Homemade paletas are a fun and kid-friendly summer treat. Once you have the molds, the flavor possibilities are endless. This recipe highlights cherries and goat cheese, a total match made in flavor heaven.
You guys. Is there anything that screams summer more than homemade paletas?
These are seriously so fun. So much fun that I went a little bit crazy testing them and probably tried three or four different flavor variations before deciding I liked this one best. They’re rich and creamy with a little hint of something special from the goat cheese. It might seem like a strange add-in, but I promise it works.
I’m always interested in non-traditional ingredients when it comes to sweets so these are right up my alley. As a bonus the Greek yogurt adds a little bit of protein and they’re relatively low in sugar. Snack-worthy treats for the win, right?
Mexican paletas are a frozen dessert on a stick that feature creative, fresh ingredient combinations. They can be sweet, spicy, or savory and highlight seasonal fruit, herbs and spices. Basically I like to say they’re like popsicles, but elevated.
Traditional fruit popsicles are great on a hot day. But these are a little bit more substantial and feature creamy Greek yogurt to make the consistency just right. Cherries are simmered and swirled in for a beautiful aesthetic and rich flavor. Goat cheese brings the funkiness and pairs really well with the vanilla and cherry.
Not a fan of goat cheese? Luckily these are simple to customize, but there are a few things I’ve learned after experimenting that I would highly recommend you do to make sure these turn out great every time:
- Simmer your fruit to make it jam-like. This helps it break down and brings out the deep flavor of the cherries. The first time I made these, I left them in large pieces and didn’t like that version quite as much.
- Use full-fat yogurt to get the creamiest consistency. I tried using all milk, some milk, coconut milk, and no milk and I find that less liquid is better. You’ll notice I did add a bit of half & half (just enough to make it pourable).
- Mold size can vary. The popsicle molds I used (pictured below) are on the small side so if you have a different type, you might need to adjust the ingredients accordingly.
- Adding sugar lends a creamier texture. This is probably my most important takeaway. It’s tempting to just blend up fruit with milk/yogurt, freeze and call it good. This actually leads to an ice-y popsicle that’s harder to bite instead of the creamy, chewy variety that I love. Adding sugar helps with this because it slows down the freezing process.
I love this particular popsicle mold because they freeze quickly and the sticks are held up nice and sturdy with the rubber inserts. Once frozen, just run under warm water for 5-10 seconds, remove and store in baggies or cellophane. You’ll love having these on hand for summer snacks.
They’re also kid-friendly and gorgeous! How fun would it be to serve this as a dessert to dinner guests? I mean… if you want to share them.
Give these paletas a try and satisfy a sweet craving with something cool, creamy and nutritious at the same time.
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- Tortellini Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Goat Cheese
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Cherry Goat Cheese Paletas
These cherry goat cheese paletas are creamy and just slightly sweet. The perfect treat to cool you down on hot summer days!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 6 hours
- Yield: 6 paletas 1x
- Category: Sweet
- Method: Freeze
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1.5 cups frozen cherries
- 3 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided
- 1.25 cups whole milk plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp half and half (or milk)
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- 1.5 tsp vanilla paste
- Add cherries and 1 Tbsp sugar to a small sauce pan over medium heat. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring and breaking apart cherries with the back of a spoon. Transfer to a large mason jar or bowl and refrigerate to cool and thicken.
- Meanwhile, add yogurt, half and half, goat cheese, remaining 2 Tbsp sugar and vanilla paste to a bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Once the cherries have cooled, use an immersion blender to puree the mixture until smooth.
- Alternate cherry puree and yogurt mixture in popsicle molds, swirling with a knife or wooden stick as you go. Cover, add sticks and freeze at least 6 hours (or until completely solid).
- The equipment section above provides affiliate links to things I use often in my kitchen and love!
- If you have a different mold, your ingredient amounts may differ.
- Serving Size: 1 paleta
- Calories: 122 calories
- Fat: 5 grams
- Carbohydrates: 14 grams
- Fiber: 1 gram
- Protein: 6 grams
Keywords: goat cheese, homemade popsicles, paletas, frozen treats, summer desserts, cherry desserts
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