If you have a toddler who’s not a fan of smoothies, or you just want a new way to serve up a green smoothie, try these freezer pops. These are a refreshing and healthy kid food that is a fun snack or dessert during warmer months…or really, any day!
Homemade Green Smoothie Freezer Pops
These homemade freezer pops essentially turn a super healthy smoothie—featuring yogurt, chia seeds, and plenty of produce—into a frozen treat that toddlers will love. And the bonus? There’s balanced nutrition in each one, so you can be sure that your little will be nourished with balanced energy, no sugar crashed required. They’re our favorite sort of afternoon snack on warm days…though we sometimes have them for breakfast!
Ingredients in These Homemade Freezer Pops
You actually could serve this mixture as a smoothie, so the ingredients will be similar. You’ll need yogurt, spinach, banana, mango, kiwi, and chia seeds. You can omit the chia seeds if you’d like and if you need to avoid banana, you can use frozen mango instead or a few tablespoons of avocado. Both will add the same creaminess.
Can I make these freezer pops dairy-free?
Sure! Just use your favorite dairy-free yogurt. Pick a plain or vanilla version that you like the taste of plain for the best results. There are lots of great tasting coconut yogurts, as well as soy and almond based so try a few to find a favorite.
How to Make Homemade Green Smoothie Freezer Pops Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at this super simple process:
- Gather the ingredients.
- Add ingredients to a blender except a few extra slices of kiwi if you plan to add them to the bottoms.
- Divide the mixture among small plastic cups or a freezer pop mold. Freeze !
- To serve from plastic cups, snip the edge with a pair of kitchen shears and the cup will tear off easily.
See? Way more fun than a regular green smoothie!Print
If you want to make more pops, simply double the recipe! If you have a toddler who’s super sensitive to textures, omit the kiwi (since it can have a bit of texture) and use 1 1/2 cup mango instead. This will be totally creamy and smooth.
- 6 ounces vanilla yogurt (2% or 4% if you can find it)
- 1 cup lightly packed spinach
- 1 cup sliced kiwi, plus more if desired
- 1 sliced banana
- 1/2 cup mango cubes (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds, optional
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and grind until well combined, about 10 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed.
- Divide mixture among 3-ounce plastic cups or favorite reusable freezer pop molds.) Place a popsicle stick into the center of each cup and surround with diced kiwi, if desired.
- Place plate or dish into the freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- To store overnight, let freeze for at least 4 hours, then place into a zip top freezer bag or cover individually with plastic wrap. To serve, snip the cup with scissors and peel away the cup.
Use all banana and omit the kiwi.
Use plain yogurt and add a little honey.