PER ITALIANO "Ghiaccioli"
Today we have a quite light and very refreshing recipe.
I bought these ice pop makers from Ikea as soon as I saw them this summer. Since then we always have ice pops in our freezer.
Besides the strawberry one in the photo, I tried them also with apricot, peach, red plum and mixed fruits.
I always add some banana as well. Because I like my ice pops to have not very icy-hard texture but a bit softer. Furthermore when I use a ripe banana, I need less sweetener addition.
I use agave syrup for this recipe. You can substitute it with honey.
Agave syrup, which has become popular in recent years, is not a 0 calories sweetener, it is said to be natural and organic. It is Dr Oz's the most favourite sugar substitute.
It is not that lower than sugar on calorie basis, however it is listed among the low glycemic index foods which means that it doesn't increase blood sugar fast as white sugar does. In other words, pancreas doesn't have to overwork to be able to produce insulin for digestion and therefore you don't end up with excess glucose to be stored as fat.
Agave is a kind of sweetener which is said to be recommended also to diabetics. I believe the amount here is also the key, I don't think that it is something to eat by spoonfuls. I once heard a story on TV from a renowned cardiac surgeon named Prof. Dr. Bingür Sönmez. One of the surgeon's patients says that he drinks half a cup of extra virgin olive oil every morning. When the doctor asks why he does such a thing, the patients answers saying "Didn't you say that olive oil is good for heart health?" :)
I have nothing more to add :)
If you are diabetics I'd highly recommend you to check this product out with your physician first. When there are new products introduced into the market there may be some confusion at first or some misinformation. I wouldn't want to misdirect you anyway as I am not a health specialist.
100g strawberry (or another fruit)
30g agave syrup or honey (you can increase/decrease the amount up to your taste)
- Place the fruits in TM Bowl. Gradually speed up to 4 and puree for 20 seconds.
- Add yogurt and agave. Gradually speed up to 4-5 and mix for 30 seconds.
- Transfer the mixture into ice pop cups.
- Place in the freezer.
Some examples from the flavours I made so far...
To use up the marmalades at home I replaced fruit with marmalade and we enjoyed the result.
Depending on the sweetness of the marmalade, I either decreased the amount of sweetener or didn't use it at all.
I tried it with milk instead of yogurt. I must add though, both Stefano and I prefer yogurt ones.