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Healthy Blackberry Yogurt Popsicles That Kids (and Adults) Will Love

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

These blackberry Popsicles are so refreshing and delicious!

These blackberry Popsicles are so refreshing and delicious!

Blackberry Yogurt Popsicles

Summertime is Popsicle time for kids. Thanks to the great recipes from People’s Pops, they can be a lot healthier than frozen blue Kool-Aid in a pouch. People’s Pops Shoppes in Brooklyn concoct delicious all-natural handmade treats that are quite the rage all around New York City. They use fresh locally sourced fruits and herbs in their fat-free frozen pops. Now you can have one without a trip to the Big Apple with their new popsicle recipe book.

The strawberry with balsamic vinegar sounds divine, but we went with the blackberry and yogurt version. Wild blackberries are abundant in many areas early to mid-summer. They grow along the edges of forests and in the fields. Going blackberry picking is a fun family event. Put on some long sleeves and long pants, a hat, and sunblock on all the noses and head out.

Yeah, it’s hot but so worth it! Not only will your popsicles be fat-free they will practically be free in cost. Plain yogurt, sugar, water, and a little honey and lemon juice will complete the ingredients for these fresh blackberry Popsicles. The kids will love having all their hard work picking blackberries rewarded with these tasty and nutritious pops.

Equipment Required

  • Food processor or blender
  • Good strainer (for removing berries from fruit)
  • Funnel (for pouring liquid into the molds)
  • Popsicle molds

Ingredients

  • 3 and 1/2 cups blackberries, wild or from a produce market
  • 2/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. Use sugar and water to make simple syrup. Add sugar to water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  2. Stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool
  3. In three batches, puree the blackberries in a food processor or blender. Strain out seeds with a strainer.
  4. Return pureed blackberries to blender or food processor. Blend in the yogurt and simple sugar.
  5. Add the lemon juice and honey. Blend well.
  6. Funnel the mixture into Popsicle molds
  7. Freeze for 4-5 hours in the freezer. Remove and unmold. Enjoy!
Ripe peaches

Ripe peaches

More Fruit Options

  • Fresh peaches and nectarines that are in season can be used as the fruit in this same recipe. Just puree them and skip the step for straining the seeds.
  • Raspberries and strawberries should make tasty pops as well. Like blackberries, the seeds will need to be strained out.
  • Blueberries are another great choice. Use a little less of the simple syrup because blueberries are naturally sweeter than most fruits.
Blackberries in the wild

Blackberries in the wild

10 Blackberry Facts for Kids

  1. Blackberries are bright red before they are ripe.
  2. Blackberries ripen in stages all through the summer.
  3. Some species grow as tall as an adult.
  4. Other species grow along the ground.
  5. Some people call them dewberries.
  6. Each tiny berry in the cluster has its own seed.
  7. Native Americans ate blackberries for thousands of years.
  8. Deer love to eat the leaves on the blackberry bush.
  9. The U.S. state of Oregon is the world leader in producing blackberries.
  10. Blackberry bushes have lots of thorns to protect the fruit from some animals.

Comments

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 29, 2021:

Oh, I love blackberry cobbler. Picking blackberries is hard work.Thanks for commenting!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 29, 2021:

I'm so glad! Happy summer!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on June 28, 2021:

You've made my day! Blackberry and yogurt popsicles. I can't imagine anything better, especially during this heatwave. This kid will enjoy your recipe.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 28, 2021:

My mother made blackberry pie tonight and brought over a piece but this sure looks good too. My father went blackberry picking. He’s always scoping out locations which is a little crazy because he has to brave snakes and other risks to pick them. The berries often grow in thick underbrush. Those popsicles are calling would be good for the Fourth.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 28, 2021:

They are! Thanks, Linda!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 28, 2021:

Thanks, Pamela. I hope you're having a great summer.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on June 28, 2021:

Rebecca, this summer blackberry yogurt popsicles that are delicious yummy!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 28, 2021:

It is great to offer children a healthy treat for summer days. I like your recipe, Rebecca. I think this does make a good treat for adults also. Thanks for sharing it.

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