Sunday, July 22, 2012

From Blah-b to Fab: DIY Sugar-Free Yogurt Smoothie Popsicles

Tired of the same 'ole yogurt and fruit routine? Follow this incredibly easy recipe for a quick, cheap, low-calorie snack that's  deliciously addictive!



Nutritional Facts Per Serving (Serving Size: 2 mini popsicles):
Calories: 44 -- Sugars: 6g -- Carbs: 6g -- Protein: 3g

Ingredients needed:



  • Fruit of choice (personal favorite: 6 strawberries)
  • Greek yogurt of choice (personal favorite: Yoplait honey greek yogurt)
  • Popsicle mold set (I snagged a mini 8-popsicle set for $1 at the Dollar Tree! I did notice that they were out of stock when I went this last week, so I thought I'd provide you an inexpensive online option. Try this $6.80 popsicle mold set that has it's own built in sip straw: )
  • ** Optional: Don't like the tart yogurt taste? Add a packet or two of your sweetener of choice (I recommend Pure Via) for a sweeter, more traditional popsicle taste.

Directions:


1) Place the greek yogurt and 3/4 of your fruit of choice in the blender. Blend well. Add last 1/4 of fruit toward the end and blend lightly, until only small particles of fruit are visible (for that "real fruit added" texture). DO NOT add water or ice to your mixture, as this will cause the popsicles to not harden the correct way in the freezer and make them more likely to break off in pieces when trying to remove them from the mold set. (Also, keep in mind that more fruit leads to a sweeter tasting popsicle!)


2) Prepare your popsicle mold set. Make sure it is clean and ready to go. (Be sure to double check the part that will be attached to your popsicle mixture when frozen, as any remanence may cause problems with attachment.





3) Pour your popsicle mixture into your mold set, making sure not to overfill. Overfilling can cause breakage when trying to pull your popsicle out of its mold later on, and can lead to a mess when trying to eat your icy-cold snack. Place the filled mold set in the freezer.


4) Leave your mixture to freeze for about 3 hours, and you're set! Make sure your popsicles are fully frozen by giving your holders a light tug. They should NOT move when being tugged on. If they give way in the slightest bit, your mixture is not firm, and should be placed back in the freezer for a while longer. When you're ready to eat your popsicles, run the particular popsicle that you're trying to get out under hot water. The heat will help the popsicle detach from the mold, and your home-made dessert should pop out easily when pulled by the handle after less than 30 seconds under the faucet.

Enjoy these mini delights! I tested the little smoothie ice poppers on both my roommate and my boyfriend. My roommate loved it, and though my boyfriend isn't the biggest healthy-snack fan (he calls them "girly"), he enjoyed the flavors, as well! (Double win!) These yogurt smoothie popsicles are the perfect cure to the terrible ice cream cravings that come over me while trying to eat right. They are ESPECIALLY perfect as a mini cool down in this God-awful Texas heat!

I can't wait to go back to the Dollar Tree and hopefully grab a few more mold sets so I can make more popsicles at once! 

If you try this recipe (or even a different fruit/yogurt variation), be sure to let me know how you like the results!

XOXO,

Sarah B Texas

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22 comments:

  1. These look delicious! I'll have to try making them. Love your blog by the way, newest follower:)

    Shelby xoxo

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  2. I see you liked fro-yo so much as a kid you're finding ways to make your own creations now...cool idea!!..and I LOVE the Dollar Tree too...we finally have some in the L.A. area...yea!!

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    1. Haha yep, I've always been a fro-yo fan! The Dollar Tree has some great deals. I always try to go when I'm not looking for anything in particular. I find the best treasures that way!

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  3. Following you back! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You'll have to let me know how those potatoes are! :)

    Julie

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    1. Hey Julie! Thanks for the follow :) I will let ya know how they turn out!

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  4. Looks yummy to me! Thanks for stopping by my blog :). I'm a new follower of yours too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and following, Nicole! :-) I appreciate it.

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  5. Mmmm.. I love yogurt pops.. I think these would be great with pudding too :)

    Thanks so much for the follow. I am following you now too. Have an excellent week.

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    1. I'll have to try it with pudding! Sounds delicious. I'm pretty sure Jell-O makes some sugar-free pudding options, right?

      Thanks for following me back! :-)

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  6. Looks healthy, delicious, and easy. That's my kind of treat!

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    1. So glad you like this! It is extremely easy :-) Hope you enjoy!

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    1. I'm so glad! Thanks for the follow :-)

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  8. Thanks for the idea. Being pregnant in the summer heat needs some cooling down.

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    1. Yikes, you poor thing! I can't even imagine! Hopefully this will help cool you down a little! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Yum!!!! thanks for following my blog Sarah - I'm following you right back xxx Nat

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  10. My daughter would love these! She likes to stick a spoon into a yogurt cup and then leave it in the freezer to make her own Popsicles haha! Thanks for linking up to Pin It Thursday!

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    1. Your daughter sounds very smart and creative! I hope she likes these! :-)

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  11. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later today when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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  12. I tried this one and it was really good. Only I think the mixture got too hard it would not pull out from this kind of pop molder. I had to set it out a little bit before pulling out the popsicle.

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog (FB, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest).

    The Quiet Mom blogging @ How to Cook Fresh Artichoke Recipe

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    1. Hi there, "Quiet Mom"! So glad you tried this and enjoyed it! As I mentioned in the above blog post, the popsicle mixture is hard-set, so you will have to run the mold under hot water for about 15 seconds. After this, the popsicles should pop out with no problem! :-) Setting them out can work, a well! I hope that the hot water faucet trick will help you out in the future!

      Thank you for the response and for stopping by my blog to follow! I appreciate the support :-)

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