A summer tradition: Breakfast Popsicles

July 2, 2010

Last summer, after I purchased several kinds of fun-shaped popsicle molds, I decided to make a nutritious popsicle that the girls could eat for breakfast on a hot morning. Let’s just say that the minxes thought that popsicles for breakfast was seven kinds of awesome.

I decided to play with layering this time around, and since Miss D. loves blueberries above all things, I chose those as the base. Plus, what’s prettier than purpley-blue?  To get some calcium into their growing bones, I added lemon yogurt mixed with a little lemon zest for the second layer, and was pleased with the results.

Miss M. didn’t dig the zest in hers; for little kids, I think I’d leave it out. But popsicles for breakfast are now a summer tradition in our house. It’s the perfect way to start off a lazy summer day. Plus, you’ll get MommyPoints, which are very hard things to come by…at least in my house! Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July weekend with the people you love best.

Coming next week: Popsicles with Booze! Four cartwheels and a herky! Mommysicles! Hoochsicles! Happy Hour Sicles! Whatever you decide to call them, come on back next week for the recipe!

Blueberry-Lemon Breakfast Popsicles

makes 4-8, depending on the size of your molds

1 pint blueberries, washed

3 tablespoons agave nectar or simple syrup (or you can substitute honey)

1-2 tablespoons water

4 (6-ounce) containers lemon yogurt (I used sugar free but any kind will do)

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)

In a blender, combine the blueberries, agave nectar and water; blend well. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing down with the bottom of a spoon to make mixture strain more rapidly. Pour blueberry mixture 1/3 of the way up each popsicle mold. Freeze for one hour.

Combine yogurt and lemon zest, if using. Fill popsicle molds with mixture, leaving a bit of space at the top. Press in sticks and freeze for a few hours or until completely frozen together.

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

inannasstar July 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm

This sounds SO GOOOOOOD! And the thought of having a popcicle for breakfast is fabulous. Love it! Thanks for posting.


Romaine July 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Mommy points? Sounds great. Breakfast popsicles are wonderful idea. As soon as I get some molds, I’m trying this.


Maria July 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm

All kinds of yummy and the promise of popscicles for a mature audience? I love it!


Sherri July 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Fantastic idea…. Have popsicle molds …. will execute ASAP. My picky eater actually loves “juice pops”, etc.


Jenn M July 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Ooh, this sounds great! I think we’re having these for breakfast tomorrow! Thanks for the idea.


Phoo-d July 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I love the pic! ;) Beautiful pops- I’m wishing I had tasted one, they looked awesome!


Corinne July 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm

That’s such a fantastic idea!! Will have to try that. And will have to find some cool popsicle molds…


Lyndsey July 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Now that’s what I call a good breakfast! Can’t wait for the happy hour sicles, or whatever you decide to call them! Wahoo!


Ink July 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I need some Mommy Points!


theUngourmet July 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm

What a terrific idea! These look so pretty too. I love the layers!


Rudri July 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I love this idea. My daughter loves popsicles and I could definitely get some fruit in her this way! So pretty in presentation as well.


Cheryl @ Mommypants July 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm

What a FAB idea! I am so trying this!


GoodEnoughWoman July 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Fantastic photo, Kitch! If these taste as good as that one looks, I’m in. And the kids will be thrilled!


Camilla July 3, 2010 at 2:56 am

If it wasn’t so cold here right now, I’d whip up a batch….bring on summer and next weeks recipes. I’ll all about the booze popsicle!


Lea Ann July 3, 2010 at 5:43 am

What a great idea! And pretty.


Annie July 3, 2010 at 6:00 am

Wow, what a great idea! My son would love popsicles for breakfast. I’ll have to try this sometime. It might be a fun way to serve him the fruit I usually do alongside his eggs :)


Jenn M July 3, 2010 at 7:41 am

It’s official, the popsicles were a success. My older son looked at me, wide-eyed with wonderment, not quite sure if I was joking when I said, “Popsicles for breakfast!” They were really quite tasty. Although I didn’t have any lemon yogurt, so we used vanilla. Still good. Thanks again for sharing!


Bryan July 3, 2010 at 7:59 am

Popsicles for breakfast! How cool is that !?! Here is looking forward to hoochsicles!


Liz July 3, 2010 at 8:11 am

Popsicles with booze? I’m so predictably THERE.


Emily July 3, 2010 at 8:39 am

Huh, interesting idea. I am so, SO bad about having breakfast. I don’t know why. Even now that I am laid off, and have more than ample time in the morning, I just can’t bring myself to get into the habit of making myself breakfast. Maybe something like this, pre-made, would be a good way to inspire myself to invest in that most important meal of the day!


