Easy Cherry Frozen Yogurt ~ Here’s an essential kitchen hack to have in your back pocket for the summer. This frozen yogurt doesn’t require an ice cream maker, If you’ve got a good food processor or one of those super duper blenders, you’re home free.
You can use store bought frozen fruit, but I prefer to freeze my own at peak season.. Berries, peaches, bananas…almost any fruit will work, but fresh cherries are the ultimate luxury.
To freeze fresh fruit, peel, slice or pit it if necessary, and spread it out on a baking tray. Set it in the freezer until frozen solid. Then you can put it in a zip lock freezer bag to keep for later, or use for this recipe. Fresh cherries are a luxury partly because the season is short, and partly because pitting them is a chore. I love my little cherry pitter, it’s an inexpensive and indispensable tool if you love fresh cherries. I use this one.
- 1 lb cherries
- 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt (you can use vanilla yogurt if you like it sweetened)
- 1 Tbsp Amaretto (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
- Pit the cherries and lay them out on a baking sheet. Put the pan in the freezer and freeze until solid.
- Freeze the yogurt along with the fruit before processing. Spoon it into a large zip lock bag, close the zipper, and then lay the bag flat on the same tray with the fruit. Flatten the yogurt out. When ready to use, cut open the bag, and break apart the yogurt.
- Process the frozen cherries until they are well chopped. Scrape down the sides of the machine as necessary. Work rather quickly so the cherries remain frozen.
- Immediately add the yogurt, Amaretto, if using, and flavoring. Process just until smooth and thick. Don't over-process or the heat of the machine will start to melt the mixture down.
- Eat right away, (best) or spoon the yogurt into a container and freeze until firm.
- Remove from the freezer and let soften a bit before serving.
Keep baggies of prepped fruit, and yogurt, in the freezer so you can make this when the mood strikes.