Things are finally starting to heat up around here. Yay! Warmer temperatures = bike riding, running through the sprinkler, swinging and sliding, digging in the dirt, going to the park, visiting the zoo, and all things outdoors. With the true heat of summer knocking at our door, I thought that this would be the perfect time to whip up some tasty popsicles. I wanted something healthier than what you can find at the store, so I came up with these simple and healthy fruit and yogurt popsicles.
My 3 year old loves popsicles. I’m always reluctant to buy them at the store, though, because they contain so many unwanted ingredients. Fortunately, homemade popsicles are super easy to make, and you have complete control of what goes into them.
These contain only 3 simple ingredients – fruit, yogurt, and almond milk.
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All of these items are things that I almost always have on hand. My daughter and I both could just about eat our weight in fruit, and berries (of all kind) are her favorite. So, I generally have a variety of both fresh and frozen berries. We also both love yogurt, and I tend to use almond milk to cook with. So, I didn’t even have to go out to collect anything!
Here’s what I did:
I added one carton (5 oz.) of blueberry yogurt, a heaping 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries, and a splash (1/8 – 1/4 cup) of almond milk to my Vitamix. You could certainly use any blender for these, but I love how smooth my Vitamix blends everything. It will even grind up the seeds within the berries, so your popsicles are as smooth as silk.
I used the pulse feature to blend it all up, but you could also simply set it to ‘smoothie,’ and let it work its magic.
This was enough to fill two of my popsicle molds.
Then, I did the same thing using strawberry yogurt and frozen strawberries, in order to fill the other two molds.
I placed the handles on them and popped them into the freezer. In just a couple of hours, they were ready to go.
If you have this type of popsicle mold, or something similar, it’s best to run a bit of warm water over the outside of the mold to loosen the popsicle from the mold. Otherwise, you may pull the handle out without the popsicle attached. (Not that I have experience with that…)
These were a hit with my daughter, and the best part was, I didn’t feel guilty giving them to her.
Another great thing about these is that you can tailor them to suit your preferences/needs. If you don’t do dairy, you could easily use coconut or soy yogurt. Or if you are a dairy lover, cows milk would work just as well as almond milk. You could also use orange juice instead of milk to add a bit of tartness. And, of course, any type of fruit will work. Just pick your own personal favorites and enjoy!