Homemade Go-Gurt-Like Yogurt Sticks

DIY Homemade Go-Gurt Like Yogurt Sticks with Real Fruit!Contributor post written by Renee from Raising Generation Nourished

I knew at some point this year it was bound to happen. My first born started kindergarten, and while she absolutely understands the difference between what we call “grow food” (nourishing, nutrient dense food that helps our body stay strong and grow) and processed food, I knew I would be fielding the question about why so and so has electric pink yogurt and hers is white.

I played the proactive card and at the beginning of the year started making “fruit on the bottom” yogurt containers for her lunch – just a few frozen strawberries in the bottom of her lunch container with yogurt over top. By the time lunch rolled around the fruit was thawed and she could stir in the fruit which would not only take care of the color thing, but also make it sweet – something she was not necessarily used to having at home. This was a total winner in her book, and still is to this day.

I have wanted to play around with the idea of the Go-Gurt-like yogurt sticks though since I have some nieces and nephews that are more used to this concept. I was really enthusiastic about playing around with the reusable silicone molds, and the disposable Zipsicle sleeves. When I told Chloe about what I was using them for she promptly informed me that “oh yeah the kids at school have those – but they have colorful cartoons all over the yogurt tube.”

Sigh. Darn it.

I’m not gonna win this one am I?

DIY Homemade Go-Gurt Like Yogurt Sticks with Real Fruit!

She quickly changed her tune when I told her she got to be the chef and create the flavor she wanted. You’re in charge kiddo – what’s it gonna be? She was thoroughly involved at this point, and once the blender took off and made the plain white yogurt turn pink with strawberry delight, her face lit up and exclaimed – “That’s just like what the kids at school have!”

Bingo. Hit the nail on the head. Score.

Whatever you wanna call it…that is what I was looking for.

DIY Homemade Go-Gurt Like Yogurt Sticks with Real Fruit!

Because, listen.

This real food thing doesn’t have to be a drag. It’s not all cod liver oil and egg yolks at every meal. Those things are super important, nourishing staples that should be a daily/weekly occurrence in our children’s diets, but let’s face it. I don’t want my kid feeling left out. To be honest, since the real food way of eating is the only way she has ever known, it doesn’t really bother her to pack a thermos of soup and hard boiled eggs for lunch. In fact, in her mind she has hit the jackpot when she gets to bring an orange to school since those are a hot commodity around here.

But I have worked my way through some of the school lunch “staples” like granola bars and energy bars so she can feel a little less “crunchy kid” and a little more like her friends. I even created a pizza muffin for “pizza day” at school…which occurs every Thursday. Tell me…what kid needs to have pizza every week of the year? But alas they do at school, so we compensate with a real food alternative that I can feel good about her having most Thursdays.

DIY Homemade Go-Gurt Like Yogurt Sticks with Real Fruit!

My biggest goal in creating these was that they be quick to put together. Isn’t that the whole point of the Go-Gurt? Convenience? So no extravagant extra ingredients – just dump them into your blender, blend and pour (each flavor fit perfect in my Magic Bullet since that’s the only blender I have). I think frozen fruit works fantastic – no need to even thaw it out. I don’t have time for that! Homemade Go-Gurt-like yogurt sticks store best in the freezer – stack them up and then toss from freezer to lunchbox. No need for fancy ice packs – it will thaw to yogurt by lunchtime!

A few notes on the containers I tested out. I liked the concept of the silicone molds since I don’t like waste and having to buy more disposable sleeves when we run out. They were too big around for my 3 ½ year old to handle though and it was very messy. My kindergartener did okay, but manipulated the disposable Zipsicle sleeves better. I think older children might handle the reusable molds well so don’t completely sign off on them! (I also had visions of the non-attached tops for the reuasable molds getting lost…)

DIY Homemade Go-Gurt Like Yogurt Sticks with Real Fruit!

I feel super confident if your child is used to Go-Gurts, they are going to be excited about these. Pick a flavor that works for them and go for it. Get creative – I already have big plans for our spring berries and summer peaches! I used cold soluable grass-fed gelatin to give them an extra nutrient punch – add in whatever else you feel your child could benefit from – extra probiotics, a shot of elderberry syrup, a quality vitamin C, etc.

Homemade Go-Gurt-Like Yogurt Sticks
 
Author:
Ingredients
Strawberry:
  • ½ - 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 TB cold soluable grass-fed gelatin (where to buy)
  • optional: raw honey to taste if your child is used to traditional Go-Gurt
Blueberry:
  • ½ - 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup whole yogurt
  • 1 TB cold soluable grass-fed gelatin (where to buy)
  • optional: raw honey to taste if your child is used to traditional Go-Gurt
Pear:
  • 1 small, ripe pear
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • Juice of ½ lemon (do NOT leave this out – it keeps the avocado from browning – it really doesn’t make it very tart at all since the pear is so sweet)
  • 1 TB cold soluable grass-fed gelatin (where to buy)
  • optional: raw honey to taste if your child is used to traditional Go-Gurt
Extra Materials:
Instructions
  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the fruit, yogurt, gelatin, and honey (if desired). Use a small funnel to pour the yogurt into the yogurt sticks. Keep in the fridge or freeze until desired.
Notes
The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love. Find all my favorite kitchen essentials, here.
 

DIY Homemade Go-Gurt Like Yogurt Sticks with Real Fruit!

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