Summer is just over the horizon, and this can only mean one thing that is high temperatures. Now is the time to start thinking about getting slip n slides for the children.
For other people, now is the time to start stocking on ice cream and other delicious calorie-filled summer treats such as brownie chunks, cookie dough, and crackers.
Having grown older and more mature, I still haven’t discarded this childhood love for these frozen delights. One difference between then and now is that now I am more conscious about what I consume and how good it is for my health and wellbeing.
Another difference is that rather than buy from the ice cream truck, I prefer making my popsicles.
Summer often brings with it a wealth of sweet and brightly colored fruits such as;
As it turns out, one can use any of these fruits to make creamy homemade summer fruit Greek yogurt popsicles. The result is an ice-cold, fruity and creamy popsicle that has a cooling and refreshing effect, particularly in the scorching summer heat. In addition to that, the fruits make this frozen delight sweet and at the same time, healthy.
For this Greek Popsicle recipe, the following ingredients are required:
- 8 ounces of assorted summer fruits. You can use any fruits that you like and in any combination as well. For example, one could use a combination of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
- Freshly squeezed lime juice (1 lime will suffice)
- 3 and a 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
- Between 14 and 16 ounces of Greek yogurt. However, care is necessary to ensure that the flavor of the yogurt does not overpower the fruity flavors.
- 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons of coconut milk (preferably with the cream).
- A pinch of salt.
How to Prepare
To prepare, you will need at least two bowls, a spatula and a Popsicle mold.
In the first bowl, mix the summer fruits, the freshly squeezed lime juice and one tablespoon of sugar. Let the mixture rest for between ten and fifteen minutes.
Once the wait time has elapsed, use the back of a spatula or a fork to mash the fruits lightly and in so doing, release their juices.
In the second bowl, pour in the Greek yogurt and the creamy coconut milk. Stir in the remaining sugar and the pinch of salt as well. Pour in the fruit mix from the first bowl into the second bowl and fold in the ingredients using a spatula.
Once the ingredients have mixed to your satisfaction, fill the popsicle molds with the yogurt mixture and freeze for approximately half an hour before inserting the popsicle sticks. The next step is to continue freezing the mixture until the fruit bar is firm enough. Most experts recommend freezing it for at least 4 hours or even overnight.
If you have any difficulties getting the frozen fruit bars out of the Popsicle mold, try holding the mold under running water (preferably warm) or, leave the mold out in room temperatures for a few minutes.
For those who are on a sugar watch, using honey in place of sugar could also work just as well.