frozen yogurt covered fruit pops

24 | March 30, 2012

As a mom I sometimes find that snack time is more difficult than a meal time. When I could easily just say, “For the love of everything holy, If you’re hungry just grab a snack bar from the pantry!” — in the back of my  mind I still know that even snacks should resemble some nutritional value. Not to say I never grab a bag of Cheddar Goldfish in a hurry because it happens but a fruit and cheese plate on a daily basis can get boring fast. And we all know boring food to a toddler is going to end in a meltdown.

In our house creative toddler food is the answer to a healthy meal and what’s more fun than food on a stick? Seriosly, my child will eat anything on a stick.  I do love a state fair corndog once a year and that’s on a stick so I’m not going to argue. So when we started putting fruit on a stick I knew we had something.

These simple frozen yogurt fruit pops are one of Mia’s favorites and allows her to create her own healthy snack with Greek yogurt, fruit, nuts, and of course you have to have sprinkles.

Frozen Yogurt Covered Fruit Pops makes 12 pops

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt*
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • large freezable fruit such as: bananas, kiwi, strawberries, mango
  • 12 cake-pop or thick lollipop sticks, 6″ long
  • toppings such as: chopped pecans, cashews, pistachios, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles
* Thick Greek yogurt is the best for this recipe. Be careful because not all Greek yogurts are the  same. Stay away from Yoplait and Dannon Greek yogurts that are made with fillers and additives. These don’t hold together well in this application and honestly I wouldn’t want all those additives and thickeners in my child’s system. Real Greek yogurt is made up of milk and live active cultures and is thick because it’s strained.

In a bowl, combine yogurt and honey. If you feel like you need to add a little more honey than suggested go right ahead. Mia likes hers tart. Place the bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes to thicken back up.

Slice fruit into large slices that will fit on a stick. Keep strawberries whole.

Prep the desired toppings. Chop nuts and chocolate, toast coconut, pour sprinkles…and place on a plate or in separate bowls.

Insert sticks into fruit.

Dip fruit into yogurt using a spoon to help spread the yogurt over the fruit.

Sprinkle desired topping over the yogurt covered fruit.

Besides eating, this is Mia’s favorite part.

Place the dipped fruit pops on a baking sheet covered with wax paper or parchment paper. Place in the freezer for 2 hours or until the yogurt is frozen.

Remove from the freezer and serve. Store in freezer bags in the freezer. If stored for a day or more they are best served when defrosted for at room temperature for a minute or two.

“yum. yum. yummy. yum.” – Mia

A great healthy snack for kids to make by themselves and perfect for the up and coming hot summer days.

 

    Comments

  • Shannon | JustAsDelish


    This is ingenious! I’ve made yogurt covered strawberries, but making them into pops will definitely have the kids go crazy for them! pinned!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch}


    Oh yum Meredith! These not only look fun but healthy too! I’m definitely making these soon with my girls!

  • Jennifer | Mother Thyme


    My twins will love these! What a great idea. Not only will these keep them entertained they are good for them too!

  • Petra


    Would this work without the honey or does that help it stick to the fruit?

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers


      It absolutely works without the honey. It’s there to cut the sourness of greek yogurt (which my kid loves but some don’t). It’s only optional.

  • sarah


    What an excellent and easy idea! I absolutely love this! Perfect summer snack for my kiddos!

  • Tonia


    We didn’t have lollipop sticks, so I used the sticks that came with our popsicle mold. I also spread peanut butter on some of the banana ones and omitted the yogurt. Thanks for the inspiration. The possiblities are endless.

  • Heather


    I host a monthly kid’s craft along on my blog Simple Analogy. I will be featuring this post for June’s project. Would it be ok if I use a few of your pictures (only the popsicles and not your children)? I will be sure to give proper credit and documentation for all pictures used.

  • jaclyn @ www.lilmsadventures.blogspot.com


    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! I will def keep this in my recipe box for when my LO is older :)

  • soha molina


    wow what a great idea.

  • Katy


    Def gonna give this a go. What a fab idea!! I have a diabetic son so may tweak receipe and see if it works with fructose syrup.

  • Heide M.


    What a clever idea, will have to try it.

  • Kaleena


    Do you have to include honey in the recipe? I know it is used as an added sweetener, would their be another substitution?

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers


      No you don’t. You can leave it out all together or use an agave or your favorite sweetener.

  • English


    Any dairy free suggestions?

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