For the next installment of 3 Kids, a Mom & a Kitchen, it was time for the kids and I to make another Dishes by Disney recipe. This time, we made Sofia’s Magic Amulet Popsicles, inspired by the ever-adorable TV show, Sofia the First!
The kids and I had a lot of fun with this recipe and the popsicles turned out delicious. Here is how it all went down!
Choosing the Recipe: Sofia’s Magic Amulet Popsicles
There are two different Sofia-inspired recipes we’re planning to make together as a family. This week it was hot where we live, so we really wanted to make popsicles. The recipe for Sofia’s magic amulet frozen yogurt popsicles was just what we needed. It was actually a good thing that this was the recipe we chose since it ended up being one of the hottest days of the summer the day we made them!
Rankings: Everyone Loved the Magic!
Overall, this was a great recipe; super tasty but still healthy and fun to make! The tasks that the kids got involved with were very accessible to all ages and they had a lot of fun “cooking.” For me, the recipe was a little trickier. I had to plan ahead, being sure to make the recipe with the kids in the morning so we could enjoy the popsicles in the afternoon. I also had trouble finding popsicle molds like the ones in the instructional video, which would have made putting the popsicles together much easier. The recipe is a little trickier when using a standard, stand-up popsicle mold, but we found a workaround and I was able to make it happen!
The girls told me that the popsicles were “delicious” and they thoroughly enjoyed their healthy treat. My 2-year-old son was less interested in the final product, which isn’t surprising since the yogurt has a more natural, not-too-sweet flavor.
Steps Where Kids Can Get Involved
With the exception of finding popsicle molds that work, this recipe is very simple and straightforward and it was easy to get the kids involved.
- Most obviously, the kids helped me dump all the ingredients into the bag and they each took turns squishing everything together.
- There is a step in the recipe that involves shaking the bag for about 15 minutes. We took our bag to the living room and put on an episode of Sofia the First to watch while we did the shaking. (The episode happened to be about Sofia’s amulet, no less!) Fair warning: The kids like to shake the bag a lot … for about one minute. I ended up doing almost all of the shaking!
- Filling the molds was trickier, so I just took care of that step myself.
The kids were surprisingly patient throughout the day while we waited for the popsicles to freeze. But, even with all that patience, they still asked several times if the popsicles were ready. They were super excited when it was time to dig in and both of my girls really enjoyed the popsicles!
Without further ado, the recipe! I added a few notes based on our experience with the recipe.
Sofia’s Magic Amulet Popsicles
Courtesy of Dishes Inspired by Disney
Makes 5-6 popsicles, depending on the size of your mold
- 1 banana, ripe
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 2 cups non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 1/2 cups all-natural, no sugar added grape juice
- 3-4 cups ice
- 2 tablespoons salt
- Fill an oval ice mold with the grape juice and place in your freezer to harden. (Maynard family note: We did not have oval ice molds, but we did have a flower ice mold that worked well and still made beautiful amulets! Also, our molds were quite small so we needed much less than 1 1/2 cups of juice.)
- To make homemade frozen yogurt in a bag, fill a gallon-sized resealable bag with the yogurt, banana, blueberries, vanilla extract, and honey. Remove as much air out of the bag as possible before sealing.
- Squish everything together for approximately 3-5 minutes, or until combined well and a light purple color.
- In another gallon-sized resealable bag, add the ice and salt, then place the sealed yogurt bag inside and close. (Maynard family note: We double-bagged the yogurt before putting it in the ice bag, and then we double-bagged the ice bag. Our resealable bags tended to open with all the squishing and shaking.)
- Shake vigorously for 10-15 minutes or until the frozen yogurt pulls away from the sides of the bag.
- Spoon frozen yogurt into molds and add sticks if needed. Remove the frozen grape juice amulets from the ice mold and place in the center of each unfrozen popsicle. (Maynard family note: We did not have a flat popsicle mold as seen in the instructional video for this recipe so we had to get creative with a standard popsicle mold. First we spooned some yogurt into the bottom of the popsicle mold, filling it about 1/3 of the way up, then froze for one hour. We then carefully slid our frozen grape juice amulets (flat side facing out) down one side of the popsicle mold, carefully pushing it down just a smidge into the frozen yogurt (see photo below). We then carefully filled the rest of the mold with yogurt and froze for an additional 4 hours.)
- Freeze the pops for 4-5 hours. Remove and enjoy!