I recently received some coupons from Stoneyfield Farm to try their line of organic Greek yogurt called Oikos. I love Greek yogurt, and so decided to do a little taste testing so that I could get an accurate picture of where Oikos stood compared to some of the other Greek yogurts I have eaten in the past. I picked up a container of plain Greek yogurt made by three different companies: Oikos, Fage, and Chobani. Mr. Fuji and I both tried all three and then talked about what we thought. We both had the same reactions. Fage was our least favorite–it wasn’t as creamy as the other two and was a bit more bitter. Chobani was in the middle for us–it was more creamy and didn’t have the bitterness that Fage did. Oikos was our favorite–silky and rich. After our little taste test, I was left with three containers of Greek yogurt–what to do?
I love making popsicles out of yogurt, and decided to make some with all of our yummy Greek yogurt because I haven’t made any in forever. As I was trying to decide what flavor to make the pops, I read a post written by Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey? about her nani’s recipe for kheer(rice pudding). I LOVE kheer, and reading her wonderful post got me craving all of the wonderful flavors that go into it–saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, yellow raisins, almonds,and pistachios.
I decided to fill that craving by making kheer inspired yogurt pops.
I love having yogurt pops on hand because I don’t feel guilty giving one to Squirrel as an afternoon treat!
Yogurt pops are so easy to make, take very little prep time, and are healthy and delicious. Plus, they are easily customizable to your tastes–you can flavor your yogurt with whatever flavors you are craving!
Makes 4 to 8 pops (depending on the size of your popsicle molds)
12 oz. plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup clover honey
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 tsp. finely chopped pistachios
2 Tbsp. golden raisins
1. Mix yogurt, honey, and almond extract together in a bowl.
2. Add cardamom and cinnamon and mix well making sure there aren’t any lumps.
3. Stir in pistachios and golden raisins.
4. Spoon mixture into popsicle molds and place in freezer. Freeze until firm–about 4 hours or overnight.