|Not too shabby for my first ice pops, huh?|
Lemon-Coconut-Blueberry Frozen Greek Yogurt Pops
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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