Excuse me while I enjoy one of these scrumptious treats as I sit and write this. I just couldn’t resist it; it looked so good. They are so creamy and delicious. As I sit here enjoying my homemade popsicle it is taking me back to my childhood. I am having visions of my sisters and I sitting around (most likely outside to keep the mess out) enjoying mom’s homemade popsicles. We may have even been on our roller skates in the driveway while enjoying one of these! I can remember my mom getting out our popsicle holders, filling them and popping them into the freezer. My sisters and I always looked forward to summertime so we could get some of mom’s homemade popsicles. You couldn’t get through a summer without requesting my mom to make some for us.
She would make popsicles with different types of juices such as fresh orange juice. They were very refreshing and tasty. My sisters and I sure loved them. Popsicles sure have evolved over the years. Nowadays, there are so many ways to make popsicles using juice, yogurt or even jello mixture. There is also a large variety of fun popsicle holders to freeze them in. I have made fun 4th of July popsicles using red & blue jello mixtures and layering the colors. The kids really enjoyed those! You can even take an individual cup of yogurt, push a popsicle stick through the lid, pop them into the freezer and voila, you have a popsicle!
The popsicles in this recipe are made with fresh peaches that I baked with some Agave just until they are nice and tender and a little sweeter. Mix them with your favorite yogurt, pop them into the freezer and you’ll have a yummy & creamy treat waiting for you. They are perfect to cool off on a hot summer day. I can’t wait to try some different varieties using strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and even raspberries. The possibilities are endless. I made these with just a few healthier ingredients so you can feel good about feeding these to your kids. It is also a great way to get your kids to try some new fruits.
For this recipe, I opted for our favorite yogurt which is an organic low-fat vanilla yogurt. You can use your favorite yogurt and it doesn’t have to be low-fat. To boost the flavor, I added a little pure vanilla extract to it. Mixed with your favorite fruit this makes a mouthwatering treat. Serve these at your holiday parties over the 4th of July weekend and they are sure to be a hit.
Peach Yogurt Popsicles
Makes approx. 6 popsicles
4-5, Fresh Peaches
1 1/2 Cups, Vanilla Yogurt
1 Teaspoon, Pure Vanilla Extract
3 Tablespoons, Agave
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Spray a baking sheet, line with a Silpat sheet or some parchment paper and spray the top of the paper. Set aside.
Peel the peaches then cut them into somewhat thin slices. Place the peaches into a mixing bowl, add 2 tablespoons of the Agave and gently toss to evenly coat all of the fruit. Transfer the peaches to the baking sheet and bake in the oven for approx. 15 minutes. Turn the peaches then continue baking for about another 10-15 minutes, just until peaches are nice and tender. Remove from the oven, set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl, add the yogurt, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon of Agave and mix well. Place in fridge until ready to use.
Once the peaches are cooled, transfer them to the bowl with the yogurt mixture and gently combine them into the mixture. Fill each of your popsicle holders with the mixture; the peaches should start to fall down into the yogurt mixture, in your popsicle holder. If they do not, give them a gently push.
Cover the popsicle holders with their lids/sticks and place in freezer until they are set; about 3-4 hours. Once they are solid/frozen you can remove from freezer, place under warm-hot water to release them from their popsicle holder. That’s it!
If you do not have Agave, you can substitute honey for it.
Fruit: There are different varieties of peaches so pick your favorite. You can also make these popsicles with any fruit you like. They would be great with Strawberries, blueberries or even blackberries. Use whatever you like best or create multiple types of popsicles.