Cool Off with these Tasty Mango Lime Italian Ices!
The strength and heat of our sun this summer makes us want to jump into an icy pool of Arctic water to cool off or skip through the now-open sprinklers at the city parks. But, there’s another way to bring down the heat, and that’s to cool off from the inside out! We feel pretty confident that if you try this easy recipe for sweet, tasty, homemade frozen Mango Lime Italian Ice from our amazing Coach Rafaela, that you will be magically transported to the frozen tundra of Alaska or to the top of Mount Everest (imagination required!).
So to make this icy treat you will need to gather the following:
- Cutting board & knife
- Microwaveable bowl or small pot (depends how you will heat the water)
- Small plastic or ceramic cups
- ½ cup of water
- 2 tbsp sugar or 1 ½ tbsp honey
- 2 ripe mangoes peeled & chopped
- 2 tbsp of lime juice
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Blueberries to decorate (optional)
Peel and chop your mangoes into pieces on your cutting board. Mangoes can be very, very juicy and a little challenging to cut. The pit inside them is shaped like a flat, oval disk, so try to cut along the sides of the pit to get the most fruit flesh. Then, cut the lime in half or quarters and set aside.
Pour the ½ cup of water in a bowl or pot, depending on how you are going to heat the liquid (stove top or microwave.) Add the sugar or honey and warm through enough to dissolve the sweetener.
Pour water into pot. Heat honey/sugar in water.
Get your blender and place the peeled, chopped mango pieces into the blender jar and cover tightly with the lid. Place the jar onto the base and pulse the fruit a few times quickly to break up the chunks.
Mango into blender jar. Pulse chunks of mango. Pulsed mango.
Pour the sweetened water mixture into the blender jar with the mango. Take your cut lime and squeeze out about 2 tablespoons of juice directly into the blender jar. Add a pinch of salt if you like. Salt can amplify a fruit’s natural flavor, but it is up to you whether to add or not. Cover the blender jar again and puree gently until the mixture is smooth, but not liquified. You just want the ingredients to be combined.
Pour out the mixture into small, individual cups. You can use whatever cups you have that can go into the freezer. We tried both ceramic espresso cups and recycled yogurt cups. Once filled, place the cups in your freezer for about 2 hours or until the fruit mixture is firm but not frozen solid. You can cover the cups with plastic wrap before putting them in the freezer if you like.
Pour mango into cups. Mango mixture in cups.
Take out your cups of mango lime ice and top with blueberries. There you have it! Refreshing and Delicious!
How did yours come out? Share with us a photo or drop a note. Did you use any salt? Honey or sugar? Maybe you didn’t use any sweetener at all! Let us know if you altered the recipe.
Have fun cooling off with your ices!