Who says frozen treats are only for dessert? These healthy breakfast popsicles prove otherwise.
I scream, you scream, we all scream—for something different for breakfast. When it’s hot outside (or even when it’s not), a steaming bowl of oatmeal might not be what you are looking for to fuel up for the day. Here are nine breakfast ice pop recipes that use familiar morning ingredients like fruit, yogurt, granola, and chia seeds in new ways. Bring on the brain freeze.
Think of these as the frozen version of overnight oats. Food and travel author and blogger Kate Hackworthy of @kateveggiedesserts loves surprising her kids with unexpected breakfasts. This one makes use of foraged blackberries blended with almond milk, oats, banana, honey or maple syrup, vanilla, and yogurt for a gluten-free way to start the day. Get the Blackberry, Banana, and Oat Breakfast Popsicle recipe.
BPA-Free Ice Pop Molds with Sticks, Funnel, and Cleaning Brush, $9.99 from Amazon
Built-in drip guards are a nice touch.
Don’t use up all of those sweet ruby-hued summer strawberries as slices on top of your cereal or yogurt in the morning—save some of them for these popsicles. Dietitian and cookbook author Tori Wesszer of @fraichenutrition whips these up with ripe strawberries, Greek yogurt, almond milk, and lemon juice layered with granola and even more Greek yogurt (gotta get that protein fix). Get the California Strawberry Breakfast Popsicle recipe.
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Chia seeds deliver incredibly high amounts of fiber, protein, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids in one low-calorie package, and they also happen to be crunchy and addictive. The Chalkboard Mag’s recipe shared from Nealy Fisher’s cookbook “Food you Want for the Life You Crave” is riff-abble using whatever fruit you have on hand from mango to strawberries. They are blended with full-fat coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla extract for a dreamy, creamy breakfast. Get the Fruity Coconut Breakfast Popsicle recipe.
Zoku Fish Ice Pop Molds, $19.95 from Sur La Table
These ocean-themed ice pop molds make breakfast popsicles even more fun.
The problem with buying a whole watermelon (and is it really a problem?) is figuring out how to use all of it up. For these a.m. treats, blogging sisters @anncalla simply blend watermelon juice, then layer it in popsicle molds with Greek yogurt and chocolate chips—because nothing gets you through a Monday morning better than a little chocolate fix. Get the Watermelon Breakfast Popsicle recipe.
Protein and potassium pair up in these appealing treats on a stick that combine the totable breakfast fruit with the beloved sandwich spread. Blogger and author Kathryn Doherty of Family Food on the Table uses just five healthful ingredients for these popsicles: bananas, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, milk, and honey. She also suggests putting crushed granola or chocolate chips at the bottom of the molds for a crunchy surprise. Get the Peanut Butter and Banana Breakfast Popsicle recipe.
Is there anything more delectable than sinking your teeth into a perfectly ripe peach? Its aroma and flavor are only matched by the sheer joy of feeling like a kid again by letting that juice drip down your chin. This recipe from the team at Cherish.us uses both white and yellow peaches (the former tend to have more of a delicate floral note), Greek yogurt, honey, and kefir. They suggest adding in chia seeds, toasted coconut flakes, or slivered almonds for some texture. Get the Honey Peach Breakfast Popsicle recipe.
If you think fall signals the end of fun summery treats, think again. Rabid PSL fans or aficionados of all the pumpkin spice-flavored ingredients and snacks that are seemingly everywhere as autumn approaches will love this spicy, creamy, pumpkin-y creation from Rhubarbians. Easy peasy canned pumpkin puree is blended and frozen along with plain yogurt, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and honey, and layered with granola. Grab one before you head out to the patch to pick the perfect orb for your front porch. Get the Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake Breakfast Popsicle recipe.
While summer’s still in session, blending blueberries (both fresh and in the form of jam) with rich cream cheese and milk makes for a creamy, dreamy treat any time of day. Since there is so much fruit in them, we’d totally eat these ice pops from Trade Street Jam Co. for an occasional breakfast. If you only have a plain blueberry jam on hand, try adding a little lemon juice and fresh basil or mint—and you might want to add less sugar in the ice pop mixture since conventional jam tends to already have a lot more than this particular low-sugar brand. Get the Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles recipe.
Blueberry Lemon Basil Jam, $13 from Trade Street Jam Co.
Try their other inventive flavors too.
Addicted to green juice in the morning? Switch things up with these pops from Floating Kitchen. Just like the nutrient-rich drink these are loaded with kale leaves, along with green grapes, brewed green tea, banana, honey, and Greek yogurt. You could also add in spinach, cucumber, mint, or basil. Get the Green Smoothie Breakfast Popsicle recipe.
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