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.
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.
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.
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 😉 .Print
- 1 ½ cup honey vanilla greek yogurt
- ½ 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Finish all the popsicle molds and place in the freezer until firm, at least 2 hours.
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.
We made another great popsicle recipe last summer, one of our most viewed post:
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