Today is my half birthday.
If your calculations are correct, you should come to the conclusion that my actual birthday is on a pretty popular holiday.
To that holiday I say – BAH HUMBUG!
Honestly, Christmas is mostly an annoyance to me. It gets in the way of my special, diva princess day.
But instead of getting mad about it, I think I should just start celebrating my half birthday. The weather’s better this time of year anyway. Plus, it’s nice enough to enjoy popsicles, which coincidentally is one of my latest obsessions.
So in lieu of cake for this very, merry un-birthday, I’ll be devouring these strawberry greek yogurt popsicles. You can find me on the patio.
Happy half birthday to me!
- 1/2 cup strawberries, pureed
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 cups greek yogurt
- 2-4 tbsp maple syrup or honey (add more or less depending on sweetness preference)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- (or just buy the ready-made vanilla yogurt)
- Hull and slice strawberries, add to a blender or food processor and puree until no large chunks remain. Transfer to a small sauce pan and add sugar and lemon juice. Combine on medium heat just until sugar is dissolved. Move sauce to freezer for approximately 10-20 minutes to chill.
- Combine yogurt, maple syrup (or honey), and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Mix until well combined. Taste to determine sweetness and add more sweetener if necessary. If you're feeling a little less ambitious you can just use a pre-made vanilla yogurt.
- Arrange your popsicle mold. Add a small spoonful of yogurt to the bottoms of the containers. Next add a spoonful of the strawberry sauce. Alternate yogurt and strawberry sauce until molds are filled. Tap the bottoms of the molds on the counter top as you are adding the mixtures to remove any air bubbles. You can also swirl a butter knife around in the mixture to create a more blended look. Place in freezer and chill for approximately 1/2-1 hour before placing in popsicle sticks. Add popsicle sticks and freeze for an additional 1-2 hours depending on temperature of your freezer.
- To remove popsicles from the molds run under warm water for approximately 30 seconds - 1 minute. If your freezer is a little cooler you may have place under the warm running water for a little longer. Be patient. They will pop out!
- To get your own schnazzy popsicle mold: click here