Beat the heat with these three ingredient strawberry yogurt popsicles with bits of granola. Each bar is layered with fresh fruit, protein, probiotics and under 100 calories!
Strawberry yogurt popsicles are your healthy frozen treat solution! Besides standing next to an open refrigerator on a hot day, these cold refreshing popsicles are the best way to beat the summer heat.
With temperatures rising, instead of indulging in scoops of heavy ice cream, prepare this healthier dessert option 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 a healthy popsicle.
How to make healthy popsicles
I’ve been looking for popsicles that I would feel good about feeding to my family. Unfortunately, I’ve been disappointed with the supermarket selections. Store-bought varieties are either packed with sugar, high fructose corn syrup or artificial color.
I took charge and decided to make some homemade healthy popsicles that I could make with my son that are more wholesome than what you can buy at the store. Here are my essential 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 also a good option.
- 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 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. 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 for 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 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 popsicles with granola 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 with 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 each 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 cool treat after dinner, and I’m happy to add more fruit, protein, and probiotics into his diet with these strawberry yogurt popsicles!
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.
- 2 cups Greek vanilla yogurt , or regular yogurt, divided
- 3/4 cup strawberries , sliced
- 1 cup strawberries , diced ¼-inch by ¼ inch
- 1/2 cup granola , your favorite kind
In a blender, puree 3/4 cup sliced strawberries and 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt together until a smooth, consistent texture is reached, about 1 minute.
Layer the popsicles as follows: 1 teaspoon cubed strawberries, 1 tablespoon vanilla yogurt, 1 tablespoon blended strawberry yogurt, 1 teaspoon granola. Repeat layers once more, or until the mold is filled to the top.
Place cover on the mold and insert the popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
Run the molds under warm water for ten to fifteen seconds. Slowly and carefully remove each popsicle. If the popsicles remain in the mold, run them under warm water for a few more seconds, ensuring not to melt the pops. Freeze or enjoy immediately!