25 June 2014

Summer Fun! Homemade Cherry Coconut Frozen Yogurt




How do you know it's summer at your house?

Here on Planet Joy we know summer has officially arrived when we churn out the first batch of home made ice cream.

This year we are kicking off the season with a cherry coconut cream frozen yogurt. It's easy when you have a Cuisinart stainless steel ice-cream maker like mine. My cylinder is always in the freezer so I can make a batch of ice cream on impulse! I make a quart of batter and it whips up to the perfect consistency in this convenient home ice cream machine by Cuisinart, (buy at Williams Sonoma online).

Cuisinart is simple to use

Stainless Steel
When it comes to homemade ice cream, "the more, the better" is the motto of this family-friendly machine.

Joy's Cherry Coconut Frozen Yogurt Recipe

I called out my favorite organic brands, feel free to use your favorite or local brands instead!

1 can organic Thai Kitchen coconut milk
1 cup organic Nancy's whole milk honey yogurt
2T organic Nutiva coconut oil (optional)
4 drops Medicine Flower Almond flavor extract
4 drops Medicine Flower Black Cherry flavor extract
1 cup organic cherries (I used Montmorency)
2T lecithin
1/4 - 1/2 cup turbinado sugar to taste
Yields about one quart

Combine the coconut milk, yogurt, coconut oil, lecithin and sugar in a blender or food processor, blend until smooth about 2-4 minutes. Add the frozen cherries almond and cherry extracts and quickly blend again. Chill the ice cream batter in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before freezing according to the directions of your ice cream machine. I really like my Cuisinart ice cream machine, I think the stainless steel casing is cool, I find that a small batch firms up pretty quickly and sometimes we like it fast, freeze overnight for hard ice cream.







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