These frozen yogurt drops make a great snack or addition to your little one’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. Honestly, I really like them too, and I’m not even a huge yogurt lover. They are full of protein and probiotics (from the yogurt) and fiber/vitamins (from the fruit) and have just a little added sweetener (maple syrup). My boys love them and cannot get enough! They feel like they are some sort of treat when in reality they probably have less sugar than the flavored yogurts you buy at the store.
When I originally made these I made them into cubes, using an ice cube tray. The boys loved them. Then I gave a presentation to a local MOPS group about heathy eating habits. One of the things I discussed was healthy snacks. I showed a picture of these cubes and one of the moms asked how the kids ate them and she wondered if they were messy. That got me to thinking – the cubes are probably not as toddler/preschooler friendly as something a bit smaller. So I made a change and decided to try them as drops instead of cubes. They are much easier to eat for sure and the boys love them in that form too.
The ingredients are super simple: yogurt, any combination of fruit, and maple syrup (or honey). I used my food processor to mix mine but I’m sure a blender would work well too. You can make the drops by dropping the yogurt mixture by the spoonful onto a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet. Place the sheet in the freezer and once frozen transfer the drops to a freezer safe bag. Or you can make cubes by pouring the yogurt mixture into ice cube molds. If you want smaller/easier to eat cubes just fill the molds 1/3 – 1/2 way full. I haven’t tried it yet but I bet they would work well in a popsicle mold. If you try that out, let me know how it turns out!
This is a great recipe to make with the kids too. Since it’s just three ingredients it won’t test their attention span too much. You can talk with your kids about different fruit combinations and they can help come up with something they might like. Plus, what kid doesn’t love to start the food processor or blender and watch it go?
You can also make a yogurt bark with the mixture and just break it into pieces. The other day I doubled the recipe and there was so much of it that I didn’t feel like making a 100 drops so I just made a bark. It worked out just fine.
- 1 cup plain yogurt (I used Greek but you can use regular)
- 1 cup fruit (frozen or fresh)
- ½ - 1 T maple syrup (or honey)
- Put all ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
- Drop the yogurt mixture by the spoonful onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer. You may need several cookie sheets. Another option is to pour the yogurt mixture into ice cube molds and place in the freezer. You can fill the ice cube trays as little or as much as you'd like, depending on how large you want the cubes.
- Once frozen pop them out and place them in a freezer bag.
- When ready to eat, pull them directly from the freezer and enjoy.
Here are some great fruit combinations that we have really liked so far:
If you give these a try I’d love to hear what combination of fruit you used and how your kids liked them.