Chocolate Pudding Yogurt Pops, Oh Yeah

Breakfast around here has taken a turn. And I’m not talking about a good one. Behold, the most beautiful rainbow of non-nutritive value…

This is the prettiest picture of Fruity Pebbles ever.

The prettiest picture of Fruity Pebbles ever.

Our yogurt pop breakfast dream was going strong for quite a while before things went downhill to Pebble land. Bunky was a trooper, eating the pops daily, with unwavering enthusiasm until the bitter end. When I noticed a glimmer of pop exhaustion, I threw in some peaches, experimented with pineapple, and used some raspberry sorbet as sweetener instead of honey, but in the end, the dream died. There are only so many fruit filled yogurt pops a kid can eat before they get tired of them.

How did this Stone Age oaf get invited to breakfast, you wonder?

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Two words: My husband.

Before you mistake me for an anti-sugar cereal ogre, I will flashback to a heart warming story about my mom, of whom I have very fond memories regarding her lenient breakfast policies. She pretty much let us loose in the sugar cereal department, drawing the line at Cookie Crisp, which she was apologetic about, but unrelenting. My cousins, who were never allowed any sugary cereals, used to spend the night and wake up in eager anticipation and pure joy at our amazing bounty of cereal choices. Peeps, my lovely cousin, still talks about this decades later.

Now that I’m a mom and an avid reader of food labels (a most riveting post about this coming soon) it is sort of appalling because I know how bad and kind of gross artificial flavoring is for growing bodies, but to defend my mom, it was the 80s. That’s right. I’ve just used an entire decade as a defense. You read my bran muffin nostalgia post, right?

So even though I do not technically approve of the whole Fruity/Cocoa Pebble situation, I do not squash it because I know that doing so now, after it has already been introduced to an utterly thrilled Bunky, would be a futile battle. The better way might have been to avoid it until she knew enough to request it, but too late now. Thanks, honey (that was meant for my husband, though I can call you honey if you’d like).

The truth is, I am a closest Cocoa Pebbles eater, when pressed for sugar. I mean, it turns your milk into chocolate milk, which is pretty cool. Also, both cereals are gluten free (and nut free, incidentally) and for kids who are banned from nearly all pop culturally addictive cereals, there is some merit to this.

But I knew that it couldn’t go on forever, at least not on a daily basis.

{Addendum: I just found out about this post from Celiac Yoga Momma who did a nutritional and taste analysis of Cocoa Pebbles versus a “healthier” version and turns out the former is better for you, who knew?}

Drastic measures were needed in the yogurt pop arena. Fruity pops just can’t compare to Fruity Pebbles, alas, but I suspected I could work with chocolate, Bunky’s weakness…

And voila, the Chocolate Pudding Yogurt Pop (with a secret banana) was born!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 heaping cup of greek yogurt
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 Kozy Shack chocolate pudding
  • 1/2 cup or as much Chocolate Almond Milk as needed (or regular chocolate milk)
Throw everything in your food processor or blender and whirl away! Then fill pop molds. 
I used 4 rockets and 2 stars for variety. And cause 2 rockets broke. Grr.

I used 4 rockets and 2 stars for variety.

Freeze ’em up and enjoy. Don’t forget to use the dregs of the “batter” though, for a smoothie. I plopped in more yogurt, chocolate almond milk, almond butter, and ground flax = awesome mom breakfast, which I generously shared with Little Guy, my pop + smoothie partner in crime.

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He’s totally getting the hang of eating the frozen pops, too, which is super cute. Here he is, enjoying what might have been the final fruity pop, with his sister and my dad, who we call Greedles.

The family that pops together.

The family that pops together.

I’m happy to have shared this post at the Gluten-Free Friday’s link up party hosted by Vegetarian Mamma. Click the link to find more great GF recipes!

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It’s also posted on One Creative Weekend, hosted by One Creative Mommyand Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. * Please note, that the recipes on these two link-ups will NOT all be gluten free, so be sure to read carefully.

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Tropical Smoothie + Yogurt Pops

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I’m really into multi-tasking. Actually, I’m not, but when it works, it really works. Like this recipe for an awesome smoothie AND a batch of yogurt pops. This time I have measurements and everything. I know, crazy.

Yogurt pops and enough left over for my smoothie.

Random bit of info, but did you know that 1 cup of Fage Total greek yogurt has 23 grams of protein? I love knowing stuff like that. Makes me feel even better about letting Bunky eat a yogurt pop for breakfast every day. And then another after school for a snack!

And the smoothie is for ME, by the way.

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Got to take care of myself, as you know. Nourish the mom. Full disclosure I do share sips with Little Guy, but his attention span is pretty short, fortunately.

Tropical Smoothie + Yogurt Pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of mixed tropical fruit (minus the papaya because of my picky kid)
Check out this bag of mixed tropical fruit. Makes this smoothie easy peasy.

Check out this bag of tropical fruit. Makes this smoothie easy peasy.

