~ Bursting with fresh strawberries and chocolate, just like strawberry sundaes! Plus protein from Greek yogurt – healthy, delicious, and really easy to make! ~
July 7th was National Strawberry Sundae Day. So, how did you celebrate? A parade with floats and a marching band? Fireworks? The construction of a strawberry sundae big enough to be recorded in The Guinness Book of World Records?
Don’t worry if you missed out on the celebration! Really – we’ve got all the celebration you need right here!
Because when we saw National Strawberry Sundae Day on the calendar, it sent us into quite a whirlwind of activity. After considering a whole host of strawberry sundae food ideas (yeah … strawberry sundae baked potatoes didn’t make the cut …), and after making five batches of strawberry sundae ice pops (our tiny taste-tester minions are loving us this week!), we finally settled on ice pops worthy of such a momentous occasion.
These are just the right balance of sweet but healthy, bursting with huge strawberry flavor and studded with little chocolate chips so you really get the sundae vibe. (Because, seriously, what self-respecting sundae doesn’t have some chocolate on it?)
Who doesn’t love a refreshing popsicle, especially on a meltingly hot summer day? If you read our recent post on making fruit kabobs, then you know we’re big fans of how food on a stick can inspire healthful munching. Ice pops take that to a whole new level – frozen food on a stick! Bonus! Plus these are just so easy to make – and easy to pack with nutritious ingredients like fruit and yogurt. Double bonus!
Simply pour all of the ingredients (except the whole strawberries and chocolate chips) into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add in your strawberries and blend again until the berries are the desired consistency. Most of our taste-testers loved small bits of real strawberry, but our littlest tester insisted perfectly smooth is much better. Let your own taste testers be your guide.
Turn your blender off and stir in the chocolate chips with a spoon or scraper. Pour the delicious concoction into your ice pop molds (you should have about enough for 10 three-ounce pops) and freeze until solid.
Such a wonderful summer treat – healthy enough to double as a refreshing dessert or a nutritious snack!
Warmest wishes to you and yours for a joyous National Strawberry Sundae Day!
We’d Love to Hear From You!
Tell us … what was your favorite frozen treat when you were a kid? Rocket Pops? Nerds Blizzards? Shelley’s long-time fave is cookie dough ice cream with marshmallow topping and peanut butter – and whipped cream. Lots of whipped cream. (That is just begging for a nutritional makeover!) Gretchen’s favorite treat was a Blizzard made with rainbow sprinkles – and she still loves those! What was your favorite treat – and do you still love it?
- ¾ cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 5 tablespoons 100% fruit strawberry jelly or jam
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons non-fat milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 16 ounces fresh strawberries, stems removed
- 3-4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- In a blender or food processor, combine yogurt, jelly, brown sugar, milk and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Add strawberries and process until desired degree of smoothness is reached (we prefer some bits of whole strawberries).
- Turn blender off and mix in chocolate chips with a spoon or scraper just until evenly dispersed.
- Divide evenly between 10 three-ounce ice pop molds.
- Freeze until solid, then unmold and enjoy.