Fruit and Yogurt Pops
Who doesn’t like a creamy ice pop? These simple treats are tasty and only require a few things!
First let’s talk about YOGURT. Yogurt is a dairy product, so if your little one has a dairy allergy or intolerance, see my notes at the bottom for substitutions! Otherwise, yogurt is fine at 6 months! The only dairy product that’s not okay under a year old is whole milk as a beverage. Additionally, look for full-fat (whole milk), plain yogurt. Don’t get vanilla or another flavor. You want something that says “whole milk” as the ingredient list. You may find some “baby-friendly” yogurts that have a ton of other stuff added to them. Keep it simple! Stick to the purest, most natural kind you can find. OR make your own yogurt (which, oddly enough, requires you to use a little yogurt as a starter…)!
Second let’s talk about the supplies you’ll need. If you have an ice pop mold, just use that! If not:
- ice cube tray
- popsicle or lolly sticks
- clear plastic wrap or aluminum foil
Next I’ll tell you the ingredients and directions, and after that, I’ll talk about some substitutions and other ideas! I made 6 little ice pops.
- full-fat (whole milk), plain yogurt
- 2-3 strawberries
- Slice the strawberries into small pieces. I left a few pieces larger so that they would show up on the sides of the finished product. That’s just for looks!
- In each ice cube hole thingy, put about a teaspoon of yogurt.
- Place a few pieces of strawberry on top.
- Layer a little more yogurt, then strawberry, then more yogurt.
- Beat the ice cube tray on the counter to smooth out the tops.
- Take a piece of clear plastic wrap or aluminum foil and stretch it out over the ice cube tray.
- Take your lolly or popsicle sticks and poke them into the ice pops. The foil/plastic wrap helps the sticks to stand up straighter!
- Freeze for at least 3 hours!
Obviously, if you have an ice pop mold, you would skip steps 6 and 7.
Substitutions and Other Stuff
1. If you can’t have dairy, try coconut milk or cream. It will need to freeze longer (at least 4 hours).
2. Purée a strawberry and mix it into the yogurt ahead of time. Then you’ll have pretty pink pops!
3. Use a variety of fruits. Yogurt, strawberry, yogurt, blueberry, yogurt << that would be pretty.
4. These are not that sweet on their own. But remember… YOUR BABY DOESN’T KNOW THAT. If your baby is younger, his or her taste buds are not like yours! What you might consider bland or tart or “not sweet enough”, your baby might love! So you can add some sweetener to your own, if that’s your thing!
5. For baby-friendly sweetener, you could mash a little banana into the yogurt, then layer the strawberries. (Oh my. Strawberry Banana Yogurt Pops!) You could also use a tiny bit of agave syrup. But NO HONEY under the age of one year!
Like I said though, don’t sweat the sweetness. Try out a few of these and see what your baby thinks!
Let me know if you try them and what you put inside. I love seeing pictures and tags (on Instagram) so please share them with me! These turn out very pretty, and I’m sure a variety of fruit fillings would be totally gorgeous.
Here’s a video demo of how mine came together!