Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles

There's nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a popsicle.  There's nothing tastier than a homemade popsicle with fresh fruit.  15 minutes to put 4 ingredients together and you've got yourself a fresh and healthy treat.

This is the basic recipe you can use with many different fruit.  Mix all ingredients for a thoroughly blended yogurt and fruit pop, or keep the fruit and yogurt separate and add a little of one, then a little of another, and continue layering until the mold is full.

Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles
Makes 4-6, depending on size

1 c. yogurt, plain or vanilla
1 c. fruit
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 t. fresh lemon or lime juice

Mash the fruit and the sugar together in a medium bowl, and let stand about 20 minutes to fully macerate (alternatively, you can bring the fruit and sugar to a boil over high heat, mashing and stirring  often, then allow to cool to room temperature prior to stirring in the lemon/lime juice and continuing).

Pour the fruit, with it's syrup, and lemon or lime juice in a blender.  Blend about 30 seconds.  Pour back into the medium bowl and stir in the yogurt.  Pour into the molds, or small paper cups if you aren't using plastic molds, insert the sticks and place in the freezer.  Let sit at least 4 hours, preferably longer, prior to serving.

*If you are struggling with removing the popsicle from it's mold, run the mold under hot water for a couple of seconds to loosen.*

If you would like a layered look as shown in the photos - once you remove the fruit from the blender, spoon some of the fruit into each popsicle mold.  Stir about 1/4 c. milk into the yogurt so it is pourable, and add a tablespoon or two of the yogurt mix(vanilla works best for this method because of it's sweetness), then more berries.  Continue until the mold is filled.  Insert the sticks and place in the freezer.

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