The paleta. A summer time treat that Latino kids, all over the globe, enjoy on hot summer days after wasting their hours running in sprinklers or playing in pools. Here, we call them ice pops, or popsicles, but in Mexico, paletas are icy mixtures of fruit juices and, usually, are chock-full of chunks of fruit. Typical flavors include watermelon, lime, guanábana, mango, coconut, rum with raisins, pineapple with chili powder, cucumber with chili powder, pecan, pistachio or tamarind. And often, they’re covered with chocolate or nuts.
Nowadays, you can find paleta recipes with any number of flavor combinations. Some are just icy versions, while others use a variety of milks, creams and yogurts.
Super Simple Strawberry Yogurt Paletas
My kids often enjoy a midday yogurt snack, but since the days have been hot, we’ve been experimenting with popsicle creations. This super simple Strawberry Yogurt Paletas recipe is as quick as it gets, yet still provides the health benefits of yogurt and fruit.
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon stevia, a sugar substitute
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Gently fold the fruit, stevia and vanilla into the yogurt. Fill popsicle molds to the top and freeze until firm. You’ve got a summer treat that will satisfy most any kids!
Looking for more favor combinations? Try any of these 10 delicious paleta recipes, perfect for kids’ palates:
Vegan Avocado and Cacao Paletas: Tantalizing vegan popsicles that you’ll just pretend are for the kids. (Pictured at the left, by Maura of The Other Side of the Tortilla.)
Coconut and Pineapple Paletas: Fresh pineapple. Need I say more?
Horchata Paletas: Creamy popsicles using the ever-popular Mexican drink, horchata.
Strawberry-Banana Horchata Paletas: A summertime version of Horchata popsicles…
Melon Raspberry Paletas: A no fuss, fun way to enjoy a summer day with this perfect pairing of tart flavors.
Banana Chocolate Paletas: For the older kids (you know, like Dad!) who like their protein powder in popsicle form.
Strawberry and Avocado Paletas: Beautiful layered popsicles that will fly off the table on a hot a summer day.
Cucumber with Lime and Chili Paletas: A true Mexican combination, try this recipe if you have culinary adventurous kids.
Sweet Potato and Coconut Paletas: For a midday snack that will feel like much more, try this scrumptious version of sweet potato paletas.
Honeydew and Berries Yogurt Paletas: A creamy way to add a touch of color to a bright summer day.
Photo Credits: #1 & #2: Vanessa Bell; #3: Maura Wall Hernandez
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