Happy Sunday & Happy 1st Day of September, too! We awoke to a sunny, hot and extremely humid day here today...but hubby and I were troopers and still went for our walk before breakfast this morning. I am so excited to share the recipe for my first EVER "frozen treat pops" with you. After making these awesome Lemon-Coconut-Blueberry Frozen Greek Yogurt Pops, I might just have to retire my ice cream maker to the garage for a bit! As some of that regularly follow me may already know...I have not exactly been overjoyed at my attempts at making ice cream! While it's turned out "alright"...it was never anything good enough where I'd say..."hey, I'd like to do that again" or make me want to share my recipe with anyone...I'm kind of picky (if you haven't already figured that out). So, on a whim, a couple weeks ago, I ordered some cute ice pop molds to see if I might like using those better. I bought bright yellow molds that hold about 1/2 cup of "ice cream or frozen yogurt" each....and they are called "Groovy Ice Pop Molds
"...and they definitely live up to their name...they worked beautifully and produced some extremely "groovy pops"! LOL But...even more groovy than the pop molds was my recipe for what I put in them! My top three favorite "summer flavors" have to be, hands down, lemon, coconut and blueberry...and I was torn between which flavor to go with...so I settled the debate going on in my head and went with ALL of them! :-) I made Lemon-Coconut-Blueberry Frozen Greek Yogurt Pops and not only are they beautiful (and a mouthful to say), but they are absolutely delicious! The recipe turned out so good, I could drink the stuff and not even worry about freezing it!!! There are not a lot of ingredients in them and I can't tell you how much easier (and fun) they were to make than ice cream. I used Greek Gods full fat yogurt, Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk (also full fat), Swerve
confectioners and NuNaturals stevia, plus lemon zest and fresh blueberries. The reason why I prefer using Greek Gods full fat yogurt for these is because I find it to be the least tart of all the brands of Greek yogurt I have tried, but if you prefer a different brand...then definitely go with that. I used Swerve confectioners version of sweetener because it blends in nicely and you won't get any grittiness that you sometimes can get with granular erythritol based sweeteners...especially if what you are making gets refrigerated or frozen, which exacerbates that. If you don't have the powdered confectioners type of Swerve or other erythritol based sweetener, no worries...you just pop it into a coffee grinder or Magic Bullet
type of small blender and give it a whiz..."voila"...you have a powdery confectioners style sweetener. I add the NuNaturals stevia drops to boost and more fine tune the sweetness because I can add it a little at a time -- 7 drops of it equals approximately 1 teaspoon of sugar in sweetness. I use NuNaturals stevia exclusively because it doesn't have the bitterness and icky taste found in so many other brands of stevia I've tried before...but, you can use whatever kind you prefer. You will see that I also added 1 teaspoon of coconut extract to my coconut milk mixture -- I did that to further boost the coconut flavor so I could distinctly taste all 3 of my favorite summer flavors...lemon, coconut and blueberry! I snapped a few photos (alright, I lied)...I snapped a LOT of photos of my groovy bars for you to see...they have been my best photo subjects so far...can you tell I REALLY liked these bars? LOL Oh...I also included the recipe for you below, as well! Enjoy and happy last blast of summer to all! P.S.-- Don't forget to enter my Swerve Giveaway for your chance to win a Weber grill and some FREE Swerve (courtesy of Swerve). Details are below!
|Not too shabby for my first ice pops, huh? |
Lemon-Coconut-Blueberry Frozen Greek Yogurt Pops
|I poured the extra 1 cup left into little "Dixie cups" and froze them -- you don't have to have special molds to enjoy these (they are just prettier and more fun to eat that way). I had enough left to make 4 of these little cups...notice there are 2 missing? ;-)|
1 cup fresh blueberries
For the Greek Yogurt Mixture:
1 24-oz container full fat Greek yogurt, or approximately 2-1/2 cups (like Greek Gods or Fage)
Zest of 2 medium lemons (about 4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener, confectioners style
35 drops stevia, or to taste
For the Coconut Milk Mixture:
1 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk, preferably full fat (like Native Forest Organic Classic)
1 teaspoon coconut extract (like Bakto or Olivenation)
1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener, confectioners style
14 drops stevia, or to taste
In a medium bowl, combine Greek yogurt, lemon zest, 1/2 cup Swerve, and 35 drops stevia and mix well. Taste and add additional sweetener, if desired.
In a 2-cup glass measuring cup or separate medium bowl, combine coconut milk, coconut extract, 1/4 cup Swerve and 14 drops stevia. Pour coconut milk mixture into yogurt mixture and whisk together until well combined. Taste for sweetness and adjust, if necessary. (I added an additional 10 drops of stevia to slightly over-sweeten since freezing tends to decrease the level of sweetness).
Using a glass measuring cup (or other container with a spout for easing pouring), fill pop molds up half way; then divide and add blueberries. Fill molds with remaining yogurt mixture all the way to the top, per the mold instructions; gently insert sticks (I used six 1/2-cup "Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds"). Freeze 4 to 6 hours or until completely set. To serve, briefly run each mold under warm tap water, then gently pull them out to remove.
