These refreshing red white and blue popsicles are the perfect easy treat to cool down for the 4th of July or any hot summer BBQ.
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Ok before you read farther, this is not a one serving recipe. It makes 10 popsicles, as my mold makes 10. So this is a great recipe to make if a) you’re in the mood to whip something together for a summer party or b) if you’d like to cool down with a popsicle night after night.
Ok, I admit, these aren’t as easy as grabbing a box of your fave red white and blue popsicles. You know those rocket ones?! But these are just so delicious and really easy. All you need are berries, yogurt, lemon juice, a blender, and popsicle mold.
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Why I love this recipe
I have nothing against the super sweet brightly colored popsicles you usually find at a summer activity or just the grocery store. They’re nostalgic and oh so refreshing when the sun is beating down on you, but I’d choose the flavors of vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit over traditional popsicle flavors 90% of the summer days. So if you have 15 minutes the day before a BBQ, I’d highly recommend whipping up these simple yogurt based popsicles.
I used vanilla flavored yogurt (you can use Greek or regular), lemon juice, fresh strawberries and blueberries. To keep to the red, white, and blue theme you can swap out the strawberries for cherries or raspberries and the blueberries for blackberries, but if you’re not partial to red, white, and blue you can swap the fruit for peaches. OMG I’ll be making these again with fresh peaches.
I also love this recipe because I can use up berries that are just too ripe to enjoy alone. It’s a great use of overripe fruit!
How to make red white and blue popsicles
I started by hulling the strawberries (1 c). Hulling the strawberries is essentially taking out the stem & a part of the white center of the strawberry below the stem. I use the method in the video below because it’s simple, quick, and I don’t waste much of the yummy red part of the berry. But there are many other ways to remove the stem if you don’t like this method.
These popsicles are so easy. I started with 1 c each fresh hulled strawberries, blueberries. First I added the strawberries to my blender. I set it to pulse and blended the strawberries until it was pureed. I then added about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and stirred it together. I really like the texture of this berry puree!
Do the same with the blueberries. Blend them up, then add lemon juice. Set aside.
Once the berries are blended, it’s time to assemble the pops. The yogurt and berry purees are all thick, so you can layer them and the colors will stay pretty separated. layer them in red, white, and blue (strawberries, vanilla yogurt, and blueberries) or however you want. There doesn’t have to be a rhyme or reason to the order.
Fill the molds nearly to the top then insert popsicle sticks into the center of each popsicle. Wipe off overflowing ingredients if you’d like. Or don’t. I wouldn’t have if I weren’t taking photos. Place in the freezer for at least 5-6 hours.
If you want to have them look marbled, swirl the popsicle stick into the fruit and yogurt until you’ve reached desired marbling.
Once you’re ready to eat them, I recommend running warm water over the outside of the mold to loosen the popsicle. Just jiggle the popsicle stick and run under water until it slides right out.
- a note about the lemon juice-I LOVE tart foods, I always add lemon juice to any pure fruit something I’m making (like my homemade strawberry sauce). You will probably have to slightly adjust the amount of juice you add depending on how flavorful &/or sweet your berries are. Add a bit at a time after you’ve blended the berries, stir and continue to taste until you like the flavor. Also if you have berries that don’t have much flavor, I’d recommend adding a pinch or so of salt to bring out the natural berry flavor. Again add that after blending up the berries.
- as you can tell in the photo above, I’m using frozen lemon juice here. I juice lemons that are almost too ripe, pour the juice into a bag and freeze it for times I don’t have fresh lemons. This saves me money, extra trips to the store, and helps me reduce food waste.
Do I use Greek yogurt or regular yogurt?
You honestly could use either. Both come out really creamy and delicious, so I say use whichever you have on hand. Sidenote-I’m often a fan of plain yogurt, but I like these better with vanilla yogurt, it adds a touch of sweetness and warm vanilla flavor to the popsicles.
Can I use frozen berries?
Short answer-yes! Longer answer- they will probably be more difficult to blend up since you don’t add any liquid to the blender (and I don’t recommending adding much/any liquid other than the lemon). The thick berry puree is really nice and is closer in texture to the yogurt so they maintain a nice layer and swirl.
How do I make them look marbled?
You can layer the ingredients to make them red, white, and then blue or you can stir the popsicle stick in the mold until you’ve reached perfect marbling (before freezing).
How do I transport these popsicles if I’m taking them to a party?
Ohhh, if you’re traveling for more than 20 or so minutes, I’d recommend placing the ice pops in their mold in a cooler with some ice in it. If it’s less than 20 minutes, & you have access to a freezer they’ll refreeze pretty quickly to be ready to eat after dinner.
Ways to repurpose these popsicles
these popsicles aren’t really repurpos-able, BUT they keep for a while and are a perfect way to cool down after being outside or in a too-warm house.
If you have extra yogurt or purees, mix them together and eat or save for an easy yogurt snack.
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did you make these red white and blue popsicles? leave me a comment to share how they turned out!
Red White and Blue Popsicles
- popsicle mold
- popsicle sticks
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup hulled strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice divided
- Set 1 c vanilla yogurt aside. Add 1 c hulled strawberries to high powered blender. Blend until smooth. Add lemon juice to taste (I added 1 tsp). Pour into bowl, set aside. Rinse blender out.
- Add 1 c blueberries to blender, blend until smooth. Add lemon juice to taste (I added about 1 tsp). Pour into bowl and set aside.
- Layer in blueberry puree, then yogurt, then strawberry puree into each mold. Fill until almost the top.
- Place popsicle sticks in each mold and swirl ingredients to get some marbling if desired.
- Place mold in the freezer for at least 5 hours.
- Remove mold from freezer immediately before serving. Run mold under warm water to release popsicles. Enjoy immediately.