This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.
My kids love yogurt, and they love “helping” in the kitchen. (Helping is in quotes for a reason.)
Often, when I bake or cook, my kids want to participate, but they don’t want to follow directions. So, they sit at our kitchen island with big bowls and spoons, and make “experiments” out of bits of the ingredients that I’m using. They stir everything together, laugh a lot, and leave the kitchen significantly more messy than when we started.
Since this is not the best way to teach them about cooking or healthy eating, I have been searching for a fun way that I could turn those “experiments” into deliciousness.
I was invited by Stonyfield, as part of its Yo-Getters program, to develop a Summer Fun recipe using Stonyfield Yogurt. Immediately, I thought of dessert (who wouldn’t!). Specifically, homemade yogurt pops.
I promise you: this is super, super easy. Plus, it’s a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen.
What you’ll need:
- Yogurt (Stonyfield, of course!)
- 5-ounce paper cups
- Wooden popsicle sticks (or, do what I did: use plastic spoons)
- Fixins (chocolate chips, nuts, berries, coconut — whatever is yummy to you)
- Layer the yogurt into the cup.
- Swirl in fixins.
- Wrap the cup with foil, leaving a gap at the top to slide in the stick (or spoon), being careful not to have the foil touching the yogurt (or else it will freeze against the yogurt which can be tricky to remove).
- Put in the freezer for at six to eight hours (or less, perhaps, if you have impatient/eager kids).
- Take the pops out of the freeze, remove the foil, and peel away cups.
Ta da! Easy, right?
The kids and I made two flavor combinations: vanilla + chocolate + chocolate chips and vanilla + banilla + peach-mango (a delicious new Stonyfield flavor we tried for the first time making these pops). My biggest challenge making these was preventing my kids from eating all of the yogurt (“don’t eat the chocolate yogurt” was repeated several times).
The kids loved, loved their pops, and have already asked to make more. I found that the pops made great mid-afternoon snacks when the day was hot and muggy and the kids were in need of a healthy pick-me-up. They were great after dinner treats, too. Enjoy!
What yogurt flavors will you use in your pops?