Aging Mommy July 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm

What a wonderful way in which to start off the day on a fun note but with a healthy breakfast too!

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend


Shelley July 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Well, that does it — I’m going to have to go find me some popsicle molds somewhere here in the coldest wettest place that is finally warm and sunny (sometimes).


Dana July 4, 2010 at 8:01 am

Popsicles for breakfast? What fun, whether you’re a kid or not. That is an ingenious idea! You totally deserve mommy points for that!


Michele July 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm

They look amazing and I know my daughter will love them! I think I’ll go out in search of the molds this week so we can have them next weekend And I cannot wait for the popsicles with BOOZE. What’s better than that??


Eralda July 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Popsicles for breakfast sound amazing. I’m off to get some molds. Good thing I just got payed. It’s good to see you’re well. I’ve got so much catching up to do.


Kitchen Butterfly July 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I love your header……..and these popsicles look yum, love lemon, love berries, love two-tone….how can you go wrong!


jc July 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm

what the hell is a hoochsicle?

um, nevermind. My herky is on hold until next week’s booze.


Average Girl July 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Fantastic! And, did you really say “Booze?” I will be back!


Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point July 5, 2010 at 3:46 am

I call this inspiration on a stick, Kitch! It’s fun, it’s healthy, it’s delicious and I get mommy points? Love it! Thanks for adding much needed variety to the good ole’ breakfast routine.


Barbara July 5, 2010 at 5:41 am

What a brilliant idea! No wonder the kids love them. I wish to God these dandy little popsicle maker thingys had been around when I was raising my kids! There are just so many things you make with them.
Hmmmm. A cocktail popsicle? Now there’s a thought. Can’t wait.;


girlichef July 5, 2010 at 6:54 am

You’re a genius! Popsicles are what mine ask for for breakie anyway, so…why not!? These sound great…love the lemon/blueberry combo. My kids are just learning to live with pulp (used to have to strain it into their cups, sheesh) so I wonder how the zest would go over here? I’ll probably try it anyhoo…. =)


bellini valli July 5, 2010 at 8:48 am

Love this idea for the kids (and kids at heart) for a refreshing breakfast treat in this scorching weather.


Christine LaRocque July 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

If I do this (which OF COURSE I will), I think your existence will be elevated to the status of Queen in myhouse. Because anything popsicle is revered by my children. (Well not the booze ones)


Bonnie July 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

Looks delicious but I’ll be back next week. Let me think: “Would you like a drink? O.K., here have a popsicle.” Yes, I think that will work.



Jane July 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm

This is shear genius! I knew I had smart friends!


Sook July 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm

That sounds and looks delicious! And beautiful too!


SuziCate July 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Now that is a fabulous idea! You get Mommy of the Year Award for sure!


Shaina July 5, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I snorted at Hoochsicles. I can’t wait to see what’s in them!


Naptimewriting July 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm

So we do the protein and fruit popsicles over here at NapWorld, but I never thought to do them for breakfast. You naughty mama you. I make pancake and eggs for dinner, so I’m totally up for brekkie pops. And no need to wait for next week to liquor up my popsicles. You say booze, I say heeeeeey! Booze! Hey! I’m on it. Today a shot with my breakfast popsicle, tomorrow a booze and popsicle float, and Thursday I’ll make a boozy brekkie smoothie. Thanks for the co-dependency…I mean idea.


Contemporary Troubadour July 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm

HOOCHSICLES?!? I’m giggling at the word. Say it out loud; it’s hilarious.

But also an awesome prospect.


Christine @ Fresh Local and Best July 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I like the idea of adding yogurt into these popsicles. These look like such a fun treat.


grace July 7, 2010 at 3:02 am

so what are you saying, popsicles made with booze are not breakfast-appropriate? i beg to differ. :)
i love the layered look of these–nicely done!


elizabeth July 7, 2010 at 7:49 am

TKW–you might want to change the name of these beauties to breakfast pops or similar, because Popsicle is technically a brand and the Unilever tends to be persnickety on the name being used in a Kleenex/Q-tip kind of way: http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/06/freeze_stick_em_up_unilever_bu.html

Otherwise, I’m all on board with these–they look SO GOOD.


Justine July 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

NUTRITIOUS breakfast popsicle?? WOW. And my Little Miss is crazy about blueberries too so these are perfect. In fact I showed this to My Guy and he is demanding that I make them *for our daughter* – Uh-huh.

What a great way to start a hot day.


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