If I had to choose a few of my favorite foods they are, in no particular order, chocolate, pizza, and ice cream. I can eat ice cream even while I’m sitting near a window watching a blizzard in the middle of winter.
I wanted to make a cold dessert for the upcoming holiday weekend. So I’m looking for an easy, lo-cal recipe.
Now I’m not that naive — I know how rich and calorically expensive ice cream can be but I thought if I was going to make ice cream I would make it without the richness.
What am I thinking????? Well it’s not as easy as it was some odd years ago to loose extra pounds in a few days. Those pounds seem to hang on to my apron strings so I decided it was not a big deal to make some recipe changes and food sacrifices to fit into my age group.
I couldn’t find an ice cream recipe that would actually work if I cut out the cream and eggs. Well then, meet my new best friend, Frozen Yogurt — and the bonus is the frozen yogurt recipes were easier than some of the ice cream recipes.
I had a lot of strawberries in the fridge and needed to use them soon before they expired so frozen yogurt was the dessert du jour.
Like many of my recipes, this is very flexible — use any fresh berries, or use frozen berries just let them defrost for 20 minutes or so and continue with the recipe. Taste the mixture for your desired level of sweetness.
- 2 pints fresh strawberries
- ½-2/3 cup superfine sugar (use less and taste for desired sweetness)
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- 1 TBL. vanilla
- 8 oz. Greek yogurt
- Slice strawberries and add to bowl with sugar, lemon zest and vanilla. Stir well and let the strawberries macerate for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Make extra and set aside to use as a topping.
- Using a blender add the strawberries and pulse a few times to chop the strawberries to desired consistency.
- Add the yogurt to the blender with the strawberries and pulse until the mixture is smooth.
- Transfer to a clean bowl and chill in fridge for about an hour. Then add to your ice cream machine and freeze according to the directions.
- Serve the frozen yogurt with the extra macerated strawberries as a topping.
It’s easy, give it a try. For more frozen desserts:
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