Raspberry, chia, quark and peanut butter lollies

26 Aug

Raspberry, chia, quark and peanut butter lollies

They keep telling me that kids are either fruit-lovers or more at ease with vegetables and I am not quite sure that I believe them. I am one of those mothers that looks over at the lunch boxes of other toddlers in cafes or at the zoo and I always see sandwiches (which my child won’t eat), some carrot and cucumber sticks (we have some joy there) and always berries and grapes and I have theories on why my toddler is so disinterested in fruit but none of them are proven.

raspberry chia peanut lolly

My first theory is that when I was pregnant I was quite cautious of developing gestational diabetes as I come from a family of diabetics and so I followed a low GI diet pretty well and cut back the fruits and sugar. Perhaps that’s why my toddler will reject the chocolate brownie and go for the garlic cracker? But then I did eat a lot of cake when I was nursing. A LOT.

My second theory is that he simply takes after me in yet another way-I am definitely a vegetable person and that sounds like a silly thing to say about a vegetarian doesn’t it? But I do know vegetarian folk who get by without green stuff and lacking in pulses and lentils in their diets. I don’t know if taste buds are genetically influenced but if any of you do know, please do tell me!

My third theory is that maybe I just don’t eat enough fruit and consequently he needs more exposure? Well it is a good job then that the wonderful family at Riverford sent me a huge box of the most special and glorious fruits and vegetables. They look positively bulging with vitality and goodness and thankfully my toddler gets as excited about the delivery and washing all the lightly soiled vegetables as I do. This time he even took a bit of interest in Riverford’s perfectly formed and bouncing raspberries…but not enough to try them until of course we made these lollies for grown-ups (that kids seem to love too).

I have no idea why the raspberries were more appealing in a lolly but I witnessed the magic of fruit licking and it was one of those moments that just happens so swiftly and unexpectedly that the breath is held in case the moment passes before it is been beheld. Well anyway, poetic stuff aside, there was FRUIT licking.

I soaked the chia seeds in rose water and if you haven’t use chia seeds before they are nutty and silky-slippery. They swell lots when they come into contact with liquid and take on the flavour of whatever they are soaked in, you could use apple juice for instance.

The quark is lean and a very much healthier alternative to ice cream and is creamier than yoghurt. Peanut butter just works. It just does.

For the full recipe head over to great british chefsRaspberry, chia, quark and peanut butter lollies by Deena Kakaya

17 Responses to “Raspberry, chia, quark and peanut butter lollies”

  1. Rosh August 26, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    These look amazing Deena 🙂

  2. themuffinmyth August 27, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    This is such a great idea. Like a peanut butter and jam popsicle! Now I wish I had popsicle moulds. A great high protein but low sugar snack. Just perfect.

    • Deena Kakaya August 27, 2014 at 8:28 am #

      Thanks Katie, you know I’ve been saying that I need to cut back the sugar…I can’t cut it totally just yet but finding ways to keep my taste buds happy helps x

  3. Katie @ Whole Nourishment August 27, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Ha, yeah I get how raspberries could be more appealing in a popsicle! This looks really creamy and delicious. Love the chia seeds soaked in rose water

    • Deena Kakaya August 27, 2014 at 10:49 am #

      Thanks Katie! Funny how everything tastes better on a stick or frozen x

  4. thespicyrd August 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Everything about these sound divine! My kids are definitely both more fruit than veggie eaters, but I happen to love both equally, and, yes, there is some research suggesting that taste in food/taste buds is genetic 🙂 Heading over to check out the recipe now! P.S. Love your recent soup rcipe too, and wish I could have been at your cooking class. What fun!

    • Deena Kakaya August 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

      Your house must be bursting with healthy goodness always!

      I would love to read the research, do you know who conducted it?

      Oh thanks so much kind lady, how I would love to see your warm and encouraging smiles in my class xxx

  5. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan August 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    YUM! LOVE the cardamom in these totally unique lollies!! And love the color!
    I think this is my favorite line from your post :”I am definitely a vegetable person and that sounds like a silly thing to say about a vegetarian doesn’t it” 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya August 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      Thank you Shashi, I really like it when people read the post. x

  6. kellie anderson August 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    This is so clever, honey bun! I think you are right perhaps about you being a vegetable lover and that rubbing off on your son. It’s no bad thing, and really good for him in the long run when we stop growing upwards and may grow outwards! For my work I advocate (and others do too) more veg than fruit, just because of the sugar. Treats like this are good because they also have sustaining protein. Again, v, clever. Go to the head of the class!

    • Deena Kakaya September 2, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      Lovely Kellie, I’m so glad that you like this one, I was a little unsure at first but the recipe was such a hit.

      I’m really rather pleased that my boy will eat vegetables and constantly wondering how I can get even a tiny bit of fruit into him…though kids have so many phases huh xx

  7. recipesfromapantry August 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    I much prefer raspberries in things like lemonade and frozen yoghurt / quark combos like this so I am with you.

  8. coconutcraze September 1, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    Raspberries are my favourite fruit in a lolly especially for the lovely colour and when mixed with milk or yogurt it turns a glam pink. I found out that quark is a unique protein but haven’t tried before. Quiet interesting how reading blog is so informative. Thank you, Deena this is a lovely twist on a raspberry lolly!

  9. Deena Kakaya September 2, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Thank you so much for your lovely words, I totally agree with you on the food and colour aspects. X

  10. rachwalker September 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    You’re completely right about the enduring mystery of fruit tasting nicer when frozen? I struggle to get that excited about a fruit bowl, but chop it up and put it in a lollipop, and it’s a totally different story!
    PS. Quark in a lolly is a brilliant idea!

    • Deena Kakaya September 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

      Isn’t it just, whatever works eh 😉

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