This roasted cherry chocolate chip frozen yogurt can be made without an ice cream maker!

This summer has felt like a blur. There’s been exactly 2 weekends since the start of June that we’ve just chilled at home. There have been exactly zero nights we’ve used our chiminea on the porch and kicked back with a beer (or cider if your name is Ulysses).

Instead, it’s been a stream of go-go-go, struggling to feel like you have any control over your life from both a work and personal standpoint and barely coming up for enough air to keep at it. And you know what makes it 10 trillion times worse, leaving you feeling completely on edge all.the.time?

Social media updates.

Last week I finally had enough.

Roasted cherry chocolate chip frozen yogurt
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I turned off email push notifications on my phone.

Turned off instagram “like” notifications.

Told twitter mentions to shut the heck up.

Deleted my Facebook “pages” app.

And made frozen yogurt.

Roasted cherry frozen yogurt with chocolate chips

I can’t even begin to explain how freeing it is to not have your phone buzzing at you constantly, waking up to see 25 emails in your inbox or obsessing over who has “liked” your stupid picture of food on instagram.

These things take up so much mental space that you don’t even realize until you’re outside on your front porch, in bare feet, soaking up the sun, eating roasted cherry frozen yogurt that you made from scratch without any technological distractions watching your dog jump around like a maniac trying to eat a bee.

Cherry chocolate chip frozen yogurt

Just you, sweet honey roasted cherries, handful of chocolate chips and a crazy Weimaraner that make you wonder why the heck you didn’t do this sooner.

And then in the irony of all ironies, you write about it on your blog. Ha.

Looking for more summer treats?

If you love the tartness of frozen yogurt, try this strawberry kefir ice cream. It has a similar tanginess and lovely creamy texture!

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Roasted Cherry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 2 hours 50 minutes
Roasted cherry chocolate chip frozen yogurt
This roasted cherry chocolate chip frozen yogurt is a great lightened up way to enjoy the taste of summer! Made with Greek yogurt, coconut milk, and freshly roasted cherries.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup pitted & halved cherries
  • 1/2 + 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/4 cup plain full fat greek yogurt
  • 7 oz half a can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Toss cherries with 1/2 tablespoon honey and olive oil in a small bowl.
  • Spread out on lined or very well greased baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, set aside.
  • Whisk together yogurt, coconut milk and remaining 1 tablespoon honey in a medium bowl.
  • Freeze mixture for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the bowl from the freezer and whisk vigorously breaking up any chunks that started to freeze.
  • Add roasted cherries and chocolate chips and transfer to a shallow baking dish (a 8×8 or something similar).
  • Return to freezer and freeze for about 1-1.5 hours, removing every 20-30 minutes to stir and break up mixture with a spatula.
  • After 1.5 hours you should have an almost "soft serve" like consistency.
  • Transfer frozen yogurt to a medium bowl and blend with a hand held mixer on medium speed until creamy.
  • Return to freezer (in the medium bowl) for another 30 minutes and you'll have a "soft" frozen yogurt like consistency ready to enjoy!
  • If eating after being frozen overnight or many hours later, remove from freezer 10-15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 443kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 22gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 90mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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33 Comments

  1. This summer has been crazy!! Sometimes you really just need to turn it all off!

    This frozen yogurt looks so good, love the color too.

  2. I don’t even have a smart phone (I know, welcome to the ’90s) So your tech-free day is my (really boring) life. Minus the frozen yogurt…that’s the part that would have made my day.

    1. I’m actually jealous of you not having a smart phone. Life during the flip phone era was way simpler.

  3. OMG yum!! Roasted cherries?? I have GOT to try this!!

    And PS it is SO freeing when you start turning off all those extra notifications and check those social spots on your terms vs. someone else’s terms, you know? SO unnecessary to be so attached all the time! (but yet so easy to get sucked in, too)

  4. oh I take so many periodic breaks, especially lately. I’d much rather be outside in the summertime. It’s really so strange we care so much about likes and comments and tweets… its healthy to take a step back.

  5. I had to go back and read that last part because I skimmed it and thought you were having issues with a bee lol. Both are equally funny but one is more scary. ;) You know… you could have just as easily left your phone in a cabinet and not looked at it.

  6. Can’t believe summer is already over….some of our students are already back in classes. Can we back up a couple months?

  7. Seriously…. sometimes social media can be so overwhelming.

    And…. I want this frozen yogurt right now! Too bad it’s 9:30 in the morning. :)