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Patriotic Frozen Pops

These frozen treats are so delicious your kids will ask for them—and so nutritious that you’ll say “yes.”  

 

Frozen pops are a summer-fun staple, but they are usually full of empty calories. These frozen pops are easy to make, and so healthful that you’ll be encouraging your kids to ask for them! We used a fast-freeze frozen pop maker for ours. It isn’t necessary to have one, but it is one of my family’s favorite gadgets. The frozen pop maker stays in the freezer, and when you are ready to make your treats, pour the fillings into the device and the pops are frozen solid within 10 minutes. Alternatively, you could use ready-made molds or a paper cup with a treat stick and freeze overnight.

 

For these frozen pops we used plain kefir. You can substitute drinkable vanilla yogurt or flavored kefir, but using the plain allowed us to control the sugar and still get beneficial probiotics. Flash-freeze the fruit by spreading it out on a baking tray and putting it in the freezer for 15 minutes before using. This step isn’t necessary, but it helps keep the colors bright and separate from the white yogurt. Once you’ve made these 4th-of-July favorites, you can get creative by trying mango, kiwi, peach or any favorite fruit combination.

 

Makes 4 pops

 

Prep time: 15 minutes (to pre-freeze fruit)

 

Freeze time: 10 minutes to overnight (depending on your method)

 

1 cup plain keifer

 

2 teaspoons sugar

 

2 packets stevia sweetener

 

¼  teaspoon vanilla

 

¼  cup blueberries, divided

 

¼  cup whole raspberries, or quartered strawberries, divided

 

Written and photographed by Bridgett Hurley

 

 

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