Have You Tried Frozen Berry Yogurt Pops?

With such an abundance of fresh fruit available, I was inspired to make homemade frozen berry yogurt pops. The weather has been hot and humid, so these treats were very refreshing!

I purchased the President’s Choice popsicle molds from Loblaws, which are BPA-free, and come in 2 different shapes. I experimented with a few recipes but I was disappointed with the ice crystals that formed. The popsicles tasted like fresh fruit with major freezer burn! I must have looked at over 20 recipes until I found one that included light corn syrup. I normally don’t like to add a lot of sugar and my goal was to keep these treats as healthy as possible, however, I found it was necessary to cut down on the ice crystals. To compensate, I decreased the amount of syrup, and informed H. they may be a bit on the tart side! I also found that adding a banana made the pops sweeter. These frozen pops are so much healthier (and economical) than store-bought varieties and, you know exactly what’s in them!

What flavor do you think you will make?

Frozen Berry Yogurt Pops Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain low-fat yogurt (I used Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 – 3 tbsp light corn syrup, to your taste, according to the tartness of the fruit (start with 1 tbsp at a time)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, or your choice of fruit
  1. Puree yogurt, vanilla extract, lemon juice, corn syrup (1 – 2 tbsp) and 1 cup of the fresh fruit in a food processor until smooth.  Add the remaining 1 cup of fresh fruit (so there will be tiny specs of strawberries left in the mixture).  Taste to determine if you need more corn syrup, and adjust accordingly
  2. Transfer to a measuring cup with a spout and pour into popsicle molds
  3. Let freeze for 5-8 hours or until the popsicles are very firm
  4. Gently unmold.  Run under hot water for a few minutes if necessary

Kitchen notes:

  • You can use any flavor of berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries) or even add a banana. Mangos, pineapple and kiwi are great too
  • If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can easily make your own with small cups of your choice. Just fill the cups and wrap plastic wrap around the top, poke a small hole and insert a popsicle stick in the middle! Use a rubber band to keep the plastic wrap in place (careful not to squeeze too tight). If the cup is paper, you can just peel it off

Enjoy!

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