Nothing screams summer like a fresh fruit Popsicle, and nothing is easier to make. I had a bunch of nectarines lying around the fruit bowl that were juicy and sweet, but just a little past their prime. I didn’t want to waste them and didn’t feel like baking, so I pulled out my blender and whipped this up with the kids.
Adding the cardamom gives the pops a little bit of depth and adding a little bit of plain Greek yogurt, makes them creamy and eliminates the frosty texture fruit pops can often have. You can make this with any fruit you have on hand.
- 3-4 very ripe nectarines, cut in slices or chunks, skin on
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 cardamom pods
- 1/2 cup of full fat plain Greek yogurt
- Add fruit to blender and blend until smooth and skins are just tiny flecks. Set aside.
- Add 1/3 cup of pureed fruit to small sauce pan, add sugar and cardamom pods and heat at medium high heat until sugar is completely melted. Carefully taste fruit mixture and keep on a low simmer until you detect the smoky cardamon flavour.
- Remove cardamom pods and add sugar/fruit mixture to blender with the other fruit. Add yogurt and mix until well combined and smooth.
- Add to popsicle molds or cups and freeze according to instructions, or 12 hours or so if using cups. If using cups, only add popsicle sticks after a couple of hours so they stay upright.
My popsicle mold was acting up, so I used kids plastic cups to make my popsicles. I froze them for a couple of hours and then added the popsicle sticks into the half frozen fruit so they stay upright. To release the pops, I ran the cups under hot water for a few seconds.