Paletas – Yogurt Ice Pops with Blueberry Puree

September 4, 2011

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In my car, I generally listen to Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius.  Religiously, I listen to Jennifer Hutt on Just Jenny Radio – I love her!  If you drive by my house between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on any given weekday, you may see me sitting in my car, in my driveway, laughing out loud.  Thanks to Sirius radio, Jenn and I have become friends, not only is she hysterically funny and brilliantly smart, and even though she talks for a living,  she is a great listener and a valuable friend.

I also like the morning shows.  At the beginning of summer, I was listening to Fany Gerson talk about her heritage, her culture and how she started creating and selling Paletas and Aqua Fresca’s at local farmer’s markets in NYC. I liked her energy and I was engaged.  When I got home, I immediately ran to my computer and googled her.  I wrote her an email and told her that I had just listened to her on the radio and I was putting her new book, Paletas, on my wish list.

Through several emails, she offered to send me a book.  I was overcome with joy.  When the book arrived, I tore open the packaging and starting earmarking my pages.  Over the last two months, I made the paletas de fresa(strawberry ice pops), paletas de coco rapidas (quick coconut ice pops), and the paletas de chocolate (chocolate ice pops). Unfortunately, they disappeared before I could photograph them.

I just made a batch of Paletas de yogurt con moras(yogurt ice pops with berries). As you can see from my recent posts, I am loading up the freezer with easy to prepare breakfast and after school, healthy snacks.  The combination of greek yogurt and fresh, organic berries not only gives the kids a healthy, nutritionally balanced snack, but it makes them feel as though they are getting a decadent treat. I would have loved to have come home to a paleta when I was in grade school.

Fany was so gracious and appreciative of my email that she offeres to giveaway a copy of her book, Paletas. To win a copy of this beautifully written and photographed book, do any or all of the suggestions below.

Yogurt Ice Pops with Blueberry Puree
yield: 12 pops(in small paper cups)

1 1/2 cups plain, greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 lemon, peeled
1/2 cup blueberries

• put the water and sugar in a small, heavy duty pot.  bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is dissolved. simmer for 5 minutes.
• peel the lemon and put the peel into the simple syrup(the water sugar mixutre). let steep for 5 minutes.
• strain the lemon sugar and place in the fridge until completely cool.
• while the lemon sugar is cooling, combine the yogurt and honey in a mini food chopper and pulse 10 times. set aside.
• to make the blueberry puree, in a small, heavy duty pan, combine the blueberries with 2 tablespoons of water and bring to a boil.  when the blueberries start to pop, remove from the heat.  let cool.
• when cool, puree in a mini chopper.
• strain lemon peels from simple syrup. add to yogurt mixture.
to assemble:
• fill small cups or molds 1/3 of the way with yogurt mixture. put in freezer for about 45 minutes.
• remove and pour a few tablespoons of the blueberry mixture on top of the semi frozen yogurt. swirl slightly with a skewer. let freeze for 20 minutes.
• top the semi frozen pops with the rest of the yogurt mixture, filling almost to the top of the cup. freeze completely, about 3 hours.
• unmold and store in an airtight container or eat right away!

How to Enter

You have until Monday, September 12th, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. The Winner will be chosen via and will have 2 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. U.S.A. residents only.

You can enter multiple times by leaving a separate comment for each of the following steps listed below:

• tell me what your favorite frozen treat is….or what you would make if you had this book.
• go to Fany’s facebook page and become her friend.
• go to The Urban Baker’s facebook page and become my friend
• tweet about this giveaway. make up one of your own or tweet this sample message: pls RT @theurbanbaker has a copy of @Fany Gerson’s Paletas #giveaway. Fresh fruit pops, a great after school snack
• follow @therubanbaker on Twitter
• follow Fany Gerson on Twitter
• sugn up for my RSS feeds and receive my blog posts each week
• Stumble this post and follow me (and see who I follow) @theurbanbaker on StumbleUpon.

Good Luck!



{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] September 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

These look so easy to make. I can’t wait! Just six simple ingredients. Yum! Thanks for sharing these, Susan.


2 Amanda September 5, 2011 at 8:11 am

Ice Cream! Any kind. But I am dying to try this recipe!! 🙂


3 Susan September 5, 2011 at 8:21 am

with the addition of the simple syrup, you feel as though you are eating ice cream. You will want this yogurt mixture on almost everything(frozen or unfrozen)!


