Fun frozen treats…Fruit Cups!

Nothing says summer like a frozen fruity concoction!  Unlike most store brands of Italian ice which are often  made with artificial flavors, colors, high fructose corn syrup and other fake ingredients, I made some with real fruit!  YUM!

First I found these cute cups at Michaels Craft store.  How fun, right?

Then I sent Russ out on a mission for fruit.  Russ purchased some frozen mango and plenty of kiwifruit  and I bought strawberries at a local farm.  We always have frozen blueberries and  lemons and limes on hand at all times.  I grow plenty of mint and basil, which I figure, would add a unique flavor to my home made frozen concoctions. So I was good to go…

I like to use very fine sugar in recipes that require sweetness but desire an easy to incorporate sugar such as meringue cookies, frozen ice cups and cocktails.  I don’t drink many cocktails but I do love a good mojito in the summertime  and this extra fine sugar works perfect.

If you decide to make a frozen ice cup of fruit, be creative and blend your favorite fruits or unusual combinations, it’s fun.  My first recipe was the mango ice cup.

I like to make my ice cups and mojitos with simple syrupMix ½ cup of water and ½ cup extra fine sugar over medium heat in small saucepan until the sugar dissolves.  I usually add mint leaves to infuse some mint flavor for a mojito or in this instance added some lemon zest to add a nice lemony flavor to my simple syrup.

These look so refreshing…

Strawberry Basil Fruit Ice (low FODMAP)

Ingredients

  • Makes 2 servings:
  • 1 ¼ cup frozen or fresh strawberries (I used farm fresh….sweet!)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 6 small basil leaves (3 large)

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients in blender or food processor fit with steel blade until pulverized into a smooth blend. Pour into 2 cups and freeze overnight.
http://blog.katescarlata.com/2011/06/21/fun-frozen-treats/
Frozen Mojito Ice Cup (low FODMAP)

Ingredients

  • Makes 2 servings:
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 4 tablespoon simple syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 20 mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients in blender or food processor fit with steel blade until pulverized into a smooth blend. Using fine strainer, strain ingredients while pouring into 2 cups and freeze overnight.
http://blog.katescarlata.com/2011/06/21/fun-frozen-treats/

Frozen Mango Ice Cup (NOT FODMAP friendly)

Ingredients

  • Makes 2 servings
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh mango chunks
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients in blender or food processor fit with steel blade until pulverized into a smooth blend. Pour into 2 cups, garnish with zest if desired and freeze overnight.
http://blog.katescarlata.com/2011/06/21/fun-frozen-treats/

Frozen Blueberry Ice Cup (low FODMAP)

Ingredients

  • Makes 2 servings
  • ¾ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ lemon, de-seeded skin in tact, cut in chunks
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients in blender or food processor fit with steel blade until pulverized into a smooth blend. Pour into 2 cups and freeze overnight.
http://blog.katescarlata.com/2011/06/21/fun-frozen-treats/

I decided I didn’t like the look of the kiwifruit ice cup so didn’t post the recipe, sometimes recipe creation is trial and error!

 

 

 

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