Instant Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

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08 Sep Instant Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Instant Strawberry Frozen Yogurt -

This frozen yogurt has four ingredients. Four healthy ingredients. Yet it tastes like something you’d treat yourself to after a hard afternoon of gardening. Or in my case, after a hard night’s sleep. I had it for breakfast the other day instead of my usual smoothie. And I don’t feel guilty in the least. I’m sure my neighbours wondered why I was sitting on the patio eating ice cream first thing in the morning. But I wasn’t. Really. I was eating Instant Strawberry Frozen Yogurt. Even the cat was envious. (He’s a big yogurt fan.)

The recipe comes courtesy of Camilla Saulsbury, creator of the decadent Chocolate Basil Muffin and the take-a-breathalizer-before-you-drive Butter Rum Pound Cake. Based on her two previous books, I thought she was all about the sweets. Turns out she’s all about moderation. She’s extremely active and stays fit by practising the classic 80/20 ratio to her eating. Don’t get too excited. The 80% applies to  healthy food. Fortunately, with Saulsbury this can be quite delicious.

Her latest book, 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Eating: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness (Robert Rose ©2012) sits in stark contrast to the muffin and cake cookbooks. But despite the focus on whole grains, super foods and good fats, it’s not all kale chips and tofu pudding. You can breakfast on Walnut Flax Waffles or Quinoa Blueberry Pancakes, which Saulsbury insists freeze well — if you have any left to freeze. Her husband, like mine, hates hummus and baba ghannouj but gobbles the healthy walnut and red pepper combination found in her Muhammara dip. Most of the recipes require few ingredients, are quick to prepare and  family-friendly. What more could you want?

How about a second bowl of strawberry frozen yogurt?

In a couple of weeks I’m lucky enough to be meeting Ms. Saulsbury in person to discuss her upcoming quinoa book. Got any questions about quinoa? Ask me in the comments section and I’ll find out for you.

In the meantime, get out your blender and grab a spoon.

Instant Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep / inactive time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
This frozen yogurt requires no ice cream maker. Unlike traditional ice cream, it's low-fat and ready in minutes.
  • 3½ cups frozen strawberries, thawed for 10 minutes
  • ⅓ cup agave nectar or liquid honey
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. In a blender, combine the strawberries and agave nectar. Process until coarsely chopped. Add the yogurt and lemon juice. Pulse until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides once or twice.
  2. Serve immediately in small dessert bowls.
Although this recipe can be made in either a blender or a food processor, the blender is a better choice because it will produce a creamier dessert.


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  • Shut Up & Cook
    Posted at 18:55h, 08 September Reply

    Oh. Yes. Please!

    First of all, I love the notion of sitting at a piano and eating ice cream…there is something just so civilized about that! And love the fact that save for the frozen strawberries which could be quickly picked up, I have all the other ingredients.

    Happy to have stumbled upon your blog!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:01h, 09 September Reply

      When I saw the name of your blog, I laughed. What a great name. Glad you like the recipe. It’s a joy to find easy, tasty recipes that leave you time to lounge.

      Thank so much for taking the time to leave a comment! Enjoy your ice cream wherever you choose to eat it.

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 20:45h, 08 September Reply

    This sounds fantastic! Have you tried this with other frozen fruit? I have some frozen blueberries that are begging to be used.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:01h, 09 September Reply

      I’m sure it would work with any frozen fruit. I was thinking raspberries would be next. But blueberries sound great, too! And peaches… and cherries…

  • improvisingfood
    Posted at 02:55h, 14 September Reply

    Looks yummy, ill try it!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 13:33h, 14 September Reply

      It was very yummy. I’m going to try it with other fruits. Peaches and raspberries spring to mind. Hope you like it.

  • afracooking
    Posted at 08:14h, 15 September Reply

    Just made myself a little dish of this delicious dessert. I used a little stevia instead of the agave just to make it even healthier. I was going to take a picture to post this on my blog, but I could not stop myself from eating for long enough. Guess I will have to make it again soon 😉 Thanks for sharing – what a fabulous discovery!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:59h, 15 September Reply

      Glad to know I’m not the only person to have eaten the food before the photo shoot. I snapped this shot quickly and then gobbled the dish, which held two servings. Oink.

      Thanks for sharing your tweak and results.

  • Julia
    Posted at 01:07h, 16 September Reply

    I like easy to make foods :). This looks like one of them.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:13h, 17 September Reply

      This is definitely one of them. It’s also very tasty. You can easily make a half batch in a Magic Bullet, which is even easier.

  • Caroline (The Lazy Cook)
    Posted at 15:19h, 30 September Reply

    I can’t wait to try this. I’m running out to get frozen strawberries right now.

  • Anna Scotte
    Posted at 21:53h, 20 December Reply

    I’ll surely do this at Christmas eve. I really like to try it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:28h, 21 December Reply

      Hadn’t thought of this as a Christmas Eve dish, but why not?! It’s delicious and has a festive reddish tint. Happy Holidays!

  • sandy lancaster
    Posted at 21:54h, 01 June Reply

    Can this be made ahead of time and frozen?

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 13:23h, 02 June Reply

      Yes, it can. But you will have to remove it from the freezer to soften a bit first since it isn’t churned.

  • Sam
    Posted at 21:13h, 05 December Reply

    how many servings does this recipe make

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 08:14h, 06 December Reply

      The recipe says 4 servings, but appetites vary.

  • Kimberly
    Posted at 21:49h, 23 December Reply

    I always love strawberry and yogurt! Thanks for sharing!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:38h, 30 December Reply

      I agree – strawberries and yogurt is a great combination. I hope you like this super easy treat.

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