These homemade cherry popsicles swirled with coconut Greek yogurt and plump, juicy Bing cherries are the perfect treat for the upcoming warm weather.
They are super simple to make and only have a few ingredients. These fruity popsicles are not only delicious, but healthy as well.
The fresh fruit and Greek yogurt in these cherry popsicles are ridiculously good together. I make an incredibly easy cherry compote which I combine with the coconut yogurt. The two flavors are like heaven and compliment one another so well.
Each bite has little pockets of fruity goodness and sweet coconut flavor.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
- Simple to make. This recipe has just a handful of ingredients and easy instructions.
- Kid friendly. These popsicles are so much fun to make with your kids.
- Healthy. These popsicles have very little sugar added to them and are made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt.
- Bing cherries. A summertime favorite, these cherries are sweet and juicy. They also add a beautiful color to these popsicles.
- Greek coconut yogurt- Some popular brands include Chobani and Noosa. If you are not a fan of coconut, you can also substitute plain or vanilla.
- Honey- Use a mild flavor honey such as Clover. I use just a small amount as my sweetener. You can also use agave instead of honey.
- Vanilla extract- Use pure instead of imitation for the best flavor.
- Bing cherries- Use fresh cherries instead of frozen. Look for dark, shiny skinned cherries that are bright red to mahogany.
- Lemon zest- Use just the yellow part of the skin. Stop zesting when you see the white pith.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Here is how to make these cherry yogurt popsicles. For this recipe, I used Mickey shaped molds from Daiso but any popsicle mold will work. Yield will vary depending on the size of molds.
STEP 1: Make cherry compote. Wash cherries, remove the pit and slice in half. Place inside medium sauce pan. Add honey, lemon zest and lemon juice. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes until cherries are slightly wilted. Set aside to cool.
STEP 2: Blend cherries. Place cooled cherries inside a food processor. Pulse just a couple of times until almost pureed, leaving some larger pieces.
STEP 3: Mix yogurt and fruit. Inside a bowl, add coconut Greek yogurt and vanilla. Stir together. Add cherries to yogurt mixture. Gently stir, making sure to leave streaks of cherries for that tie-dye look.
STEP 4: Freeze popsicles. Spoon yogurt mixture into desired molds. Place inside freezer and freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight.
STEP 5: Serve popsicles. Remove popsicles from their molds and serve immediately. Enjoy on a hot summer day!
When blending your cherries, pulse just a couple times. Blend until almost pureed but make sure the mixture still has some chunks of cherries throughout.
For the tie-dye look, mix the yogurt and blended cherries together very lightly. Do not fully combine them. You want streaks of cherries throughout the yogurt mixture.
Make sure to freeze your popsicles for a minimum of 6 hours to allow everything to freeze up nicely.
When filling your popsicle molds, leave ¼" space at the top. Liquids expand once they freeze so if you fill them to the top, you will have a big mess to clean up.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes. Feel free to use your favorite fruit or even a combination of fruits to make your popsicles.
Any kind of popsicle mold will work. If you do not have any, try using muffin tins, yogurt containers, shot glasses or ice cube trays.
Yes! You can substitute the yogurt with coconut milk which still gives you the creamy texture and incredible taste.
STORING AND FREEZING
To store these cherry popsicles, un-mold and individually wrap with plastic wrap. Place in an airtight container inside the freezer. Alternatively, you can place un-molded popsicles inside a Ziplock freezer bag.
These yogurt popsicles can be kept inside the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
OTHER SUMMER INSPIRED RECIPES TO TRY
Cherry Popsicles with Greek Yogurt
- 2 cups Bing cherries washed, pitted and cut in half
- 2 tablespoon Honey or agave
- 1 teaspoon Lemon zest
- 2 tablespoon Lemon juice
- 2 cups Coconut yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Wash, pit and cut cherries in half. Place inside a medium saucepan. Add honey, lemon zest and lemon juice. Cook for 5-7 minutes until juices begin to release and cherries become slightly wilted. Set aside and cool completely.
- Add cooled cherry mixture to food processor. Pulse a couple times to break up the cherries. Blend mixture until almost pureed but still have some chunks of cherries.
- Scoop yogurt into bowl. Add vanilla extract and whisk together. Gently fold in pureed cherry mixture, making sure to leave streaks of cherries to create that swirly tie-dye look for the popsicles.
- Spoon mixture into popsicle mold. Make sure to leave at least ¼" space at the top to allow the liquid to expand. If your popsicle molds have slots for sticks, you can insert them before freezing. If not, freeze for 2 hours and then insert popsicle stick in the center of each one. Freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight.