Updated: Oct 8
As promised, my friends, I'm currently working on seasonal foods, which is what I always try to eat and feed my family. I hope you enjoyed my previous recipe for healthy fig-beet salad with goat cheese, walnuts, and citrus vinaigrette. Right now my fig tree is still covered with sweet treats full of health benefits, and I'm not going to share my harvest with the birds! Every day my kids and I go look around the tree for ripe figs, and today we made a fig-tastic frozen yogurt!
My kiddos and husband love frozen treats. Every time we go out, they love to get frozen yogurt or ice cream. If you think frozen yogurt is better for you than ice cream, think again. Commercially made frozen yogurt contains more sugar than ice cream. Many frozen yogurts on the market are pasteurized right before the freezing stage, so there isn't much good bacteria left. Preservatives, artificial flavors, stabilizers, and coloring turn what sounds like a healthy treat into a very unhealthy treat. Making your own lets you control the ingredients, and it's also much cheaper!
This recipe does not contain any refined sugar, and the maple syrup is totally optional. Most of the time I skip it altogether. This light and delightful frozen yogurt will please even picky eaters. It's easy to make and requires only 4 ingredients (plus some patience while waiting for it to freeze), so if you feel like treating yourself with a healthy dessert, this recipe is for you.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Freezing time: 3 hours (depending on the size of your freezing container)
Total time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Author: Inna of innichkachef.com
2 lb. ripe figs
2 cups full fat plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
Keep in mind that depending on kind of fig you use and how ripe it is, the color and sweetness will vary. Figs don't continue to ripen once they come off the tree, so if you're able to use fresh figs, pick figs that are soft and fragrant (like a perfect peach). Ripe figs will let you know they are ripe by separating more easily from the stem end of the tree. Imperfect fruit is perfect for this recipe, and, unlike the salad, it's ok to use over-ripe fruits. If you don't have fresh figs on hand, dried figs will still work. Simply place them in a saucepan, cover with water or apple cider, and simmer for several minutes. Then you're ready to go!
1. Cut the figs in pieces, removing the top stem.
3. Pour into a glass container or individual freezing cups.
4. Place in the freezer to solidify for about three hours.