Monday, June 27, 2011

Low Lactose Black Cherry Frozen Yogurt

Reminiscent of Cherry Garcia Ice Cream, my dairy and sugar filled old friend, this low lactose version of black cherry frozen yogurt is creamy, rich and fruity.  As the days pass in a hot and humid haze (thanks Virginia), this is a necessary refreshment.  I like to make home made yogurt with half and half because it makes a thick, creamy yogurt.  And with the SCD and GAPS diets, lactose (milk sugar) is not recommended so the yogurt is fermented for 24 hours.  This allows for most of the lactose to be eaten up and it also results in a much higher probiotic content.  You can definitely substitute store bought greek yogurt, or any other thick yogurt. 

I'd also like to give a shout out to the sweet dark cherry.  The great thing about farmer's markets is the fruit is picked ripe when it's in season, so the flavor is undeniably better.  The sad thing is fruits go out of season so quickly, strawberries came and went and I only bought one container!  I was happy to find these cherries and make a couple batches of this frozen yogurt. 

Here is a quick yogurt tutorial from Maggie's Nest.  Scroll down to read how to make home made yogurt. 
(She uses 1 cup of a starter yogurt while I've read to use 1/2 a cup).

Low Lactose Black Cherry Frozen Yogurt

2 C home made yogurt made with half-n-half (or any thick, greek yogurt)
3/4 C honey (agave nectar is another alternative sweetener to use)
1 T vanilla
1 T + 1 tsp almond extract
2 tsp lemon juice (the juice of 1/4 of a lemon)
1 C fresh dark cherries, pitted and chopped

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl
Pour into an electric ice cream machine
Run for 20-30 minutes
Transfer to a freezer safe container

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