I’m so excited to share this delicious and refreshing little number with you before things wind down over here for summer break.
I’m always amazed to discover how a small collection of ingredients can harmonize to create such complex flavor. And in this case, it all happens in about 5 minutes – no ice cream/yogurt equipment required and no need to spend a ton of money at a froyo shop. You can make this in the comfort of your own home any time day or night.
For this recipe, all you will need is some frozen fruit, yogurt, whatever add-ins you wish and a simple blender.
Nourishing, gorgeously addicting, and hydrating too. You can have fun playing around with different combinations of fruit, herbs and flavors. Another garden herb we love with blueberry is mint — my son makes blueberry mint popsicles and they are seriously gooood.
Word to the wise ~ I’ve been making homespun treats of this nature for a few years now and one thing I can tell you is that these cold snacks/desserts are always best served right from the blender. If you leave them out too long at room temperature (or even in the fridge) the frozen fruit will begin to thaw and you will end up with a little puddle. If you try to freeze and save for later, the consistency will change and become grainy and pasty — not good.
So if there are any rules, I would say serve immediately. Otherwise, be a rebel. You can assemble all of your ingredients ahead of time (while keeping the fruit frozen) and then just give it a whirl when you’re ready to enjoy. You can also modify quantity, varying the batch size to suit your needs.
Now I did try a balsamic version (just part of the sacrifices I make) — subbing balsamic for the lemon juice but, to my surprise, I didn’t like it very much. Not much at all, in fact. In this particular recipe, I found the balsamic contributed too much on the sweet side and not enough on the tart side – not my thing but you could certainly play around and see what suits you best.
- 4 heaping cups frozen blueberries (or frozen chopped fruit of choice)
- 1 generous cup plain Greek yogurt (I use 2%)
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 to 4 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or sweetener of choice*) depending on taste preference
- Handful fresh basil leaves
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined, stopping to scrape down sides of blender, as needed. The consistency will be fairly thick but will begin to thin relatively quickly.
- Be sure to serve right after blending for best consistency and taste!
Use frozen fruit - you can experiment with different fruit, citrus juice/zest and herbs here but the fruit needs to be frozen in order for this recipe to work - frozen berries work especially well but you could experiment with other frozen fruit such as mango, kiwi and melon chunks to see how you like the texture.
Serve Immediately - I mentioned this in the body of the post but it's important to serve this snack/dessert right from the blender for best taste/texture results.
The sweet factor - the amount of sweetener you add, if any, will depend on your taste preference but keep in mind that fruit is already quite sweet by nature and if you choose to use a flavored yogurt, you may want to skip the additional sweetener all together.
Why Greek Yogurt - I favor Greek yogurt for its exceptional protein content and gorgeous texture. All yogurts, regardless of milk fat content, begin the same way - by adding bacterial cultures to milk. Greek yogurt begins this way but it soon departs from other yogurt brands in that the milk is strained to remove the liquid whey. According to manufacturers, this process of straining means that as many as four pounds of milk are required to produce one pound of Greek yogurt. The resulting product is a far more concentrated source of protein (from casein) and a thick and creamy texture characteristic of Greek yogurt (regardless of fat content - even zero fat Greek yogurt has a cream-like texture reminiscent of sour cream - though I generally use 2% fat content). You will pay more for Greek yogurt but I think you will find that you get what you pay for.