If you have kids, you've probably been in the same situation I found myself in this week:
A couple weeks ago, I picked up a few containers of coconut yogurt. I don't buy it all the time, so it was sort of a treat. My daughter ate two yogurts in one day and asked for more.
I figured, that's a good healthy after school snack, so I got three more. She ate them up over the next day or two. She was just in love with yogurt! So I got 6 yogurts.
Suddenly, now that I was stocked up, she had no more interest in yogurt. I would offer, but she just wasn't feeling it. Of course.
So, here I was with 4 yogurts and they hit the sell by date. Of course, you have time after that because it just means the yogurt has to be SOLD by then, not eaten. Another week and I decided I had to do something.
I recently got some popsicle molds I really love (with one small complaint I will share below), so I decided to make popsicles from my yogurt.
One of the things I like about this new popsicle mold is that it just uses regular popsicle sticks, so I don't have to go on a wild goose chase hunt for fancy popsicle sticks that fit just right with the rest of the mold. I had way too many sets missing one or more sticks!
So these are my only ingredients. You could also add some fresh or frozen fruit. I recently made popsicles from some nectarines that were getting a little over-ripe by blending them with some juice, but you could also blend up the yogurt into a smoothie and then freeze it too. Popsicle molds are a great way to preserve leftover smoothie in a fun way.
I used two gadgets here, so that I didn't spill all over, and just got in the popsicle mold.
You can also use zero gadgets by cutting a tiny slit in the top of the yogurt and putting a popsicle stick through it and freeze like this. It makes for an odd-shaped popsicle, but it's still fun and keeps your yogurt from spoiling!
You can also put it in an ice cube tray and then use those yogurt cubes in your smoothies.
My one complaint about this popsicle mold is that there is a top piece that sits on it and holds the sticks in place, but if the sticks aren't perfectly vertical, the top piece gets stuck and bent and when you try to take it off. With something thick like yogurt or smoothie, you don't need anything to hold it in place, though, so it works perfectly for my needs.
Freeze and eat.
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