Summer in Scotland. What can I say? It is fleeting. However, there is something about the utter unpredictability of a Scottish summer that means when it is sunny the Scots tend to really go for it and celebrate ("taps aff" often trends on Twitter).
A proper summers day inevitably includes ice cream and ice lollies and if you are sugar free then being able to join in with a healthier option is always a bonus. This is especially for young children who don't like to feel left out. My son has to be on a very low sugar gut-healing diet at the moment so I decided to make some sugar free and dairy free ice cream and ice lollies for him to try this year that would also have the added bonus of containing some of the foods that are very good for him right now.
These two recipes are very simple to make and taste pretty close to the real deal. They are also very healthy but keep that bit under your hat as children will then think there is some hidden green 'stuff' in there. The berries in the ice lollies contain a high amount of anti-oxidants and other phyto-nutrients. The coconut cream contains healthy fats plus caprylic acid which is very beneficial to all of us but particularly good for those who need to heal their gut. The sprinkles add zero value but they increased the chance of a 'buy in' from my son so pragmatism, as always, won the day.
The ice cream is also only sweetened with fruit. If you choose to add the collagen hydrolysate powder it adds some protein and makes it taste even creamier. Collagen hydrolysate has significant gut healing properties too.
These are perfect for the rare days when the paddling pool is out and the sprinkler is on but they will definitely cheer up those days when no "taps are aff" and the central heating is back on. Even when there is a hail storm. Yes, that happens.
I hope you enjoy them whatever the weather! x
Very Berry Ice Lollies
300g of any type of berries, fresh or frozen.
200g of coconut cream, yoghurt or milk (the tinned type of coconut milk)
1 to 3 teaspoons of Maple Syrup or honey to sweeten depending on taste.
Blend all the ingredients apart from the sprinkles using a blender or food processor
Pour into ice lolly moulds and freeze.
Once frozen and ready to eat, remove from moulds, soften a little and add the sprinkles.