Berries n' Cream Popsicles

Berries N' Cream Popsicles

Summer is here and HOT as ever! These fruity, refreshing, creamy popsicles are here to cool you down and wake you up from the summer heat. All you have to do is mash up some berries, mix together some yogurt, assemble and freeze!

I used to LOVE the berry Creamsicle Popsicles as a kid -- an inner layer of vanilla ice cream with an outer frozen berry puree. Well those aren't so good for my lactose-intolerant peeps AND they're loaded with refined sugar and fillers. This healthier version has layer's of fresh, juicy berries and slightly sweet, tart yogurt for the perfect fruity, creamy combo. 

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Are popsicles good for you?

Not all popsicles are created equal. The popular mainstream ones like Creamsicles, Ice Cream Sandwich, Strawberry Shortcake Bars, etc... are all loaded with preservatives, sugar, and a whole slew of ingredients you can't even pronounce. It's so easy to make your own healthy versions at home where you can control the ingredients and amount of sugar you put in. If you don't already have popsicle molds, here are my FAVORITE POPSICLE MOLDS that come with popsicle sticks so you'll have everything you need! Totally worth the small investment!

How were popsicles invented?

I bet you didn't know popsicles were invented by an 11-year old boy named Frank Epperson in 1905. He had mixed soda powder with water and left it out overnight with below freezing temperatures and when he found them he devoured them so fast and declared them Epsicles. He then sold them around town and got Popsicles patented. Talk about a young entrepreneur! 

How long do popsicles last in the freezer?

These popsicles will last up to a year in your freezer, but, lets be real, would they ever last that long? NOPE.  

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BERRIES N' CREAM POPSICLES

Makes: 6 popsicles
Prep time: 10 minutes (plus overnight or 8 hours for freezing)

Ingredients:
1 cup blackberries (~5 oz)
1 cup strawberries (~5 oz)
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
1 tbsp maple syrup
Juice of 1/2 lime
Pinch of sea salt

Instructions:
Place the berries in separate bowls and mash them up with a fork. If they aren't super ripe or juicy, add a couple tablespoons of maple syrup, or to taste.

In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, maple syrup, lime juice and salt.

Get your popsicle molds out and start by filling them with a heaping spoonful of berries followed by a heaping spoonful of yogurt. Repeat this process until the molds are full. Make sure there are no air bubbles by pressing the spoon down into the molds, melding the layers together. Place popsicle sticks into each mold.

Freeze overnight or for at least 8 hours. To remove, fill a large bowl with warm water and dip the popsicle molds in for 3-5 seconds. Try and wiggle the popsicles out (if they aren't budging, dip them back in the water). 

Store in an airtight ziploc bag or tupperware container. 

Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Popsicles

1. You can make popsicles with any fruit you have on hand. Berries, peaches, watermelon, kiwi, etc...
2. Throw the fruit in a blender for a smoother texture.
3. Don't have popsicle molds? You could always use muffin cups, paper cups, anything sort of cylindrical and small. However, they are worth the small investment if you plan on making them often.
4. Most popsicle molds come with a lid so that it holds your popsicle sticks in place. If you don't have this, it helps to partially freeze them and then slide the sticks in so they don't fall over. Nothing wrong with a crooked popsicle though!