Today I will fulfill your childhood dream of eating popsicles for breakfast.
I’m not crazy! I have been eating these popsicles in the morning for a minute and I am as sane as the average New Yorker. 🤔 This is probably not the best line of argument… I’ll pivot now.
These popsicles are healthy and simple. They are made with yogurt and homemade compote, that’s it! I use unflavored Coyo Yogurt because it is my favorite, but you can use your own favorite plain yogurt. You could even use flavored yogurt and skip adding compote, but that recipe would REALLY be phoning it in on my part!
NOTE: make sure you check the label of your favorite yogurt for added sugar. You will be SHOCKED how much sugar manufacturers sneak into yogurt. Maybe so much so that you will start buying yogurt plain and adding your own compote/sweeteners to it. I’m not against sugar. I love sugar. I just like to have control over how much of it goes into what I eat.
This recipe is so easy, especially if you already have some rhubarb compote on hand, that I actually feel a little guilty making a whole post out of it. But yogurt popsicles ultimately made the cut because, for some reason, everyone isn’t doing this yet.
The most difficult part of this recipe is buying a popsicle mold. It seems like a frivolous kitchen gadget, but it is actually a game changer. Popsicles are a fun way to experiment with flavors and my favorite way to use fruit that is a little too ripe to eat out of hand. Using this recipe alone, the variety of popsicles you can make is equal to every fruit compote you can imagine.
If this recipe doesn’t convince you to buy yourself a popsicle mold, consider that you can also make
unhealthy conventional popsicles with them. Popsicles without high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors that are cheaper than the “whole fruit” versions you can buy at the store. They are especially great for people who have dietary restrictions.
Popsicles are also a fun project to do with your kids. I don’t have children, but I love making popsicles and I find that most of my non-reality TV interests align closely with those between the ages of 5 and 9. There are a number of popsicle cookbooks to get your creative juices going. I highly recommend People’s Pops because it teaches you how to create, rather than simply providing you with recipes (though there are also recipes)! Also, I have to support my fellow Brooklynites!
Sugar (or any other sweetener, or none at all!)
Lemon juice, just a splash
Yogurt (amount depends on the size of your popsicle mold)
Heat fruit, lemon, and sugar in a medium saucepan on medium-high until boiling. Start with a tablespoon of sugar and taste your compote as you make it, adding more if it is too tart. If you are using ripe plums, mangos, peaches, or any other fruit that is naturally very sweet, there is no need to add sugar at all. Lower heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, uncovered.
Mix yogurt with compote to taste. You can blend the compote completely into the yogurt or leave it kind of swirled, whatever you like. Fill ice cream molds. Freeze overnight.