Made with just the yogurt of your choice and refreshing fruit, these fruit swirl yogurt popsicles are a delicious and nutritious, sugar-free frozen dessert!
Frozen popsicles are one of my favorite go-to summer desserts, and with my 100% fruit popsicles being a hit, here are some yogurt popsicles that are still super healthy, but creamier and rich. All you need is some yogurt of your choice (dairy or vegan!) and your favorite fruit, and away you go. However, this post will also include ideas for additional ingredients and ways to pimp your homemade frozen yogurt popsicles- for endless options!
Not only do they look and taste amazing, but they’re also a great way to sneak in fruits and nutrients into your ‘snacks’ too – which makes them a big win-win in my eyes. I’ve also kept mine as sugar-free frozen yogurt. However, if you want to add some additional sweetness naturally – then I’ve got options for that, too!
The Frozen Yogurt Popsicles Ingredients
It probably doesn’t surprise you to learn that the vital ingredient of these yogurt popsicles is yogurt. I always use plain yogurt and add extra flavor with my fruits. Full fat, low-fat, and even fat-free yogurts will all work. However, the texture will vary slightly (as fat content usually means softer popsicles).
Some Plain Yogurt options include (I always use homemade):
Next, to flavor the yogurt, we have fresh fruit. I include a whole long list of fruit options in my fruit Ice Pops post. However, some of my favorites fruits are:
- passion fruit ( to decorate)
Then finally, the other (completely optional) base ingredient would be a natural sweetener. I prefer sugar-free frozen yogurt, but for those that want a sweeter treat, you could use:
- Maple Syrup
- Honey (if not vegan)
- Agave syrup
- Erythritol (keto-friendly)
Sugar content will help to provide softer textured frozen popsicles too.
Other Frozen Popsicle Additions:
Once you have your base down, then you can get creative with any ‘additional’ elements. I like to add ingredients for a bit of extra crunch, or sometimes just additional nutrients. Options include:
- Chia Seeds – for added protein and nutrients
- Granola/ puffed quinoa/ chopped nuts– for crunch and flavor
- Veggies – blend some spinach or kale into a green fruit popsicle for lots of additional nutrients
- Nut butter – i.e., almond butter or peanut butter with blueberries or raspberries makes for delightful ‘PBJ’ style frozen popsicles.
- Chocolate – Either using sugar-free Dark chocolate, or your favorite white/milk chocolate or chocolate chips to melt and dip into slightly ( usually just the tip of the ice pop), for an extra treat.
- Vanilla – Either vanilla extract, powder, or seeds – for an additional dessert-like flavor twist.
Is Frozen Yogurt Healthy?
Frozen yogurt is essentially as healthy as the yogurt you decide to use. Traditionally, though, frozen yogurt is a low-fat version of ice-cream that everyone can enjoy. Even the highest fat content yogurt is often far lower than the ingredients used in traditional ice-cream- making it a healthier alternative to ice-cream.
More than that, frozen yogurt also provides additional health benefits, in terms of the active cultures found within the product. While there may be some loss in the freezing process, it does retain a level of active cultures. Plus, it’s additional ‘tangy’ flavor can mean less sugar and ‘unhealthy’ additives are needed.
While these yogurt popsicles aren’t the traditional soft-serve fro-yo – they have literally frozen yogurt- the idea is the same.
How To Make The Healthy Fruit Swirl Yogurt Popsicles
This post contains the idea for three different ice pop flavor combinations. However, once you have the base ratios figured out, then the sky is the limit. Keep your pops simple with a single fruit, or mix it up. Add some extra ingredients (check the section above for ideas), or don’t – the choice is up to you.
If you try a different fruit or ‘decoration’ for every new batch, you’ll never get bored of these simple fruity frozen yogurt popsicles!
- Any unsweetened, regular yogurt – for these, I used natural yogurt. Feel free to use dairy-free.
