How’s everyone’s summer going? Our’s has been flying by. I can’t believe that it will be the beginning of August in just a couple days. Even though there’s still a whole month of summer left, all the school prep at the end of next month makes it feel like there’s really only a couple of weeks left. I’m trying to fight the feeling. Especially because this will be our first year sending a child to school. It’s craziness I tell you.
In the meantime we’re continuing to fill our days with all the summery things we possibly can, in anticipation for what’s coming. That means lot’s of playing in the kiddy pool in the backyard, visits to the park, picnics, and cool treats enjoyed on the back deck. And you know me, I like to keep our afternoon treats on the healthy side, with a few exceptions in between.
These popsicles may taste like an exception but they’re not. They have a dreamy creamsicle flavour thanks to thick greek yogurt and vanilla, and are lightly sweetened with honey and the natural sweetness of strawberries and nectarines. They are delicious and nutritious. A perfect midday snack for kiddos and adults alike.
For a more perfect appearance you could freeze the popsicles in two distinct layers. But we personally love how the flavours mingle together and how each pop has it’s own unique look.
Out of all the pops I’ve made this year these are definitely my fave. How can you go wrong with a strawberries and cream flavour mingled with the tart sweetness of nectarines. Hmmm.. I think it’s time to go make another batch!
Strawberry Nectarine Yogurt Pops
- 2 cups Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 nectarine, pitted and chopped (or 1 cup frozen)
- 1 cup roughly chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 cup honey, divided
Divide the yogurt equally into two bowls (1 cup each). Stir 1 teaspoon vanilla into each bowl. Set aside.
Place the chopped nectarine into a small saucepan along with 2 tablespoons honey. Bring to a boil. Simmer until fruit has released it’s liquid and is easily mashed with a fork. Allow to cool slightly then puree in a blender. Set a fine mesh sieve over one of the bowls of yogurt. Strain liquid through to remove any pulp or skin. Stir to combine evenly with yogurt.
Place strawberries into the same saucepan as before, along with remaining 2 tablespoons honey. Simmer until fruit has released it’s liquid and is easily mashed with a fork. Allow to cool slightly then puree in a blender. Set a fine mesh sieve over the remaining bowl of yogurt. Strain liquid through to remove any pulp. Stir to combine evenly with yogurt.
Alternate spoonfuls of each flavour into popsicles molds. Swirl gently with a toothpick to settle the mixture and remove air bubbles. Insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm.
Makes: 12, 2 oz. popsicles. (9, 3 oz. or 6, 4 oz.)