Eku heat wave oh.. lol. I love the Yoruba culture, there is greeting for everything that you can possibly think of. It’s crazy hot in most parts of the world, all thanks to global warming. I am constantly trying to be healthy and not blow my lifestyle, but it’s so much more difficult when it’s hot outside; I swear I just want to eat ice-cream all day long.
Anyways, thank goodness for self-control. I introduced the world to Iced-zobo lemonade last summer and it was an instant hit, so popular it even made it to buzzfeed. I also showed the ease of Popsicle making on Instagram about 6 weeks ago, Popsicles are an excellent way to cool down when it’s hot outside and you really don’t need any fancy equipment, ice-cube trays and disposable cups work just fine.
Today, I have another zobo (Hibiscus) inspired recipe using only 2 ingredients. It’s amazingly refreshing and extremely healthy too (talk about a win win). No sugar or artificial sweeteners required. It’s so healthy you can eat the entire bucket (but don’t 🙁 , there is love in sharing).
I used bananas primarily as a sweetener, you can use any other ripe fruit you have at hand. Pineapple, cashew, agbalumo, mango, guava, rose apple and papaya will all work great in this recipe.
- 2 bananas (or any sweet fruit of choice)
- 1 cup dried hibiscus sepal (zobo)
- Wash leaves. Place in a blender with the bananas and add 6 cups of water. Blend until almost smooth.
- Pour pureed mixture through a sieve to collect juice. Discard resulting chaff. Scoop and discard some of the foam covering the juice.
- Pour mixture into a flat pan and place carefully in the freezer. Freeze for 2 hours.
- Remove frozen mixture from the freezer and scrape and smash with a fork to loosen the ice.
- Freeze for another 45 minutes and scrape again. Repeat step 3-4 times until fluffy
- Serve cold.