Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fun Popsicles to make at home

Pretty, tasty popsicles! (Courtesy of VocalPoint)

Pretty, tasty popsicles!
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Who doesn't love a good popsicle? 

I always enjoy making yogurt smoothies and freezing them in Tupperware cups, but the downside is that you have to wait a little bit for them to thaw in order to spoon out that berry goodness.

Here is an INSTANT fix!

Very Berry Yogurt Pops
Berries are finally in season, making them less expensive and more delicious. Here we recommend blueberries and strawberries, but any berry would work—raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry—whatever you have around. If you’re lactose intolerant, try substituting a fruity sherbet for the yogurt.

1 and 1/2 cups mixed strawberries (chopped) and blueberries
1 ½ cup of vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon of honey (optional)

If used, pour honey over berries. Mash the berries with a fork or pulse a few times in the food processor to lightly puree. If using a free-standing mould, it may be helpful to arrange them on a baking sheet so you can transport them all at the same time. Spoon yogurt into the bottom of each popsicle mould, about 1/3 of the way up, then add a layer of berries to each mould. They should now be 2/3 full. Add another layer of yogurt, then insert popsicle sticks.

Place in freezer until set, about 4+ hours. Remove from moulds by running the mould briefly under warm water on all sides and gently tugging popsicle sticks. For a less work-intensive popsicles, just stir the pureed berries into the yogurt and then pour into the moulds!

Nutritional info for 1 of 6 servings: 77 calories, .9 g fat, 3.3 mg cholesterol, 34.8 g sodium, 162.4 mg potassium, 15 carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 14.2 g sugar, 2.6 g protein. 24% DV of Vitamin C.

Chocolate Coffee Pops
This recipe is a bit more decadent, and will seriously satisfy that sweet tooth!

1 ½ cups coffee-flavored yogurt
About 10 Oreos
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp instant coffee (optional)

Pulse Oreos, cocoa powder, and instant coffee (if using) in a food processor or blender until they resemble coarse crumbs. Empty the coffee yogurt into a medium-to-large bowl, then add the Oreo mixture and stir until incorporated. Resist eating it all right there long enough to pour into popsicle moulds and then freeze until set, about 4 hours. Run moulds under warm water briefly to remove.

Nutritional info for 1 of 6 servings: 143 calories, 6.4 g fat, 3.3 mg cholesterol, 142 mg sodium, 161 mg potassium, 23.7 carbohydrates, .6 g fiber, 8.3 g sugar, 3.6 g protein.

***I am looking forward to try both of these recipes!  I will let you know how they turn out!**

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