It seems like summer has finally arrived when the first strawberries of the season appear. I brought home 2 quarts of fresh picked strawberries with my weekly Fresh Fork Market bags Wednesday and wasted no time in making one of our family favorites: homemade strawberry frozen yogurt. The ease and flavor of this recipe makes it my go-to frozen dish, especially with its versatility to adapt to peaches or other fresh fruits in season.
My oldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes at age 14, which necessitated an immediate change in our family’s food choices and a drastic change in my cooking habits. Eleven years later, my son lives on his own but we continue to follow many of the same healthy food habits we learned at that time. One of my small appliance purchases not long after his diagnosis was a Cuisinart 2 quart ice cream maker. We are an ice-cream-eating family and the Cuisinart allowed me to make delicious frozen treats my son could eat. So here’s the recipe for Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, adapted from the original recipe found in Fantastic Foods With Splenda by Marlene Koch:
- 1 quart fresh strawberries, stemmed, washed and halved, partially frozen on cookie sheet 15 min.
- 3/4 cup Splenda Granular*
- 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt *
- 3/4 cup 1% milk
*I prefer to use a natural sweetener, or I will use vanilla yogurt instead of plain, such as the Snowville Creamery Vanilla Yogurt from Fresh Fork Market. When I use vanilla yogurt I will stir in about 1/3+ cup sugar instead of the Splenda. You can experiment to get your desired sweetness level with the sweetener of your choice.
To make the frozen yogurt: combine the yogurt, milk and sugar/natural sweetener in large bowl; add the berries that have been partially frozen. (Sometimes I use 2 cups previously frozen strawberries and then stir in the remaining 2 cups fresh strawberries as the mixture freezes in the ice cream maker. The frozen strawberries speed up the process in the ice cream maker.) Pour mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately or place in containers and freeze for later use. Ours never makes it to the freezer – we always clean out the bowl as soon as it is done! This makes 6 (1/2 cup) servings.
This frozen yogurt will disappear right before your eyes!
I hope to share our family’s favorite strawberry pie recipe next week if I can get more strawberries from Fresh Fork. This pie recipe includes a cookie-like crust you can make right in the pie plate = no rolling pin needed. Now that’s easy!