Healthy Greek Yogurt Popsicles for Kids

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Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Popsicles are 100% an outdoor food at my house because there is just no way for a toddler to eat a popsicle without dripping sticky liquid all over the place. This makes them perfect for outdoor, summertime snacking. And since “Here’s a popsicle, go outside,” is basically the extent of my parenting at this point in 2020, I keep a freezer stash of homemade, healthy greek yogurt popsicles at the ready.

Greek Yogurt Keeps ‘Em Full

Sometimes I’ll go ahead and make a whole batch of popsicles. When I do, I love to use Greek yogurt. It’s the perfect protein-rich base for popsicles (and smoothies, too!), and fruit is a great natural sweetener and flavor-adder. Whole milk Greek yogurt makes the popsicles a lot more filling than the ones that are just juice.

If I’m not making a batched recipe, I just pour our leftover smoothies into popsicle molds. This way, we aren’t wasting food, and the flavor my kids get is always a surprise. (Surprises are fun, right?) 

Fruit Adds Sweetness (Not Sugar)

Using fruit instead of sugar or other sweeteners is a perfect way to add flavor and natural sweetness for kids, who shouldn’t be having much added sugar at all (especially if they’re under 2). If your family prefers a sweeter taste or is still adjusting to lower sugar treats, it’s okay to add in 2-3 tsp of honey or maple syrup to either of these recipes.

For the record, store-bought popsicles and popsicles made from juice are totally okay once in a while, too! They’re such a fun treat for kids, and there’s no need to stress about them. And, if you’re like, “This is all good and fine, but I don’t want to make any popsicles ever, I’d rather just grab some at the store!” then you’ll love this list of healthier store-bought popsicles I made last summer.

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles

For this recipe, use freeze dried strawberries– this is my trick for really bringing out the strawberry flavor! If you’re worried about the texture, don’t be. The freeze dried berries surprisingly don’t get soggy or weird in the popsicle at all. I had the same hesitation when experimenting with the recipe, but it really does come out great.

Ingredients:

1 c Plain Greek yogurt, full fat
½ c Freeze dried strawberries
2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp Applesauce

Directions:

Break the freeze dried strawberries into small pieces. 
Stir all ingredients together in a bowl. 
Pour into popsicle molds. 
Freeze at least 4 hours.

I’m sure you could repeat this recipe with any other freeze dried fruit in place of the strawberries. (If you do, let me know which flavors come out best!)

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles

For this recipe, I recommend using frozen wild blueberries if you can find them. They’re a bit smaller, which makes them work a little better in a popsicle. 

Ingredients:

½ c plain Greek yogurt, full fat
½ c frozen blueberries
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp applesauce

Directions:

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl. 
Pour into popsicle molds. 
Freeze at least 4 hours.

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Popsicle Molds

I have two different popsicle molds, and I like them both! These Ozera Ice Pop Molds are easier for younger kids because they can just hold it and lick it.  These FoodWords Silicone Molds are easy to use but come out more like a freezie, so I have to use a chip clip or a binder clip at the bottom as the kids are eating them, to help push up the popsicle as they go.

More Top Kid-Friendly, Low-Sugar Recipes

If you’re all for making your little ones healthy, low-added-sugar treats, then you should grab a copy of my No Sugar, Still Sweet Ebook. It’s full of recipes sweetened with only fruit. Your kids will love the taste, and you’ll love knowing they’re getting what they need!

No Sugar Added Recipes for Toddlers

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