Jun 3
2013

Cherry, Coconut & Honey Frozen Yogurt Recipe {Low Sugar}

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Cherry, Coconut & Honey Frozen Yogurt is a healthy summertime frozen treat.
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Healthy eating or no healthy eating, summer just isn’t complete without multiple doses of frozen desserts. Pick your poison – sorbet, ice cream or frozen yogurt. Of course, if you choose something that is low fat and low sugar, then you can eat more. That’s the way it works, right? This frozen yogurt has a light taste of coconut and a blast of cherries and honey without masking the tang of the Greek yogurt.

This dessert recipe rounds out the summer barbecue meal that I paired up with OXO Good Grips to bring you over the past couple of weeks. It kicked off with a Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail, then happily tripped over to the grill with a Mixed Grill with Sausages, Mini Peppers & Zucchini.

Cherry, Coconut & Honey Frozen Yogurt Recipe {Low Sugar} | cookincanuck.com

If you cook or bake with cherries at all, you’re well-versed with the necessity of a good cherry pitter. Sure, you could use the “shove the chopstick through the cherry until the pit pops out” trick. But really, why not spend a few bucks and buy a cherry pitter? The Oxo Good Grips Cherry and Olive Pitter is, not surprisingly, brilliantly designed. In the space where the pit is released from the cherry, OXO included a mini splash guard (see the photo below). If you’ve ever pitted cherries while wearing your favorite white shirt (ahem), you just let out an exclamation of “How brilliant”, didn’t you?

When I mentioned “low fat” earlier, I really meant it. A half-cup of this frozen yogurt contains just 2.9 grams of fat and 136 calories. Even if you doubled the serving size, the numbers still add up to a healthy dessert option. My husband and I really like the slightly tart flavor. However, if you prefer a little more sweetness, drizzle some honey over top.

The recipe:

In a large bowl or measuring pitcher (for easy pouring), whisk together the coconut milk, Greek yogurt and honey. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Cherry, Coconut & Honey Frozen Yogurt Recipe {Low Sugar} | cookincanuck.com
Pictured: Oxo Good Grips Cherry and Olive Pitter

Place 3/4 of the pitted cherries in the blender and blend until almost smooth. Stir the pureed mixture into the yogurt mixture.

Cherry, Coconut & Honey Frozen Yogurt Recipe {Low Sugar} | cookincanuck.com

Pour the yogurt mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Cherry, Coconut & Honey Frozen Yogurt Recipe {Low Sugar} | cookincanuck.com
Pictured: OXO Good Grips Solid Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop

Chop the remaining cherries. When the frozen yogurt is almost finished processing, add the chopped cherries to the mixture and finish processing.

Cherry, Coconut & Honey Frozen Yogurt Recipe {Low Sugar} | cookincanuck.com

Serve immediately or place in the freezer in an airtight container. If you freeze the mixture, warm it at room temperature for about 1 hour before serving.

Other frozen treats:

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Cookin’ Canuck’s Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream Pie with Hazelnut Crust
Cookin’ Canuck’s Easy Strawberry Sorbet
Completely Delicious’ Raspberry Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Chunks
Cookie & Kate’s Chai Coconut Ice Cream
Eclectic Recipes’ Raspberry Lemon Sorbet

Cherry, Coconut & Honey Frozen Yogurt Recipe {Low Sugar}
 
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Approximately 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can light coconut milk
  • 1½ cups non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup + 3 tbsp honey
  • ¾ lb. fresh cherries, pitted
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl or measuring pitcher (for easy pouring), whisk together the coconut milk, Greek yogurt and honey. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Place ¾ of the pitted cherries in the blender and blend until almost smooth. Stir the pureed mixture into the yogurt mixture.
  3. Pour the yogurt mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. Chop the remaining cherries. When the frozen yogurt is almost finished processing, add the chopped cherries to the mixture and finish processing.
  5. Serve immediately or place in the freezer in an airtight container. If you freeze the mixture, warm it at room temperature for about 1 hour before serving.
Notes
Calories 136.4 / Total Fat 2.9g / Saturated Fat 2.5g / Cholesterol 1.9mg / Sodium 21.7mg / Total Carbohydrates 23.5g / Fiber 0.8g / Sugars 21.1g / Protein 4.9g / WW (Old Points) 3 / WW (Points+) 4
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 136 cal Fat: Total Fat 2.9g / Saturated Fat 2.5g

Disclosure: The OXO tools shown in this post were provided to me by OXO. In addition, I am being compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. What can I say? I love OXO products. Also, this post includes Amazon affiliate links. If you purchase the items shown from the links in this post, a small percentage of the sale will go to supporting Cookin’ Canuck.

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1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 3, 2013 at 5:50 am

I need this in my life! I got an ice cream maker but have been wanting to try some lighter recipes. Can you tell cherry season to hurry up and get to Michigan? :) (We are still waiting for strawberries!)

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm

It’s always hard to wait for the height of the fresh fruit season, isn’t it? But those cherries are definitely worth the wait. I hope you enjoy this, Liz.

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3 Tieghan June 3, 2013 at 5:52 am

I love OXO products and am always scouring Target for them!
This frozen yogurt sounds so good and healthy too! Win win! Cherries + Coconut and honey sounds like a killer combo!

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Tieghan, OXO products are always so reliable and simply, but perfectly functional.

