I’m always looking for crazy things to try in the kitchen. If there’s a dish that’s traditionally sweet, I try to add a little something savory and vice versa like I did here and here. Anyway, it was brutally hot here yesterday. Humid and muggy. Yuck. I was dying for a freezer pop, ya know, something icy but not too sweet. I had a ton of cherry tomatoes and some tart cherries from last week’s farm share, so I decided to do a little experimentation. I came across this super interesting recipe for freezer pops over at Dolly and Oatmeal, and decided to throw my hat in the ring. I just loved the idea of making a Summer, sweet treat using cherry tomatoes. Pure genius.
While that recipe calls for raspberries, I decided to use the tart cherries that I had on hand. I figured raspberries aren’t all that sweet either, so I could get away with substituting them with cherries. I’m pretty pleased with the outcome, though admittedly, I don’t think this recipe is for everyone. I had to play around a little bit with the ratio of cherries to tomatoes to suit my taste, but it really is an interesting combination that’s totally refreshing on a hot Summer day. You must try this!
Tart Cherry & Cherry Tomato Yogurt Freezer Pops
- 1 1/2- 2 cups tart cherries
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup coconut milk or almond milk yogurt
- 2 tbsp coconut nectar (find it here), plus a little more for dipping
- 1/2 cup toasted, sliced almonds
- in a blender, mix cherries, cherry tomatoes, yogurt, and coconut nectar until smooth
- pour the mixture into popsicle molds, insert popsicle stick, and freeze until firm (about 5 hours)
- in a small bowl, pour a little coconut nectar
- in another small bowl, place the sliced almonds
- dip the top of the freezer pop into the coconut nectar and then into the almonds
- serve immediately, or place them on a baking sheet and back into the freezer until you’re ready to serve
This recipe makes about 7 pops,give or take. I will neither confirm nor deny that I ate several spoonfuls of the mixture straight from the blender. That said, these freezer pops are not super sweet, so if you want to add a little extra sweetness, go for it. There is a slight tomato flavor to them which I really find refreshing, but again, I know that’s not for everyone. Just give the mixture a taste while it’s still in your blender and tweak it to suit your taste.