Did you know that it’s Popsicle Week? Did you know there even was such a thing as Popsicle week? I did some quick research and determined that Popsicle Week originated in 2013 when Billy of Wit & Vinegar declared that the first week of summer was worthy of this title. I think it’s brilliant. The popsicle definitely deserves its own week! I love being part of a blogging community that gets to acknowledge and even celebrate “holidays” like this one.
My typical popsicle routine consists of making my usual fruit/veggie/yogurt smoothies and pouring the leftovers into a popsicle mold. In honor of Popsicle Week 2014 I decided to get a little fancy. I roasted fruit with olive oil and sugar. I mixed some agave and vanilla into plain yogurt. It wasn’t complicated, but my extra efforts were definitely rewarded. These somehow managed to be refreshing, creamy, fruity, and decadent all at the same time. Yum!
Roasted Fruit and Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles
Yield: approx. 10 pops (will depend on the size and shape of your popsicle mold)
2 cups plain, whole-milk yogurt
3 Tablespoons agave nectar (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 cups of roughly chopped fruit (I used nectarines, strawberries, and raspberries)
2 teaspoons oil (coconut, canola, or olive would work well)
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the fruit on the prepared baking sheet, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with sugar. Gently toss to combine and then spread everything out into a single layer.
- Roast the fruit in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. You’ll notice the juice from the fruit start to thicken when it’s done… don’t let it blacken or burn. Remove the fruit from the oven and let it cool completely.
- In a medium bowl combine the yogurt, agave, and vanilla. Give it a taste and see if you want it to be sweeter… if you do, add more agave a little at a time until you reach the desired sweetness.
- Now fill your popsicle mold- spoon a little fruit into the bottom of each well, top it with a little yogurt, and repeat. You should end up with 2 layers of fruit, and 2 layers of yogurt in each well of your popsicle mold.
- Freeze according to the directions that came with your popsicle mold.
adapted from Dessert for Two
Note: The popsicle mold I used was this one from World Market.