- Blueberries, raspberries, mango
- Optional: Extra berries and other fruit for decoration, homemade granola, or puffed quinoa
Begin by separating the yogurt in three bowls. Mash the fruits either by hand for a chunkier texture of with a blender and add to the bowls.
For a fruit swirl effect, simply stir only a few times. Otherwise, you can fully incorporate it by mixing well.
Taste each to your liking – If you feel it needs a little extra fruit or some sweetener, then add that now and mix again ( add the sweetener directly to the fruit puree for fruit swirl ice pops).
Decoration option 1: You can add extra fruit to the bottom (front) of the popsicle molds. For example- strawberry hearts, kiwi, dragonfruit, passionfruit, etc.
You’d get a delicious tutti frutti frozen yogurt popsicle.
Decoration Option 2: Add granola or puffed quinoa to the top (after the yogurt it is) or bottom of the mold
Then, fill up the ice lolly mold with the yogurt mixes.
Freeze for at least 3-4 hours and then enjoy!
How To Store:
Once the lollies are frozen, you can remove them from the silicone molds. Place them in a freezer-safe airtight container for 1-2 months.
A box/glass container will take less space than multiple molds. Plus, they are airtight- to save the pops from freezer burn.
The Full Recipe:
Rainbow Ice Lollies
- 2.2 pound yogurt
- ⅓ cup blackberries or more to taste
- ⅓ cup raspberries or more to taste
- ⅓ cup mango or more to taste
- Extra berries and other fruit for decoration + homemade granola, puffed quinoa
- Separate the yogurt in three bowls. Mash the fruits either by hand for a chunkier texture of with a blender and add to the bowls.
- For a fruit swirl effect simply stir only a few times. Otherwise, you can fully incorporate it by mixing well.
- Taste each to your liking - If you feel it needs a little extra fruit or some sweetener, then add that now and mix again (add the sweetener directly to the fruit puree for fruit swirl ice pops).
- Decoration option 1: You can add extra fruit to the bottom (front) of the popsicle molds like strawberry hearts, kiwi, dragonfruit, passionfruit, etc.
- Decoration Option 2: Add granola or puffed quinoa to the top (after the yogurt it is) or bottom of the mold.
- Then, fill up the ice lolly mold with the yogurt mixes.
- Freeze for at least 3-4 hours. Then enjoy!
- How To Store: Once the lollies are frozen, you can remove them from the silicone molds. Place them in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 2 months.A box/glass container takes less space than the mold and you can also close the lid so your lollies stay safe.
Recipe Notes & Variations
- I prefer to use plain yogurt for these yogurt popsicles, using the fruit to add extra flavor. However, you can always use flavored yogurt, too, if preferred. Just be aware that this will change the nutritional value of the popsicles.
- These homemade frozen yogurt popsicles are super versatile- mix and match fruits for different flavor combinations. OR, combine lots of different fruits into a single pop for a tutti frutti frozen yogurt popsicle.
- If you want to use chia seeds - mix into the yogurt and allow to thicken for 30 minutes before freezing.
- For additional flavor, you can try grilled/ baked fruits - such as grilled peaches or apricots.
- If you don't want to fully incorporate the fruit and yogurt - lightly chop/mash your fruit and combine with honey or another liquid sweetener then leave to sit for 30-45 minutes and 'macerate' into a kind of jam. Then simply spoon in little bits of the fruit jam and yogurt into the molds then swirl.
Other Recipes You May Like:
For More frozen treats how about these 100% fruit popsicles, ‘Instant’ vanilla ice-cream, or Salted Caramel & Raspberry Vegan Magnum Ice Creams. Or how about Simple 4-Ingredient Avocado Ice Cream, or even Vegan no-bake layered Cherry Cheesecake (gluten-free).
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments. I’d also really appreciate a recipe rating and any feedback, and feel free to tag me in your recreations on Instagram @Alphafoodie.
This post was first published in 2018 and has since then been updated with new photos and text. The recipe remains the same though.