My kids are fans of yogurt in every form – drinkable yogurt smoothies, yogurt in a cup, yogurt in a tube and frozen yogurt pops. Yogurt popsicles are an easy snack to make at home. If you want to make popsicles at home, I highly recommend getting a set of popsicle molds. They make it so much easier and practically pay for themselves after a couple of uses. (My husband always laughs at me for justifying my purchases by saying they “pay for themselves,” but it really is true that I save money when I make pops at home instead of buying them at the store.)
Another reason I like to make homemade popsicles is so that I can control the ingredients. Especially the amount of sugar going into my children’s pops. I don’t know if you have ever read the Nutritional Information on some of the popsicles sold in stores, but you would probably be surprised at how much sugar can be packed into one pop. Too much sugar is not good for anyone, and can lead to health problems including childhood obesity.
In observance of Childhood Obesity Month (September), I am cutting down the amount of sugar in my family’s recipes by using Monk Fruit in the Raw instead of sugar. Monk Fruit in the Raw is a wholesome, zero calorie sweetener made from real fruit. It can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. Monk Fruit in the Raw comes in packets and a Bakers Bag that can be used to replace sugar in recipes, cup for cup.
We enjoyed trying out Monk Fruit in the Raw in this recipe from InTheRaw.com for Granola Dipped Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles:
- 6-7 ounces plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/3 cup Monk Fruit in the Raw (Bakers Bag)
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 cup granola (optional)
1. Place yogurt, strawberries, banana, Monk Fruit in the Raw and vanilla in a blender and mix until smooth.
2. Fill popsicle molds with fruit and yogurt mixture and freeze for at least 2 hours.
3. To serve: Take popsicles out of molds and dip in a bowl of hot water for 2-3 seconds to soften. Roll and lightly press popsicle in granola to coat the outside. Serve immediately.
Fruit and Yogurt popsicles will last up to 2 days in the freezer.
Monk Fruit in the Raw is a sugar substitute that comes close to the taste of real sugar. We did not notice any strange aftertaste. The simple ingredients list does not include sugar alcohols, molasses or table sugar.
For recipes and more information, visit Monk Fruit in the Raw.
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Do you use sugar substitutes? Have you tried Monk Fruit in the Raw? How do you cut down on the amount of sugar in your child’s diet?