These homemade cherry and yogurt popsicles are the perfect frozen treat. Made with Greek yogurt and fresh cherries, these easy DIY ice pops are perfect for summer snacks and desserts. A healthier alternative for kids and adults alike!
I always go above and beyond for the recipes I post on my blog, test and retests, seeking out the best ingredients, shoots and reshoots, not to mention the hours researching writing and eating ha ha! But these bad boys really have my sweat in them!
Toronto is pretty humid right now, so popsicles felt like a perfect recipe to pop up on the blog. I just needed to grab some popsicle moulds and we were away! Mr Slow The Cook Down offered to accompany me to Dollarama to pick up the moulds that I was sure I had seen. Long story short, after an hour of traipsing around downtown Toronto no popsicle moulds were in sight - I mean, it's not like I'm looking for them in a snow storm! After a tram or two, finally got some, made the popsicles, popped them in the freezer. THE FREEZER ISN'T FREEZING! Somehow it told itself it didn't need to be that cold...go figure!
Anyway...several days later once we work out how to change the freezer temperature I finally shot them. They melted so quickly, as you can tell in the shots, but I just couldn't bare to refreeze and start again! ha ha!
The upside is, if you have popsicle moulds and a freezer that works, these are super easy to make! They are full of flavor and cool you down a treat 🙂
How to make Homemade Cherry and Yogurt Popsicles
Prep the cherries first - pit them and cut them in half. Add them to a pan with sugar, lemon zest and juice and the water. Pop them on a high heat and cook them for about 10 minutes until the cherries have softened.
Add the cherries to a blender, and blend until smooth.
In a jug mix the yogurt with a little water and give it a good stir.
Pour the cherries into the popsicle moulds, about halfway up, then top up with the yogurt. Mix the yogurt and cherries together with a chopstick and then into the freezer with them for about 4 hours or until frozen.
Healthy Homemade Yogurt Popsicles
Ok, so these yogurt popsicles aren't exactly detox fodder, but they are way better for you than store bought ice pops. Each popsicle comes in under 100 calories. You have a nice helping of fresh fruit and the no fat Greek yogurt adds some protein, probiotics and calcium to help you grow big and strong.
Yogurt Popsicle Recipe
Greek yogurt is a great choice for these popsicles as it adds a sourness that works really well with the cherries. I used a vanilla flavored yogurt for some sweetness and an extra layer of flavor. I highly suggest you use a no fat yogurt - I promise you won't notice the difference!
Cherry Popsicle Recipe
'tis the season for cherries, and this is a great way to make the most out of them. It's a little annoying to pit them, but well worth the effort. If cherries aren't your thing, I would wager that you would be able to replace them with whatever fruit you fancy, you may just have to adjust the level of added sugar.
Top tips to make homemade cherry and yogurt popsicles
- Adjust the sugar depending on how sweet your cherries are.
- Use a no fat or low fat Greek yogurt.
- Be sure to use fresh lemon juice, not the bottled stuff.
- When mixing the two layers of the popsicle, use a chopstick to drag the cherry layer up through the yogurt.
- To release the popsicles, you may need to briefly run them under a warm tap.
I love that these popsicles are not overly sweet and the flavors of those fresh cherries really come alive against the sourness of the Greek yogurt!
Be sure to check out these other summer recipes!
Grilled Lemon and Herb Chicken Salad
Crispy Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Halloumi Fries on Strawberry & Arugula Salad
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Homemade Cherry and Yogurt Popsicles
- A popsicle mould
- 20 ounces cherries (570g)
- 4 to 6 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet your cherries are)
- juice and zest of one lemon
- ⅔ cup water (160ml / 5.3 fl oz)
- 1 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt (0% fat) (245g / 8.6 ounces)
- 6 tablespoons water
- Pit and half the cherries. Add them to a saucepan with the sugar, lemon zest and juice and ⅔ cup of water.
- Put the pan on a high heat for around 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the cherries have softened.
- Add the cherries to a blender (carful, they're hot!) and blend until smooth.
- In a jug, mix the yogurt and 6 tablespoons of water until combined.
- Fill each popsicle mould halfway with the blended cherries, then top up with a yogurt mixture leaving a little space at the top.
- Use a chopstick to mix the layers together, then add the tops and put in the freezer for about 4 hours or until frozen.
- Depending on your mould, you may need to run the popsicles under warm water to release them.
I love a homemade popsicle in the summertime. These were especially good made with fresh cherries. I had some yogurt I made in my Instant Pot recently, so it was really nice to know that the entire recipe was made from scratch and absolutely delicious!
Slow The Cook Down says
So glad you enjoyed them Jennifer!