It’s SUMMER FROZEN TREAT time!!!!!
Yes, I’m Type-2 Diabetic — but this is a summer treat (okay, not just summer — it’s too good to limit to a couple of months between June and September) and healthy in so many ways, you’ll choose it no matter what.
This is for a 1.5 quart batch — which, when frozen, is 8x 3/4-cup servings, OR 12x 1/2c servings in little Tupperware or Ziplock/Glad containers, OR 16x 3oz frozen treat bars — on a stick or in a tube.
Here’s the nutrition and ingredients for 8 x 3/4-cup servings:
(HINT: remember to NOT fill the containers completely — stuff expands as it freezes!!!! If there’s a little left — it’s a bonus!)
- 20.00 oz strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries (mix to your taste)
- 5 T C-Salts (Buffered Vitamin C + Minerals)
- 0.25 tsp Sea Salt
- 16.00 oz, Greek Gods Yogurt Traditional Greek Plain (not low or no-fat)
- 100.00 g, Just Like Sugar Table Top Sweetener
- 10.00 Drops (0.12 ml), Better Stevia Drops
- 12.00 packet (0.8g), True Lime (Crystallized Lime juice)
- 1/2 packet Fiber One Vanilla pudding mix
Puree berries until smooth in a blender with True Lime, salt, and C-Salts. Add whole-milk Greek Yogurt and Stevia drops, then the Just Like Sugar. Blend for a few seconds, then let it stand for at least 3 minutes — then blend again and partially “whip” the mixture — this adds some air and gives it a slightly different texture when frozen.
From this point, you can either pour the mixture into an ice cream freezer, or portion it into frozen treat molds or tubes.
The treats have a much different texture than traditional ice cream/frozen yogurt because when made without sugar, the emulsion/elasticity of sugar+fat does not occur. This is why most people will prefer these as bars on a stick.
I actually like the frosty ice-y popsicle consistency, and the slowed eating process of eating it out of a cup/container…. but that’s probably just me.
Here are some of my favorite tools —
These nifty zip-lock squeeze-up baggies are made by a company called Zipzicle — you can get them straight from the manufacturer, or from Amazon, and other online merchants. I use these when I’m low on freezer space — they slip into unbelievably small spaces both to freeze and to store. And if you’re eating from a picnic cooler — there’s no small parts to keep track of and take home.
Zoku makes some wonderfully whimsical ice-pop molds — this is by far my fave (and thematically appropriate for life on the coast) They’re a little steep in price — but made of safe and durable silicone. Hand washable and simple to remove once the pops are frozen hard. (More like this pictured below)
Zoku round pops mold. Makes 4, about 3oz —
Zoku “quick freeze” pop maker. You can get a single, a double like this, or a triple. Each one freezes 3 times before you have to re-freeze the core. These pops can be plain-Jane, or dolled-up with fresh fruit/nuts, krispies etc. Pops take about 10 minutes to freeze — and a little longer after the first go-round. I like to add toasted flake coconut and toasted almond slices….
Zoku triple pop maker — with some fancy examples!
Glad 1/2c re-usable containers. Ziplocks’ are square — just as good, but harder to get the good stuff out with a spoon when they’re frozen hard. Tupperware and Rubbermaid make them this size in a more durable material — but these last upwards of 10 times to re-use.
Excellent 1 1/2 qt ice cream freezer from Cuisinart. Read the instructions first (I didn’t) and it will save a headache. Hint: It has to be turned on and going before you add the liquid you’re freezing. lol
There are some great silicone molds where you just add the sticks and freeze. I got these 3oz containers on Amazon for under $10 —
You can get these push-up / squeeze tubes at any kitchen shop — some even have the little lids attached so they’re harder to lose. They hold from 2-4 oz depending on brand. Hint: Stand them up in a cup to freeze in case there’s a leak….
Here are the brands I use:
Naturally probiotic — tart — creamy — high protein — and yummy.
Not just buffered Vitamin-C, but also calcium, magnesium, zinc, and potassium!
This is the purest lime flavor you’ll ever taste short of just eating a fresh lime….
either the “Table Top” or “Baking” versions will work. Both add 4g of fiber per 5g Tablespoon.