If you love yogurt and crave a cool treat, this simple honey recipe may be perfect for you. Everyone needs a cool-down occasionally. This recipe for Honey Popsicles is ideal to mimic those delicious(but unhealthy) ice pops of our childhood.
Homemade Honey Pops with Berries and Greek Yogurt
Creating healthy recipes using honey and other nutritious ingredients is a great way to reduce some of the processed sugar in your diet.
Honey is a natural sugar that is made by honey bees. Using plant nectar collected from blooming flowers, bees make honey. This is a stable food source that is perfect for storing in the hive for Winter.
Honey is a wonderful food source for us too! It contains, sugars, vitamins, minerals, and even some antioxidants. And, when honey is stored properly – it lasts virtually forever!
Now, it is still sugar and honey does have calories-so use it in moderation. But, in spite of the calorie count – it is probably better for you than regular cane sugar – or heaven forbid – high fructose corn syrup!
Gather your ingredients- this is really a simply list. And, you can make some substitutions if desired.
- raw honey
- plain Greek Yogurt
Blueberries: To make use of what I had on hand, I used blueberries out of the freezer. Frozen blueberries are just as nutritious as fresh. What a great way to use up last year’s harvest.
However, after thawing, you can see they have a bit of excess liquid. So, if you are using frozen berries let them drain well. Otherwise when you add the yogurt – the mixture will become too watery.
While you do not have to thaw frozen berries for your honey popsicles, I feel it gives me better control of the flavor.
The room temperature berries release some of their juice that helps flavor the yogurt. If you have access to fresh berries – that’s a great option too!
Raw Honey: For this honey popsicle recipe, any variety of honey will work. Honey made from different nectar sources vary in taste. There is no need to use special flavored honey as the yogurt and berries will hide the flavor.
Greek Yogurt: Choose any type of Greek yogurt – everyone seems to have a favorite brand. Plain or vanilla may be the best flavor combination with the blueberries.
You may use other types of yogurt but the thick viscosity of Greek makes it perfect and gives us the creamy texture that we want.
Putting it All Together
1. Rinse blueberries and allow to dry. You can use frozen or fresh. If frozen, allow to thaw for best resulsts.
2. Mix together honey and yogurt. Then, carefully fold in blueberries. Try to avoid crushing berries as that releases more juice and makes the mix darker.
3. Spoon mixture into a mold of your choice and place in freezer.
4. After a couple of hours, pops can be removed from the mold. If they are stubborn to remove, run the mold under warm water for just a minute.
Tips for Making Popsicles
As you work with the fruit be gentle. You do not want to squeeze the berries too much. Still, some of that wonderful blue color will leak out and that’s okay.
When everything is mixed, its time to fill your popsicle molds. Of course, you don’t have to use a fancy mold.
Small cups with wooden popsicle sticks will work too. In this case, you might let the mixture begin to set a bit before inserting the popsicle sticks.
However, silicone molds are very handy and fun to use – they are reusable as well.
Use a spoon to fill each section of the mold. Leave a little room at the top to allow for expansion and inserting the top. After a few hours in the freezer, you are all set with a delicious, healthy, cool treat.
This is a delicious way to get a little honey in your diet and you can use many different types of fruit – not just blueberries. What about using small pieces of peaches next time?
Now, all you have to do is enjoy this delicious healthy Summer treat. Experiment with different flavors of honey and yogurt – or even fruit choices to create special taste experiences.
Long hot Southern Summers are the motivation for this quick treat at my house. Create a special blend to help your family get through those hot days without a meltdown.
Another healthy cool down option is honey sweetened lemonade in a tall glass with ice. If you wish, you can even use it to make honey lemonade popsicles!
Honey is a delicious addition to salad dressing too. A honey lime salad made with fresh in-season fruit is an awesome light meal.
Still got some honey in the jar? What about using Cheerios, peanut butter and honey to make a tasty treat full of protein, energy and even some fiber.
Honey Popsicles Recipe
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- Silicone Popsicle Mold
- 1 large bowl
- 2 ounces raw honey by volume
- 2 cups blueberries substitute fruit you like
- 2 cups plain yogurt or vanilla Greek Yogurt
- Gather your ingredients. You will need a spoon, measuring cup, large bowl and a some type of mold. Any size or style of molds will work fine.
- Measure 2 cups of berries. Mine were frozen so I allowed them to thaw and rinsed them first. I choose to use blueberries because I had them in the freezer. You can choose any type of fruit you desire. Strawberry, watermelon and blackberries are good ones to consider. Put berries in a large bowl.
- Measure 2 oz of raw honey. Pour it into the bowl with berries and gently stir until berries are coated.
- Add 2 cups of Greek Yogurt to the berry mixture and stir carefully until all ingredients are combined. I used vanilla yogurt to compliment the blueberry flavor. Stir gently, the berries will leak some juice turning the yogurt blue!
- Spoon the mixture into your honey yogurt pop cups. Leave enough room for expansion and to push the handle into the mold. Be sure to clean off any excess mixture that may be around the rim. Then fit the tops on securely.
- Cool in the freezer for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer when the pops are firm. If necessary, rinse the mold under warm water for a few seconds to facilitate removal.