Guest Blog Post Written by: Brittany Kuhl, dietetic intern at Texas Women's University.
Even though summer is coming to an end, it is still plenty hot outside; and there is nothing like a cool, sweet treat to beat the heat. Homemade fruit popsicles can be a fun and kid friendly treat to help cool down. They are super easy to make, perfect for getting the kids involved. Imagine how excited they will be to eat something they made themselves... they probably won’t even be able to wait for them to freeze! Most popsicle recipes require very few ingredients and can be customized in hundreds of ways, only limited by your imagination.
I had such a hard time deciding what flavor of popsicle to make, so I chose to make two varieties of strawberry & blackberry popsicles. One is Greek yogurt based with chunks of fruit, and the other is made from pureed fruit. Both of these recipes are a great way to incorporate a serving of fruit into your day in a fun and new way.
Greek yogurt might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of popsicles, but it is a delicious and creamy addition that adds a little protein to the snack. This version also may be lower in fat and sugar than a cream based popsicle depending on the yogurt used. This recipe used an even ratio of Greek yogurt and low fat milk to thin out the mixture. I used vanilla flavored Greek yogurt, so no added sugar was needed. However, if you crave a little sweetness, it is easy to add honey, sugar, or an artificial sweetener of your choice. To make the popsicle, you simply mix the Greek yogurt and milk in a bowl, place the sliced strawberries and blackberries in the mold, and then use the yogurt mix to fill it up. The chunks of fruit add abstract color to the popsicle.
The other recipe made with the fruit puree is more like a traditional popsicle. Strawberries and blackberries were pureed in a food processor and then can be poured into the molds in any order. The blackberries had to be strained before they were added to the mold to get rid of the seeds. Since fruit is naturally sweet, sugar is not required. I enjoy the tartness of the blackberries so I did not add sugar to mine. Any combination or number of fruits can be used to make these easy treats. After being in the freezer for 6 hours or overnight they are ready to be enjoyed!
Creamy Vanilla Berry Popsicles
- ½ cup low fat or fat free milk
- ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 3-4 very ripe strawberries, cut into slices
- 12-15 very ripe blackberries
- In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt and milk. Set aside.
- Place sliced fruit in mold,
- Carefully pour milk and yogurt mixture over fruit. Gently tap molds on counter to release any air bubbles.
- Freeze 30 minutes. Insert popsicle sticks. Freeze 6-8 hours or overnight.
Makes 4 popsicles
Fruity Strawberry & Blackberry Popsicles
- 1 (1lb) carton strawberries, pitted
- 2 (6oz) cartons blackberries
- Splash water if necessary
- Add strawberries to blender or food processor and blend until fully liquefied. May need to add a little water. (if you don’t have a blender you can mash the fruit with a fork)
- Put the strawberry puree in a bowl and set aside.
- Blend blackberries until liquefied. Strain to remove seeds.
- Pour fruit purees into molds in any order.
- Freeze 30 minutes. Insert popsicle sticks. Freeze additional 6-8 hours or overnight.
- Run warm water over molds to free popsicles.
Makes 4 popsicles
Brittany Kuhl is a Dietetic Intern at Texas Woman's University. Her love of health and nutrition stemmed from a childhood filled with sports and outdoors activities. When she isn't studying you can find her reading, spending time at the lake with her family, and playing with her dog.