By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Honey Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients.
I love sweets.
There, I said it. I know what you’re thinking – “you’re a dietitian, you can’t possibly eat and enjoy dessert,” but if you think that, you are very wrong. I have always had a major sweet tooth – growing up, breakfast was sugar-filled cereals, juice was always in the house, and the “junk” drawer was filled to the brim with cookies, cupcakes, danish – you name it, we had it. Lucky for me I have good genes and was an active child, so all those sweet treats never caught up with my waistline. Some people think of dessert as forbidden fruit, but part of my job as a registered dietitian and nutritionist is to help people learn how to eat and enjoy all foods in moderation, something I learned myself as I got older.
Despite my sweet tooth, I really don’t bake very much. So when I found out about the National Honey Board’s Nature’s Sweet Substitutions Challenge for Recipe ReDuxers, I knew I wanted to make a dessert, but not something I had to bake. Of course honey can be used for many different types of recipes – sweet and savory. I add it to salad dressings, use it in marinades for chicken and fish, and even drizzle some into my brisket. And in the fall, it’s a tradition for Jews to eat it in honor of a sweet new year – we put it on fruit, challah bread, and use it in numerous recipes, including honey cake.
With summer just beginning and hot days ahead of us, I decided to make honey-sweetened popsicles. I’ve actually been meaning to make some ever since I received this BellyFULL popsicle kit.
Everyone knows Greek yogurt is all the rage these days and over the past couple of years it’s been making it’s way into the freezer aisle with frozen Greek yogurt pops. But why not make them at home? Seemed easy enough, and it was. It’s a perfect, protein-rich, antioxidant-filled treat that’s just the right balance of tart and sweet. Kids and adults will love them, especially how adorable they are!
- 1 cup pitted cherries or 1/2 cup strawberries or other fruit of your choice
- 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- In a small food processor or blender, puree the fruit for 30 seconds to 1 minute. (Do not blend for too long or the puree will become too watery).
- In a measuring cup or bowl with pouring spout, stir together the yogurt and honey. Fold in about 2 tablespoons of the fruit puree. Taste and add more honey or fruit puree as desired.
- Pour fruit and yogurt mixture into popsicle molds, filling about 3/4 of the way. Add wooden sticks and freeze for at least 3 hours.
- To remove: run warm water over the bottle of the popsicle mold and gently twist and pull out the popsicles.
Check out the other Recipe ReDuxer honey recipes!