I’m not sure where to start with this one. We’ve made a lot of ice creams before, so I don’t know why it’s taken us this long to think of making frozen yogurt with actual yogurt.
Guess what? It tastes nothing like that fake froyo you get from those places with the big machines and food-coloring-colored toppings. This is made with greek yogurt, a bit of coconut cream, maple syrup and vanilla. It’s rich, creamy, and tangy (a little like cheesecake), with a bright pop of flavor from the tart cherries that are marbled throughout. We’re kind of obsessed.
Unless you live in Traverse City Michigan, you might not be familiar with Montmorency tart cherries (they’re also sometimes called sour cherries). They’re less sweet than regular cherries (hence the name), and have a bright tangy flavor. They have a short growing season and require a very specific climate which is why they’re usually sold either frozen, dried, or in juice form.
In addition to being just plain tasty, they have some major superfood qualities. They’re a natural anti–inflammatory as well as a source of melatonin. They’ve been known to reduce muscle soreness and insomnia which, ironically, are two huge issues for me so I’m excited to see if these make a difference. I love a good natural remedy. Especially if it comes by way of frozen dessert!
Healthy factors aside, make some yummy froyo this weekend! If you can’t find tart (or sour) cherries in your grocers’ freezer section, you can make a request for your store to start carrying them (I do this all the time). Or click here for a list of growers with online ordering options. Here in Austin, I found them at Wheatsville Coop.
- ¾ cup frozen tart cherries
- 2 cups full fat greek yogurt (see vegan option below)
- 1 can full fat coconut milk (refrigerate & scoop the solid part)
- ⅔ cups cane sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- extra tart cherries
- toasted sliced almonds
- Let cherries thaw on your countertop while you mix your froyo yogurt base.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, coconut milk solids (see note below), sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Whisk until well combined then pour the mix into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
- Use a fork or a potato masher to gently break up the tart cherries. Add them to the ice cream maker toward the end of the churning time so they swirl throughout.
- Scoop & enjoy! (and/or pour it into a container and freeze it for 30 minutes to firm it up).
After you've stored your frozen yogurt in the freezer overnight, it'll harden more than normal ice cream (because there aren't stabilizers in this recipe), just let it sit out to thaw for 20 or so minutes and it'll become creamy again.
Vegan option: skip the yogurt and use 2 (total) cans of full fat coconut milk instead.
I have this Cuisinart ice cream maker.