Just in time for summer we’ve whipped up a recipe for a grab & go breakfast that contains protein, whole grains, fruit and…. the best part? It’s a popsicle!
If you’re like me, mornings are jam packed. Up early, usually have a few chores to knock out before I leave, a morning work-out to do, a long commute to work, and all before 8am! Because of this, getting everything prepped for my day the night before (especially food) is essential. This popsicle recipe comes just in time for hot summer days, when having something refreshing to cool me down is just as important as being well fed. Getting the necessary amount of daily protein for an active lifestyle can sometimes be a challenge, which is why I pump these popsicles up with protein packed ingredients so I can have a nutritionally balanced treat.
So let’s talk about how easy these are to make. First, you’ll need some yogurt. It’s fine to use whatever yogurt you have in the fridge, although I recommend vanilla since it adds a little extra flavor to the popsicle and is a nice compliment to the fruit and granola. To get the maximum amount of protein I use Greek yogurt. Not only does it contain around 20g of protein per serving, but it also packs a punch of probiotics, calcium, B12, and potassium. If you do decide to go the Greek route, you’ll want to stir in some milk before adding this yogurt to the popsicle mold since it has a thicker consistency. You can use regular cow’s milk if you'd like, or get creative with coconut, almond, oat or hemp milk. Keep in mind the end result - if you use a creamy variety of yogurt and milk, you will get a decadent, creamy popsicle. If you use yogurt with low fat content the popsicle will freeze a little harder. One is not better than the other, it all comes down to personal preference and health choices, play around with both and see what you like. If you decide on plain Greek yogurt, I suggest adding a little sweetener to the mix; this can be pure maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar.
Next, you’ll need to prep the berries. Thrown in “as is” berries have a tendency to turn into little rocks when frozen, so I like to do some prep work first. Take about ¼ cup of each berry and chop them up into tiny pieces. Set these to the side for later.
Now grab your blender, add 1C sliced strawberries, 1C yogurt, 2T milk and a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Combine them in a blender until they create a smooth consistency. Beautiful berry magic!
Last step before assembly (and this one is really easy) pick your Granola of choice. I used Erin Baker’s Endurance Crunch Granola, since it contains 10g of protein per serving and I love the subtle peanut butter flavor added to the popsicle. Bonus - it also contains flax seeds which are high in Omega 3’s!
Assembly time! This part is so easy even your kiddos can help out! For my beautiful ombre look you’ll want to layer everything by placing one scoop of each of the following into your popsicle mold:
- Chopped Fruit
- Yogurt/ Berry/ Protein Blend
- Yogurt (with optional sweetener)
Tap the mold lightly on the table between layers to ensure everything is combining together. Then put your popsicle stick about halfway into each mold, stick in the freezer, and leave there 6 hours or overnight.
When you’re ready to eat, pull the mold out of the freezer and run gently under warm water just until the popsicle loosens enough to pull out (not TOO much though or it may melt). This protein pop is so versatile! Grab it for breakfast, a post-workout snack or on your way to the beach. It will fill you up, cool you down, and become a summer staple in your freezer.
Yogurt & Granola Protein Breakfast Popsicle Recipe
- 2 cups Vanilla Greek Yogurt or Yogurt of Choice
- Maple Syrup, Honey or Agave Nectar (optional – to desired sweetness)
- Favorite Protein Powder – 1 serving scoop
- Mixed Berries: Strawberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- ¾ cup mixed berries diced into tiny pieces
- Erin Baker’s Endurance Crunch Granola
- Popsicle Mold & Sticks
- Choice of Milk* (I used Unsweetened Califia Almond Milk)
*Milk is only necessary if you’re using Greek Yogurt, to help reduce its thick consistency
- Mix together 1 cup yogurt, sweetener to taste (optional) and 2T milk*
- Blend 1 cup sliced strawberries with 1 scoop protein powder, 1 cup yogurt, and 2T milk*
- Chop about ¼ cup of each berry into tiny, minced pieces
- Layer in the following order: Minced berries, yogurt (with optional sweetener), yogurt/ berry/ protein mix, then Granola
- Insert stick and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight
- Run popsicle mold gently under warm water to loosen it (careful not to melt the popsicle) and enjoy!
What fruit would you try in this recipe? The combinations are endless!!
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