Easy Blueberry-White Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

After a very cool, wet start to our summer, we are finally getting some of the more typical heat for the region.  I never need an excuse to eat either fresh blueberries or ice cream, but hot weather is certainly a great excuse for both.  If you want something sweet to beat the heat, try a bowl of this simple, creamy, blueberry-rich dessert:

Start off with three cups of fresh blueberries–you could substitute frozen if that is what you have on hand.

Place your berries in a saucepan along with a cup of sugar,  two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, and two teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.  Cook this until the berries burst and the juices turn a bit syrupy.  Let it cool down.

In a large mixing bowl, stir two more teaspoons of vanilla into three cups of plain, Greek-style yogurt.  Use either whole milk or reduced fat yogurt for this, since fat free will crystallize when you freeze it.  To that, stir in two ounces of grated or very finely chopped good-quality white chocolate.

Stir in the cooled blueberry mixture, then place it in the refrigerate and chill for 1-2 hours.

When the mixture is nice and cold, load it into an ice cream freezer and let it go.  I used our two-quart electric Cuisinart ice cream maker.

If you like a soft-serve texture (and you are really impatient, like me), you can scoop this directly out of the ice cream maker once it starts to creep up the edges and freeze up on the sides.  It will have a gelato-like texture.

If you prefer a firmer, more traditional ice cream texture, as pictured at the top, just scoop the frozen yogurt out of your ice cream maker and put it in a storage container in the fridge to “cure” for a couple of hours, then scoop and serve.  Either way it is really easy and super delicious.  Dense, blueberry flavor with a nice round mouth feel added from the white chocolate makes for a great summer treat.

Notes:  this works perfectly well without the white chocolate, so if you want straight blueberry joy just skip that ingredient (or grate in dark chocolate–hey, that sounds good…).  You can also reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup if you want a more tart, yogurty end product.

Thanks for reading,

-Angela

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8 Responses to Easy Blueberry-White Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

  1. Lisa June 24, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    This looks fabulous!

  2. Shelby June 24, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    This is something I just may be able to eat! I am always so sad when everyone else gets ice cream and I can't eat it….but yogurt doesn't bother me so maybe this would work! I love blueberries and I really love the white chocolate in this!

  3. Angela FRS June 24, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    Oh, I hope so! It would be good for anyone with an egg allergy, too. It does have that nice yogurt flavor but is still nice and creamy. Let me know if you try it.

  4. Yenta Mary June 24, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    Sigh … 🙂 It's cool and rainy here, and that still looks SO enticing!!!

  5. Shawn June 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    Don't you just love the blueberry/white chocolate combo for frozen yogurt?! I recently posted a blueberry frozen yogurt with white chocolate sauce…I completely took the easy way out using blueberry preserves 🙁 Next time, I'm definitely using your method of simmered fresh berries 🙂

  6. Erin L June 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Oh, my. Your last few posts are just a tad on the sinful side, aren't they? Looks yum…I might have to actually get an ice cream maker!

  7. Merry Graham June 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    FABULOUS recipe for blueberry white chocolate frozen yogurt!!! I have to try this recipe ~ and I'm not even an ice cream lover. SO FUN!

  8. Angela FRS June 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Merry, you must tell me your secret–ice cream is my major weakness (ok, one of them).

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