Summer Recipes: Citrus Popsicles

citrus popsicles 2This week’s summer recipe is citrus popsicles inspired by rainbow sherbet! Who doesn’t love rainbow sherbet? It’s a 3 layered popsicle with the flavors of orange, raspberry and lemon…I know you’re yelling at the screen, it’s lime, lady it’s lime. I know its lime, it’s not my fault (okay it is) that I’m terrible at making lime popsicles. Every time I try making limeade it always taste really bitter, maybe I’m just bad at picking them but I’m substituting it for lemon instead to be safe. This recipe came about because this summer me and Victor keep drinking a lot of homemade juices. To try and create the sherbet feel I will be using yogurt to add a creamy texture and help mellow out the naturally sour flavor of my citrus fruits without using sugar. It’s a simpe recipe and packed with lots of great flavors. Let’s getting into the recipe….

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What You’ll Need:summer recipe (4)

  • 3-4 oranges (medium sized)
  • 1 carton of raspberries
  • 2-3 lemons
  • 600g of unflavored Greek yogurt (2 1/4th cup)
    *you can use vanilla if you want a more creamsicle flavor

Steps:

  1. Take 1 cup of yogurt and put into a bowl.
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  2. Wash your raspberries and measure out 1/2 cup and add to the yogurt. Mix around and add more raspberries until you have a strong raspberry flavor. I used 1 cup.
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    *you can use a blender to mix together if you don’t want raspberry chunks.
    Optional: After you’ve combined the fruit with the yogurt you can add a teaspoon at a time of sugar or any sweetener and mix until you’ve reached your desired sweetness.
  3. Add yogurt to the popsicle mold about half way for each.
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  4. Clean the mold on the top and the inside. Place in the freezer for 30min.
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    *for a tiered popsicle so you will want the inside mold to be clean for the other layers. I just use a paper towel or my finger after tapping the mold on the counter a few times to level out.
  5. Next we will need to juice 3/4th a cup of oranges. Simple cut oranges in half and start juicing.
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    *I always have more fruit than I need to make sure, I only needed 3 to make 3/4th cup of juice.
    Optional: After juicing the oranges you can remove the seeds and add in the pulp if you wish. I love pulp but Victor hates it so I left mine without pulp.
  6. Measure out 3/4th cup of yogurt and starting adding in orange juice a bit at a time. Mix together and add more to taste.
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    *You will want to add as much as you need to get the orange flavor. I find 1 to 1 works perfecting for all 3 but it also depends on your fruit so just add bit by bit and taste test.
  7. Take out popsicles from the freezer and add orange yogurt to each mold leaving about 10 -20% of the mold at the top free for the 3rd layer.
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  8. Clean top and inside of the mold. Place on the lid and the sticks.
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  9. Place in the freezer for 60-90min.
  10. Next we will need to juice 1/2 cup of lemon. Simply cut lemons and juice.
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    *I used 2 lemons
  11. Measure out 1/2 cup of yogurt and start adding in lemon juice a bit at a time. Mix together and add more to taste.
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    *Like the orange juice add as much as you need to get the flavor you desire. I found I needed less due to the sourness of my lemons, but if  adding in sweetener 1 to 1 should be perfect.
  12. Remove popsicles from the freezer and remove the lid.
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  13. Add in lemon yogurt to the top and clean the top of the mold.
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  14. Place in the freezer for another 2-3 hours.
  15. Take out and enjoy!

citrus popsicles (2)citrus popsicles (4)citrus popsicles (5)I loved the subtle sourness of these popsicles and the combined flavor of orange, raspberry and lemon. It definitely reminds me of the texture of sherbet and tastes like a healthier/real fruit version of it. Victor was a big fan of the orange and raspberry sections but thought the lemon should be on its own. There is a lot you can do to modify this base recipe. Say if you have a favourite flavor, like orange you can switch around the layers to suit what you want more of. Or you can even do this with other types of citrus fruits like grapefruit, or if you aren’t terrible at picking out limes like me you can do the traditional flavor of lime…Simply switch that fruit with the first one I used in the recipe and so forth. I found that every layer needs about 1 to 1 for the fruit and yogurt so no need to change the amounts. And if you wanted each section to be equal instead of gradually getting less use 2/3rds cup of yogurt to 2/3rds cup of fruit/juice for 3 separate flavors. Like usual, let me know in the comments if you made this or if you tried a new combination and how it was.

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