Refreshing, delicious and healthy - these fruity smoothie ice lollies are just what you need for a hot summer's day. They are easy to make by freezing smoothie mix made in a high speed blender like the Froothie Air Vac 2.
Smoothie ice lollies are perfect for babies and kids
A mixture of frozen fruit and milk of your choice - I use almond milk - these smoothie ice lollies are the perfect refreshing treat for kids on a hot summer's day.
They're also great for babies - try using smaller lolly moulds.
A review of the Air Vac 2 Blender
Over the last few weeks I've been trying out the Optimum Air Vac 2* blender from Froothie. If you're looking for a piece of kitchen kit that will allow you to make soups, dips, smoothies, nut butters and more then the Vac 2 blender is for you.
The Air Vac promises to do all the usual things you’d expect from a high speed blender - make super smooth smoothies, soups, sauces, nut butters and dips.
But what it does on top of all this is down to its clever vacuum function. By sucking all the air out of the blender before the blending process starts it’s meant to essentially lock the nutrients into the smoothie and prevent it from discolouring.
If you look at this post by Planet Veggie you can see the difference when the smoothie has been left in the fridge overnight.
How does the vacuum function work?
Well it's surprisingly easy. You put your smoothie ingredients into the blender as you’d expect. Then you select vacuum and then smoothie. Cue a weird sucky noise that’s the air being removed from the blender. It reminds me of an aeroplane toilet flushing and freaked my kids out a bit. This continues for 70 seconds at which point the blending starts automatically.
The smoothies I’ve made in my Air Vac have been the smoothest that I’ve ever made. And this is really important with my fussy kids because a single bit of texture and they won’t go anywhere near it!
I’ve made smoothies with oats and seeds added and the results have been silky smooth. The vacuum function doesn’t have to be used by the way, it still makes great smoothies without it. I've shared a recipe for a strawberry, raspberry and banana almond milk smoothie at the end which I've used to make these fruity ice lollies - just perfect for sharing with my kids on a hot day.
So all’s good with the smoothies.
But how does the Air Vac perform with other foods?
One clever feature is that it can make hot soup from raw ingredients. My other Froothie blender, the G2.3*, has this feature as well but I’ve never got around to using it as my kids aren’t big soup eaters. They do however like tomato and basil soup so when I saw a recipe in the manual for just that I thought I’d give it a try. You simply roughly chop the veg, add the stock, set the Air Vac blender to soup function and away it goes.
And the result? Perfect, hot soup. Quite incredible.
I’ve used my Air Vac 2 maybe 10 times so far to blend sauces, like my Sneaky Veg sauce which I make pretty regularly and also this awesome roasted cauliflower alfredo from Food to Glow which is my new favourite recipe. It has been able to cope with blending the hot food without any problems - although it's always advisable to take extra care when opening the blender lid after blending hot food.
What else did I make with my blender?
I have also tested out making cashew nut milk which was so easy and turned out perfectly with no straining needed.
As well as the cashew milk I also tried making cashew nut butter. I am of an inpatient nature and felt like it was taking a long time. I added a tiny bit of coconut oil and it came together perfectly. However, I need to experiment more with this as it should be possible to make the nut butter without adding any oil.
How do you clean the VAC 2 blender?
Like the G2.3 blender the Air Vac is pretty easy to clean. It has a self cleaning function where you put in a tiny bit of washing up liquid and water and pulse it to clean it. I don’t bother to do this if I’ve just made a smoothie but it’s really helpful if you’ve made something thicker and bits have got stuck under the blades.
Are there any negatives to the Air Vac 2?
It is quite noisy - but saying this I don’t think anyone has invented a completely silent blender yet have they? In all honesty the Air Vac is a bit noisy but no more so than any other blender I've tried out. My kids don't really like the noise and often leave the room when it's on but it's bearable to me.
It's also quite tall and takes up too much space on my counter top for me to leave it out. For this reason I use my Froothie Nutriforce blender* daily to make smoothies and get the Air Vac 2 out when I want to make something else, particularly if it involves blending hot ingredients.
Where/how to buy the VAC 2 blender
You can buy the Froothie Optimum VAC air vacuum blender, head over to the Froothie website* where you can get:
- free UK delivery
- £20 off with the code AMB20
- 0% finance
- 5 years warranty
- 30-day money back guarantee (including return postage)
- a choice of three colours – red, black or silver
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How to make fruity smoothie ice lollies
Fruity smoothie ice lollies
- 400 g frozen fruit eg chopped banana, strawberries, raspberries
- 400 ml almond milk or milk of choice
- Place the ingredients in a high powered blender.
- Blend on the smoothie setting until smooth.
- Pour into your ice lolly moulds and freeze overnight or until solid.
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