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Contest ends Friday, September 6, 2013 at Midnight EDT (details below)
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a Three-Pack of Swerve (see below). As most of you that follow me already know, I have been using Swerve for almost a year now and it is my favorite "zero calorie" natural sweetener to bake with. It tastes great and measures cup-for-cup just like sugar, which makes it super easy to substitute in recipes...no calculations involved! It contains no artificial ingredients and comes in both granular and confectioners (powdered) versions. With the upcoming Labor Day weekend ahead, I will be posting some delicious "end of summer" recipes using Swerve...so stay tuned! Ready, set....GO! Begin entering now!
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Oh my......this looks like an excellent treat.
Thanks for kind words yesterday. I too wish I had learned this earlier.....but glad I did now. Your recipes have helped inspire us along!
Still would love to win Swerve BBQ Contest!
They look perfect, of course! SWERVE BBQ CONTEST!
Ha! Just ordered this exact set of popsicle molds today! Can't wait to try them out!
GORGEOUS AND DELICIOUS! Thanks for posting!
Those look incredible! I will be trying these for sure! Swerve BBQ contest! Thanks for all you do. Maria Sewing
Lemon, coconut and blueberry -- 3 flavors that combine perfectly!
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These look yummy! Swerve BBQ contest.
Wow ... this recipe is the grooviest! This went *immediately* to the top of my ever-morphing "queue"!
I love the pix, too. The pops are so cute all standing at attention, and the ones on the plate look like little hands clasped in a friendly handshake! :-) Great job!
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Just lovely looking. Sounds like the perfect combination of flavors! "Swerve BBQ Contest"
Thanks, Chris, & Katie D! Good luck on the contest!
eastwood2007 -- too funny about you just buying the same molds...great minds think alike..LOL :-)
Thanks, Maria! Good luck on the contest!
Thanks, Luana! The 3 flavors really did work well together Good luck on the contest!
Thanks, Jackie! Good luck on the contest!
Thanks, CyberSis! These really turned out great. My youngest son who has the massive sweet tooth loved them -- he said...Mom these are sweet, are you sure you can eat them? LOL I purposely made them sweet and "treat-like" so it would appeal to even the non-WBers, and it did successfully! Before we ate them this evening, I put it out on the counter for about 15 minutes so it wouldn't be rock hard -- the consistency was perfect and the flavors were great. Good luck in the contest! :-)
Thanks, Susan M. -- I was very pleased with how they turned out. Good luck in the contest! :-)
These look delicious...I'm sure I have some Tupperware popsicle molds somewhere...
These look delicious! I would love to be entered in the Swerve BBQ Contest! Love your recipes! :-)
Eggplant lasagna last night supper, very good, wish the eggplant would have been a little fresher. lol a few bitter bites... please enter me in the "Swerve BBQ Contest"
Can't wait to try these! Please enter me in the "Swerve BBQ Contest"
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GG, only you can come up with a combination like that, intriguing and I m sure very tasty, I will make it for my small grand kids!
I would love to win the BBQ contest!
Enjoy your day! Barbara.
I've got a set of pop molds that I adore. But the set of 4 hold less than 1c total of whatever mixture I want to use. I've seen these molds that you have on a few other blogs... I just might "need" a new set - ha ha. Yes, your first batch of pops are lovely!
Please enter me again in the Swerve BBQ Contest. Keeping my fingers crossed to finally get to try Swerve!
We had these today and were they ever YUMMY! And they even passed the Hubby Test ... with flying colors! I don't have groovy ice pop molds (yet) so while looking around the kitchen for something to substitute, I came across Grandma's mini aspic molds, just like these (the swirled ones on the right):
They hold about a half-cup each. Perfect! :-) Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
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Thanks, Sami! Even if you can't find your tupperware molds, paper or plastic cups would work, too! :-)
Thanks, Stacey -- Good Luck! :-)
Thanks Deanna -- glad you liked the Eggplant Lasagna -- I've been lucky to find fresh eggplant when I've made it. The older ones can get bitter. Good Luck! :-)
Hi Anonymous! Please make sure you give me a name or way to announce you and identify you if you win! :-)
Good Luck, SierraDeb! :-)
Thanks, Barbara -- hope the grand kids like them! Wait until you see the dessert I made tonight -- with hazelnuts -- I remember you said you love hazelnuts, too! Also, check out how nicely I got the skins to come off after roasting them. Good Luck! :-)
Hi Becky! Thanks. Even if you don't have molds, you can use little dixie type cups (you would just need to get sticks). The extra I put in the little cups was nice to pull out a "little treat" -- I sat in on the counter for about 15 mins or so and it was perfect. Good Luck! :-)
Hi CyberSis! Wow...passing the hubby test is always a good thing!!! Checked out your little aspic molds -- how cute -- like little mini bundt pans. If they unmolded well in those, you may not even need to get pop molds. Your molds are pretty cute and a bit fancier looking! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. Good Luck! :-)
Those look great.
Thank you for all your recipes.
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Thanks, Anonymous! Please leave a name for me to announce you if you get selected -- I need a way to identify you. Thanks! :-)
Those ice pops look good! "Swerve BBQ Contest".
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Love your recipes!
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