Using only 2 ingredients, these Healthy Kefir Popsicles are easy to make and nutritious to eat. The perfect cool treat all year long.
Frozen kefir milk is a healthy alternative to ice cream. These kefir pops are great to have in the ready in the freezer. My grandkids love these as an afterschool snack.
Is it warm where you love? We had a really rainy spring. Summer took a long time to arrive. Finally, we are getting the nice weather we have been waiting for.
When the heat turns on, the cold treats are in high demand. It is so easy to indulge in high calorie treats with little to no nutrition. As a gramma, I really like to make sure I have LOTS of healthy options for my little angels to eat. Healthy popsicles are always a hit. In fact, they tell me I make the best popsicles.
You can indulge now and again, but for the most part, we try to keep those “special treats” under control. When you make homemade popsicles, you can control what goes into them. Have you tried my Banana Popsicles? With a few simple ingredients, you can whip up tasty cold ice pops in no time. Healthy Kefir Popsicles take about 5 minutes to make. The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze. Wish I had a blast freezer like on MasterChef.
WHAT IS KEFIR?
Have you tried kefir? It is a fermented milk drink. Similar to drinkable yogurt. Kefir grains are added to cow, sheep and goat milk and allowed to ferment for 12-24 hours.
There are also non-dairy versions of kefir milk, as well as kefir water (which contains NO milk).
Many cultures use kefir milk just as we use regular milk. Over cereal, in baking and for making smoothies and kefir ice cream, salad dressing, and soup.
Kefir is something that can be found in my fridge all the time. I have used plain kefir in place of buttermilk. Healthy Oatmeal Chia Pancakes with Kefir are a brunch favourite.
Kefir drinks also come in a variety of flavours. I love using the vanilla in my Vanilla Bean Kefir Smoothie.
KEFIR POPSICLE INGREDIENTS
The first thing you need is some great popsicle molds. There are LOTS to choose from. I like to make sure they are food safe and BPA free.
Here are some great options:
These kefir popsicles only require 2 ingredients!
- Kefir milk (plain or flavoured)
- Chocolate chips
I used vanilla kefir milk for these ice pops. Feel free to experiment with any flavour you like. All you have to do is:
- Pour some kefir milk into a large measuring cup
- Mix in the chocolate chips
- Pour into the molds
- Freeze (waiting is the hardest part)
KEFIR vs YOGURT
Both are healthy, nutritious and a great source of gut health, but there are a few differences between the two. Kefir is thinner and usually consumed in a “drink” form. Yogurt most times is eaten with a spoon.
Milk kefir is a cultured dairy product produced by the fermentation of milk by lactic acid bacteria, as well as yeasts from kefir grains. Yogurt is a cultured dairy product produced by fermenting milk-specific microorganisms.
Kefir can contain more fat and protein than yogurt, as well as more probiotic strains. If you are really ambitious, just like yogurt, you can make kefir milk at home.
WAYS TO USE KEFIR
As you can see, since kefir is VERY similar to yogurt, there are LOTS of great ways to incorporate into your recipes. Here are a few tasty ideas to try:
If you haven’t jumped on the homemade popsicle kick, it’s time you did. Get yourself some ice pop molds and start experimenting in the kitchen. Do you see how easy these Healthy Kefir Popsicles are to make? Have fun and come up with your own frozen treat combinations. Beat the heat with a cold healthy treat!!
What is your favourite cold treat to have on a hot summer day?
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Healthy Kefir Popsicles Vanilla Chocolate Chip
- 1 ⅓ cups vanilla kefir
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Pour kefir into popsicle molds.
- Place in freezer (without adding the handles) for about 15 minutes so the liquid starts to firm up a bit.
- Remove from freezer, and gently add chocolate chips to each mold. Press them down a bit with the tip of a spoon so you get some all the way to the bottom.
- Place on the handles, and return to freezer to completely freeze.
- Once frozen, remove from mold.