These Raspberry Cheesecake flavored Gluten-Free Popsicles from The Whole Smiths are the perfect wholesome snack for grown-ups and kids alike. You have the option to make them dairy-free as well.
Once the weather hit about 70* my mind automatically started thinking about warm weather recipes. Out with the stews and braises (I mean, they are delightful buuuut..) and in with the salads, grilling and frozen treats.
Camryn has this game she’s started playing with us, guess my favorite______. We have three guesses to guess that person’s favorite whatever.
Did I really need to explain that? It was pretty self-explanatory, right?
Anyways, the category the other day was desserts. And no one in my family knew my favorite dessert was cheesecake.
Probably because I rarely eat it but I got me craving some cheesecake nonetheless.
But let’s be honest, the reason I don’t eat cheesecake enough for my family to know it’s my
favorite dessert is probably that it’s not the best thing to be eating on a regular basis.
And unless I make it myself, it’s usually not gluten-free so I can’t eat it. But certainly, I could replicate the taste in a less-sugary, gluten-free and possibly dairy-free version frozen on a stick, right?
What ingredients do I need to make this gluten-free popsicles recipe?
So let’s talk ingredients and options, shall we?
I mentioned that you can use either traditional dairy yogurt or dairy-free vanilla yogurt for this gluten-free popsicles recipe.
I’ve made these either way and can safely say they both taste delicious. I used Kite Hill almond based yogurt when I made my dairy-free version and it was great.
You can use an almond based or coconut yogurt, just find your favorite and use that. The consistency will vary slightly depending on what you use but will freeze up and taste just as delicious.
If you opt to use a traditional dairy yogurt I recommend a high-quality organic yogurt. While
recipe testing I selected a European-style to make it extra smooth but a greek yogurt will work as well.
In short, what I‘m saying here is that any yogurt will work! Find your favorite and use
I looked high and low for a raspberry preserve that had no added sugar and it’s really hard to find since raspberries aren’t naturally super sweet on their own.
I searched five grocery stores for it! I did find this one from Mrs. Miller’s on Amazon but that’s about it.
Personally, I used a regular jam that had clean ingredients and I’m ok with that. I didn’t sweat it too much since this is a treat anyway.
Gluten-free graham crackers are a bit easier to find, fortunately. Most grocery stores have them available in their gluten-free section.
In fact, there are usually several varieties. My personal favorite are these here by Kinnikinnick. They have a bold taste and hold up well in recipes ie don’t get soggy.
Any will do but since I know you’ll ask, go with them if you can find them. Not to mention,
the kids love the leftovers as a snack.
And finally, let’s talk ice pop molds.
There’s no standard size mold and we all have different ones so it’s hard to guess a solid yield on this recipe.
This gluten-free popsicles recipe will make roughly 6 cheesecake pops depending on the size of your molds. The molds that I’ve had the best luck with are these from Amazon as well.
They’re BPA free and dishwasher safe. Done and done.
I hope that the next time you have a hankering for some cheesecake you’ll keep these in mind as a better-for-you option.
Even better, grab your kids and enlist their help! This gluten-free popsicles recipe is perfect
for the littlest of chefs as it’s mostly just mixing and pouring.
Can I use soy yogurt?
You can but it tends to freeze at a less creamy consistency than other varieties of yogurt. Personally, I’m not a fan of most processed soy products.
What if I can’t find gluten-free graham crackers, what can I use a substitute?
You can use any gluten-free cookie. It will still give it a great taste.
Can I use other flavors of preserves?
Of course! Personally, I think peach is a great option as well as it turns this from cheesecake on a stick flavor to a peach cobbler on a stick! Feel free to get creative!
Why do you add honey if the yogurt is already sweetened?
As things freeze, they tend to taste less sweet on our tongue. The cold will reduce our ability to taste and that is why frozen treats tend to be made a bit sweeter.
Don’t worry though, these don’t taste like sugar bombs! They’re still just mildly sweet.
Other easy dessert recipes you may like:
Gluten-Free Raspberry Cheesecake Pops
- 2 cups vanilla dairy-free or whole milk yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/3 cup raspberry preserves
- 1/2 cup crushed gluten-free graham crackers
- Add the yogurt and honey to a bowl and stir to combine until the honey is well incorporated.
- Add the raspberry preserves and swirl it in a few times until it starts to mix in then add the
- graham cracker crumbs and stir it again. Don’t over mix the yogurt as the swirls of raspberries
- and chunks of graham cracker make it all the more tasty.
- Pour the mixture into your popsicles molds and freeze them for 8+ hours.