Monday, July 15, 2013

Root Beer Float Pops- with greek yogurt!

Here's another fun recipe that you can do with your kids! No stove required for this one! There's not much better than a popsicle on a hot day, plus Root Beer Floats are a classic! I know you're gonna love these!

Instead of using vanilla ice cream on the bottoms, I decided to use Vanilla Greek Yogurt. The yogurt part didn't turn out quite as creamy as I had hoped, but I think it's because I used 0% greek yogurt, probably should have used 2% for more creaminess. Greek Yogurt contains less calories, fat, and sugar than vanilla ice cream, plus it has more good stuff like protein, calcium, and good bacteria! The kiddos loved it!

I've been making a lot of popsicles this summer. It's a great way to use up fruit juice and fruit that's going to spoil. Or if you accidentally make a little too much smoothie, pour the excess into some popsicle molds and viola! You've got a healthy snack!

Root Beer Float Pops

1 cup granulated sugar
3 cups hot water
1 tbs root beer extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup heavy cream
Vanilla Greek Yogurt- 0% or 2%- 1 tsp per popsicle mold.

Drop 1 tsp of yogurt into each popsicle mold- put in freezer to set.
Combine hot water and sugar in a large bowl, stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
Stir in root beer and vanilla extracts.
When liquid a cool, stir in the cream.
Pour root beer liquid into popsicle molds being careful to leave room for the stick.
Insert stick and place molds into freezer for 6-8 hours.

*tip- if 1 tsp of yogurt per container is not enough, keep dropping until you have a good amount to make the tip of the pop. I have small molds, so 1 tsp worked for me!