Cool off this summer with delicious, yet easy and Healthy Yogurt Popsicles! These family-friendly treats only take 3 ingredients and have no processed sugar!
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Just say “no” to the added high fructose corn syrup, dyes, and other hard to pronounce ingredients in store-bought popsicles with these super easy to make Healthy Yogurt Popsicles! With just 3 easy to find ingredients, these popsicles are naturally processed sugar-free, gluten-free, and easily made vegan. They’re a no-guilt snack or dessert you and your family can feel good about enjoying all summer long!
I remember the first time I learned how to make my own popsicles as a kid. I was ecstatic! Though my popsicles weren’t shaped like Disney characters (like the ones I found in Grandma’s freezer), I was able to make them by myself, whenever I wanted!
Most importantly, mom also allowed me to eat these bad boys whenever I liked. Since we made them with fruit juice and fresh (or canned– as we did back in the day) fruit, they were healthier than the high sugar varieties we grabbed at the store.
25+ years later, not much has changed and I’m still craving popsicles. In the heat of the day — especially in the afternoon — I’m usually getting hungry and want a snack that will cool me off and offer a little sweetness without giving me a sugar crash.
For a while, I was buying store bought popsicles. Whereas the selection is a whole lot healthier these days than it was back in the early 90’s, I still find myself wanting to tinker around with the ingredients to make them healthier.
And while I’m at it, why not also make these popsicles super easy to make?!
So I started to play around with yogurt, natural liquid sweeteners (maple syrup, honey, and agave syrup), and 100% fruit jams. Could it be that we can make homemade popsicles with only three ingredients?
Yes, folks. We can!
Did someone just hear a summer angel singing?! I’m pretty sure I just did.
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Or maybe it’s just the dreamy flavor of the popsicles?
Either way, you will be set up for cool summer treats, poolside snacks, and healthier desserts with these popsicles.
So, grab your mixing bowl, some yogurt, and your favorite fruit jam and get ready to cool it off a bit this summer. With this recipe, you can make a single batch, or multiply it to make as many popsicles as you want.
Have the kids help or enjoy a quick 5 minutes in the kitchen by yourself. Regardless, you’ll bring back the good of childhood with the healthiness of adulthood for you and your family.
These healthy popsicles are…
- Processed sugar-free
- Easily made vegan
- Rich in protein
- Naturally sweet
- Ready in 5 minutes (plus freezing time!)
- A light snack
- A healthy dessert
- Perfect for poolside afternoons
- A kiddo favorite
Whether you’re making this for yourself as an afternoon pick me up, or treating your kids to a healthy summer snack, these homemade popsicles are sure to be a hit!
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The list of recipe ingredients is super short on this one:
- Fruit spread, preserves, or jam – 100% fruit; no sugar added preferably
- Unsweetened plain yogurt — dairy, nut yogurt, or even coconut yogurt work! If you use dairy milk like I often do, choose 2% or whole milk yogurt for the best results.
- Natural liquid sweetener — maple syrup, honey, or agave; whatever you have on hand and prefer!
Yogurt — if you prefer a sweeter flavor, you can also use vanilla yogurt. There will be added sugar, however, so you may want to go on the conservative side with your liquid sweetener.
Chia jam — don’t have a jam on hand? Make this super quick chia jam. It’s easy to make, has no added sugar, and has chia seeds for bonus nutrition!
A note on the different types of fruit preserves and jams.
When it comes to sugar added, not all fruit jams, jellies, or spreads are created equal, unfortunately.
The labeling can be a bit confusing sometimes, but in this post I will be referring to the no processed sugar (or 100% fruit) spreads as either “jam” or “spread,” though some fruit preserves are also sugar-free. You will want to double-check your bottle’s label, however, to see that there are no added sugars other than fruit and fruit juice.
You can, of course, choose to use a jam with added in sugar in it — the recipe will be great either way — but take a peek at that label if you want to be sure of what you’re eating. 😊
Side note: I love the organic and no-sugar added fruit spreads from Thrive Market (check that link out to get $20 off your first order when you sign-up for your month or year membership!). They are delicious and are bursting with fruit flavor, while only using fruit juice to sweeten them!
What flavors of jam or fruit spread are best for this recipe?
This recipe is pretty flexible so you can use your favorite flavor of fruit spread. Here are some of my favorites:
- Mixed berry
You can even use an orange marmalade or lemon curd in this recipe, but either will likely add processed sugar to the recipe.
What liquid sweetener is best to use for this recipe?
This recipe is super flexible and adaptable. One of the ways you can adapt it to your liking is through your sweetener choice.
I recommend using maple syrup, agave syrup, or honey for this recipe. Use whichever you prefer, keeping the following in mind:
- Honey — offers a more pronounced flavor to the popsicles. You will taste honey in addition to your fruit spread but if you like that flavor, go for it! Also, you won’t want to use honey if you are vegan.
- Maple syrup — this warm spiced tasting syrup is Chris’ preferred sweetener to use. It’s vegan, if you care about that, and complements the fruit flavors.
- Agave syrup — this syrup is the most mellow of all the sweeteners. You will taste it the least, though it will make the popsicles naturally sweet, and it is a vegan ingredient.
Can you use non-dairy yogurt for this recipe?
You most certainly can use non-dairy milk for this recipe. Nut yogurts and coconut yogurts work just fine in this recipe and are great if you are lactose intolerant or want to keep the recipe vegan or dairy-free.
Can you use greek yogurt?
Yep, Greek yogurt works just fine in this recipe. It will give the popsicles a slightly firmer texture and will add more protein to them.
