My husband and I went on a date recently. To what exciting place did we go? Blueberry picking. Quiet, peaceful blueberry picking without any sighs over how long it takes pick blueberries. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in favor of the kids putting some effort into our food, and showing them where it comes from (Cause it sure doesn’t come from our sad blueberry bushes, the birds are simply delighted with our yard). However we were alone, and happened to be near the fields, so it seemed like a great idea.
We go blueberry picking once a year, and try to stock up on enough blueberries to last 12 months. We don’t have an organic blueberry farm near us, but we have a few that use IPM. The price per pound goes down the more you buy, so it is definitely cost effective.
So what do I do with all those berries when we get home? Wash them, dry them, place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet, freeze them, then transfer to freezer bags. It’s the same process for all the berries we pick.
Which brings us to why I am yammering on about blueberries when this recipe is called Triple Berry Frozen Yogurt. I thought more berries would be a little more interesting. To quote my husband “This is really good, but it would be even better if you only used blueberries.” So please, if you feel the same, make plain jane blueberry frozen yogurt. My hubby will be happy to join you.
The other cool aspect of this frozen yogurt is it’s color! It’s a beautiful pinky purple hue. Fun for the kids and a healthier dessert choice. Not only is it full of the antioxidants and vitamins of the berries, but the beneficial bacteria of the yogurt as well. I did a little research and according to the National Yogurt Foundation, most of the live active cultures in your yogurt will survive the freezing process. Please note this is not always the case with purchased frozen yogurt. As I have mentioned before, make sure the yogurt you are buying contains as many live active cultures as possible.
The sweetness of the frozen yogurt will depend on how tangy your plain yogurt is, and also the sweetness of your berries. (Note: If you buy European style plain yogurt from trader joe’s it is super tangy) I have made this recipe with as little as 1/4 cup sweetener to 1/2 cup. A traditional ice cream recipe would go as far as 3/4 cup. So let your taste buds decide, the sugar can be adjusted before it goes into your ice cream machine.
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