My child is a popcicle monster. I’m sure I could broaden that statement and say most children are popcicle monsters, at least in the summer time. Occasionally we buy those swirly, unnatural coloured popcicles from the store, but I normally prefer to make my own at home. At the rate we go through them, I’d rather have a bit more control of the ingredients.
With the warm summer sun coming, that means fruit will be abundant. When I accidentally over purchase berries or even melon, I freeze what could not be eaten before they spoil. Next to smoothies and baking, putting them in yogurt popcicles is a great way to use up those frozen leftover fruits!
1 cup strawberry or plain yogurt
1 cup fresh or frozen peaches
2 Tbsp orange or peach juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped
1. In a food processor or blender, puree the 1 cup of strawberries, yogurt, juice and zest until smooth
2. Layer remaining chopped strawberry pieces with yogurt mixture, ending with yogurt. Add popcicle sticks.
3. Freeze for at least 3 hours or until completely frozen.
To serve, run warm water over the mold to release the popcicle and enjoy!
Try experimenting with different fruit and yogurt combinations. The only limit is your imagination!