It’s no secret that I have a raging sweet tooth. Honestly, death by chocolate sounds like kinda an awesome way to go.
One way I keep my sweet tooth in check is by, as my Dad would say, feeding the alligator. Instead of starving my sweets-loving alligator until she’s so raging for sugar she devours every cookie, cake, and brownie in a 50 mile radius, I regularly treat my alligator to healthier sweet treats (and occasionally to the not-so-healthy kind). That way, my alligator is always satisfied enough that she doesn’t feel like she needs to bite me (and a whole chocolate cake).
End alligator metaphor.
These yogurt pops are one of my favorite summertime ways to keep my sweet tooth satisfied. Lots of the pops you see in the store are packed with artificial colors and flavors, but my yogurt pops are creamy, icy, fruity, cold and, dare I say it—healthy! The only ingredients to these pops are yogurt, honey, and fruit. You could (and should) eat these pops for breakfast on the next super balmy morning.
I used strawberries and blueberries for a truly Americana-looking dessert treat that is perfect for the 4th of July, but you can use any kind of fruit puree that makes you (or your kids) happy. In fact, these would be a great kitchen job for the kids to help with. Let them layer and make their own crazy, swirly pops.
If you’ve ever tried to freeze yogurt before, you know that it’ll go icy and rock hard in a hot minute (or, actually in a cold minute, because, um, freezer…get it?). So how do the fro-yo places get their fro-yo so smooth and creamy? Sugar. Yup. Something about the crystals of the sugar help keep the ice crystals of the yogurt from turning into icy little shards of yuck.
Instead of adding sugar to these pops, I go the easy route and use flavored, vanilla yogurt—it’s already sweetened, and it’s tastes amazing—and it helps you avoid those nasty crystals (you’ll still get a few, but nothing like you’d get if you went with plain yogurt).
Since we’re mostly dairy-free in our house, I usually use vanilla coconut milk yogurt for yogurt pops—the coconut milk yogurt makes for really dreamy, creamy yogurt pops. But I’ve also made them with both regular and Greek vanilla cow’s milk yogurt with great results. It’s hard to mess this babies up!