- Fruit pops: Homemade freezer pops are an easy, fun treat for kids to make. Mash up fruit like peaches, grapes, berries, or watermelon and put them in paper cups or an ice cube tray, insert a popsicle stick, freeze overnight, and enjoy!
- Cool and crisp: keep a variety of colorful veggies on hand that stay cool and crunchy for a refreshing treat – baby carrots, cucumber slices, sliced bell peppers, and celery sticks are just a few ideas.
- Fruit smoothies: blend your favorite fresh fruits with fat-free or low-fat yogurt and ice for a refreshing drink or freeze and eat with a spoon like a frozen ice chill.
- Mix it up: make your own trail mix using your favorite unsalted or lightly salted nuts, seeds and unsweetened dried fruits (just be sure to keep your servings to 1.5 ounces or 1/3 cup).
- Slice and serve: summer months are peak season for most fruits, just slice and serve – the whole family will enjoy the refreshing natural sweetness and juices just the way nature made ‘em!
Homemade Frozen Yogurt Pops with Peaches
Two cups of chopped fresh or frozen fruit can be subbed for the peaches, so you can constantly experiment with these refreshing popsicles from the Simple Cooking with Heart program.
Ingredients – 6 Servings
- 16 oz. packaged, plain, no-sugar-added, frozen, sliced, thawed peaches (divided, no sauce added)
- 1 cup fat-free, plain yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- Cooking Tip: This recipe yields around 3 cups; the amount of popsicles may vary depending on the size of your popsicle molds.
- Keep it Healthy: Decrease the amount of fruit by ½ cup and add ½ cup granola into the mix to turn these into breakfast popsicles.
- Tip: Don’t have popsicle molds or sticks? Try pouring the mixer into an ice tray or small paper cup, covering with plastic wrap and poking a bamboo skewer or popsicle stick through the plastic into the center of each pop. Once they’re frozen, pull off the plastic wrap and eat a bite-size popsicle.
- Tip: Don’t have a food processor or immersion blender? No problem. Just replace the bag of frozen fruit with 1 (15-ounce) can sliced fruit in juice, stirring it with the 1 cup of yogurt and 1 tablespoon honey before pouring into the molds.
- In the bowl of a food processor, add 1 ½ cups thawed peaches from bag, yogurt, and honey. Process about 1 minute until mixture turns into a puree. (Alternatively, add ingredients into a bowl and puree with an immersion blender or mix by hand mashing the fruit with a fork.)
- Transfer puree to a bowl or large liquid measuring cup with a spout for easy pouring. Chop remaining peaches into bite-sized pieces and add into the bowl, along with any lingering peach liquid from the bag.
- Divide mixture among popsicle molds or cups, filling each one almost to the top and putting in the sticks. Place in the freezer overnight.
- To remove from molds, hold under warm water until popsicle can be easily pulled free.
Recipe copyright © 2016 American Heart Association. This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart ® Program. For more simple, quick and affordable recipes, visit heart.org/simplecooking.
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