Mandarin Pineapple Yogurt Pops

I guess my kids go through stages when they like something and then BAM! the next week they don't like that same something anymore.  This time, the poor food that has lost their love is the poor, sweet mandarin.

  Instead of letting the mandarins and that one lone navel orange sit there and go to waste, I decided to juice them and make popsicles. 

I broke out this machine 


(which doesn't come out very often!)  I truthfully would rather throw my stuff in the blender so that it retains more of it's fiber.  BUT, I know my kids wouldn't like the popsicles as much if there were frozen, pulpy chunks in it.  I figured wasting some of the fiber was better than letting those little mandarins sit on the counter and go to complete waste or for my kids to not eat the popsicles because of the pulp.

If you wanted to try this recipe, you could just use store-bought orange juice.  

If you don't juice your own citrus fruits, this recipe is super simple and quick to prepare.  The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze!  I don't know if it was my freezer or these just take a little longer than some things to freeze, but we had to leave them to freeze overnight.  Three hours was not long enough.

Here are the ingredients that I used:

1 cup orange juice (I used mandarin-navel)
1 cup pineapple juice~~we buy canned pineapple for the kids to take for lunch sometimes.  The amount of juice that the pineapple is packed in is usually 8 ounces.  I drained the pineapple juice out of the can into the orange juice in the bowl and packed the pineapple away for my kids' lunches.
1 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup powdered milk~~I wanted to add a little more calcium

Directions:

Whisk all ingredients together and pour into popsicle molds or small cups with sticks.
Freeze overnight.

We plopped the two we were trying to get out into a cup of water to help them release from the mold.
 
We'll probably be making more of these as the weather starts to get warmer.  I feel much better about my kids eating these than some store bought popsicles with the fake dyes and flavorings.  

When was the last time you made popsicles?

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