Homemade Freezer Pops
As the weather’s been warming up and we’ve been spending more and more time outside, I’ve been trying to keep our freezer stocked with nourishing—and yummy—freezer pops. This recipe for Blueberry Spinach Greek Frozen Yogurt Pops is a simple one, but it’s a nice combination of produce, protein, a little fat, and refreshing flavor. You can change up the fruit if you like, but we like how the natural color of blueberries masks the green of the spinach. And while I don’t like to make a habit out of hiding vegetables in my daughter’s food, we’re getting so many local greens this spring that it’s almost been a necessity to add them to less expected places!
A few tips for this recipe:
- Use really good tasting fruit. The better the fruit tastes, the less added sweetener you’ll need and the better the final result.
- Try to use yogurt with a little fat in it. For little kids, fat is essential for brain development and it can also help their energy stay even longer—especially when they are running around outside in warm weather.
- Taste the mixture before you freeze it. Since the sweetness of fruit can vary so widely, be sure to taste the blended mixture before you freeze it. This is the only way to ensure that you’ll like the taste of the frozen pops.
(The molds shown here are these Rocket Pops.)Print
If you have a high powered blender you can add up to a cup of spinach. If you’re relying on a food processor you may want to reduce it to 1/2 cup. Start with the lower amount and add more as you like.
- 6 ounces plain low fat or whole milk Greek yogurt
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/2-1 cup lightly packed baby spinach
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or a blender and grind until very well combined, about 20-30 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed.
- Divide mixture among reusable freezer pop molds. (Or, place four 3-ounce plastic cups onto a plate or a small baking dish and divide the yogurt mixture evenly among them. Place a popsicle stick into the center and place onto a plate or small baking dish to freeze.) Freeze for 4-6 hours before serving.