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These Yogurt and Berry Ice Cream Popsicles make it OK to eat dessert every darn day. Made with 4 real food ingredients blended together and frozen into portable little ice pops – even the kids are going to have a hard time understanding why you say ‘yes’ to the ‘Can I have another one?” question.
A Clean Eating for Beginners Recipe
We make Yogurt and Berry Popsicles often. OK, in truth, some days they don’t quite make it into to the Popsicle mold, but rather end up in a bowl for a quick dessert or snack. But when they do make it to the freezer, it’s a good day.
This is one of those recipes that I recommend to families looking for easy, beginner clean eating ideas. It’s a healthy, easy to make dessert that even the fussiest of children don’t mind.
Fussy Kid Tip
If your child is a little picky about the food they eat, then blend your berries first before adding the yogurt. It results in a smoother Popsicle without obvious lumpy fruit bits so it should pass the scrutiny test.
DIY Popsicle Molds
You can find Popsicle molds pretty much everywhere (if I’m prepping for a special occasion like parties or play dates, I like to use the ones with the wooden stick, but if it’s just for my kids at home, then I use these because my kids know that I like to get them back with their matching lids :).
If you don’t have a Popsicle mold at home, then don’t stress, you can use this little DIY kitchen hack.
Pop cupcake paper liners or small paper cups into a 12 hole muffin tray (to hold them in place). Fill the cups/ liner with your ice cream mix and freeze for about an hour. Once they are a little firm, insert your wooden stick into each cup and then freeze until solid. Remove the paper up / liner before eating (I know that’s obvious, but toddlers will eat anything).
My 2 Cents on How to Choose a Good Blender
When you start prepping more food at home, your blender quickly becomes your new best friend. It takes a recipe from a random bunch of ingredients to a meal in around 15 seconds flat. You don’t need a fancy blender but you do need one with a little bit of grunt to avoid uneven lumps in your smoothies ore desserts.
I recommend getting one with nothing less than 1000 Watts of power. Now don’t ask me what a watt is, because I seriously did not concentrate in that particular science lesson, but I do know it has a big effect on the workings of your blender. I have burned two blender engines as a result of low wattage, so I speak from experience.
Also, make sure it’s big enough to suit your family size. I know that those cute little blenders look amazing on TV, but they are not practical for bigger families. You end up having to blend recipes in batches and that sucks.
Mix it Up
Back to my Yogurt and Berry Ice Creams …. It’s super easy to change the flavor of this ice cream recipe too. Simply use different types of fruit. Some combinations we like are:
- mango and pineapple
- raspberries and strawberries
- banana and mango
- peach and banana
- kiwi fruit and mango
–>> The basic combination is two cups yogurt to three cups of fruit.
Frozen Yogurt & Berry Ice Creams
- 2 Cups Greek Yogurt (full fat)
- 1 – 2 tablespoons honey (taste test as this will depend on the sweetness of your fruit. If fruit is sweet enough, you can leave this out all together)
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- Add yogurt, berries and honey to your blender. Blend until smooth, stop half way and scrape down the sides if needed. (I like to see a few berry chunks, but this is up to you. If your kids a fussy, see my fussy kid tip above).
- Pour into your Popsicle molds.
- Freeze for 3 hours until firm
- Remove from mold and serve.
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