Monday, July 7, 2014

Yogurt smoothie pops


Summer is hot here, sometimes brutally so. We've reached the most pleasant part of the season, thankfully. We're in the monsoon phase now, which means we have frequent afternoon and evening thunderstorms. They bring welcome relief, even if it doesn't actually rain; just having some clouds in the sky makes a big difference. We do what we can to stay cool in the summer, including eating cool as I shared last week. My post included homemade fruit-and-yogurt smoothie pops, which are a healthier alternative to ice cream or other sugary frozen treats. It's not that I don't love ice cream; I would eat ice cream every single day if I could - a giant vat of it, ideally - but this doesn't seem wise. My smoothie pops are a healthier choice, nice and cold and fresh-tasting, very refreshing on a hot day.


The sweetness in my pops comes from using very ripe fruit and a little bit of honey. I've been trying to limit my own consumption of refined sugar for several months now and I'm pleased to say that it's going rather well. I started in January by cutting in half the amount of sugar I put in my tea. Now I've moved on to using less sugar in recipes whenever I can get away with it, and also eating less candy. The first week or two was hard but now it's fine. I feel better and I've even lost a little weight. It was a very smart move. I've grown to really enjoy less-sweet treats too. In a way, they're even more refreshing. I've been playing with this recipe quite a bit lately. Where I used to load it up with sugar, I've been using honey instead. The ripe fruit makes it sweet too. We've all enjoyed it and we don't really miss the old recipe.

Yogurt Smoothie Pops

Makes four 3.5-oz pops (recipe is easily scaled up or down as desired)

1 cup chopped ripe fruit (peaches, berries or bananas work especially well)
3/4 cup plain yogurt (regular or Greek; you may need to add water or juice if using Greek)
1 tablespoon honey (or to taste)

Place all ingredients in blender jar, combine on "blend" setting until smooth.

Fill ice pop molds to within a half-inch of the top, put the lids/handles on, place in freezer.

Freeze for about six hours. You may need to immerse the molds in lukewarm water to loosen the pops for removal.


You can really have fun with the recipe. The pops shown here were made with two small, very ripe freestone peaches. They were at that stage where they'd be a huge mess to eat (which I will happily do, often standing directly over the sink to contain the dripping juice), and I knew they'd be plenty sweet for making smoothie pops with them. I didn't bother peeling them, but it's certainly an option if you prefer not to have bits of peel in your pops. I liked the way the peel gave my pops a rosy, speckled appearance. They looked pretty and tasted really summery and fresh.


My family loves them, even the small Bears. There's still plenty of sugar in their lives (I don't think childhood would be much fun without sugar), but I'm glad they're happy to eat healthier treats too. My pops are a hit with everyone here; they're easy and delicious and refreshing. I hope your family enjoys them too.

50 comments:

  1. Oh they look so yummy Jennifer - definitely going to have to give them a try,
    Stay nice and cool,
    Kate x

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  2. Mmmm, they look yummy! I've just bought an ice lolly mould and have been pinning some lovely recipes, this will definitely be added to my board! Thank you! x

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  3. Perfect on our really hot summer days here!!! Yummy!!!! Have a fab and happy week!!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  4. I am definitely going to give them a try. They certainly look delicious.

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  5. Mmmm thank you! Perfect way to keep the grandkids happy on a hot summer day! They can even help make some - but I'd be wise to have a set already frozen and waiting. Kids aren't good at being patient while they freeze!

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  6. Excellent way to have a treat which is delicious but healthy. I'm sure I have lollypop moulds somewhere so I must give it a try.

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  7. Congratulations on cutting down on refined sugar ! I try to do it as well, but it is oh so difficult...
    And those lollypops, I am definitely going to give them a try ! They look super yummy !!

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  8. Fantastic recipe! They are so pretty too!

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  9. Those yogurt lollies look delicious! I have tons of redcurrants in the freezer, they might be good to use (but maybe too tart?). Well done you for cutting refined sugar down, it is quite difficult. My problem food is bread, not sugary food, but this falls in the same category of simple carbohydrates. At least the shop bought stuff, at home we can add seeds and unrefined flour. I am glad it is a bit cooler in your part of the world. It is quite difficult to imagine the sweltering heat you must experience. x

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  10. Great idea - we just tossed two nectarines that didn't survive the car trip home from Colorado - should have made them into smoothies instead! I like the peels too.

    It's a good idea not to eliminate sugar entirely from the little Bears' diets - otherwise they would go on a sugar binge when they grew up. Moderation in all things.... :)

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  11. Exactly the kind of healthy treat I make in summer - and the kids love it.

