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Berry Honey-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

Nicoletta June 17, 2016

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Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt with Raspberries and Blueberries crushed and swirled into the yogurt to spread their fruity flavor throughout, are the main ingredients of this summery delight: Honey-Vanilla Berry Frozen Yogurt Popsicles.

Berry Honey-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

I love summer with its warm temperatures, sunny bright days, blue cloudless skies. I love sun showers, when the last thing you expect is that rain pours on you, while the sun is high in the sky, a smile forming on your lips as you tiptoe fast under the rain warm and comforting. And I love those summer nights when pouring rain hits the windows, thunders waking you up, lightning brightening the night sky, intense, quick showers, that take care of cooling off the air and prepare for gorgeous mornings. I love summer clothes and shoes, the sense of freedom I get from wearing silky light fabrics, summer dresses (my favorite) and sandals (no flip flops). I love beaches, sand, shells, straw hats; the sun and hot breeze kissing my skin and eyes (since I hardly wear sunglasses), the warmth tickling my pores. I love walking hand in hand with my husband through the neighborhoods in our City, or along the river valley, on some beautiful warm nights, after supper, discussing some events, or just being silent and enjoying the birds chirping away.

 

 

I love that in the summer my hands and feet are not cold anymore, I can take some of the multiple layers I usually wear (even in spring) off my clothes and feel the warm air on my skin. Hot days do not scare me, I come from a country where summers are hot anyway, I try to stay hydrated drinking lots of water, wear hats and proper clothes, avoid being outside the hottest hours, or if I can’t, get some solace in the shade once in a while and refresh with a nice, fruit popsicle (ghiacciolo alla frutta). There is something, though, every summer, that is capable of ruining my idyllic state, and that is: air conditioning. I can hear you over there, saying “What is she talking about? She doesn’t like air conditioning? Booohh!” 🙂 Who knows me well, can tell you that I’m not joking; it is a profound dislike, and also a quizzical concern. I just cannot understand why summer has to feel like winter in most indoor places, why I have to shiver in my summer clothing or always have a sweater with me, and why people cannot bear a single hot day without complaining on temperatures (that reflect how summer looks like) and turning on blast air conditioners. I think it started as a clever and useful invention and became overly abused. I’d like to mention the environmental impact of air conditioners: increasing pollution by releasing poisonous gases into the environment and the environment getting even hotter due to the air conditioner’s contribution to global warming. In addition to the negative effects on the environment, air conditioning can also become a health hazard.

So why don’t we rely on some natural coolers like these gorgeous, flavorful, summery delights?

Let’s go make Berry Honey-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Popsicles!

If the hot day is hitting on you, and you’re looking for some relief, you might want to make some popsicles and have them handy in the freezer. All you need is a good quality Greek yogurt (I chose a local Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt), corn syrup, a pinch of salt, some mixed berries (I used raspberries and blueberries), sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice. An ice cream maker, but I’m pretty sure no-churn works well all the same, and a few hours patience before you can refresh and enjoy the pleasures of summer. While you wait you can pour yourself a beautiful Peach-Rosemary Agua Fresca. As soon as peaches from B.C. are available here, I’m going to make some and have a jug in the fridge ready to use.

Berry Honey-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

I experimented making one popsicle with just the berry mixture, more like a traditional popsicle, the other ones had the berry mixture swirled in the frozen yogurt. We waited exactly 2 hours before sinking our teeth in one. They were just frozen enough but we couldn’t wait any longer. How pretty they look as we release them from the mold. Their flavor is incredible: the creaminess of the honey vanilla frozen yogurt soothes a bit of the tartness of the fruit. Each bite lusciously melts leaving the sensation of having a smoothie.

Berry Honey-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

Enjoy these Berry Honey-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt in your hot summer days.

Song of the day: Justin Timberlake’s new song “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, and I just can’t stop my feet from moving 😉 .

