It’s summer. It’s hot and all you want is a cool treat to take the edge off. But ice cream may not be your thing and, let’s face it, and juice popsicles tend to be loaded with sugar. Cue yogurt popsicles, the creamy bite of goodness your summer has been missing.
The best part, says Kimberly Snyder, a holistic wellness expert and brand ambassador for Harmless Harvest, there is no ice cream maker required.
“You don’t need an ice cream maker, however, you will need a high-powered blender to blend all the ingredients until creamy,” she says. (And, if you do have an ice cream maker, Synder suggests blending before putting all the ingredients in the ice cream maker for best results.)
Starting with the yogurt as a base, Snyder says that there isn’t really a need for additional flavoring additives. However, if you want to build a more unique, layered popsicle, she explains that adding a new ingredients can really take it up a notch, as well as boost health benefits. These include dates, vanilla extract and sea salt.
“Consuming a few Medjool dates in your afternoon snack can provide a healthy surge of energy — warding off tiredness and being a great natural energy booster, say, over coffee or other stimulants,” she says.
Vanilla extract adds liver-protective abilities and anti-inflammatory abilities throughout the body, while sea salt contains electrolytes, like sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium, which are essential to overall health and beauty, she says.
Toppings, though, is where you can go crazy and have a bit of fun, says Snyder. She prefers dark chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut flakes or raw crushed nuts in her yogurt bar — but no one ever said sprinkles were a bad idea, either.
“You [should] add these in as the last step before freezing. The sprinkled ingredients won’t stick if you try adding these on after they’ve been put in the freezer,” she says.
After freezing for three hours, you have the perfect treat for a summer evening.
Want to try some of these summer treats yourself? Check out this recipe from Snyder!
Blissed Out Fudge Pops Recipe
- 13.5 ounces of coconut yogurt (Harmless Harvest is my favorite brand)
- 5-6 pitted medjool dates
- 1 tsp of dark cacao
- ½ tbsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp of sea salt
- ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips
- Combine Harmless Harvest coconut yogurt, dates, dark cacao, vanilla extract, and sea salt in a high speed blender.
- Pour mixture into popsicle containers
- Drizzle in dark chocolate chips into each container.
- Set popsicle sticks into container and freeze for about three hours.
- Take out of freezer and enjoy!