Ice cream is happiness condensed. ~Jessi Lane Adams
This may seem like an unlikely combination for an ice cream. It is, but reserve all judgment until you try it.
When you think of trailmix you probably think of hiking, sweat, “crunchy granola” and you’re not wrong. But then one day, I found the Trader Joe’s trailmix granola bars and everything else changed for me. I decided the combination of chewy, sweet and savory would make for a perfect addition to any tart ice cream. So for this recipe they serve as the “mix-in”.
It’s also worth noting that this is the first ice cream recipe I am going to attempt to make myself. Adapted from nowhere, field tested on no one, I am publishing this “in the raw.” And if it’s horrible, well, c’est la vie. There are 363 more days to try again.
Raspberry Trail Mix Frozen Yogurt
Created by me!
1 cup nonfat raspberry greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
3/4 cup heavy cream
lemon zest (to taste but approximately 1/4 of lemon)
3-4 tbs raspberry jam
1 cup skim milk
2 Trader Joe’s trail mix chewy coated granola bars (cut into chocolate-chip sized pieces)
Whisk together all ingredients (using only 2 of the 3-4 tbs of raspberry jam). Do not mix in the chopped granola bars. Chill for 2 hours.
Freeze the mixture in the ice cream maker for 15 minutes (in the last 2 minutes add in another 1-2 tbs of raspberry jam AND the small pieces of granola bar and let it continue to churn, totaling approximately 18 minutes in the machine). The frozen yogurt may be eaten immediately if you like a very smooth, creamy (sort of melted yet sort of like soft-serve) consistency.
If you prefer it more firm, stick it in the freezer for two hours and enjoy. If you’re anything like me you will have eaten 1/2 this frozen yogurt while it was churning because, well, you’d hate for it to be bad or poisonous, so of course the chef must taste her creations.
So here is the honest to goodness truth about this frozen yogurt: It’s good, not great. The lemon adds a delicious balance to the sweetness of the raspberry, but I felt the yogurt was itself too “milky” and not raspberry enough. Next time I’ll probably add more raspberry and less cream (substituting water instead for an icier feel). The trail mix granola bars are a nice touch, adding crunch to the frozen yogurt. But they get pretty hard when frozen (which I knew!) so be careful not to break a tooth.
All in, this was yummy. Not my favorite, but like I said above, there are 363 more days to perfect my recipes.
Next on tap: peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter cups for The Husband!