Yogurt has officially become the top snack option in my house.
I always go through phases with yogurt and smoothies with the seasons. When it’s dark and cold in the winter, I don’t want anything to do with either of them because they make me even more chilly. But as soon as there’s a hint of sunshine and warm breezes, I’m filling the fridge with way too many containers of yogurt and making smoothies for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.
But when you have 10 (or more) containers of yogurt in your fridge, you have to come up with some fun things to do with it besides just spooning it into a bowl with some strawberries and granola.
So I had an idea last week.
Remember those no bake cookie dough bites I made last year? I decided to take that base, add a lot more yogurt, and see how it turned out as a cookie dough frozen yogurt instead of the little cookie bites.
And, after making it, I’ve decided that this could become a problem. This frozen yogurt took no time to mix together, and you don’t even need an ice cream maker!
And this homemade magic shell is definitely something that needs to be on your to-make list.
My favorite thing in the world to get from Dairy Queen has always been a dipped cup – just their vanilla soft serve, smothered in the chocolate shell. I always ask for extra dip so it pools up around the edges of the ice cream and you get that ring of chocolate as the finale of the sundae.
After figuring out that I have some issues with ice cream, I don’t get sundaes very often anymore, but I can make this frozen yogurt + magic shell at home and it’s crazy easy.
So yogurt is a mainstay for me. Healthy, easy, and it can go from breakfast to dessert in no time. If you’re lactose intolerant or just have sensitivities (like me and tons of other people) The National Dairy Council has a great fact sheet, Fall in Love with Dairy, with lots of tips to help you enjoy dairy every day – without triggering a reaction. If you’re looking for more recipes and tips, make sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and their website and on their blog.
Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt with Homemade Magic Shell
Makes: 4 servings
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup Dixie Crystals brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
- In a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat until combined.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, soda and salt. Add the chocolate chips or chunks and stir.
- Add the flour and chocolate mixture to butter and fold it in gently. Add the yogurt and stir again.
- Move the yogurt to a container and cover with lid. Freeze until set, preferably overnight.
- Makes a little under 2 cups.
Homemade Magic Shell
Makes: about 4 servings
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup honey or agave
- In a medium bowl, heat the coconut oil until it’s melted, about 30 seconds.
- Stir the cocoa powder and honey into the melted coconut oil until all the cocoa is incorporated.
- Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes until it has cooled down a little before spooning over your frozen yogurt or ice cream.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by NDC – all recipes and opinions are my own, as always. I also have an ongoing partnership with Dixie Crystals.