4 Marla {family fresh cooking} September 5, 2011 at 8:12 am

I can see why you had this gem of a book on your wish list! These pops look amazing. Please check my post today…you have a little *happy* feature. Please spread the cheer 🙂


5 Susan September 5, 2011 at 8:21 am



6 Damaris @KitchenCorners September 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m a popsicle fanatica and now that I’m in Brazil I plan to eat popsicles every single day 🙂


7 Susan September 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

Damaris – hope your travels to Brazil went smoothly. I love reading about all of your new adventures and it appears that you have adjusted easily! Eat a popscicle for me!


8 Brooke @ Food Woolf September 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Wow. These look REALLY great. I can understand why all the other pops went missing before photo shoot time! Thanks for sharing this great recipe and the info on the radio shows. Always good to know where people get their entertainment!


9 Kim September 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm

This book lokks awesome, as much as these little treats!


10 Lucy Lean September 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Thanks for sharing – these look delicious and so easy to make – something about a frozen treat that makes it decadent and exciting for young and old.


11 Cindy B. September 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

My favorite frozen treat is ice cream cake!


12 Cindy B. September 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I like Urban Baker’s Facebook page.


13 Cindy B. September 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I tweeted,!/ Cinbat 03 and follow @therubanbaker on Twitter.


14 Cindy B. September 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I follow Fany Gerson on Twitter.


15 Cindy B. September 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I sign up to RSS feeds from your blog.


16 Cindy B. September 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I stumbled.


17 Esi September 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I still haven’t found popsicle sticks yet. I need to get on that 🙂


18 Cindy B. September 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I like Fany’s Facebook page .


19 Kristen September 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I had XM radio for a few months and loved it. I’m not in the car enough to warrant it any more, but I did love it! These little pops look so refreshing!


20 Katherine Ellis September 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

I cannot wait to try these yummy pops with three of my favorite things: blueberries, Greek yogurt and honey!! I love how healthy they are, cuz I always love tricking myself! Being in NH on vacation right now, I must say my favorite iced treat is Richardson’s ice cream. It is farm fresh. There is nothing like pulling up to the stand! I get their fro yo, which is better than most ice cream. I get Coffee Heath, Cookie Dough, or Purple Cow, which is Black Rasberry with white and milk chocolate chips. Yummy!

When I get home, I will make these pops!! Thanks UB!!


21 susie r September 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

hi there-
prior to seeing this recipe i have made the same pops (just mixing the fruit into the yogurt, rather than layering it), but the frozen pops come out really icy and flaky. does this happen with your recipe?


22 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I’ve been eyeing that book for some time myself. I’d love to try those quick coconut pops, my husband loves coconut and I bet he would love those.


23 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Already like you on Facebook.


24 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

And follow you on Twitter.


25 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

And I tweeted too!


26 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

And last but not least I stumbled it. Whew, can you tell I want that book! lol


27 Susan Loren-Taylor September 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Love your photos (as always)!


28 Sally W. September 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

I’ve been making lots of homemade ice cream lately. My favorite so far, sweet corn ice cream!!


29 Susan September 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

Sweet corn ice cream? That would one flavor I would love to taste!


30 linda September 11, 2011 at 2:17 am

i walked the hi line (in nyc) & there were fany gerson paletas food carts (& her book graced the top of the cart)…it was a hot summer day & i so enjoyed my treat!


31 Susan September 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

Hi Linda, lucky you for running into those food carts on the Hi Line. That would have been a high light for me!


32 Patricia Scarpin September 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Ok, sweetie, one more book I want to buy and it’s your fault! 😀
Your ice pops (we call them “picolés” here in Brasil) are lovely! I’m a sucker for all things blueberry. And if I lived nearby I would “borrow” your adorable model for my food photos, too. 😉


33 toni January 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

Maybe I”m missing it, tho I’ve read and re-read the recipe, but do you mix the lemon sugar with the yogurt or the blueberries before making the pops? Thanks.


34 Susan January 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hi Toni, Sorry about that! I need an editor!!! I added the simple syrup to the yogurt mixture. Then proceed as follows. This is a wonderful book. If you get a chance to look at it, I think you will agree! Hope this info helps. ss


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