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Top Of The Pops - Guilt Free Ice Lolly Recipes

If you've visited your local shops, you'll probably know that finding healthy ice lollies is a bit of a challenge, but here's a thought, ditch the pre-made and try your ice sculpting skills at home.


Still not convinced? Here's a chilling fact that might put you off your Mr Whippy; the 'cream' in mass-produced ice cream is often a less-than-appealing mix of powdered milk, oil and thin air. So sidestep the processed nonsense-on-a-stick altogether by trying these healthy ice lollies, made from nutritionally dense juices and ingredients.


For all of the below, use a 6 x 100ml lolly mould.


Strawberries & Cream Ice lolly


Did you know strawberries can help you look younger? One serving of strawberries contains 51.5 mg of vitamin C— about half of your daily requirement — which, is vital to the production of collagen. Sweet.

What you’ll need:

400g Strawberries, fresh or frozen

300ml Skimmed Milk or lactose free

500g Low-fat yogurt

Blend strawberries with yogurt

Add milk and continue to blend, you can also sieve to remove pulp if you wish

Fill mould and add sticks

Leave in freezer until frozen

Gut-friendly Honey And Pollen Ice Lolly


Let's "bee" real here. Regulating your bowel habits isn't the sexiest of topics.

Make it a thing of the past by sucking on gut-friendly ingredients this summer. Clinical trials have shown that bee pollen's mix of fibre and antibacterial properties are good for your gut.

What you’ll need:

120g cashews

600ml water

2 dates

1g Himalayan salt

1tbsp Manuka honey

1tsp bee pollen

Soak the cashews and 2 of the dates in water for at least 4 hours.

Drain, add 600ml water and the salt and blend.

Now blitz with the other ingredients.

Leave for 10 mins, pour and freeze.

To finish, moisten the tip and dip into a pot of pollen.

Top of the pops: Dodgy holiday tum? Bee pollen is your friend. Clinical trials have shown that its potent mix of fibre and antibacterial properties help, err, regulate bowel activity.


Melon Thirst Quencher Ice Lolly


Not only is this your go-to thirst-zapper on a hot day, but research from the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain found that watermelon juice, consumed an hour before a workout, can help to protect against muscle soreness, too. Score.

What you’ll need:

½ large watermelon

2 sprigs of mint


Juice or blend the watermelon and mint.

You'll need about 600ml of liquid to fill the mould, top up with water if you don’t.

Mix, pour, freeze.

Now just sit tight and salivate.

Did you know the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain found that watermelon juice, consumed an hour before a workout, can protect against muscle soreness too. Score.


Energy Boosting Banana Ice Lolly


Need a boost before a workout? Suck on one of these. It's known that bananas can be as beneficial as sports drinks for providing energy during exercise.



What you’ll need:

4 ripe bananas

2tbsp nut butter of your choice

dash of honey to sweeten (optional)


Peel and chop the banana into evenly sized pieces,

Place in a freezer bag and freeze overnight (or for at least 3 hours).

Once frozen, blend the banana in a food processor or powerful blender until smooth

Add the nut butter and honey (if using) and blend until well mixed.

Scoop into the lolly moulds, resist the urge to eat right away, and freeze.


Pineapple And Pear Ice Lolly


A 165g serving of pineapple has only 131% of your daily dose of Vitamin C, and is the only known source of the anti-inflammatory powerhouse bromelain. Both are useful for repairing sun-battered skin.

What you’ll need:

⅔ medium pineapple

2 pears

10g ginger

For these babies, you need either a juicer or a really good blender.

Peel the pineapple and ginger and whizz with the pears in whatever way you please.

You need to end up with 600ml of liquid so if you’re short, top up with filtered water.

Opposed to ‘bits’? Sieve until mixture is smooth.

Mix well and pour into your moulds. And freeze…


Berry Blast Ice Lolly


According to research, eating blueberries can boost memory and concentration for up to five hours afterwards.



What you’ll need