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Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

Homemade Popsicles are all the rage in food circles this year. They blow those plastic tubes of neon colored sugar water Popsicles I grew up with out of the water!

I officially declare 2011 The Summer of the Popsicle. It's a nice follow up to 2010 The Summer of the S'more.

My family discovered frozen fruit bars last summer. I felt better about serving a snack that is fruit and juice. It became spendy because a box never lasted more than a few days after I brought it home from the store.

Lo and behold, the winter holidays dropped a family gift of a set of  BPA free plastic Popsicle molds down our chimney. Thanks, Santa me!

PhotobucketLast week Mother Nature turned off the cold and turned up the heat to full blast. Ahhhh, a nice homemade frozen fruit bar would be refreshing in this weather.

I rooted around in the refrigerator to see what I had. Hidden from Husband the fruit piranha were a few packages of Naturipe Berry Quick Blueberry Snacks. They are blueberries packaged in snack size packages that resist smashability in lunch boxes, tote bags, and backpacks.

PhotobucketI tossed a couple of packages of Naturipe Berry Quick Snacks in my tote bag to avoid unhealthy and high priced snacks at the airport and on the plane on a recent business trip. They survived the security section because they are sealed instead of an easy to pop open plastic box (I also declared them before I went through) and riding around in my tote bag with my iPad. I opened the package after I checked into my hotel. Not one berry was smooshed during my five hour trip. Color me impressed!

The packages are Number 1 plastic and easily recyclable - woot!

 Blueberry Yogurt Popsicle Recipe


It tastes as good as it looks!


 You will need:

1 cup of blueberries (The entire package of three Natureripe Berry Quick Snacks)
1 cup of plain yogurt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons of sugar

Make it:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until it is well blended.
  2. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze in the freezer.
  3. Remove the popsicle from the mold.
  4. Eat.
  5. Repeat.
Do you have a favorite popsicle recipe?

Disclosure:Naturipe Berry Quick Snacks supplied me with samples to conduct this review.  This did not have any influence on the nature of this review other than we enjoyed the blueberries so much that we bought more with our own money when we ran out. All opinions are my own and long time readers know I am very opinionated.

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Lisa said…
I'm all for the summer of the popsicle b/c these look delicious! Great treat and still healthy!
Yes they are and yes they are! I'm experimenting with all sorts of healthy Popsicle options. Husband is a happy man :)
Grandma Bonnie said…
They sound amazing. i have been freezing watered down fruit juice for my grand kids But this sounds much healthier.
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Jen @ Bungalov said…
Oh la la. My family loves to make homemade popsicles too but do it the easy way. Put juice in our holders and freeze. Yours tho look yummy. We will have to try this out with our blueberries left over from the 4th. Thanks for sharing.
Shannon said…
I think these are delicious enough to finally prompt me into the make your own popsicle realm! Where did you get your popsicle molds? Do you recommend a specific kind?
Hi Jen! I bought BPA free plastic popsicle molds from The Soft Landing http://www.thesoftlanding.com/product-p/arrow-sipapops.htm&Click=1675 We love them!
This sounds delicious! I recently made some popsicles too, love it during this hot weather!

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Those popsicles look really pretty and I bet they're yummy. I'd love for you to come by and show off your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a blessed day :)
pam said…
I am joining you in the summer of the popsicles! I love them!
I just made these same popsicled with peaches the other day, they are going to post tomorrow morning. I'll have to try it with blueberries!
Heather S-G said…
I loooove homemade popsicles, especially when they contain yogurt or buttermilk or kefir. These sound perfect...thanks so much for sharing :D
Decor To Adore said…
What an absolutely yummy DIY! Well done.

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Pamela said…
I just send my daughter this link. She loves making them for her kids. Have you ever put spinach in them? She puts fresh spinach in her smoothies and you'd never know but the kids are getting the veggie.
Anonymous said…
My father would like these. He's a big fan of frozen fruit bars and popscicles. The cose of those things can be crazy, so it would be nice to make homemade ones for a fraction of the costs.
That looks so good! Perfect for summer!
Yum! Following from Sumo‘s Sweet Stuff link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there.

morsels of life said…
These popsicles look good! Luckily, I have a bunch of blueberries and yogurt!
I'm so grateful that you linked up in this week's Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!
Chaya said…
Using yogurt is a great idea. These are perfect for the hot weather. Come and see them featured at My Meatless Mondays. Please bring another great recipe.
Yum! Perhaps I will sub with a almond or coconut milk for the yogurt! I am waiting for my possible molds in the mail! :)
Let me know how it goes! I developed this recipe before I made a vow to stick to lactose free foods to calm my tummy troubles. I still make these Popsicle but wish for an alternative I can eat without lactose intolerant side effects.
Unknown said…
I just got some popsicle molds this weekend and can't wait to make my first batch. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.