This is a blend of the perfect non-fat chocolate frozen yogurt recipe and a sweet cherry frozen yogurt recipe, mixed into one! It’s rich with flavor and not in fat!
Today I’m going to share something rather personal with you. (Nothing too juicy, mind you.)
Earlier this year I was told by my doctor that my cholesterol (the bad kind – LDL) was “way too high.” I was totally taken aback. I’m young (-ish), on the thin side, and for the most part, I eat a healthy diet. It turns out that I’m genetically susceptible to this. Bummer!
Rather than take medication, I wanted to reduce it myself. You know that I’m a big-time foodie, so there’s nothing I stopped eating all together. After all, food is a huge part of my life, and I develop recipes almost daily, tasting them all the while.
So I just cut way back on foods with a lot of saturated fat. After three or so months, I was tested again . . . and my LDL cholesterol number dropped by 75!
As a result of this, I created a few delicious fat-free desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth. This chocolate yogurt recipe is one of my favorites. It’s extremely rich and creamy and if no one told you, you’d never guess it’s made with fat-free milk and yogurt.
Here’s another delectable fat-free dessert — Fresh Strawberry Granita.
It’s wonderful on a warm day, or really anytime you have a sweet tooth. If you ask me, it’s a good idea to keep a bit at the ready in the freezer.
You never know when you’ll want or need a bite!
Andy by the way, whether or not you’re worrying about your fat intake, this will suit you! You won’t miss the fat in this rich and creamy deliciousness!
Enjoy every bite of this non-fat chocolate frozen yogurt recipe, packed with fresh cherries!
- 4 cups non-fat plain yogurt
- 1 cup non-fat milk
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1-1/2 cups fresh cherries pitted and halved
Line a large, mesh strainer with a thick paper towel and place it over a large, deep mixing bowl. Add the yogurt, cover with plastic wrap, and let it strain the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, and ideally overnight. (Straining the liquid from the yogurt will help prevent your frozen yogurt form being too icy.)
Add the milk, sugar and vanilla to a small saucepan. Place it over medium-low heat and warm it just long enough to dissolve the sugar. Set aside to cool.
Remove the yogurt form the refrigerator. Carefully "pour" the strained yogurt into a large mixing bowl, and mix in the cocoa powder.
Add the cooled milk mixture to the yogurt and stir until everything is incorporated and it's a very smooth. Fold in the cherries, cover with plastic, and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, and ideally overnight.
Transfer to an ice-cream maker, and freeze according to the machine instructions.
For soft serve, serve immediately. Otherwise, place the frozen yogurt in an airtight container in the freezer. (It freezes very hard, so let it sit out until it's soft enough before serving.)