Spiced Plum & Yoghurt Popsicles are just fruit and yoghurt, so are great for a quick breakfast. They are also an easy way to use up a glut of plums so keep a batch in your freezer for guilt free snacking.
There is a certain amount of skill required to successfully eat a popsicle. Too slow and the popsicle starts to melt, drips cascading over your hand and arm before you can catch them with your tongue. Too fast and you run the risk of brain freeze. Then there is the stick to contend with. If luck is on your side, your chosen iced confection will peel away from the stick with ease. If not, you may be blithely licking away at your treat when your tongue rasps over the stick, leaving a strange woody note in your mouth and sending shivers down your spine.
Popsicles have become somewhat fashionable of late. Where once the choice was limited to Twin Poles, Frosty Fruits and Billabongs tucked into a small chest freezer in the corner of the local deli, popsicles now come in any flavour combination you can imagine and are available in dedicated food trucks and pop-up shops. Popsicles, or icy poles as they are still known to most of us, have come of age.
It is very easy to make popsicles at home. Popsicle moulds come in a vast range of shapes and sizes, and can even be bought in your local supermarket. The advantage of making your own is that you have complete control over the ingredients, which can turn the popsicle into a healthy snack rather than a over sweetened treat.
Plums are abundant at the moment and pair well with spices, red wine and yoghurt. Roasting the fruit concentrates the flavour and allows the spices to infuse the mixture. Plums can be quite tart, so it is necessary to taste the fruit you are using and adjust your sugar requirements accordingly. These popsicles are basically fruit and yoghurt in frozen form, so don’t feel too guilty about eating these for breakfast if it is too hot to contemplate anything else. I certainly wouldn’t.
P.S. Looking for other guilt-free popsicle recipes? Try my Tropical Vegan Breakfast Popsicles or Grab & Go Green Smoothie Popsicles.