Super Berry Greek Frozen Yogurt
February 22, 2020 by Nicole Collins
It was a one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater!
But today, we’re not working with a purple people eaters. Instead, we are people purple eaters!
Say that 10 times fast!
It’s the last day in our Taste the Rainbow Challenge. So, we’re finishing it off with the color PURPLE today!
Have you guys have fun with this one? I know I sure have. They say we eat with our eyes first, and our eyes have been pretty happy this week with all of the bright colors! Bright colors make me happy, so I definitely feel a lot better than I did when we walked into this challenge.
We’re finishing off the rainbow today with a chilled, bright purple dessert.
Today, we’re making Super Berry Greek Frozen Yogurt!
Can we just take a minute to stop and admire this color. I mean, come on! I often go back and forth trying to decide if my favorite color is pink or purple, and I feel like this deep fuchsia color is the perfect solution to that query. GORGEOUS!
This recipe is another one of those recipes that’s as simple as blend and eat. Don’t you love those!
The base for our Greek froyo is, well, Greek yogurt. We need plain nonfat Greek yogurt, frozen mixed berries, and a touch of sweet honey. You can buy mixed berries in the freezer section of the grocery store, and it’s generally a mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. I, however, never use up a full container of fresh berries when I buy them, so I keep a freezer bag in my freezer of all of the berries, and add to it every time I have some extra fruit. It’s win win, because I’m not wasting food and I always have frozen berries on hand!
This froyo also has a super special ingredient: acai powder. Acai powder is freeze dried acai berries that have been ground into a powder. Acai gives this dessert that beautiful purple color. The flavor of acai can be described like the sweetness of berries combined with the rich bitterness of dark chocolate. And, acai is also known to be rich in antioxidants and great for heart and brain health.
Once we process these ingredients through the blender until they’re nice and smooth, we have a decision to make. 1. We can serve it immediately so it takes on a much softer texture. 2. We can pop it in the freezer for about 20 minutes to let it harden just a smidge and get that perfect sorbet consistency. Or 3. We can put it in a freezer safe container and come back for it later. Here’s the thing about option 3, though. This froyo mix gets pretty solid in the freezer. In order to make it scoopable again, it needs to sit out for about a half hour before it’s a texture that we can work with. Which really is no problem…set it on the counter when you sit down for dinner, and it’ll be ready to eat by the time you finish rinsing your dishes!
The end result is a rich, sweet, slightly tart sorbet like dessert treat. Since there’s some water content in the yogurt, this froyo takes on kind of an icy texture. But the creamy Greek yogurt does still lend some smoothness to the bite. Plus, there are little flecks of berries spotted through this froyo for a real textural pleasure. SO GOOD! And, it’s totally healthy and not the slightest bit naughty!
Well, everyone. We’ve reached the end of our Taste the Rainbow Challenge! I hope you guys had fun! Send me suggestions on what our next challenge should be.
Enjoy, and let’s eat!
Super Berry Greek Frozen Yogurt
Serves: 4 Print
2 cups frozen mixed berries (like strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
1 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
½ tbsp acai powder
2 tbsp honey
Add berries, yogurt, acai powder, and honey to a food processor. Process on high until smooth. Transfer to freezer safe container, and freeze for 15-20 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in the freezer. When ready to serve again, remove from freezer for at least 30 minutes to make the froyo easier to scoop. Enjoy!
*Acai berries are said to be a superfood rich in antioxidants with many health benefits.
*I got my freeze dried acai powder from Amazon. It can be used in smoothies and desserts too! Plus, the color is gorgeous.
*You can buy a frozen mixed berry mix at the grocery store. I'm never able to use a full container of berries before they go bad, so I freeze the leftovers and keep my own DIY mixed berry bag in the freezer that I add to and take from all of the time.