Berry Parfait Yogurt Popsicles
Oh my goodness June. Beautiful June. Welcome back into my life. Please bring your late sunsets, your easy-breezy attitude, and your abundance of fresh berries, ready to be transformed into Breakfast Berry Parfait Yogurt Popsicles.
After suffering three summers of watching my Pinterest feed be dominated by brightly hued homemade popsicles, I finally ordered this highly rated popsicle mold from Amazon last week. It cost less than $15—I’ve spent that much on cheese without thinking twice about it. Why oh why did I wait so long to bring this simple, special treat into my life?
Silly though it may sound, pulling these beautiful Berry Parfait Yogurt Popsicles from their molds filled me with the pure joy of childhood summers spent running through the sprinklers and riding bikes to our neighborhood shaved ice stand. I see many happy homemade popsicle days ahead.
Growing up, popsicles came from a box and were reserved for dessert after softball games or nights when our AC wasn’t cooperating. Now that I’m an adult with full control over my dietary choices, I can eat popsicles for breakfast. These Berry Parfait Yogurt Popsicles are made of all of the same healthy ingredients you’d find in a classic yogurt parfait, but frozen in popsicle form so that you can take them to go, stay cool when your AC is on the brink, and experience childhood popsicle joy on an otherwise mundane Monday morning.
To make the yogurt popsicles, I started by cooking fruit on the stove with a bit of honey, which breaks the fruit down and keeps it soft enough to bite into once it is frozen into the yogurt popsicles—no cracking of teeth on hard frozen strawberry nuggets please. I heated strawberries and blueberries separately so that I could layer them into pretty red and blue stripes, but feel free to mix a few different types of fruit together, keep it simple with one, or swap in other summer fruits you love. (I plan to fill my freezer with peach yogurt popsicles this July.)
For the full parfait experience, I also layered in granola, which I was delighted to discover that, when mixed with the yogurt, softens into heavenly bites reminiscent of oatmeal cookie dough. Swoon.
Finally, holding our popsicles together is powerhouse Greek yogurt, which provides 8 grams of protein per popsicle. These pretty parfaits on a stick are both filling and a tasty way to munch one of your three recommended daily dairy servings.
June is an especially appropriate time to make these Berry Parfait Yogurt Popsicles, because it is National Dairy Month! In recognition, milk companies and dairy farm families have partnered with Feeding America for the Great American Milk Drive, a campaign that provides milk to families in need. Milk is one of the most requested and important items in food banks, yet it is also one of the least available. The Great American Milk drive provides an avenue for communities to contribute to milk delivery. Donations can start with as little as $5, and you can even see how many gallons of milk have been delivered in your state so far right here. Pretty cool.
For what it’s worth, I did personally donate to this campaign (I wouldn’t be plugging it if I didn’t believe in it!), and I did so while eating a Berry Parfait Yogurt Popsicle. While I hope you will give either way—with yogurt popsicle in hand or sans yogurt popsicle— I highly recommend the former.
Berry Parfait Yogurt Popsicles
- 3 cups fresh or frozen fruit, — roughly chopped if large: strawberries (about 1 1/2 pints), cherries, whole blueberries, raspberries, peaches, blackberries, plums—pick your favorite!
- 2-4 tablespoons honey, — maple syrup, or agave, divided
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup milk — (any kind dairy/non-dairy will do—I used skim) omit if using regular vs. Greek yogurt
- 2/3 cup prepared granola
In a small saucepan, combine the fruit and 2 tablespoons honey. Stir gently to combine. Turn the pan to medium-high heat, then bring the fruit to steady simmer. Let cook until the fruit is a thick and jammy consistency, about 8 to 10 minutes (some fruit may need longer). Stir often so that the fruit does not burn. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, then let cool to room temperature.
In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together the Greek yogurt, milk and 1 tablespoon of honey. Taste and add additional honey a little at a time until you reach your desired sweetness. Place the granola in a small bowl, then mix it with 1/4 cup of the prepared yogurt mixture. This coats the granola and will help it soften and freeze into the popsicles.
Arrange a popsicle mold on your work surface. With a small spoon, place a generous dollop of yogurt into the bottom of each. Next, add a small scoop of granola, then a spoonful of the cooked fruit, lightly tapping the mold on the counter between layers to remove any air pockets. Continue layering the yogurt, granola, and fruit until the molds are filled. Tap the molds on the counter once more, then insert the popsicle stick. Freeze until solid, 6 hours or overnight.
To unmold the yogurt popsicles, run the mold under hot water for a few seconds (the time needed will vary based upon the temperature of your freezer). Gently remove and enjoy!
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Let’s talk dairy! Join me, the American Dairy Association Mideast, and a team of fabulously talented bloggers for a June dairy month Twitter #BarnParty next Wednesday, June 10th. We’ll be talking recipes, healthy living tips, and giving away loads of PRIZES too. View the details (and a list of goodies up for grabs) here.
To tide you over until the party starts, check out this tasty round up of Dairy Month recipes. Happy June!
- Inside BruCrew Life: Pina Colada Cake Trifle
- Lemons for Lulu: Coconut Banana Cream Pie
- Country Cleaver: Chocolate Chip Mini Greek Yogurt Pops
- Climbing Grier Mountain: Chicken Shawarma Gratin with Jalapeno Mint Yogurt
- Food Faith Fitness: Cauliflower Pizza with Greek Yogurt Pesto
- Love Grows Wild: Smoothie Popsicles
- Eat2Gather: Grilled Cheese Bar
- In Katrina’s Kitchen: Milk and Cereal Breakfast Popsicles
- Shugary Sweets: S’Mores Coffee Milkshake
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