This is what happens when one gets bored at home and the weather is a blistering 37 degrees in the shade: one becomes lethargic, exhausted without even moving. The appetite gets shot to Hell and one’s comfort foods – ice cream included – lose their appeal.
What does appeal to the senses is anything fresh and fruity – more so if said fresh and fruity stuff only needs to be sipped out of a chilled glass. The only thing that can be better than that is if that fruity drink is frozen into either a popsicle or a more elegant granita.
Today’s recipe is an easy-peasy spin on that notion. This smoothie brings together fresh, sweet summer fruits and only needs a nip of honey for sweetness and a splash of fruit juice for a bit of a tart contrast. To turn this cool sipper into a refreshing dessert, all you need to do is pour it into a set of ice-pop molds or into a wetted mold – et voila! Dessert is served. 😀
Tropical Kiss Smoothie
- chunked flesh from 1 ripe mango
- 1 ripe banana, peeled and chunked
- 2 cups watermelon chunks
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 cup fruit juice (for preference, I recommend strawberry, superfruit, or cranberry juice for sharpness)
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blitz for about 45 seconds – 1 minute or until everything has liquefied and gone smooth. Pour into chilled glasses or over ice.
To turn this into popsicles, pour the smoothie into ice-pop molds or into small paper cups with wooden pop sticks stuck into them after pouring. Freeze overnight. This recipe makes about six ice pops.
For a granita, pour the smoothie into a wetted stainless steel mixing bowl and freeze overnight. To serve, scrape the granita into fluffy mounds of flavored snow with a large metal spoon or a fork. Serves 4.