Have you tried to make your own pops before? (Recipe ) It’s surprisingly easy with only a few simple ingredients (and fun to do with kids), and you can easily tailor the recipe to your liking. We generally flavour them with only berries, spices and occasionally herbs, and today these are rose + cardamom kulfi flavour. I used cardamom essential oil (thanks @conscious_chloe ), and it is a total game changer .
We wouldn’t generally use the candy hearts (and truth be told, I picked them off after the photo , and put them on my partners treats instead), but you know, they look legit right?!
3/4 cup cashews, soaked 4 hours then drained
3 tsp rose water
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 can coconut cream
1/4 cup rice malt syrup (or 1 very ripe banana)
2 drops pure cardamom essential oil
Optional: Pitaya or beet powder (to colour; 1 used 1 tsp)
Add all ingredients I a high-speed blender, and blitz until super smooth. Pour into desired moulds, insert sticks, and freeze overnight.
To decorate, I dipped these in coconut yoghurt, and vegan candies . Store in an air-tight container in the freezer, and allow a little time to defrost. .
The recipe I’ve provided is only a guide. Homemade pops are so easy to create, and you can easily play around with ratios and ingredients. To ensure you get the right texture, simply
1. Start with a base of fats (like soaked cashews/macadamia or coconut flesh)
2. Add something sweet (ripe banana, dates, vanilla, rice malt syrup)
3. Add flavour (essential oils work great, as they are packed with flavour but don’t contain too much water. Spices and berries, or fruit compote work fantastically too).
4. Add some liquid to help the blend (nut milk, for example)
Somethings I like to add to our pops include properly prepared oats (an overlooked and affordable superfood), pure essential oils (for all the flavour), herbal teas (like chamomile, catmint, mint, chai ect), coconut oil (but not too much, or they’ll go too hard), ripe banana and dates (instead of sweetener). You can easily play around with the ratio of ingredients, just avoid adding to much water as the ice cream won’t be creamy!