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  12. Yum! These are a great idea and I like that they are a healthier version. I really must try them, I think my three little ones would love them. :)

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  13. I was waiting for this one pal!!!! Pinning this right now!!! Nicole xoxo

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  14. I make yoghurt and fruit ice lollies too. They are so tasty! I don't usually add honey but I will give it a try in the summer (definitely NOT ice lolly weather here at the moment). x

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  15. Oh my they do look good Jennifer, I love the little bits through them too. I'm very fond of peaches, one of my favourite fruits! :)
    V x

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  16. Mmmmm these look so delicious, Jennifer! I made some ice pops with my grandbabies last summer with some 'funny face' lolly moulds. I will try your recipe this time...thank you for sharing!
    Hope you keep cool and have a lovely week.
    Helen xox

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  17. Jennifer, oh those look delicious! I love making fresh smoothie pops. I'm sure you all enjoyed this very much. :)

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  18. They look very refreshing Jennifer, just the thing for hot sunny days. :)

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  19. Those look really good, Jennifer. I need to get into the back of my plastic boxes cupboard to see if I still have my lolly maker moulds so I can try these. :o)

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  20. Such a great idea, my kids would love these - actually so would I!

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  21. Your yoghurt smoothie pops look very pretty and refreshing! Must whip up a batch as it is very hot here, too!

    Poppy

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  22. They look so good and are pretty with the specks from the peel. Good for you for eating healthy!

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  23. Yum! Thank you so much for this recipe, ideal time to try it, with all the fruit in season and the sun shining hot! Chrissie x

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  24. Oh my goodness, these still look absolutely delectable. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

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  25. So simple! We are definitely going to try these! In the UK we don't have the same blistering heat but we still like cold treats! Especially my son! J x

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  26. These look so good! And with the fruit in them, you don't feel like you're eating pure ice cream as are in most frozen bars. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  27. Yum and took me back to the years I made plenty for my 4 and have done so for my older grandsons.
    I do love seeing your chickens too xoxo

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  28. I got some Tupperware popsicle molds.. but haven't seen them in a while. Those pops look delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'm glad you enjoyed my blog post on the blog hop.. Gracie is next! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  29. It is neat you left in the peel, Jennifer. It's not only healthy, but I like the way it looks, too. Some of us in our household have issues with dairy products so I am wondering if I can use almond milk instead of yogurt. I see an experiment in the future :) Thanks for posting the recipe! xx

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  30. Delicious. I make raspberry or strawberry lollies sometimes, and they're always such a hit. It doesn't seem to matter that they're healthier than the ones the ice-cream man sells, they still love them. I know what you mean about sugar, it's a real relief to cut it out. After a while, things I normally consumed before taste far too sweet. Thanks for sharing this recipe. CJ xx

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  31. I'm so glad you shared how to make these! They look so delicious :)

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  32. They look and sound delicious and just right for a hot summers day!! xx

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  33. These look amazing. I also each peaches (and overripe pears, nectarines and plums) standing over the sink, it's just easier that way. Last summer I made my two frozen yogurt ice pops and they refused to eat them. I was wounded! I think I'll make these just for myself. x

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  34. Hello! I found your beautiful blog through Nicole's Garden Diaries. I love your pictures and recipes. ;)

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  35. I really like smoothies, never thought of freezing them and making lollys x

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  36. Thank you for sharing this. I am trying to find ideas for treats while the kids are off school during summer. Take care xx

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  37. Oh they look delicious! yummy yum yum x

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  38. These look really good Jennifer, thank you for sharing how to make them. They look really refreshing to have on a hot day.
    Marianne x

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  39. Those look so yummy, I bet they would be good with agave syrup too.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  40. They look delicious! I tried to make ice lollies last year but had no luck getting them out of the moulds! They were still tasty eaten with a spoon once melted! Well done on reducing your sugar intake. It's amazing what sugar is added to!

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  41. Ooooo these look amazing! My Little People like those tube yogurts frozen, but of course they're loaded with sugar. Love the idea of using on the verge of being too ripe fruit :) On my to-do list for the LP for the fast approaching summer hols :)
    Thankyou for sharing :)
    Jillxo

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  42. These looks so refreshing and screams summer goodness!

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  43. These look fabulous!!! We bought ourselves a fun start of summer present at Costco a couple of weeks ago: a frozen yogurt (and ice cream) maker. Haven't tried it out yet, but with the temps nearing 100F here this week, I suspect we'll be christening it this coming weekend. I think I'm going to use this very recipe with some local peaches. Thank you for sharing it, dear gal.

    And many heartfelt thanks as well for your lovely comment on my birthday post today. I'm really encouraged by how many people are telling me they love(d) their thirties - it makes me even more eager for this fabulous new chapter in my life to begin.

    ♥ Jessica

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  44. Hi Jennifer,

    How delicious these treats are and your kids must be enjoying these on a hot day
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  45. We love smoothie lollies here too! I started making them when our little ones were small to limit sugar. They're always a hit! Bee xx

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  46. What a wonderful idea for a frozen treat, Jennifer. In the UK we call a pop an ice lolly and fruit and yoghurt ice lollies sound delicious. I'm glad the weather is a little cooler for you. I don't cope well with excess heat and can't imagine living with summers like yours.

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  47. Oh, I am so glad you shared your recipe for frozen treats! They look delicious and healthy. The perfect Summer treat!

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  48. I try to keep things healthful for my babies, but I completely agree that childhood would not be as fun without some sugar! ;) Adulthood as well...hehehe....these pops sound delicious! I will try! xoxo Jen

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