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Honey-Vanilla Berry Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

Berry Honey Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 7 popsicles 1x

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup honey vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Tbsp corn syrup
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup mixed berries, frozen (I used raspberries and blueberries)
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the yogurt, corn syrup and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least for 2 hours or up to 1 day.
  2. In another bowl combine the berries, lemon juice and sugar. With a fork, lightly crush the berries to release some of their juices. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Pour the cold yogurt mixture into an ice cream maker and churn for about 10/15 minutes or until you see it has become frozen yogurt.
  4. Pour some frozen yogurt at the bottom of the popsicle molds, top with dollops of the reserved berry mixture, and gently stir in a figure eight to swirl the mixture into the yogurt. Top with remaining frozen yogurt and then with the remaining berry mixture swirling to mix.
  5. Finish all the popsicle molds and place in the freezer until firm, at least 2 hours.

Notes

If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can proceed like that: spoon half the frozen yogurt into a freezer-safe container. Top with dollops of the berry mixture, swirling in a figure eight motion the mixture into the yogurt. Top with remaining frozen yogurt and then with remaining berry mixture, swirling again to mix. Place parchment paper or waxed paper directly on the surface. Cover tightly and freeze your vanilla berry frozen yogurt for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.

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16 Comments

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    Reply Carrie June 17, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Oh my goodness! These Popsicles sound fabulous and they look so pretty too! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you Carrie! They were so delicious, lasted very little 🙂 .

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    Reply Sean June 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    You have a real talent for making food look both incredibly delicious and wonderfully attainable. This just looks so REAL (if that makes sense) – and it makes me want to eat it even more. The ingredients sound perfect, and it just screams summer – especially where I live, as the blueberries are coming into season just down the street.

    I also love the ‘ghost’ of a popsicle left on the tray in the first photo. It makes it look like it got snagged when nobody was looking (which seems perfectly reasonable to me). Brilliant work as always you guys.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 17, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      You are too nice, Sean, thank you so much! I would definitely make these popsicles with the organic blueberries growing just the down street from where you live (I’d LOVE that!). As for the ghost of a popsicle…it wasn’t me 😉 .

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    Reply Teresa June 17, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    These look gorgeous and sound delicious! Love the use of honey vanilla yogurt, especially.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks so much Teresa, you could use a plain greek yogurt, but this honey vanilla was just perfect!

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    Reply Bridget Oland June 17, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    These are lovely and look so easy to make. I love treats that use fresh berries, especially since berry season is just around the corner. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 18, 2016 at 7:16 am

      They are really easy to make, I believe it works also without an ice cream maker. The berries swirled in are delightful, if you use the juicy and sweet fresh ones they will turn out amazing. Thank you for your comment, Bridget,.

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    Reply Vicky Chin June 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    These look delicious! My kids are always playing outside when the weather is warm. These are perfect when they want a cool treat! Much healthier than those artificial colored, sugar filled freezies. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

      So happy if you’re going to make them for your kids, they are going to love them! Only good and fresh ingredients here! Thanks Vicky!

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    Reply Shareba June 17, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I love that first photo!! These look like yummy but healthy frozen treats, which is exactly what I need right now. Time to break out the popsicle molds!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 18, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Thanks so much Shareba! Yes they’re somewhat healthy and yummy, so if you have a popsicle mold I would not hesitate 😉😋.

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    Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop June 19, 2016 at 5:35 am

    You’ve gotta love popsicles this time of the year. I love making homemade with healthy ingredients. Fresh berries add such wonderful flavor!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 19, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Yes Kathy, it is so easy to create delicious popsicles using fresh and healthy ingredients! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Reply Katrin June 21, 2016 at 9:17 am

    What beautiful photos! These popsicles look so vibrant I want to pick them right off my screen. Yum! And don’t we all deserve more summer… I totally agree!!! Though to be honest it needs to get very, very warm for me not to have cold hands and feet!!!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 21, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Katrin, glad you like them! Good to hear that I’m not alone in this… for me hot is from 35° to 45° C while from 25° to 35° C is just warm enough to wear sleeveless, sandals, and finally have my hands and feet warm 🙂 .

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