There are plenty of ways to stay cool during the summer months, but my all-time favorite involves digging into some frozen treats. These nectarine yogurt popsicles with an almond crunch, made with Harry & David’s sweet, juicy summer nectarines, are my new favorite.

The nectarines are so irresistibly sweet on their own that this popsicle recipe doesn’t require a lot of sugar, which makes them very “fruit forward.” They’re a great treat on a sunny afternoon, but I’ve even been known to enjoy one for breakfast on a really hot day. (Don’t tell your kids that’s an option!) They’re also a fun homemade dessert to bring to a BBQ or picnic.

Making the fruit popsicles

If you’re new to making popsicles at home, don’t sweat it because this recipe is very, very easy.

To make the popsicle filling, start by cooking down chopped nectarines with brown sugar, water, and almond extract. You don’t even have to peel the nectarines for this step. Plus I love the added flavor and color that the bright nectarine peels give to the finished popsicles. You’ll blend this mixture with some Greek yogurt, and that’s it!

Nectarine fruit popsicles on a tray next to a crate of nectarines.

You’re ready to fill the popsicle molds.

If you don’t have popsicle molds though, that’s OK. Any small plastic cups can be used to freeze the nectarine-yogurt mixture into individual popsicles.

Before inserting the popsicle sticks, there’s one more step to perfect this summer treat. To contrast the cool, creamy popsicle filling, I whipped up some sweet and sticky almonds to create a crunchy layer. You’ll add the almonds into the tops of the molds after they’ve been filled, pushing them into the filling a bit so they freeze into the popsicles. The almonds provide just the right amount of crunch to complement the creamy frozen treat. They help bring out the almond flavor in the filling as well.

Looking for even more popsicle flavors? This recipe works with plums and peaches, too. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be filling my freezer with a multitude of colors and flavors this summer!

Nectarine Popsicles with Almond Crunch

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Freeze Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 44 minutes
Servings 6


  • Blender


For the Almond Crunch:

  • ¾ cup raw almonds (roughly chopped)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Popsicle Filling:

  • 3 cups Harry & David® Nectarines (pitted and chopped, about 4 nectarines)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt


  • In a small skillet over medium heat, prepare the almond crunch layer by combining the chopped almonds, brown sugar, water, and salt. Cook, stirring continuously, until the brown sugar is dissolved and the almonds are well coated, about 2 minutes.
  • Scrape the almond mixture out onto a piece of parchment paper and spread it into a single layer. Let it cool completely, then break up any larger chunks into smaller pieces.
  • Meanwhile, combine the chopped nectarines, brown sugar, water, and almond extract in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally until the nectarines are soft and almost broken down, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool.
  • Once the nectarine mixture has cooled, transfer it along with any accumulated cooking liquid to a blender.
  • Add the Greek yogurt and pulse everything for 4-5 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of your blender as necessary. You want the mixture to be mostly smooth, but still have some "flecks" of nectarine remaining.
  • Divide the nectarine-yogurt mixture between your popsicle molds, filling each mold about 2/3 the way full.
  • Add some of the almond mixture into the top of each mold, pushing it down slightly.
  • Insert your popsicle sticks and place your popsicle molds in the freezer.
  • Freeze until the popsicles are completely firm, about 6-8 hours. Once completely frozen, the popsicles can be removed from their molds and enjoyed.
Author: Liz Harris
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: nectarine, popsicle
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Liz is the creator and owner of Floating Kitchen, a recipe and photography website where she shares both sweet and savory dishes. She loves to create recipes based on seasonal inspiration from the fruits and vegetables that grow at her family's produce farm. When she's not in her kitchen, she loves walking the nearby beaches and going out for ice cream!

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