By Cassie Johnston
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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!
5 from 2 reviews
Keep your sweet tooth at bay this summer with these four-ingredient swirly berry yogurt pops.
If you have really sweet, fresh berries, you might be able to get away with less, or even no, added honey. Taste your berries first!
For prettier pops, add sliced strawberries and whole blueberries to the pop molds before filling with the yogurt mixture.
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Once again, you’ve given me a great idea (and recipe) for a healthy summer snack…another must try…I loved the chocolate peanut butter frozen bananas, btw…yum!!
Hope you like them!
YUM! I’ve been thinking of making yogurt pops for me and Ty (teething + cold stuff is good, I’ve heard, and he loves yogurt and fruit), but every recipe I’ve seen calls for honey. Babies can’t have honey until they are a year old because of botulism. But I can’t think of a substitute that would be good in a yogurt pop! For baking I use apple sauce, but that would be weird in a yogurt pop.
I really like the maple syrup idea, especially since you can get such high quality stuff up there. Also, if you use sweet enough fruit, you might not need to sweeten it at all.
We just made our first batch of yogurt pops last week. They have two different kinds of pop molds at the Bed, Bath and Beyond by the mall.
When our Goose was a baby I just used frozen berries and/or breastmilk without a sweetner. I don’t see why formula or regular milk wouldn’t work just as well. I froze it in ice cube trays and then popped a cube into one of those mesh feeders for her. She loved it and still occasionally asks for one of her “ices.”
If you want do want to sweeten it, you could always use agave nectar, maple syrup or even puree some raisins in with the fruit.
Oooooh! Thanks for the suggestion on BBB. I didn’t think of checking there!
You are a genius! I am sharing this one with my Spark team!
Thanks! Hope they like them!
I love these I have been making them and eating them like crazy, but I like your pretty variation with swirling them. This is the perfect Summer healthy guilt free treat!
I so love treats that trick me into thinking they are bad for me. :P
These look great! I’ve always had such better luck making popsicles in dixie cups then in regular popsicle molds! We’re hosting an online seasonal potluck and July is blueberry month. If you’d like to link your recipe, we’d love to have you! http://bit.ly/eLlgG2
The dixie cups make it SO easy!
I can’t wait to give this a try!
I had some Cabot greek vanilla yogurt in the fridge, waiting for something more exciting to happen than just being eaten in a cup. Strawberries from our CSA and two kiwis getting old were also screaming at me. I added 4 tablespoons of maple syrup and a night of patience. We devoured them! We’re using Zoku classic molds and they’re perfect.
These look delicious. My daughter had a store-bought ice pop at grandma’s that made her sick so I’ve been looking for a recipe I can make quickly.
I love this. Looks so good for hot summer days. Yummy!
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