These Cherry Popsicles are inspired by the beloved dessert classic - cherry cheesecake. They're full of rich, sweet cherry flavor but are indulgently creamy, too! And one secret ingredient adds some protein, making it a more balanced, blood sugar-friendly treat!
Why You'll Love These Creamy Cherry Popsicles
- Inspired by the beloved cherry cheesecake dessert, these popsicles are cool, creamy, sweet, and delicious!
- It has a secret ingredient that makes them extra creamy and adds some protein!
- These Cherry Cheesecake Protein Pops are very kid-friendly!
- Don't need all of them at once? They can easily be frozen and stored for more sweet treats later.
- They're pretty low maintenance. All you need is a few simple ingredients, a blender, and a popsicle mold.
- Cherries: you can use frozen dark sweet cherries or fresh cherries that have been pitted.
- Cottage Cheese: I know this ingredient may sound a little weird in a frozen treat recipe, but it adds a smooth creaminess (without the tang of Greek yogurt). Nutritionally it also boosts the calcium and protein, making this treat a little more balanced and blood sugar-friendly. I used 1% in the recipe, but you can use whatever you prefer (not that nonfat may make them ever so slightly icier and less creamy).
- Neufchatel Cheese or Cream Cheese: A necessary ingredient with any cheesecake inspired treat! I personally use the ⅓ less fat neufchatel cheese, but you can use either it or regular cream cheese (I don't recommend fat free).
- Sweetener: A little sweetener makes these popsicles a little more indulgent. You can use honey, agave, or even your favorite non-nutritive sweetener like allulose, stevia, or monk fruit.
- Chocolate Drizzle: While you could skip the chocolate drizzle, I mean...why? A little chocolate melted with a touch of coconut oil then drizzled over the frozen popsicles takes this dessert to the next level! It makes it so much more satisfying, but taste-wise and visually!
Cherry Popsicle Recipe Tips
- Do NOT be scared of this recipe if you don't like cottage cheese! The texture becomes completely smooth and it adds a more neutral, subtle creaminess compared to the tangy creaminess of Greek yogurt. I promise it's worth giving a try!
- Want some chocolate flavor but don't want to do the chocolate drizzle? Try adding a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder or mini chocolate chips before freezing.
- If you're having a hard time removing the popsicles from the popsicle mold, try running them under hot water for 10-20 seconds, until they're loose enough to pull right out.
- Have the melted chocolate ready to drizzle over the popsicles as soon as you remove them from molds. If it's a really hot day, you can transfer the un-molded popsicles to a silicone baking mat-lined tray, drizzle with chocolate, then immediately place back in the freeze before they can get too melty.
- Extra leftover popsicles can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer up to three months.
More Healthy Sweet Treats
- Healthy Chocolate Popsicles
- One Ingredient Grape Popsicles
- Blueberry Avocado Nice Cream
- Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream
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Cherry Cheesecake Popsicles
- 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
- 1 cup 1% cottage cheese
- 1 ounce neufchatel cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil
- In a blender, puree the frozen cherries, cottage cheese, neufchatel cheese, and honey.
- Divide mixture into popsicle molds and insert popsicle sticks. (Mine created 4 popsicles, but yours may create more if the molds are smaller.)
- Freezer 3-4 hours, or until solid.
- To remove from popsicle mold, run the mold under running hot water until the popsicles have loosened slightly and can be removed.
- To make the chocolate drizzle, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe container for 30 seconds at a time and stir until smooth. Pour the melted chocolate into a small bag, cut off a tiny piece in the corner, and drizzle over protein pops.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a one month.