It’s Improv Challenge day for June, and this month’s theme is the classic summertime pairing – Strawberries & Cream! The sweet, delicious flavor of a favorite indulgent dessert in a healthier, protein-packed and fruit-filled frozen treat, all summer long you will enjoy Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Popsicles.
Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
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The first problem was my sticks. Or, well, straws. Paper straws, mind you. I didn’t want to use the plastic sticks that came with my popsicle molds, I couldn’t find my sticks (a hideously messy studio/office is probably my true first problem), so I grabbed these paper straws. Sure they look adorable, but when the time came to unfold the pops, they were not sturdy enough to get a good grip to pull out the pops, and they got all bent and were rendered completely ineffective for actually holding a popsicle.
The second issue is photographing frozen things. I find it helpful to freeze whatever container or surface you are going to photograph them on, so they don’t melt instantly. So I whipped up these pops one afternoon, froze some platters and cookie sheets, and thought I would have time to take my pictures. Well, by the time I wrestled them out of the molds due to the stick/straw issue, the kids were in need of something, you know, like water, food, attention, and food photography was not happening. So I threw them, unmolded and uncovered, back in the freezer, thinking I’d have time later in the day or the next day.
Well, that didn’t happen, and so I had frozen yogurt popsicles sitting in my freezer for weeks that I wouldn’t allow anyone to eat, collecting frost and maybe even a teensy weensy case of freezer burn because suddenly my trip to Miami came up, followed by the two weeks it took to get my life back under control (it still isn’t). So I’m not really sure that these look super-duper appetizing.
But they are. And if you don’t think so, well, stick a popsicle in it. A popsicle with freezer burn and an ineffective support structure that was laying on a frozen cookie sheet and plate then thrown back in the freezer to gather more frost.
And like it…
These are definitely a treat that only tastes indulgent. Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Popsicles are frosty and creamy, and filled with fruit and protein. I made them not too sweet, but you can adjust that to your preference, and based on the sweetness of your berries.
Of course, after I made these, I heard a trick about adding a tablespoon of vodka to the liquid mixture to help with the iciness. The amount of alcohol in each popsicle ends up being negligible, and I think these may have benefited from that. Unless, of course, the iciness is because they sat in my freezer for weeks. But they are still so fun and tasty, and my kids and I certainly didn’t mind.
As I mentioned, this recipe is part of the Improv Challenge, which is a blog hop hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. A theme is given, which is two assigned ingredients. Then it is up to the participating bloggers to let the creative juices flow, and see what they can come up with. Then on the third Thursday of the month, we will all publish our new recipes based on the theme. If you are have a blog and would like to join us, click on the picture to the below to learn more. If you are new to my blog, finding me because you have been following the Improv Challenge, then WELCOME!
Check out the links at the bottom of this post to more great Strawberries & Cream Recipes! I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with!
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- 1 cup strawberries
- ½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2 oz. cream cheese (I used light)
- ½ cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- optional 1-2 Tablespoons honey, or to taste, depending on the sweetness of your strawberries and whether you used plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (if you used plain Greek yogurt)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour into popsicle molds or four to six paper or plastic cups.
- Insert sticks and transfer to the freezer.
- Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until firm.
Want some more Strawberry Cheesecake-inspired recipes?
- Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Roll-Ups
- Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Strawberries
Plus a few from my friends…
- Skinny Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes from Will Cook for Smiles
- Oreo Cheesecake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bars from PinkWhen
- Gluten Free Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Plus check out what the Improv-ers are cooking with…