Mango Yogurt Popsicles
Beat the heat with these creamy Mango Yogurt Popsicles! With only four simple ingredients, you can whip them up in less than 10 minutes.
Enjoy them as a healthy and refreshing snack, or serve them at your next summer gathering. These frozen treats are a crowd-pleaser for both kids and adults!
These mango yogurt popsicles are the perfect treat to cool you down on a hot day. They’re also healthy and refreshing, making them a great option for a guilt-free dessert, a quick snack, or even a delightful breakfast.
Why you’ll love this summer treat
- The combination of tangy yogurt and sweet mango is simply irresistible.
- You can get creative and personalize your popsicles with different fruits, toppings, and even flavors.
- There’s nothing better than having a stash of homemade popsicles in your freezer. Try also these green smoothie popsicles – they’re my all-time favorite!
- Mango yogurt pops are a healthy and refreshing snack that you can enjoy guilt-free.
Ingredients & substitutions
Here are some helpful notes about the key ingredients for this easy mango yogurt popsicle recipe:
- Mango: fresh, ripe mango is the best choice, but frozen mango can work well, especially when it’s not in season. If using frozen mango, make sure to thaw it before using to ensure a smooth consistency. You might want to add a bit more sugar to the frozen mango to maintain its sweetness. Feel free to get creative with other fruits like strawberries, raspberries, cherries, kiwis, or pineapple to change up the flavor.
- Fruit juice: the recipe calls for pineapple juice, but you can substitute orange juice, apple juice, or even coconut water for a unique twist.
- Yogurt: for a creamy texture and to prevent iciness, go for full-fat plain yogurt. Greek yogurt is great, but thin it out with a bit of milk before layering it into the molds. If you prefer a dairy-free option, coconut milk yogurt or other non-dairy alternatives work well.
- Sweetener: adjust the sweetness to your taste. Flavored yogurt may not need additional sweeteners. If desired, use maple syrup or agave nectar as vegan alternatives.
- Tools needed: in addition to the ingredients, you’ll need popsicle sticks and popsicle molds. The “Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker,” available on Amazon, is highly recommended for perfect results every time.
See the recipe card below for a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions.
How to tell if mangoes are ripe:
- Color: look for a vibrant color. Ripe mangoes can be yellow, orange, red, or even purple, depending on the variety.
- Firmness: gently squeeze the mango. A ripe mango should have a slight give when you apply gentle pressure.
- Smell: ripe mangos have a sweet, fragrant aroma at their stem ends.
- Texture: the skin of a ripe mango should be smooth and free from any major blemishes or bruises.
Remember that different mango varieties may have slightly different characteristics! You can ripen underripe mangoes at home by placing them in a paper bag at room temperature.
How to make frozen yogurt popsicles
Ice pops are one of the easiest treats to make.
- Puree the mango: start by blending the mango chunks and pineapple juice until smooth. You can use an immersion blender, a food processor, or a blender.
- Whisk the yogurt. Next, in a small bowl, stir together the yogurt and honey. Taste, and add the additional honey if desired.
- Fill the popsicle molds by alternating about 1 tablespoon of fruit puree with 1 tablespoon of yogurt mixture. You can also use two measuring cups with a spout instead of the spoon. The spout makes it a lot easier to pour the fruit puree or yogurt.
- Swirl: use a skewer, a chopstick, or a knife to swirl the mixture a bit.
- Freeze: insert the popsicle sticks and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
How to remove popsicles from molds
There are two easy methods:
- Water bath method: fill your kitchen sink or a large bowl that is at least as tall as your mold with warm (NOT hot) water and place the mold in the water for about 30 seconds. Remove the mold from the water and gently tug on the popsicle stick. If the popsicles remain stuck, return the mold to the water and continue soaking, checking every 30 seconds. Avoid oversoaking to prevent melting.
- Running water method: hold the popsicle mold under warm running water for approximately 30 seconds, then gently tug on the popsicle stick. Be careful not to run them under the water for too long.
Once you’ve successfully removed the popsicles from the molds, you may notice that they have softened slightly. To restore their firmness, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and return them to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are completely hardened again.
Store the popsicles in the freezer for up to 2 months. Wrap each popsicle individually in parchment paper and place them in a zip-lock bag.
Alternatively, you can store them in an airtight plastic container, using parchment paper to separate the layers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are yogurt mango popsicles healthier than ice cream?
Yes, yogurt mango popsicles are a healthier alternative to ice cream. They are lower in sugar and saturated fat, and they provide a good source of protein, calcium, probiotics, vitamins, and minerals. However, it’s still important to enjoy them in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
Yes, there are many ways to make popsicles without a mold. Here are a few ideas:
Yogurt containers: pour your prepared mixture into clean yogurt containers, cover them with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and insert popsicle sticks.
Paper cups: fill the paper cups, cover them with aluminum foil, and insert popsicle sticks through the foil. Once frozen, simply peel away the cups.
Muffin tins: pour your mixture into the individual cups of a muffin tin, cover it up with plastic wrap, and insert popsicle sticks into each compartment.
Ice cube trays: fill each compartment with the mixture, cover the tray with plastic wrap, and stick toothpicks or cocktail sticks into each cube.
Loaf pan: pour your mixture into a loaf pan, tightly cover it with plastic wrap, and insert popsicle sticks at regular intervals. Once frozen, slice it into individual popsicles and enjoy!
How long do these popsicles take to freeze?
The freezing time can vary depending on the size of your popsicle molds and the temperature of your freezer. Generally, it takes about 4 to 6 hours for the popsicles to freeze completely. For best results, it’s recommended to leave them in the freezer overnight.
Have you tried these homemade yogurt popsicles yet? Share your feedback, variations, or any questions you have in the comments below. We’re here to help!
How To Make It: Mango Yogurt Popsicles
- 2 cups (340 g) mango chunks fresh or frozen*
- ½ cup (120 ml) 100% pineapple juice
- 2 cups (500 g) plain full-fat yogurt
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Using a blender, food processor, or immersion blender, puree the mango chunks and pineapple juice until smooth. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt and honey until well combined.
Fill the molds:
- Fill the popsicle molds by alternating approximately 1 tablespoon of fruit puree with 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Leave about a 1/4-inch space from the top of each mold to allow for expansion during freezing.
- Using a skewer, chopstick, or knife, gently swirl the yogurt and fruit mixture together to create a beautiful marble effect.
- Place the lids on the molds, insert the popsicle sticks, and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight until they are fully set.
- Mango: if using frozen mango, make sure to thaw it before using for a smooth consistency. You may need to add a little extra sugar to compensate for any loss of sweetness.
- Fruit juice: feel free to substitute pineapple juice with orange juice, apple juice, or even coconut water.
- Yogurt: opt for full-fat yogurt for a creamy texture and to prevent iciness. If using Greek yogurt, thin it out with a bit of milk for easy layering into the molds. For a dairy-free option, use coconut milk yogurt or other non-dairy alternatives.
- Sweetener: adjust sweetness to your liking. Flavored yogurt may not require additional sweeteners. Use maple syrup or agave nectar as vegan alternatives if desired.
- To easily remove the popsicles from the molds, run them under warm water for 30 seconds and gently pull on the popsicle sticks, or place the popsicle mold in a large pot of warm water for 20-30 seconds before gently pulling on each popsicle stick to release them.
- Storage: individually wrap them in parchment paper, place them in a zip-lock bag, and return them to the freezer.
- This recipe yields approximately 10 popsicles, depending on the size and shape of your molds.