Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Healthy Cherries Gracias Frozen Yogurt

I love Greek Yogurt, specifically plain Greek Yogurt.  It's rich in flavor and tastes so good with just an add-in or two.  I had quite a bit, forgetting I had already stocked up so I needed to do something with it.  I decided to try make Frozen Yogurt and this is what I came up with.

2 cups Frozen Dark Cherries
1/2 cup Apple Juice(not cocktail)
1/4 cup sugar(optional, you can also try your favorite non-calorie sweetener or honey)

1/2 cup each White & Dark Chocolate Chips, finely chopped
2 tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste
3 cups Plain Greek Yogurt

In a small saucepan combine cherries, apple juice, and sugar(optional).  Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer on low for 20 minutes, stirring and smashing frequently until it is reduced about 1/2.  Let cool slightly and process in small food processor or blender until almost smooth.  You're just trying to make sure there are no large pieces of skin.  Allow to cool, refrigerate to speed this along.  In a large mixing bowl, combine yogurt, chocolate chips, vanilla, and cooled mixture.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to overnight.  Add to ice cream maker according to manufacturer directions.  Optional:  Add toasted slivered almonds, additional dark chocolate chunks, or brownie pieces the last 5 minutes of mixing ice cream.

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