Where do you buy popsicle molds?
You can often find popsicle molds at Target or other general merchandise big box stores. I kept it easy, however, and ordered my popsicle molds on Amazon!
How do you make your own popsicle molds?
You can also make your own popsicle molds at home. Here’s how I like to do it:
- Line up disposable paper cups on a medium-sized plate or small baking sheet or tray.
- Pour the yogurt mix into the cups
- Place food-safe wooden popsicle sticks in the center of the yogurt.
- Freeze the popsicles for 4-6 hours.
- Remove the popsicles from the freezer, peel the paper cup off the popsicles and enjoy!
How do you remove a popsicle from the mold?
To remove a popsicle from the mold, just run the frozen mold under lukewarm water for 15-45 seconds, or until the popsicle releases with a gentle tug from the mold. If it still won’t release, rinse the mold under lukewarm water again until it has a clean release.
How do you make homemade popsicles?
These homemade popsicles are made in a few simple steps. These steps are so simple that most elementary school aged kiddos can also help make them!
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the yogurt and liquid sweetener.
- Divide the yogurt into three different bowls (for 3 different flavors) like I did, or keep all of the yogurt in your mixing bowl.
- Add the jam or fruit spread to the yogurt and gently mix in until the jam is evenly distributed through the yogurt.
- Carefully spoon or funnel the yogurt into the popsicle molds.
- Add the popsicle sticks to the molds and move the popsicles to the freezer. Freeze the popsicles for 4-6 hours, or until they’re frozen through.
- Remove your popsicles from the freezer, rinse the mold with warm water and gently release the popsicle. Serve immediately!
Pro-tip: make these popsicles a day ahead of when you want to enjoy them as they’ll take some time to freeze up!
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How long do you need to freeze popsicles?
You will need to freeze these popsicles for 4-6 hours, or until they are frozen through.
You will know if the popsicles aren’t all the way frozen if they are giving you a particularly difficult time coming out of the mold or the popsicle stick releases from the mold before the rest of the popsicle does.
If this happens, just place the stick back in the popsicle (if it popped out) and pop the popsicles back in the freezer for another 1-2 hours and then check again.
How do you store homemade popsicles and how long do they last?
You can store popsicles in their molds for 1-2 months. You can also remove the popsicles from the molds and then freeze them in a gallon-size freezer-safe container for 1-2 months.
If freezing in a freezer-safe bag, just move them to the bag quickly so they don’t melt and then freeze together when they go back in the freezer.
Other simple and healthy popsicle ideas:
There are so many other great ways you can make healthy popsicles. Here are some of my favorite easily popsicle bases:
- Storebought flavored yogurts (mixed berry, lemon, mocha, pina colada, or any of your favorite flavors!)
- Leftover smoothie — pour your smoothie leftovers in a popsicle mold so you can refuel after your hot workout or run with a healthy and cooling treat!
- Fruit juices and cut up or frozen fruit — pineapple juice and mango, grape juice with apples and strawberries, etc.!
Have fun experimenting with your favorite ways to make popsicles!
Other healthy summer sweets and treats recipes you might enjoy:
- Blueberry & Peach Crisp (Gluten-Free & Vegan!)
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Larabars
- Vegan Chia Pudding Parfaits
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Use whichever type of yogurt (dairy, nut, coconut, etc.) you prefer and check your fruit spread or preserves bottle for added processed sugar to keep this popsicles processed sugar-free!
Start with 3 tablespoons of your sweetener and increase to 3 1/2 tablespoons if the yogurt isn't sweet enough to your liking.
- 1 3/4 cup 2% or whole milk plain yogurt (nut milk and coconut milk yogurts are also fine)
- 3- 3 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, agave, or honey
- 1/3 cup 100% fruit spread or jam of choice
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the yogurt and liquid sweetener until combined.
- Add the fruit spread or jam to the mixing bowl and lightly fold it into the yogurt until it's mixed in, but there are still pretty streaks of the spread in the mixture.
- Carefully spoon or pour 1/3 cup of the yogurt into each of popsicle molds.
- Place the handles on top of the popsicle molds or the wooden sticks in the popsicles and freeze for 4-6 hours, or until the popsicles are frozen through.
1. To make these popsicles vegan, use a non-dairy yogurt and maple syrup or agave.
2. To pop the popsicles out of the molds, run lukewarm water over the outside of the mold or until the popsicle releases with a gentle tug from the mold. If it still won't release, rinse the mold under lukewarm water again until it has a clean release.
3. These popsicles last in the freezer for up to 1 month in the molds. You can also remove the popsicles from the molds and then freeze them in a gallon-size freezer-safe container for 1-2 months..
4. You can also make these popsicles with 3 different types of jam flavors, like I did. After mixing the honey into the yogurt, divide the yogurt between three small mixing bowls. Then add a little under 2 tablespoons jam to each bowl of yogurt and lightly fold in. Continue with the rest of the recipe as directed.
5. If your jam is chunky or you just want it runnier so it mixes in more easily, just pop the jam in the microwave on 50% heat for 20-30 seconds, or until it liquifies, and then fold it into the yogurt.
Serving Size1/3 cup size popsicle
Amount Per Serving Calories 164Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 9mgSodium 59mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 0gSugar 26gProtein 4g
This nutrition breakdown is just an estimate of the nutritional value of this recipe and cannot be taken as facts. The owners of Mae's Menu are not nutritionists or dieticians and therefore cannot be held accountable for this nutrition estimate. Please contact your nutritionist or medical professional for a nutritional breakdown of this food. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.