Mango Chia Ice Blocks

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I’m not sure what the weather is up to in your neck of the woods (feel free to let me know) but things really started to heat up here over the weekend I’m talking 30+ degrees, perfect weather for a long weekend, perfect weather for a beach visit and perfect weather for making ice blocks.

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Spring (apart from the uninvited slithering friends it sometimes brings) is one of my favourite times of year, warm days for enjoying ice blocks followed by cooler comfortable nights (the ones you can still enjoy your doona with), that’s a win win in my books.

A few weeks ago I noticed mangoes starting appearing in our local fruit shop and supermarkets. Miss 8 and Mr 10 loooooooove mangoes, needless to say the appearance of this fruit did not go unnoticed by my 2 little mango slurping groupies!

I made a promise to them that during the holidays we’d buy some mangoes and make up some ice blocks.

What better time to get our ice block on then a weekend that gave us gorgeous hot sunny days (I just scraped in with my school holiday promise!)

mango chia iceblocks 4

I had a few ideas running around in my head, I really wanted to try to keep these ice blocks as healthy and wholesome as possible while still making them appeal to Miss 8 and Mr 10. If you’re wondering about Miss 4 (AKA my little fusspot), she doesn’t touch mangoes or any other summer fruit, for now I have to be grateful that she eats apples, strawberries and bananas 😉

While we’re chatting wholesome, Chia seeds have become quite the addition to some of my baking projects this year, just check out my

Favourite Green Smoothie

Nut Free Snack Bites

Spiced Apple Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Bars

Easy Vegetable Nachos

Lemon Lime Chia Cake

Lemon, Chia and Thyme Muffins

Spiced Pumpkin Chia Muffins

Wholemeal Zucchini, Choc Chip and Chia Muffins

Orange, Chocolate Chip and Chia Muffins

I’ve had fun playing around with chia seeds in all these recipes so I figured I couldn’t do any harm having a play with them in my mango ice blocks, in they went with a few other ingredients…..mango, pineapple, almond milk, yoghurt and honey.

Let’s just say I ended up with two very happy customers.

mango chia ice block taste testers

These Mango Chia Ice blocks are super easy to put together, the hardest part is waiting for each layer to set, if you don’t have time for layering just mix everything up together they’ll still taste the same in the end. I personally felt the stripes were worth the wait. I’m looking forward to experimenting with some more flavour combos very soon, I see raspberries in our near future!

Here’s Your How-To:

mango chia iceblock prep

 

mango chia iceblocks 2

mango chia taste tester 2

 

Mango Chia Ice Blocks
 
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Recipe type: Ice blocks
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • Flesh of 2 large Mangoes
  • 225g tin crushed pineapple in natural juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons plain yoghurt (I used chobani)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 9 x 200 ml plastic disposable cups
  • 9 paddle pop sticks
Instructions
  1. Blend mango, pineapple and chia seeds until smooth.
  2. Spoon 1½ tablespoons of mango mixture into each plastic cup.
  3. Sit cups in a freezer safe container (for ease of positioning in freezer).
  4. Pop container in the freezer for 15- 20 minutes until mango is firm.
  5. In a medium jug/bowl whisk together almond milk, yoghurt and honey.
  6. Push a paddle pop stick into the centre of each cup, the frozen mango should be firm enough to keep it standing straight.
  7. Pour 1½ tablespoons of almond milk mixture on top of mango layer in each cup.
  8. Return cups in tray to freezer for around 1 hour (the milk layer does take longer to freeze).
  9. Repeat the layering and freezing process until mixtures are all used up, you should end up with 4 layers (mango, milk, mango, milk)
  10. I recommend freezing completed ice blocks overnight for stability.
  11. To remove ice block from plastic cup just run some cool water around the outside of cup.
  12. Enjoy!

 

I’ve got some yummy (not so healthy) dessert coming your way next week!

Until then……

Zamamabakes

 

 

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Mango Chia Ice blocks feature

I’m not sure what the weather is up to in your neck of the woods (feel free to let me know) but things really started to heat up here over the weekend I’m talking 30+ degrees, perfect weather for a long weekend, perfect weather for a beach visit and perfect weather for making ice blocks.

beach 11

Spring (apart from the uninvited slithering friends it sometimes brings) is one of my favourite times of year, warm days for enjoying ice blocks followed by cooler comfortable nights (the ones you can still enjoy your doona with), that’s a win win in my books.

A few weeks ago I noticed mangoes starting appearing in our local fruit shop and supermarkets. Miss 8 and Mr 10 loooooooove mangoes, needless to say the appearance of this fruit did not go unnoticed by my 2 little mango slurping groupies!

I made a promise to them that during the holidays we’d buy some mangoes and make up some ice blocks.

