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June 1, 2009

Ice Cream Week Meets Better Bites: Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Ice Cream Week Meets Better Bites: Frozen Strawberry Yogurt

I've always wanted to make some frozen yogurt, but I never had. I don't know why...The process couldn't be simpler, yet something always kept me from actually making a batch. When I decided to have another ice cream week since last year was so much fun, I decided I would finally try to make some frozen yogurt. Then I just had to decide what kind I wanted to make.

Some of the versions that flitted through my head included peach, blueberry and just your basic vanilla, but I finally decided that strawberry was the way I wanted to go. Frozen yogurt is a bit healthier than your standard ice cream, but it's enjoyable none the less. You can utilize fresh, local fruit and make a healthier, cool treat that really hits the spot!

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Note: This recipe is designed to fit this ice cream maker. You could easily double or triple it or whatever to fit in a larger machine.

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What You'll Need:
2 - 16 ounce containers of plain fat free Greek Yogurt (Note: I like Oikos.)
2 cups of strawberries, chopped (Note: I like chunks of frozen fruit in my ice cream/frozen yogurt. If you prefer you can mash the berries for a smoother consistency.)
2/3 cup of organic cane sugar

Ice Cream Week Meets Better Bites: Frozen Strawberry Yogurt: Strawberries

The day before you plan to make your frozen yogurt chop (or mash) your strawberries and pour sugar over them. Place in an airtight container (I like to use a canning jar) and place in the fridge overnight to let juice form:

Ice Cream Week Meets Better Bites: Frozen Strawberry Yogurt: Strawberries and Sugar

Once juice has formed combine strawberry sugar mixture with yogurt in a large bowl and stir until mostly mixed:

Ice Cream Week Meets Better Bites: Frozen Strawberry Yogurt: Ready to Freeze

Don't worry about getting it completely mixed unless you just want to. The ice cream freezer will do part of the mixing for you as it turns.

Place mixture in the bowl of ice cream maker and freeze according to your machine's directions. Once the mixture hits the soft serve stage you can serve immediately or place in the freezer in an airtight container to harden fully.

Ice Cream Week Meets Better Bites: Frozen Strawberry Yogurt: Soft Serve

Once you put this mixture in the freezer it gets quite hard, so you'll have to let it sit on the counter for a bit to be soft enough to serve.

Notes: You could use a Greek yogurt with a higher fat content if you wanted. You could also do this with any fruit that you liked.

Posted by Dianne at June 1, 2009 8:33 AM

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Comments

This looks really good. And about 1000% better for you than my recent whole milk & cream Strawberry Ice Cream recipe. ;-)

Posted by: Teri @ Make A Whisk at June 1, 2009 1:47 PM

Great photos! What a fun summer treat :)

Posted by: Tracey at June 1, 2009 8:02 PM

I saw that...it looks fabulous!

Thanks Tracey!

Posted by: Dianne at June 1, 2009 8:52 PM

I've got some Oikos yogurt in my fridge that I've been thinking of turning into frozen yogurt. Not sure if I'll do strawberry, but I'm glad to hear it worked well frozen.

Posted by: Di at June 7, 2009 11:15 AM

I was really pleased with how it turned out given this was my first batch of frozen yogurt. I sent it home with my sister since I was in the process of making other ice creams for ICW, but it was really good!

Posted by: Dianne at June 7, 2009 2:49 PM

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