It is ridiculous at the moment in South Africa – one minute hot and the next cold. All my meal planning goes out the window when I plan for warming oat bowls and steaming zoodles and then it’s all sunshine and chirpiness, or when I haul out the frozen fruit and it starts raining. At any rate I never need many excuses to indulge in something delicious! With that in mind, I’m going to represent the south and share a super easy but delicious and somewhat creamy tangerine grape pop recipe.
I must admit I’ve been leaning a bit too much on comfort food of late, because there’s nothing worse than studying for exams at such an unnatural time of year. If I had know that this would be the case I don’t think I would’ve taken up this library sciences diploma, but hopefully it will be done soon enough and then I can get back to the stuff I enjoy doing, like volunteering at the shelter or baking for fun and not procrasti-baking. Because I’m on something of a time limit I’ve been restricting myself to easy recipes and treats, and this is no exception. Because of the fruit it has the typical ice lolly texture but also a slight undertone of creaminess thanks to the chickpeas and almond butter. That’s right, protein in yer face!
Ingredients (makes 6):
- 3 tangerines, depitted if necessary
- 3/4 cup seedless grapes (I used both white and black, but prefer sweet black)
- 1/2 cup chickpeas
- 2 TBSP almond butter/tahini
- 2 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp cloves
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Blend all ingredients until smooth, then decant into lolly moulds. Add some grapes into the mix if desired.
- Freeze for at least an hour, then remove and cover with homemade chocolate. Store in freezer in a tupperware.
On a side note, seeing the red nails, I just have to have a really girly rant for a moment. It only happens with red but I tend to leave red scratch marks everywhere – on the car by the lock, on the fridge handle… pretty much everywhere – so much so that everyone can see where I’ve been. Does this happen with anyone else or am I just really unladylike? Anyhow, even if you’re in the northern hemisphere snuggles in your uggs and onesies, this is still a pretty fine treat to store away for some dessert or as a lunch appetizer or something. When I’m stressed I prowl the kitchen like a crazy person for anything sweet, so these have definitely helped quell the inner beast, whilst not at all being unhealthy.
And back I go to life! Have a great Monday, one and all!