If there’s one superfood my kids love, it’ s blueberries. So Rena Patten’s Blueberry & Chia sorbet icy poles recipe immediately stood out as a recipe I had to try from her very pretty and kid-friendly new book: Superfoods for Kids.
Released last month, Superfoods for Kids is full of beautiful photos and super healthy recipes created to tempt even the fussiest eaters.
Rena’s recipes all include superfoods such as quinoa flakes, kale, spinach, chia seeds and sweet potato, wrapped up in tempting meal ideas that won’t scare the kids.
After we let our kids go wild on a berry-picking farm during the school holidays we ended up taking home 5kg of blueberries (not including the blueberries Ms R. gobbled along the way).
This Blueberry & Chia Seed sorbet icy poles recipe is perfect to use up the blueberries that are still coming out of our ears.
This recipe makes 10-12 icy poles.
- 500gm (16 oz) fresh or frozen blueberries
- 75gm (21⁄2 oz) coconut sugar
- 500ml (16 fl oz) coconut water juice
- One lemon
- Two tablespoons chia seeds
- Place blueberries, sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for about 5–7 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Cool completely.
- Place the blueberries and their syrup into a blender or food processor with the lemon juice and puree until smooth. If you like your sorbet to have some texture, pulse blend for a short time only.
- Stir in the chia seeds and leave to stand for about 10 minutes stirring the mixture with a fork 2–3 times during that time.
- Pour into individual icy pole moulds with wooden sticks and freeze until set or, if you would like a sorbet, transfer the mixture to an ice-cream maker and prepare as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Tip: Depending on how tart the blueberries are, you may need to adjust the amount of sweetener used. Blueberries contain a very high amount of antioxidants. They can be substituted with cherries or mixed berries if you prefer.
Rena has over 30 years cooking experience and uses superfoods that are appealing to children to provide irresistible recipes, whether they are meals for breakfast, school lunch boxes, and dinners or special treats.
You can check out more of her recipes for yourself: Superfoods for Kids, New Holland Publishers RRP $24.99 available from all good bookstores or online.