With strawberry season at its peak of freshness in Ontario and the sweltering heat still upon us (note: that's not a complaint - savvy Canadians know better than to complain about the heat), I thought you would enjoy these delicious and wonderfully refreshing popsicles.
And not just a pretty face, either.
These hydrating popsicles pack a serious protein punch thanks to the Greek yogurt content as well as a host of nutrients courtesy of the brilliant red summer gems. Strawberries deliver hefty amounts of folate, vitamin C and potassium (in fact, just one cup of strawberries supplies over a day's worth of vitamin C), as well as solid amounts of fibre and manganese.
Together, these nutrients elevate these groovy pops from the dessert category into the snack category without sacrificing flavour.
And could they be any simpler...
Strawberry Vanilla Tie-Dye Yogurt Popsicles
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, stems removed
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp honey (agave or pure maple syrup)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla essence
Makes 6-8 popsicles
Add strawberries and 1 Tbsp honey to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
In a separate bowl, mix together yogurt, vanilla and remaining honey.
Spoon strawberry and yogurt mixtures alternately into popsicle moulds, filling moulds to the top (there should be two layers of each mixture).
Tap moulds down gently on the counter to avoid air pockets and ensure that the mixture is well settled into the moulds.
Using a wooden skewer, swirl the mixture inside each of the moulds to create a tie-dye effect.
Place popsicle sticks inside each mould and allow popsicles to freeze for about 3 hours.
Remove popsicles from freezer at least 10 minutes before serving, allowing them to sit out on the counter at room temperature. (If the popsicles have been sitting in the freezer for more than 3 hours they may need more time to soften from the deep-freeze).
Run popsicle moulds under hot water for a few seconds while gently tugging on popsicle sticks to unmould.
If you find the popsicles too hard to eat, simply allow them to sit out at room temperature for a few more minutes before enjoying.
|They didn't last very long...|