Say hello to the ultimate summer snack: cherry popsicles with Greek yogurt and chocolate chips! They’re creamy, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, and bursting with chocolate cherry flavor. A healthy frozen snack that’s perfect for hot days!
I like to use fresh cherries to make these, but thawed frozen cherries work too. I also topped mine with a white chocolate drizzle, but you can leave them plain or decorate them however you like.
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Greek Yogurt Popsicles with Cherries
I used to assume making homemade popsicles was a lot of work. Until I finally tried to make some myself, and realized it’s essentially blending up a smoothie, pouring it into molds, and letting it freeze. Super simple and so easy to customize flavors.
I ended up with some leftover fresh cherries, and I wanted to make something summery with them. With the crazy summer heat in Texas, I figured cooling down with a frozen popsicle wouldn’t be a bad idea!
I love the combination of flavors here: chocolate and cherries go perfectly together, and the tangy Greek yogurt makes these extra creamy. Using maple syrup as a sweetener also means there’s no need to heat up any sugar and water (which is how some popsicles are made). Easy and delicious.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these cherry popsicles:
- cherries: I used fresh Bing/sweet cherries, but any type of sweet cherry should work! Fresh cherries are in season in the U.S. during the summer months (May through August). You can also use frozen cherries – you’ll just need to thaw them in the refrigerator overnight first, then drain the extra liquid.
- chocolate chips: I used dark chocolate chips for a less sweet, richer chocolate flavor. Semisweet or even milk chocolate chips will work, too.
- Greek yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt is the base for these popsicles! You can also use vanilla Greek yogurt, but you may not have to add maple syrup in that case, since sugar may already be added.
- maple syrup: Maple syrup or honey sweetens the popsicles. You can use as much or as little as you like.
- vanilla extract: To add a hint of vanilla, and enhance the other flavors. Leave this out if using vanilla yogurt.
Got extra cherries? Try these cherry almond cupcakes!
Looking for another tasty frozen snack? Try this frozen yogurt bark!
How to Make Chocolate Chip Cherry Popsicles
Start by mixing together the Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and half the maple syrup in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, remove stems and pits from cherries. (I just sliced the cherries in half and pulled out the pit, but if you have a cherry pitter, that will save you time).
Place half of the cherries in a blender along with half of the chocolate chips and the rest of the maple syrup. Blend until pureed. Next, add the rest of the cherries and chocolate chips and pulse a few times. (This keeps some cherry chunks and chocolate chunks.)
(If you don’t want cherry and chocolate chunks in your popsicles, you can just add everything into the blender and puree until smooth.)
Pour the cherry chocolate mixture over the yogurt mixture. Stir a few times, very gently, so it’s a little mixed but not too much. That’s how we get the ‘swirled’ look. Next, spoon the mixture into your popsicle molds.
(If you want the swirl to be more defined, add half the yogurt mixture to your popsicle molds, then add the cherry mixture on top and swirl it lightly with a popsicle stick.)
Then, either use the popsicle covers that come with the popsicle mold, or cover the top of your popsicle mold with foil and insert popsicle sticks in the center of each popsicle. Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours, or until fully frozen.
Lastly, remove popsicles from the popsicle mold. (If you’re having trouble, run some warm water over the sides of the popsicle mold.)
If adding toppings: melt white chocolate in the microwave (in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second intervals at 50% power) with a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil. Drizzle over the popsicles as desired. Press cherry halves on top immediately, as the melted chocolate will chill and harden quickly.
How to Store Cherry Popsicles
Once the cherry yogurt popsicles are fully frozen, remove them from their molds and store them in an airtight container in the freezer. They should last for up to 3 months.
Here are some ways to switch up this recipe if you’d like:
- stir in some granola for a bit of crunch
- leave out the chocolate for a more intense cherry flavor
- add another frozen fruit into the mix (just keep the overall amount of fruit the same)
Do I need popsicle molds to make these?
As far as equipment goes, popsicle molds will make things easier, but they aren’t essential. (These are the silicone popsicle molds I have, and I love them!).
You can instead use small paper cups to freeze your popsicles in, and then cut them out with scissors. But you will need popsicle sticks!
I hope this tasty, healthy frozen treat helps you cool down this summer!
If you make these chocolate chip cherry popsicles, I’d love if you shared your thoughts with a rating and comment below.
More desserts with fruit to try:
- Cherry Chocolate Custard Toast
- Blueberry Walnut Blondie Bars
- Raspberry Almond Blondies
- Strawberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
- Mini Baked Blueberry Glazed Donuts
Chocolate Cherry Popsicles with Yogurt
- 10 popsicle sticks
- silicone popsicle mold (optional)
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup maple syrup, divided*
- 2 cups sweet cherries, divided (fresh or frozen**)
- ½ cup chocolate chips (dark or semisweet)
- In a large bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and 2 Tbsp of maple syrup.
- In a separate bowl, remove stems and pits from cherries. Place 1 cup of the cherries and ¼ cup of the chocolate chips in a blender along with the rest of the maple syrup (2 Tbsp, or more as desired). Blend until pureed. Add the rest of the cherries and chocolate chips and pulse a few times, leaving some chunks of cherries and chocolate chips. (You can puree until smooth if you prefer popsicles without any chunks).
- Pour the cherry chocolate mixture over the yogurt mixture. Stir gently a few times to swirl. Spoon the mixture into popsicle molds (or small paper cups).
- Either use the popsicle covers that come with the popsicle mold, or cover the top of your popsicle mold with foil and insert popsicle sticks into the center of each popsicle. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or until fully frozen.
- Lastly, remove popsicles from the popsicle mold. Add white chocolate drizzle and/or other toppings if desired***.