What better time to get our ice block on then a weekend that gave us gorgeous hot sunny days (I just scraped in with my school holiday promise!)

mango chia iceblocks 4

I had a few ideas running around in my head, I really wanted to try to keep these ice blocks as healthy and wholesome as possible while still making them appeal to Miss 8 and Mr 10. If you’re wondering about Miss 4 (AKA my little fusspot), she doesn’t touch mangoes or any other summer fruit, for now I have to be grateful that she eats apples, strawberries and bananas 😉

While we’re chatting wholesome, Chia seeds have become quite the addition to some of my baking projects this year, just check out my

Favourite Green Smoothie

Nut Free Snack Bites

Spiced Apple Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Bars

Easy Vegetable Nachos

Lemon Lime Chia Cake

Lemon, Chia and Thyme Muffins

Spiced Pumpkin Chia Muffins

Wholemeal Zucchini, Choc Chip and Chia Muffins

Orange, Chocolate Chip and Chia Muffins

I’ve had fun playing around with chia seeds in all these recipes so I figured I couldn’t do any harm having a play with them in my mango ice blocks, in they went with a few other ingredients…..mango, pineapple, almond milk, yoghurt and honey.

Let’s just say I ended up with two very happy customers.

mango chia ice block taste testers

These Mango Chia Ice blocks are super easy to put together, the hardest part is waiting for each layer to set, if you don’t have time for layering just mix everything up together they’ll still taste the same in the end. I personally felt the stripes were worth the wait. I’m looking forward to experimenting with some more flavour combos very soon, I see raspberries in our near future!

Here’s Your How-To:

mango chia iceblock prep

 

mango chia iceblocks 2

mango chia taste tester 2

 

Mango Chia Ice Blocks
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Ice blocks
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • Flesh of 2 large Mangoes
  • 225g tin crushed pineapple in natural juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons plain yoghurt (I used chobani)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 9 x 200 ml plastic disposable cups
  • 9 paddle pop sticks
Instructions
  1. Blend mango, pineapple and chia seeds until smooth.
  2. Spoon 1½ tablespoons of mango mixture into each plastic cup.
  3. Sit cups in a freezer safe container (for ease of positioning in freezer).
  4. Pop container in the freezer for 15- 20 minutes until mango is firm.
  5. In a medium jug/bowl whisk together almond milk, yoghurt and honey.
  6. Push a paddle pop stick into the centre of each cup, the frozen mango should be firm enough to keep it standing straight.
  7. Pour 1½ tablespoons of almond milk mixture on top of mango layer in each cup.
  8. Return cups in tray to freezer for around 1 hour (the milk layer does take longer to freeze).
  9. Repeat the layering and freezing process until mixtures are all used up, you should end up with 4 layers (mango, milk, mango, milk)
  10. I recommend freezing completed ice blocks overnight for stability.
  11. To remove ice block from plastic cup just run some cool water around the outside of cup.
  12. Enjoy!

 

I’ve got some yummy (not so healthy) dessert coming your way next week!

Until then……

Zamamabakes

 

 

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18 Comments on “Mango Chia Ice Blocks

  1. It’s official! You are the Queen of Chia Seeds! I love mangoes and can’t wait until the time when they’re cheap enough to buy by the tray, and when they are I’ll definitely give these a go. I’m not sure I’ll have the patience to wait for the stripes, though! One thing, can you substitute regular milk for almond?

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Hehehehe!
      I can’t wait until those cheap trays start rolling out!
      I think regular milk would be fine, you could even do straight yoghurt if you wanted?

      Reply
  2. Wow! These are gorgeous Dannielle! Just perfect for the hot summer days we’ve been having!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thanks sweet lady.
      Nothing better than a nice refreshing ice block on a hot spring/summer day Jess!

      Reply
  3. What a great idea! I haven’t tried frozen almond milk yet but I always have it on hand. I am sure my son would love these throughout Summer (as would I).

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      We’ve been trying to use almond milk everyday a little more and these ice blocks are a great way to get some goodness. I hope you guys get to test them out :)

      Reply
  4. My mango lovers spotted them on the shelves the instant they appeared too. We did get a couple over the holidays but I’m waiting for the price to come down a bit before I go crazy. This recipe will be on the books as soon as I do, I know it will be a winner!

    As guest co-host I’d like to say a big thanks for linking up to #FabulousFoodieFridays this week – I hope I can do as good a job as you have done in the past xx

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      I hope you all get to enjoy them soon Malinda!
      I can see you’re already doing a perfect job co-hosting enjoy, Lucy and Lauren are just gorgeous! xx

      Reply
  5. These look amazing! love the idea of chia seeds. stopping by via FFF

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thanks Jayne, chia seeds definitely make for a little more edible excitement!

      Reply
  6. These look delightful. I very nearly bought myself some Paddle Pops the other day but I would be far better off making some of these.

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Paddle pops really are in a league of their own Nicole I totally get where you’re coming from. I think you’d love these Mango Ice blocks too, I say do both!! xx

      Reply
  7. These look so cute – home-made Weis bars would go down a treat in my household.

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thanks Shari. I was only thinking yesterday some macadamias in the mix would be delicious too!

      Reply
  8. These look really yummy and healthy of course – I have a 5 year old who would eat me out of house and home when it comes to mangoes.

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      I can’t wait for the trays to come on sale Kathy, bring on summer I say!
      Thanks for your sweet words :)

      Reply
  9. These look delish, I am a mango and chia seed fan so this is a great combo. I am watching the price of the mangoes in store and as soon as they drop I will be stocking up. Favourite time of the year!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thanks Ashlea.
      I hear you with that price watching! I can’t wait to buy a tray on sale! Great time of year! :)

      Reply

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