Homemade Otter Pops Recipe

Meaghan Mountford | The Decorated Cookie

Homemade Otter Pops are a great way to make your own freezer pops. Healthier and so incredibly good!

Homemade Otter Pops Photo

Summer isn’t summer until you toss those sticks of rainbow liquid into the freezer. It takes a good amount of experience to learn how to squeeze the bottom just right to push the “fruity,” sugary treat out of the opening at the top without going too far, so be proud if you’ve mastered this. Note the “fruit” in quotation marks (really, methinks there isn’t really fruit in there).

Did you know you can buy your own freeze pops bags? Which means you have options besides frozen corn syrup and food coloring.

Rather than pouring plain fruit juice in the bags, I opted to mix in yogurt, more specifically, vanilla yogurt, because it adds just the right amount of creaminess and sweetness, so extra sugar isn’t needed. Plus, I just love frozen yogurt treats. You can substitute soy yogurt to make these dairy-free.

Homemade Otter Pops Picture

Really, you can mix up any smoothie or popsicle recipe and pour them in these handy bags. But I wanted to make something almost as easy as buying a box of the originals. No blender is involved, only a whisk and a funnel.

A few notes to guide you: By “fruit juice,” anything works, even heartier juices like orange juice. I used juice box juice: Strawberry-Kiwi, Orange (not squeezed orange juice, more like orange drink) and Apple juice. To make a variety of flavors, instead of the full cup of each, mix a half-cup of each juice with a half-cup of yogurt. Each half-cup combination will make three pops. As long as you have equal parts of juice and yogurt, you can make however many of each you like.

Homemade Otter Pops Image

Now, let’s chat food coloring. If you’re averse to food coloring, given you’re making healthy freeze pops, there is no need whatsoever to use it. The mixture will be a pretty pale pastel, depending on which juice you choose. The pale pink freeze pops shown here, made with strawberry-kiwi juice, have no food coloring and you can see how lovely they look.

I added a few drops of green food coloring to the apple juice-yogurt mixture and a few drops of orange food coloring to the orange-yogurt mixture. I figure there’s a greater chance my kids will grab these first if they are bright and colorful.

Homemade Otter Pops Pic

Lighter juices, such as lemonade or apple juice, mixed with yogurt will give you almost a blank canvas to add any colors you like, if you’re adding food coloring. You can easily make a whole rainbow of colors to compete with store-bought Freeze Pops. Of course, these are so much better, so it’s hardly a competition. 


Homemade Otter Pops Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 cup Apple Juice, Or any other fruit juice
  • 1 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • Food Coloring, Optional


  1. Place the fruit juice and Greek yogurt in a large bowl. Whisk gently until blended.
  2. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring to brighten the mixture.
  3. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into six freezer pop bags.
  4. Freeze for at least four hours to overnight. 


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Author: Meaghan Mountford
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 250 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 50

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 1mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 5g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Meaghan Mountford

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Meaghan makes lots of fun and amazing treats on The Decorated Cookie. We're especially excited, because she's making Copycat Desserts for Food Fanatic!

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