Cherry Greek Yogurt Homemade Popsicles are a healthy anytime snack, dessert, or even breakfast! High protein and low in added sugar!
Hi, friends! Wow was yesterday a day… a long, crazy day. Technically, I’m pre-writing this post at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, so I’m just anticipating this long day stuff, but I promise I’m not entirely insane.
Well, that’s not true but let’s hope that by the time you read this I’m happily enjoying the first day of Blogfest in Las Vegas! This was one of my FAVORITE conferences last year, so I’m stoked to attend again!
I made so many friends last year, can’t wait to meet more people this year! But, let’s backtrack. You know when your friend texts you and asks you what time you are getting in tonight and you are confused because you booked a flight out for the next morning ….but then you remember you also paid for a hotel the night before.
Did that make zero sense to you? If it did, then congrats you speak crazy Kelli language. If it didn’t, then welcome to Mr. Hungry’s world.
I don’t know how in the H-E-double hockey sticks that could have ever happened (yes I used that acronym, it’s a great one). My friend confirmed with me MULTIPLE times that I needed the hotel for Tuesday night because I’m going a day early for some Zumba fun.
It was an utterly unbelievable situation to be filled with a series of unnecessary curse words and tears before I paid the 89 dollars to change the flight to the last flight of the night, last night.
Luckily I had a credit from skipping out on California a few weeks ago. I seriously doubt you are following all this, so let me just sum it up. I booked a hotel I didn’t need or booked a flight a day late or some combination of both those crazy things. On a positive note, during all that stress I had a million of these popsicles, okay I had two, but they were so good!
The idea for these came from my SIL! She said she wanted to make some popsicles for her and my nephew to enjoy, especially since he is teething. She found her popsicle stand at Hobby Lobby for super cheap but by the time I went there they were all gone.
Instead, I found these ones on Amazon for 9 bucks, hola for Amazon prime (#obsessed)! [clickToTweet tweet=”Love these refreshing cherry #greekyogurt #homemade #popsicles! #glutenfree #snack #dessert” quote=”I wanted a high protein filling, a healthy dessert I could eat anytime, but I also wanted the recipe to be easily modifiable for little ones.”]
If I were making these for a baby or toddler, I would use regular whole milk yogurt. Remember, babies don’t need as much protein as adults do and you don’t want to overload their little kidneys!
Cherry Greek Yogurt Homemade Popsicles
Let’s talk ingredients!
Red Frozen Cherries
I used frozen, but technically you don’t have to. Frozen are easier because they are already pitted. But I have this cherry pitter that has served me well over the years as well. You could also sub any other fruit here you wanted like berries, peach slices, mango chunks, etc…
Plain Greek Yogurt
I mentioned this above, but I used greek to get more protein in for me. If you are making these for super young kids, you can use regular yogurt as well. I used 0% for these popsicles, but any percentage will work.
You can use any type of liquid sweetener here like maple syrup, or honey. You could also use stevia dropsas well. Taste as you go and adjust, your need for sweetness will depend on how sweet your fruit is! You also need it to offset the greek yogurt tanginess a bit.
Optional but it’s a worthwhile addition. The vanilla extract helps create a depth of flavor and an additional sense of sweetness. If you have some on hand, definitely use it!
Greek Yogurt Cherry Popsicles
- Mix maple syrup and vanilla extract into Greek Yogurt. I used two tablespoons of maple syrup but you can adjust the sweetness to fit your sweet tooth. Keep in mind the cherries will sweeten the deal as well.
- Blend the cherries up using a food processor or high-powered blender.
- Pour the pureed cherries into the Greek yogurt, if you want them to be swirled then just barely mix them in.
- Divide among your popsicle containers and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
- To remove popsicle from the shell, let it run under hot water for 10 seconds or so and it should pop right out!
- You can use any percentage yogurt you want, it will change the nutrition stats of the recipe though.
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