Sep 21

Kheer Frozen Yogurt Pops

in Dessert, Honey, Oyatsu/Snack

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!

Kheer Frozen Yogurt Pops

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.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Tasty Eats At Home September 21, 2009 at 11:06 am

Wow I bet these are good! I just made Meeta's kheer last night, it was wonderful! These would be a cool and creamy version of that treat – yum!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Yum! I love Oikos Greek yogurt. These yogurt pops sound delicious, and I think they would be a good afternoon snack for me, too!


Bob September 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Those look awesome! I got some coupons for Oikos too, but I couldn't find it anywhere around me.


Mary September 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm

That little doll could sell me the Brooklyn bridge. Maybe even a yogurt pop:-).


Kamran Siddiqi September 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm

OMG! This looks too good to be true! So yummalicious and I love kheer. I'll be sure to try this recipe! :D


Kayte September 21, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Those sound very interesting and look very good. I can tell for certain, you know, because of the look on the taste tester's face and all! Cute, cute, cute…and the popsicles look nice, too.


Alejandra September 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I love this idea! (And looks like the little one did too!)


Nutmeg Nanny September 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Those yogurt pops sounds great! Much healthier than eating a big bowl of ice cream.


MeetaK September 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

oh my! what a lovely looking treat! and a nice surprise to come here and read that it was inspired by my nani's kheer recipe. she is leaving her mark all over the blog world LOL! hugs to you and those cutie kids. i'll have to try this out on mine too!


Parita September 22, 2009 at 2:59 am

Thats a lovely idea! between i finally made macarons and got my feets too, wanted to thank you for your suggestions!
do check and let me know :)


eatlivetravelwrite September 22, 2009 at 5:51 am

What a great and healthy snack! Wish we could get Oikos here in Canada…


Abigail (aka Mamatouille) September 22, 2009 at 6:02 am

Oishisoh yo!!!


Misha Young September 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Looks delicious, I need some healthy munchies!


Emily September 23, 2009 at 1:52 am

I was going to teach the kiddoes to make some Greek yogurt next week, and so maybe I'll have them make those yummy pops with it! Oh wait, then I'd have to let them eat the pops. Oooo, this could be a problem, I'm not sure I want to share.


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 23, 2009 at 5:56 am

This is a great idea! We have Summer coming up and I'm dying to make some ice cream pops :)


Aparna September 23, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Kheer pops! Sounds wonderful. A frozen dessert with all the yummy flavours. As ort of cross between kheer and kulfi.
Your daughter definitely had fun with them.:) She's cute!


ohonemorething September 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Great idea!

Here's one you might like (I love it!):
2 Bananas + 1/2 cup coconut milk + 1/4 cup shredded coconut. Mix together and freeze.



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