Probiotic Monkey Ice Cream Pops

My kids have been requesting ice blocks a fair bit with the warm weather, but the combinations have been getting a little boring. I sifted through a few kids ice block recipes online and not much was standing out. I wanted something chocolatey and delicious, without too much fuss.

Almost all of the kids ice block recipes I found either needed a custard base (yum, but too much effort on this particular day) or were full of sugar. Treats are great, but loading my two up on sugar after school when they’re exhausted is usually a recipe for disaster. So, I had to get a little creative and try something new.

Something new turned out to be a bit hit!

Bonus: these ice blocks are chockers full of good bacteria that are great for happy little tummies, thanks to my easy dairy-free yoghurt. Read on for the recipe.

Chocolate probiotic ice cream popsicles for kids
Photo: Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

If you’d like to include these in your lunchbox for school, freeze a small thermos in advance, then remove ice creams from sticks, break them up and run through a blender before adding to the frozen thermos. If you have time, add it back to the freezer for an hour.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of my easy dairy-free yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey or rice malt syrup (they will be a little less sweet with the rice malt syrup due to the lack of fructose)
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 1 banana
  • Ice block moulds

To make:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender till smooth.
  2. Pour into ice block moulds and freeze.
  3. Remove from moulds by running warm water over the bottoms of moulds to release. Enjoy!

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