As I mentioned in last week’s post, yogurt can be a tasty (and really cheap) treat. Flavor your yogurt however you like and then throw it into some Popsicle molds for a fantastic and awesome frozen treat. Popsicle molds are great because they are 1. much cheaper than an ice cream maker (and much easier to clean too) and 2. can be really cheap to buy. I got my set of 4 at the 99c store, but you can get high quality dishwasher-safe, BPA-free ones for less than $10 elsewhere if you’re worried about BPA (I’m not since BPA-free doesn’t necessarily mean something is safer). Since summer is a great time for cheap fruits in California (and because it’s HOT dangit!), it’s easy to make some stipend-ready desserts. Right now, cantaloupes are on sale at Sprouts until tomorrow (2 for $1), so it’s the perfect time to try the Melon yogurt Popsicle recipe by Lauren Zembron (see the original post with tasty pics). The recipe is adapted below, but definitely check out the post at healthyfoodforliving.com.
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups roughly chopped ripe cantaloupe
  • 1/2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek (strained) yogurt
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey, or more to taste

Directions:
Place chopped melon and lemon juice in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add in the yogurt and puree until well-incorporated. With the motor running, stream in the honey. Taste, and add more honey if desired. Transfer mixture to a measuring cup with a spout for easier pouring. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of fruit & yogurt puree. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, leaving about 1/2 inch of room at the top for freezing expansion. Place in freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Prefer ice cream over Popsicles? Another ridiculously affordable frozen treat is the 1-ingredient homemade ice cream. Just chop up your overripe bananas, freeze, and whip them up in the food processor for banana ice cream.

So there you have it…desserts can be affordable and healthy! Enjoy!

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