For the past month, we've had the occasional sweltering day and our fair share of spring colds. Because of this, we've been enjoying freezer pop season sooner than I expected—and trying to fill up on probiotics to help our bodies fight off the yuck—and the girls couldn't be happier about this coping mechanism! These Mango-Kefir Pops are one of our favorite both because they are so easy to make and because they are downright refreshing.
Kefir, if you're not familiar with it, is a probiotic-rich fermented dairy drink—which is a complicated way to say that it's basically like drinkable yogurt with a bit more tang. It has beneficial components, just like yogurt, and is a good source of calcium and protein. It's particularly delicious when paired with mango or berries since the sweetness of the fruit helps to smooth out the somewhat sour flavor. My older daughter won't drink it on it's own, but she loves it when it's frozen into a pop.
These freezer pops are simply two ingredients blended together and they're open to a wide variety of interpretations. Add in a sprinkle of shredded coconut or chia seeds, blend in some baby spinach, or even some oats. And be sure to serve on a very hot day—or pretend it's a hot day with an indoor picnic!
Mango Kefir Freezer Pops
Fresh or frozen mango cubes
Plain, unsweetened kefir
Blend the mango and kefir together in a 1:1 ratio depending on how many pops you want to make. Typically, I do 1 cup of each. You can add a little honey or maple syrup if your fruit isn't particularly sweet, though mango is usually sweet enough on its own. Freeze for 4-6 hours or until firm.
You can also serve this in a cup straight from the blender as a smoothie or use yogurt instead of kefir if you prefer.
Freezer pops shown are the Zoku Mini Popsicle Molds, which are a perfect size for little ones.