I grew up with a love of homemade ice cream. When I was a kid, we had an electric ice cream maker that required you to add layers of ice and rock salt to a bucket surrounding a swirling metal canister which eventually produced a creamy goodness well worth the wait.
A few years ago my husband and children gave me an ice cream bowl to go with my Kitchen Aid stand-up mixer. At first I thought it was a subtle request, but I have to admit that it reignited my love of homemade ice cream. Since I am a learner by nature and have a twisted curiosity towards making all foods just a little bit healthier, my mind was churning out ways to use this new kitchen tool to my advantage.
As I usually do, I started by following the rules…making the classic recipe to the letter. By doing this, I can take note, learn about what works and what is essential in a recipe, and start to brainstorm ideas on how I can alter the classic to make it my signature. I started by playing around with flavors and lightening the recipe a bit by adding more half and half and less whipping cream.
This time around I humbly admit that I found a real winner. I love a refreshing summer treat as much as the next girl, but I want to be able to fit into a swimsuit and have my dessert too. What to do? Make frozen Greek yogurt!
I used 3 ingredients – strawberries, honey and vanilla Greek yogurt…that’s it!
And it is every bit as delicious as the much heavier ice cream. I like that it is higher in protein and lighter in fat and sugar than the ice cream too. I always know I’ve got a winner when it passes the husband and kids test.
2 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
2 tablespoons of honey (can adjust based on ripeness of berries; if looking to cut sugar, you can swap for Stevia)
1 24-oz. container vanilla Greek yogurt (preferably nonfat or lowfat)
In a large container, muddle the strawberries or use a handheld mixer to break, but not completely blend the berries. Add honey and yogurt and stir to combine. Add to an frozen ice cream bowl or ice cream maker and follow the instructions for creating ice cream.
Once chilled, serve and enjoy.
Whether you have an ice cream bowl or another ice cream maker, I really think you should give this one a try. It is a perfect guilt-free summertime treat.
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