  • 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries thawed
  • 1 banana
  • a splash or two of milk (dairy or dairy free, your choice)
  • honey to taste

I sure took a lot of pictures.

Directions:

You’re making the yogurt pops first.

1. Toss all ingredients into your food processor or blender. (Make sure the fruit isn’t frozen solid. If it’s hard as a rock, put it in the microwave for 30 seconds, give or take.) Whirl it all up. Add honey to taste.

This will make 2 cups of a rather thick smoothie/pop base. If you add more milk, it will easily make 6 pops. Mine made only 4 because it was super thick. (Next time I’d add more milk so I could get 6. My kid eats them every morning for breakfast, and sometimes my husband sneaks them, so I have to keep up with demand.)

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*Ingredient add-ins for part 2, The Smoothie:

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax, if desired

2. At this point, you should have about 1/2 cup of smoothie/pop base left. To make the smoothie part, add 1/4 cup of orange juice. Whirl and pour into a glass. Mine made about 12 ounces according to my Ball jar. Add flax if you want to kick it up a healthy notch. Note that this will add a slightly gritty texture. It’s still good, just saying.

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You may be wondering how I took so many pictures. I sure was. Until I saw this one and remembered it was a weekend. Check out these two hanging out in a box. My Bunky, her nose in a book. Be still my heart.

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I’m happy to have shared this post at the Gluten-Free Friday’s link up party hosted by Vegetarian Mamma. Click the link to find more great GF recipes!

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It’s also posted on One Creative Weekend, hosted by One Creative Mommyand Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. * Please note, that the recipes on these link-ups will NOT all be gluten free, so be sure to read carefully.

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Yogurt Pops are the Bomb

This has nothing to do with yogurt pops, but can I talk about Eloise for a moment? The books, I mean, by the brilliant Kay Thompson and fabulous illustrator Hilary Knight. (The accolades are mine because they’re true.)

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Why didn’t I ever read these as a kid? I had Eric Carl and the requisite (and awesome) Maurice Sendak picture books, and then later the Little House series, Nancy Drew, and even the Bobsey Twins, but somehow precocious Eloise escaped my bookshelves. Thank goodness I had a kid and could right that wrong pronto, zippity zap.

When Bunky was in utero, I said I wanted a baby who loved books and I got one. (Too bad I didn’t ask for a baby who slept…) I love reading the Eloise series to B and the feeling is mutual. I even attempt Eloise in Paris complete with really bad french pronunciation, because it’s that fantastic. Seriously, you should read it sometime if you haven’t. Even if you don’t have a kid, or if your kid isn’t into reading. Go on, sneak into the kid’s section of your local bookstore (who am I kidding, it’s Barnes and Noble) and pretend you’re shopping for a friend’s kid and sit down on your botto (that’s bottom in Eloise-speak) and read read read!

I just hope she likes Harry Potter…

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Now, on to yogurt pops. I’m pretty sure Eloise would approve of these since they are PINK. That may be one reason why Bunky, who has been rejecting nearly all food lately, still likes these shockingly healthy suckers. I love when she asks to have one for breakfast, or even two, and I’m like, well, okay… but secretly I’m fist pumping. (Just kidding about that. I don’t fist pump, not even pretend.)

First, gather your materials. Pop makers are key. I bought these from Amazon and they’re great. The brand is Tovolo and mine are star shaped, but check out these cool rocket ones.

Best amazon purchase ever. And I've made a lot.

The only thing is, there is NO way you’re getting these pops to just slide out once frozen. You have to run them under warm water for a minute or so in order to loosen them up, and even then it takes a little muscle. Or more hot water.

Pinktastic Strawberry Banana Yogurt Pops

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Basically, you’re making a smoothie and then freezing it. I don’t even have exact measurements since I usually eyeball it, but I’ve put estimates in just in case you want something to work with.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1/1/2 cups of greek or plain yogurt
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries (defrost first, 30 seconds in the microwave should do it)
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey, or more for a sweeter pop

Directions:

Plop everything in your blender (or in my case, a Cuisinart) and push ON. Whirl away and then taste for sweetness. Use a spoon, though, please. Sticking your finger in the Cuisinart in front of your kid is not a smart idea. Just saying.

My happy assistant pop maker.

Assistant pop maker Bunky at your service.

The great thing is if you make too much, you can just drink it. Bunky wants so badly to like smoothies, but she can’t stand the texture. Too thick or something. So the second after I put them in the freezer she starts asking me if they’re done yet, and this goes on about every twenty minutes or so until she forgets about them. It’s worth it though, because she loves them.

Satisfied customer.

I bet Eloise and her dog Weenie would, too.

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I’m happy to have shared this post at the Gluten-Free Friday’s link up party hosted by Vegetarian MammaEat.Live.Make, and Gluten Freed R.D., and One Creative Mommy’s Gluten Free Monday link up. Click the links to find more great GF recipes.