Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie & Pops

Blueberries

Last weekend we went blueberry picking in Highland Orchards, PA.  I think mid July would have been the right time, because a lot of berries were not ripe yet.  We managed to pick around 3 cups of berries.  Was it worth the drive, when blueberries are available in the local supermarket right at your doorstep, with buy one get one free offer?

Yes, it was totally worth every penny, when I saw my son having fun trying to carry the box (or rather dragging it) all by himself, picking the berries and correctly putting it in the carton, with a sense of pride!

Blueberry Picking

Picked Blueberries

As always I found this amazingly simple and healthy recipe in the July 08 issue of Parents magazine.  I reduced the quantity of ingredients because it was my first try.  But the end product was so good, I wish I had followed the original recipe!

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie Recipe
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Prep time: 05 Mins
Cook time: 05 Mins
Yields: 2 Servings
A very easy and healthy recipe to prepare blueberry yogurt smoothie and ice pops.
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 Can Pear Halves In Heavy Syrup (An 8.5 Ounce Can Has 4 Halves, So I Used 2 Halves)
  • 1 Cup Non Fat Plain Yogurt (I Did Not Have Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt In Hand, Which Was Specified In The Original Recipe)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence (If Using Plain Yogurt)
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup Or Any Other Sweetner, Optional
Procedure:
  1. Place 2 pear halves (with the syrup) and blueberries in a blender.
  2. Add Pears
    Add Blueberries
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Blend fruits smoothly
  5. Add the yogurt, vanilla essence to the blueberry mixture.
  6. Add Yogurt to the mix
  7. Blend it again.
  8. Blend with Yogurt
  9. Now you have a delicious blueberry smoothie. I also added a tablespoon of maple syrup.
  10. Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie
  11. Alternatively you can pour this mixture in an ice pop mold. The mold which I have has marking until which the liquid has to be filled.
  12. Pour it in Pop Mold
  13. Close the molds with the lids provided.
  14. Freeze the Pop Mould
  15. Freeze until firm, 4 to 6 hours. I left it overnight.
How to remove the ice cream pop from the mold?
  1. Insert the mold in warm water for a couple of seconds or show it under running water in the kitchen sink and place it on the counter. Within a couple of minutes the ice pops will slip out of the molds without any fuss.
  2. Blueberry Yogurt Pops

Video:
My Notes:
  1. I tasted the smoothie and found that it was not sweet enough, so I added some maple syrup (which I bought in the orchard) before pouring the mixture in the mold.
  2. Since I used only half the quantity of blueberries, I think I did not get the vibrant purple color pops as featured in the magazine.
  3. For the above measurement I got 4 pops and the remaining half a cup of smoothie was devoured by me. My son did not like the smoothie, but he was all excited when I gave him the ice pops. The same thing happened when I prepared Raspberry Lemonade also. He did not like the lemonade but he enjoyed the raspberry pops very much.

This goes to Siri’s Frozen Yogurt event.

I’m also sending this to Mike’s “You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts!” event.


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29 Responses to “Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie & Pops”

  1. Namratha says:

    Those pops look awesome Madhu!

  2. You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts: The Roundup! from Mike's Table says:

    [...] after a fun day of picking fresh blueberries, she prepared Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie Pops. These popsicles are made up of a blueberry/pear/maple syrup frozen yogurt, which sounds like a [...]

  3. Jude says:

    I thought i was looking at my own blog when I first loaded your page… We’re using the same template. Must be fun picking those blueberries yourself.

  4. George & Allison says:

    We Love our Blueberry Bushes.. We Have 5 about 7 ft Tall..
    we Pick for weeks.. Thanks for the Smoothie Idea..

  5. shandi says:

    :razz: they sound so good even the blueness just makes my face blue :mrgreen: in a good way :grin: :roll: :lol:

    Thanks Shandi.

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