Yummy Yogurt Pear Pops
Since we were discussing foods that offer the benefits of hydration. I stumbled on a recipe for these really delicious popsicles from Better Homes and Gardens. It uses really simple ingredients that are seasonal and if it were me, I would substitute fresh pear slices and pear juice for the canned. “A 1-cup serving of plain yogurt is made up of about 88 percent water, adding hydration to its already long list of nutritional benefits. Not to mention, it's a great source of protein and gut-healthy probiotics. But stick to plain, non-flavored yogurt —the flavored versions….” 23 Water Rich Hydrating Foods
Prep: 15 mins
Freeze: 4 hrs
Yield: 5 pops
One 15.25 ounce can pear halves or slices
One 8 ounce carton plain yogurt
3 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon lemon juice
Few drops almond extract, (optional)
Step 1 Put five 5-ounce paper cups in an 8x8x2-inch baking pan; set aside.
Step 2 Open the can of pears with a can opener. Place a colander in the sink. Empty the pears into the colander and let the liquid drain away.
Step 3 Put the pears, yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and, if you like, food coloring, and almond extract in a blender container or a food processor bowl. Cover with the lid and blend or process on high speed until smooth. Turn off the blender.
Step 4 Pour the mixture into the paper cups using a rubber scraper to remove all of the mixture from the blender container or food processor. Cover each cup with a square of foil. Use a table knife to make a small hole in center of each foil square. Slide a wooden craft stick through each hole and into the fruit mixture in the cup.
Step 5 Put the pan in the freezer. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until the pops are firm. Makes 5 pops.
To serve, remove the foil and tear the paper cups off the pops. Enjoy!