This creamy basil lemon popsicle recipe is made with Greek yogurt and full of protein! Sweet honey compliments the punch of lemony flavor that is then polished off with subtle hints of basil.
I'm not sure if you know, but basil and lemon are among the world's healthiest foods. Add them to popsicles and you have one delightful healthy treat! Don't feel guilty either about eating these for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or just a savory sweet treat because they are fat-free and packed with great alkaline properties (which we will get into another time).
Popsicles are a reminder of warm summer days and party celebrations. A celebratory afternoon, playing in the pool, or making fairy gardens calls for a 3:00 break and a delicious and healthy afternoon treat!
When the kids are young and afternoons are spent at home waiting for kiddos to wake from their naps I often spend that time prepping, baking, and cooking. And now that its getting warmer add to the list…pureeing, blending and freezing! Popsicles!
The best part of those afternoons, whether during the week or weekend, is the 3:00 snack breaks. I'm pretty sure I look forward to snack breaks probably just as much as the kids do! It never hurts to power up on a bit of protein during that time, as it seems that between 2:00-3:00 pm starts a downward spiral of energy. (Or that is where coffee comes in!) Having a protein snack mixed with a dash of sugar adds an essential amount of a natural energy boost to make it through those inevitable afternoon slumps!
You won't believe how refreshing these Lemon Popsicles are!
Not only is this basil and lemon popsicle super refreshing and flavorful, it is also good for you too! I am obsessed with using these popsicle molds…a perfect size for little dessert treats and easy to pop out these delicious lemon popsicles, strawberry popsicles, or any others you may have!
Quick note: I recommend you use lemon basil as opposed to holy basil or Italian basil. However in this edition I used Italian since that is what is growing in the garden!
Little Curren has been so obsessed with these its almost become a problem! Screaming at the freezer for one after another because as they say “you can't just have one”! Really it is like that freaking potato chip obsession! You have to like basil flavor to fully enjoy them, and even if you don't you'll probably still appreciate how refreshing they are!
- 1 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup coconut milk or cashew milk
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel
- 2 Tablespoons of honey or agave syrup
- 2 Tablespoons fresh basil
- Silicone ice cup tray molds
- paper straws
- Combine yogurt, milk, lemon juice, lemon peel, honey or agave, and basil in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour mixture into silicone ice cube trays. Freeze about 1 hour.
- Cut paper straws into thirds. Insert straws into each mold. Freeze 4-6 hours or until firm.
- To serve, gently pop out the popsicles like ice in an ice cup tray. Or for popsicle molds let set about 5 minutes before removing.
*adapted and idea from Ice Cream Party book