Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
Add'l 2 hrs 30 mins
Total 2 hrs 45 mins

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I used to want to be a nurse. Actually, before that I was going to be in Public Relations and rep famous people like Matthew McConaughey . And before that, I was going to be a vet. And before that I was going to be the Ice Cream Truck Driver (free ice cream all the time? Where do I sign??).

But back to the nurse thing…I was so serious about nursing that I actually signed up for summer courses and bought the outrageous $300 books. I thought it was going to be just like Grey’s Anatomy. Why wouldn’t all the doctors be gorgeous with rock hard abs? And of course they are going to want to take me into the on call room. Obviously that’s how real hospitals work, duh.

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Except hospitals are nothing like Grey’s Anatomy and I couldn’t find McSteamy and his gorgeous blue eyed, tanned skinned side kick anywhere. I was barely passing my Anatomy lab — who knew body parts were so confusing…why can’t we just call things by names that make sense, you know, like upper heart valve thingy? Every night I would come home exhausted and wish I could quit.

So I started cooking. And baking. And eating. I remember making so many versions of these popsicles that summer…the combinations were endless! I had razzleberry cheesecake (blackberry, raspberry and blueberry), pear cheesecake and even pineapple cheesecake. The popsicles kept me going during my late night study sessions and I eventually passed that anatomy class…although I still can’t tell you the names of the valves of your heart or the real names for your bones. πŸ™‚

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When Jorge and I moved in February, I found my giant old anatomy book. I opened it to see if it was still worth anything and right on the front page I saw a bright red popsicle stain. Turns out the book was worth all of $3.50 on amazon, but the reminder of my favorite popsicles was priceless.

P.S. I know this post was so ridiculous. I am seriously writing a love story about a popsicle. Maybe I ate too many, maybe I’m loosing my mind or maybe they are just that good. But the flavor possibilities are endless, you only need 6 ingredients — with one of them being water — and they ring in at only 93 ass friendly calories. So I am going with the explanation of, they are just that good!

Yield: 6 medium popsicles

Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles

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Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles are the best frozen summer treats to cool off with. These homemade popsicles, made with fresh raspberries, are so much easier to make than a whole cheesecake, too!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz fresh raspberries (or blueberries/blackberries/cherries)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 oz low fat cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fat free milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook raspberries and 1 tablespoon of water for 10 minutes or until they are easily broken up with a wooden spoon.
  2. Transfer mixture to a food processor (or strong blender) and puree till there are no lumps left. Refrigerate raspberry puree until cool, about 30 minutes.
  3. Then in food processor, puree cream cheese, milk, vanilla extract and powdered sugar -until smooth.
  4. In popsicle molds, layer raspberry puree and cream cheese mixture. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

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75 Responses
  1. Treathyl Fox

    Happy National Cheesecake Day! This link was shared on my GOURMET Pinterest board a couple of years ago. Glad to see the post is still here. πŸ™‚

  2. Corina

    These look great and I love your story. It reminds me of how at school I chose to study all the sciences because I wanted to be a vet. Luckily before it was too late I realised I hated science and probably wouldnt pass the exams. I gave up on my dream of being a vet and picked languages instead.

    1. Jessica

      Hi Yvonne,

      I’m sure you can, however I have no experience using any artificial sweeteners in popsicles. I would use your best judgement and use whatever you normally use for a sugar sub.

  3. Jennifer

    I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.

  4. Renee King-Hooks

    Girl I can’t wait to try these. Yummy! Loved the DIY in your story too. Nothing wrong with you or your Grandma LOL. Cooking with family, fun & love is the best kinda cooking πŸ˜‰ I enjoyed the years of cooking and baking at the table in one of the relatives’ homes listening to the good ole stories of the neighbors and how her lemon meringue never did come up to Grandma’s standards. Also how her sister had to go off and stay for several months with Aunt something or other that nobody ever remembered. She stared out the back glass, as her mom & dad drove away, and waved and cried. Mom said it was the dust, but we knew better. She cried and we waved until we couldn’t see her or the car anymore. We all let out the breaths we didn’t know we were holding and went to check on Grandma’s stuff being moved and trying to find out why. We didn’t have any idea what was going one, but we knew one thing for sure; Grandma was gonna throw a hissy fit.

  5. Samantha Gray

    I’m a nurse practitioner and a nursing professor – and will share this with my students! Bet a few will relate to your story. And, since so many love to cook as a hobby, they will enjoy trying the popsicles. I know I will! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. And if you ever want some short cuts to remembering those heart valves, just email. One good turn deserves another!

  6. suking

    You are just so adorably cute with your writing! Love this recipe and plan to use many different variations over this summer. I have a 2 yr old granddaughter that will find every possible way to get sticky with these. Thanks for your delightful posting!

  7. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    These are the cutest popsicles ever! So natural, healthy and no doubt tasty. Just saw them over at Pinterest and just HAD to drop by and tell you how adorable they are. (They are sure to be popular this spring and summer, too!) Stunning red and white food photography. Truly worthy of a food mag cover. πŸ™‚ Love how the raspberries create red polka dot clusters! xo

  8. Abby Miller

    Never mind, I didn’t read far enough into the comments to see that you’d already answered this. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Abby Miller

    Hi! I just found the link to this from Pinterest and they look AMAZING. I’ve been trying to find the perfect popsicle recipe and this looks like exactly what I’ve been looking for. I just have one odd question, what type of popsicle mold are you using? All of them that I find on Amazon have such contradictory reviews. Thanks!

