Beat the heat with these three ingredient strawberry yogurt granola popsicles. Each bar is layered with fresh fruit, protein, probiotics and under 100 calories! These guilt-free popsicles with satisfy your sweet tooth and packs in extra nutrition in each serving.
Strawberry yogurt popsicles are your healthy frozen treat solution! Besides standing next to an open refrigerator, a cold refreshing popsicle is the best way to beat the summer heat. With temperatures rising, instead of indulging in scoops of ice cream, prepare this healthier dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard on the calories. Adding fresh seasonal berries or fruit to your favorite yogurt is a quick and easy way to customize your own homemade frozen indulgence. Just three ingredients to strawberry popsicles bliss!
How to make healthy popsicles
I’ve been looking for healthy popsicles that I would feel good about feeding to my family, unfortunately I’ve been disappointed with the selections. They are either packed with sugar, high fructose corn syrup or artificial color. I took charge and decided to make some homemade popsicles that I could make with my son that are more wholesome than what you can buy at the store. Here are my key tips for strawberry popsicles:
- Popsicle Mold: I love making popsicles with my Norpro Ice Pop Maker that I purchased on Amazon. If you are looking to make some fancy popsicles with the latest popsicle technology, Zoku brand popsicle molds are really neat too. You could also make popsicles in cupcake pans, just tightly wrap aluminum foil over the top so you can easily insert the popsicle sticks.
- Fruit and Yogurt: Local strawberries have been super sweet this season, so I used my Vitamix Blender to create a blend with vanilla yogurt. You can use any berries or yogurt you like. Greek-style yogurt works well too for some extra protein and probiotics!
- Reducing Added Sugar: Yogurt can be pretty high in added sugar, so I make sure to read the nutritional labels. I often chose one that has been naturally sweetened with stevia to add no additional calories from sugar. Using plain yogurt is also great because the berries are already sweet, and you can just add a small amount of honey, maple syrup or agave to just add a hint of additional sweetness. This gives you natural fruit sugars (fructose) from the fruit, instead of a high amount of added refined sugar.
- Mix-In’s: For some extra texture and flavor, I added the diced strawberries and granola in the popsicles. I also like to layer the popsicles for a different flavor in each bite and a prettier appearance.
These strawberry yogurt granola popsicles are less than 100 calories per pop, the perfect healthy snack or dessert on a hot day! Don’t like strawberries? You can check out my other homemade fruit popsicles recipes for FOUR more flavor ideas.
Making popsicles is an easy and fun way to get kids involved in the kitchen. My son James loves choosing different kinds of fruit to add to the next batch, and I get to teach him about the health benefits and expose him to new flavors. I’m thinking some green smoothie popsicles might be the next flavor to get him to eat more veggies! He always looks forward to having a chilly treat after dinner, and I’m happy to add more fruit, protein and probiotics into his diet with these strawberry yogurt popsicles! What are your favorite popsicle flavors?
What to know about freezing temperatures
To achieve the smoothest texture from a frozen popsicle, fast freezing, and very low temperatures would produce the smallest ice crystals and best texture. Unfortunately, our freezers at home have the slowest rates of freezing. The temperatures are typically set to −18 °C (0 ºF) or lower. However, it will take at least 30 minutes for even the water to become frozen then require additional time for the dissolved solids to freeze. That is why store bought popsicles have excellent texture due to the various quick freezing technologies utilized. This doesn’t mean homemade pops can’t taste just as delicious!