You Can Do It: Quick & Easy Strawberry-Basil Frozen Yogurt

Fresh, simple and refreshing, this frozen yogurt recipe makes for the perfect summer treat

Growing up, summer was the time for slushies, ice cream sandwiches and all the push-pops you could eat. Though I still love a good popsicle, sometimes I feel like something a little more sophisticated but still super tasty. Something like a fancy (yet simple) frozen yogurt, perhaps?

FroYo_10Today, I’m going to show you how to make a refreshing homemade frozen yogurt with strawberry and basil. It’s fresh, simple and best of all, only takes a few minutes to whip up with the Cuisinart frozen yogurt, ice cream and sorbet maker.

Let’s get started with some ingredients. You’ll need:

  • 1 c. plain yogurt
  • 1 c. cream
  • ¾ c. sugar (or substitute with a few tablespoons of honey)
  • 1 pint sliced strawberries
  • Lemon or lime zest
  • Fresh basil

FroYo_1When I say this frozen yogurt recipe is easy, I mean it: minimal chopping, minimal measuring and – best of all – easily customizable. We used sugar here, but you can easily swap it out for a few tablespoons of honey. Same goes for the berries and basil – you can sub other fruits and herbs while keeping the proportions.

But let’s get started on this classic version. I really wanted to savor the last of strawberry season and take advantage of some fresh garden herbs.

Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure the freezer bowl of your ice cream maker is good and cold. I’d recommend letting this chill out in your freezer overnight.FroYo_2Now with that out of the way, you can start by washing all your produce and patting it dry. Then hull and slice a pint of strawberries. Then combine your berries, ¾ cup sugar and a small handful of basil leaves in a food processor and blend until you’re satisfied. If you prefer a more rustic or homemade look, you might just pulse this mix a few times. If you’d rather have a more consistent looking mix, you can puree.FroYo_4FroYo_3Once you’re satisfied with your berry blend, add to your ice cream maker. Also add in your cup of yogurt, cup of cream and some lemon or lime zest. With all the ingredients in place, all that’s left is to let the machine go to work!FroYo_5In about a half hour, you’ll have frozen yogurt ready to serve and satisfy your cravings.FroYo_6I’ll warn you that this tasty treat is so good you’ll want to eat it right out of the machine, but why not treat yourself and guests to a little elegance? These tapas bowls from Royal Doulton are the perfect size for a few scoops and the bright blue and white say summer to me.FroYo_9Hope you enjoyed this scoop on frozen yogurt!

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