Y is for Yoghurt Pops

Like most kids, Bear and Bee absolutely love ice creams and ice blocks.  I usually limit their choices to healthier options like yoghurt based ice blocks at home and only let them chose others as occasional treats.

Since we have been experiencing a few weeks of really hot weather we have very quickly been going through our ice block supplies.  So I decided we should make some homemade yoghurt pops.  We had mango slices frozen from a large batch of mangoes we were given while camping and frozen strawberries left from the strawberry season earlier in the year.  These are also a good way of getting more dairy foods into your child’s diet.  Bear is not a milk drinker so I have to work hard at making sure she gets plenty of milk and calcium through other sources.

And you don’t have to stick to mangoes and strawberries.  Other fruits that would be good to use include passionfruit, raspberries, blueberries and peaches.

300ml fruit pulp (we used pureed mango for one batch and pureed strawberries for another)
250ml low fat Greek style natural yoghurt
1 tablespoon caster sugar

What we did
We used some mango slices and strawberries that we had in the freezer.  After letting them thaw slightly we pureed them using our handy dandy stick blender.  With direct supervision I find that Bear and Bee can safely use it.  I also stand right next to them and within easy reach of the power point in case I need to quickly switch off the power. 
Frozen Yoghurt Pops

Next we mixed the fruit pulp with the yoghurt and sugar in a large jug.  Just add the sugar to taste.  You may not need any or maybe just a little.  You can leave it out altogether for an even healthier option.
Frozen Yoghurt Pops

Frozen Yoghurt Pops

Pour the fruit/yoghurt mix into the ice block moulds and place in the freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours or overnight. I found using a funnel made it much easier for Bear and Bee to fill the moulds.
Frozen Yoghurt Pops

Frozen Yoghurt Pops

Frozen Yoghurt Pops

What is your child’s favourite ice block flavour?

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