Happy Summer Solstice everyone! It’s officially my least favorite season. I don’t like hot weather. As I live in Southern California, “Summer” actually started several months ago. Days that reach into the 100’s are common. Today is supposed to get into the upper 90’s. With that kind of heat, I need something cool to kick-start the season in style!
Nothing says “Summer” better than popsicles! Ok, maybe beer and BBQ, but that’s not what THIS post is about! This post is about popsicles! Specifically Blackberry Yogurt Popsicles! We’ll get to the BBQ (and beer) later. ;-)
Since I am currently obsessed with all things blackberry, I made blackberry yogurt popsicles. I may not like summer but I LOVE berries! Blackberries are my favorite and they are in season right now, so I have to eat them while I can.
I like to call these treats “Half Pops” because most of the ingredients call for a 1/2 cup of something. The yogurt gives the popsicle a smooth, creamy texture and the honey brings a bit of sweetness to the party!
Blackberry Yogurt “Half Pop” Popsicles
Makes 8 popsicles
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup blackberries*
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3 TBLS honey
2 TBLS lemon juice
Dissolve the sugar and water in a pan over medium heat just until hot and the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. (This is a simple syrup and can be made days ahead. Just store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.)
Combine simple syrup and the rest of the ingredients in a blender.
Blend until completely combined. Pour into your favorite popsicle mold and freeze for eight hours.
Un-mold and enjoy!
*This simple and versatile popsicle recipe goes well with almost ANY fruit! You can swap the blackberries for strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, mango, or even banana! YUM!
Maybe Summer isn’t so bad after all…