These are available at most supermarkets and probably at your local two dollar shop.  They’re a fun alternative to ice block moulds and allow you to create any size ice block you want.
  3. Once you have made your mixture, pour this into the six plastic cups.  Place a paddle pop stick in the centre of each cup.  Place the ice blocks in the freezer to set for at least 4 hours.
  4. To remove the ice blocks easily from the plastic cups, run some hot water around the outside of the cups.  This should allow the ice blocks to pop out nicely.
  5. Enjoy your mango coconut ice blocks straight away and preferably outside as they are likely to drip, which is all part of the fun!

 




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