With spring and summer just around the corner, we’ve got ice cold desserts on the brain. From ice cream sandwiches to crisp sorbets, we love wrapping up a meal with a refreshing little treat, especially when it involves local in-season fruits.
Unsurprisingly, Greek yogurt has become a popular dessert ingredient and topping, used in everything from pound cakes to quick breads to frostings. On the whole, Greek yogurt is healthier than its regular counterpart. It’s made by straining out the whey and lactose, resulting in a thick, tangy yogurt. You can buy regular, low-fat and non-fat versions, but be warned — some products contain a significant amount of fat, so it’s worth looking at the nutrition labels.
One cup of non-fat Greek yogurt contains about 120 calories, 20 grams of protein and 25% of your daily recommended intake of calcium. It’s low in carbs as well as sugars, usually containing about half the amount of sugar found in non-Greek yogurts.
One of Greek yogurt’s crowing achievements is its versatility. It can be easily subbed in for sour cream or mayo when making dips, and works just as well when added to homemade muffins for some extra creaminess. Due to its fairly undistinguished flavor profile, Greek yogurt serves well as a blank canvas just waiting for other additions.
Enter the invention of Greek yogurt popsicles.
Just like regular popsicles, which you probably almost never think to make at home but easily could, these little treats are perfect for a hot summer day. They’re also completely customizable, so you can add whatever syrups, flavors or fruits you’re in the mood for.
Here are some of our favorites:
Add a swirl of honey from your local farmer’s market — it energizes your body and helps build immunity, among many other benefits.
Lightly roast your favorite fruits to bring out their natural sweetness. We especially like strawberries, peaches and pineapple.
If you prefer your fruit more intact, chop it up and add little chunks to your chosen Greek yogurt. Or, puree your fruit to create a nice little syrup that can be blended directly into the yogurt.
Craving something sour? Add fresh, Vitamin C-loaded lime, lemon, orange or grapefruit juice to the yogurt. Bonus: it’ll help ward off scurvy.
After selecting your ingredients, pour some Greek yogurt into a bowl — the amount will vary depending on the size of your popsicle molds and how many you want to make. Next, add your other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds and freeze until solid.