Simple Smoothie Pops
Wow, it hit 70 here earlier this week – pretty unusual for this early in Spring! Let’s take a hint from those kids I saw on social media that were in swimsuits doing the slip n’ slide in their backyard and pretend for just a day that the warm sun is here to stay. If your kids are under the illusion that we skipped straight ahead to summer too, why not whip up this little treat for them. I love making these simple smoothie pops all summer long, with whatever fresh berries and fruit we have around. If it is not quite berry season yet, this is a great way to use up any frozen berries you have lingering in your freezer. Somehow we still have a gallon bag each of raspberries and sliced peaches, and 2 gallon bags of blueberries! My favorite flavor is peach, but my daughter Avery loves strawberry….hmmmm maybe that is why all the strawberries are gone. Luckily strawberry season is a couple short months away.
- 1 cup fruit of your choice (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, peach, kiwi, etc)
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt (I like Nancy’s organic because its full of probiotics)
- raw honey, to taste
Combine your fruit and yogurt into a blender and process until smooth. Add honey to taste, depending on the sweetness of your fruit. Pulse a few more times after adding the honey. Pour the mix into your popsicle molds, or use small yogurt cups and wooden sticks. Freeze about 1 hour until set. To remove from molds run the outside under warm water for a few seconds to loosen and pop out.
To make layered or swirled pops simply make two different batches of the mix, such as peach and raspberry like I did (just do the lighter color in the blender first and then remove to a mixing cup for easy pouring). Pour a little of each flavor in layers into the mold. Depending on the thickness of your mixture you can also use a chopstick to poke into the layers and add a swirl effect. The older kids LOVE helping with this part, especially if they get to lick the mess off their fingers 😉
I would love to know if you give this recipe a try with your kiddos, just leave me a note in the comments. Also be sure to check out some of my other family friendly recipes here.