  10. Stephanie Rothenberg

    Thanks, Jessica! I just made these and they are delicious! I also wanted to let everyone know that I used berries that I had previously frozen, and they still turned out great. I’ll definitely be making these popsicles again. πŸ™‚

  11. Kimberly

    Why don’t you become a writer? Or make a book of all your favorite creations and make a story out of it/recipes. Your a good writer!

  12. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    I gobble up popsicles and ice cream like none other in the summer. Wait who am I kidding, year round!

  13. katie

    ok, wow – how about I “read” instead of “skim” the comments – thx for answering my question before I even asked it, Jessica πŸ™‚

  14. katie

    Hi – where did you get/what kind of popsicle molds do you have?? I don’t currently own any (boo – i know!), so I bought a cheap-o $1 clearance set at walmart (plastic….so, prob not BPAfree…but I’m desperate to try these!). Yours look like a nice smaller size, so I’m just curious πŸ™‚

    ahhh…so, I’m off to make these RIGHT NOW! Can’t wait!~
    ~kate

  15. DStarr

    I didn’t have any popsicle molds, sticks or small cups to make these in, so I put them in ice-cube trays and made mini’s πŸ™‚ Turned out great!

  16. Jennifer

    Such a great idea — they look amazing! Do you happen to know the brand/source of your popsicle mold? I love the simple shape but can’t find that exact one online. Thanks!

  17. Brooke

    Jessica – the kids and the husband loved them. LOVED THEM!!! My 5.5 year old (oh excuse me – 5 and 3/4 – I’m reading aloud to her as I type πŸ˜‰ ) can’t wait to try all different kinds of combinations! We are headed to the market tomorrow as we are fresh out of fresh fruit! πŸ™‚ Thank you again! Love your blog!

  18. Brooke

    I’ve been drooling about these all week! I finally had a chance to make them….I used strawberries since that was what was on hand! πŸ™‚ So excited to eat them with the kids tomorrow! P.S. Thank you for sharing exciting yummy recipes and being super entertaining! I love your writing! (and your food! AND your pics!!)

  19. Javelin Warrior

    The color of these pops is amazing – or maybe it’s the stark contrast between the white white and the red red. They sound delicious and yet so simple to make… I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and always excited to see what you’ll create next…

  20. what katie's baking

    your photos are incredible. and these pops are so tempting right now with the weather being hot. but, they’d probably be tempting even if it was december haha

  21. Joanne

    Anatomy is one of the MANY things I don’t miss about med school either. UGH. and to think I got through it without ANY popsicles. I was surely deprived.

  22. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    You know I was actually pre-med at UCLA because I wanted to be the next Christina Yang. I would tell people that I would be a cardiothoracic surgeon. But then I got a D in bio so I changed majors to Sociology.

    Ah, what greys anatomy does to us.

    Anyway, these popsicles are so amazing. I’m game for anything cheesecake so I’m bookmarking this for the weekend!

  23. Anna Davidoff

    These are so flippin easy! I would have never guessed and am now very excited to dig out the popsicle molds I’ve never used, to try these out … Thank you!

  24. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter

    You would’ve been a wonderful nurse! I mean, what better way to nurse than to bring your patients one of these popsicles? I’d be healed immediately. πŸ™‚

  25. Laura

    I was looking for a pop to make today. I think I’m going to make these with the blackberries in my fridge. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Marsha

    I looooved your story, lol. I almost went into medicine as well then made a sharp turn and landed in design! I love it! Definitely want to try these….cheesecake and raspberry?!….YES please!

  27. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

    Good thing these are only 93 calories each bc there’s a chance I may eat them all in one sitting!

  28. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey

    These look awesome…..my youngest is dreaming about a career in ice cream truck driving right now,lol…..great story πŸ™‚

  29. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    I love the PS at the end πŸ˜‰ I don’t think it’s a ridiculous post at all! Easy, summery and ass friendly, what more could you want?!

  30. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables

    I had many ideas of what I wanted to do as well-but I think anatomy class would scare me away from ANY medical profession! The popsicles are gorgeous.

  31. DessertForTwo

    Such a cute story! All of my books are stained from being in the kitchen. Not limited to cookbooks, address books, cell phone covers…oops.

  32. shelly (cookies and cups)

    omg, this post was great!
    I can’t imagine being a nurse…some of my best friends are nurses…and I have to bow down to them everyday.
    So glad that anatomy lead you to Popsicles…that should be a bumper sticker or something πŸ˜‰

  33. Rachel Cooks

    I love this story! (Except the part about the books because it reminds me that my first semester of PT school cost me 1,400 just for BOOKS! Crazy.)
    Popsicles look so amazing, especially since it has been so hot in MI!

  34. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Love that these are refreshing but also have cheesecake so they actually taste like something delicious!

  35. Jessica Lynn

    Those sound and look AMAZING! Have you made them with frozen berries? I know everything tastes better with fresh, but we don’t have that option out here and I must make these ASAP! I’m thinking it should be fine since you cook it down a bit and puree the whole thing, but I figured I’d ask in case I’m missing a step. I’ll let you know how this goesβ€”I’m excited to make them!

    1. Jessica

      I think you could definitely use frozen berries. I prefer fresh ones, but I’m sure it would be just as great with frozen ones! Especially since you don’t have the choice πŸ˜‰

  36. Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine

    U are so funny Jessica! Sorry about McSteamy not showing up – we are all better off for it – now you share all your wonderful baking with us! I love these! They look so tasty and cool! And your photos are divine!

  37. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I love the post and the story-telling and anatomy is HARD and popsicles made with cream cheese are fabulous!

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