Although ice cream tops my summer love list for best frozen dessert, there is still a place in my heart for frozen yogurts. Fruity and creamy with a lot less guilt - especially when you make them using the fat free variety.
I avoid buying flavored yogurts ( I blame the majority of yogurt commercials and those icky artificially sweetened gelatin based yogurt 'treats') but greek yogurt is so creamy and tangy and luscious that I usually have a few containers of the plain variety in my fridge for frozen treat emergencies such as this one.
The pineapple and banana are heated up in a frying pan with the brown sugar until the sugar has melted and then it is gently simmered until the pineapple pieces soften. The mixture is chilled in the fridge overnight...
..and when it's nice and cold the fruit gets stirred in with the yogurt and then taken for a spin in the ice cream maker.
I've been testing out a beautiful 2qt Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker and I used it for this batch of frozen yogurt. The bowl for the ice cream maker freezes super cold so all you do is pour your mixture inside and then watch through the pretty star-shaped opening (which you can also use to add mix-ins like chocolate or candy or fruit to your ice creams) ...
I love you, ice cream maker.
Bowl of yogurt: tasty but boring in a grabbed-this-for-breakfast sort of way
Frozen yogurt with caramelized bananas and pineapple: delicious summer treat that puts un-frozen yogurt to shame.
Thanks to Cuisinart I'm able to giveaway a big beautiful Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker so that you can turn plain, boring yogurt into something delicious (and make ice cream and gelato too). Just click here to go to the giveaway post details are at the bottom of the giveaway post. It's super easy to enter and who doesn't want to enjoy frozen treats all summer long?
Two days left till the giveaway ends!
Pineapple-Banana Brown Sugar Frozen Yogurt
1 banana sliced
14 oz can of pineapple chunks drained
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 500g container of fat free plain greek yogurt
1. In a frying pan, combine the banana, pineapple chunks, sugar, and vanilla stir over medium heat until the sugar melts and begins to simmer. Reduce heat and gently simmer until the pineapple chunks have softened. Either use an immersion blender to puree the fruit until mostly smooth or pour into a blender and puree.
2. Pour fruit and sugar into a bowl, cover, and chill overnight.
3. Stir together the chilled fruit and entire container of greek yogurt. Pour into your ice cream maker and churn until it has reached the soft serve stage. It took around 16 -20 minutes in the Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker
NOTES: Because this dessert doesn't have any added fat it freezes pretty solid when left in the freezer overnight. I like it best right out of the ice cream maker when it's in a soft serve stage.
You can store any leftovers in a tupperware container in the freezer. Just let it soften up at room temp before serving to make it easier to scoop