The cherries/coconut/yogurt combo worked really well together.

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5 Rachel Cooks June 3, 2013 at 6:16 am

This looks fantastic! I really need to locate my ice cream maker.

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Thanks, Rachel. We use our ice cream maker so often in the summertime. It’s a staple!

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7 Chris Scheuer June 3, 2013 at 6:29 am

I love the idea of using coconut milk in this dish- and, can not WAIT to give it a try on a hot summer day. Thanks for the inspiration!

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Thanks, Chris. The coconut milk adds some richness to otherwise light frozen yogurt. I hope you enjoy it!

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9 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 3, 2013 at 6:48 am

Totally agree. Frozen dessert is KEY in the summer! And this sounds awesome!

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Absolutely, Katrina. There’s no better way to cool down on a hot day.

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11 Amy June 3, 2013 at 6:57 am

This sounds like the perfect treat for summer. And so easy too!

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Thanks, Amy. I am trying to come up with more under-5 ingredient recipes these days. Summer = simple in my book!

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13 Maria June 3, 2013 at 6:57 am

My kind of summer treat! Love this Dara!

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Thanks, Maria. I’d be happy to share anytime.

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15 Robin @ Simply Southern Baking June 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

What a refreshing treat for summer! Beautiful pictures!

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thanks so much, Robin. The frozen yogurt was very photogenic, so I got lucky! :)

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17 Deborah June 3, 2013 at 7:01 am

This sounds so good! Perfect for a summer day.

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18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thanks, Deb. With the weather heating up, we are craving more and more cool dishes.

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19 Liz June 3, 2013 at 7:25 am

Thank you for the nice recipe.

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20 bridget {bake at 350} June 3, 2013 at 7:26 am

Dara….this sounds delicious!!!

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21 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thanks, Bridget. It was a hit in our house.

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22 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective June 3, 2013 at 7:33 am

Wow! I would love a giant bowl of this right now! It looks so bright, fresh, and refreshing!

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23 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thanks, Sommer. We ate this up in record time!

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24 steph@stephsbitebybite June 3, 2013 at 7:39 am

So creamy and so perfect for summer! Gimme some!

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25 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Thanks, Steph. It really does have a lovely creaminess to it, despite being low-fat.

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26 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 3, 2013 at 7:52 am

I love that Oxo cherry pitter! Makes life so easy – and this frozen yogurt is amazing!

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27 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Yes, that cherry pitter is the handiest little kitchen tool!

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28 Karly June 3, 2013 at 7:57 am

Ooh, this looks amazing!

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29 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Thanks, Karly. It was a hit with both adults and kids alike.

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30 Brianna June 3, 2013 at 8:11 am

This looks delicious. Every year Grey helps a friend of ours cover his cherry tree. He usually pays us in cherries…in a week or so we will have a five gallon bucket full of cherries! Last year we spent 4 hours de-pitting, and freezing bags of them. I can’t wait for this year. Definitely going to bookmark this recipe for in a couple weeks. :)

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31 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm

How lucky you are! And 4 hours?! You are a dedicated cherry pitter. :)

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32 Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) June 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

I love that this is so healthy! Or at least low fat ;) I gotta try to make frozen yogurt in my ice cream maker next…

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33 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Thanks, Ashley. Oh yes, guilt-free desserts are a must at this time of year.

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34 Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare June 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

This looks SO awesome! I love frozen yogurt, especially the “tang” of the Greek yogurt. I will have to pull out my ice cream maker and try this!

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35 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thanks, Crystal. Yes, the tang of the yogurt adds a really nice flavor to the honey and cherries.

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36 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch June 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

Sounds delicious – great flavorful ingredients in this!!! Great idea for summer – or anytime!!!

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37 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Thanks, Robyn! I wish fresh cherries were available year-round so that we could enjoy this more often.

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38 Mr. & Mrs. P June 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

Its looks so creamy and delicious!!! YUM!

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39 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Thank you! We will definitely be making this over and over again.

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40 Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet June 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

I seriously need to invest in a cherry pitter so I can make this immediately!!

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41 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Yes, just do it! You’ll be very thankful you have one amidst your kitchen tools.

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42 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Yes please, I’d happily eat this all summer long!

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43 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I hear you! We just might do that. :)

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44 Carla @ Carlas Confections June 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm

This ice cream is gorgeous and who doesnt love a healthier version?!

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45 Cookie and Kate June 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I love my Oxo cherry pitter! This frozen yogurt sounds phenomenal—sweet, tangy, fruity, perfect.

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46 Donna June 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm

LOve the cherry/coconut flavor combo – thanks for posting this.

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47 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I love the OXO pitter! And this froyo looks amazing!!

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48 Vicki @ WITK June 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

This flavor combo sounds amazing! I just bought some cherries and have been thinking they would be great in ice cream. Frozen yogurt is even better!

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49 Paula - bell'alimento June 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm

This I could use right about NOW …

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50 nessa June 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I love frozen yogurt, and this looks incredible!

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51 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles June 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm

“How brilliant”, indeed!! OXO is so smart to add that splash guard. This yogurt looks awesome, Dara. We just bought our first cherries of the season this week, can’t wait to try them in this beautiful yogurt!

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52 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 3, 2013 at 9:46 pm

This looks so good and I love that gorgeous color!

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53 addie | culicurious June 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Looks delicious! :) i love making my own fro yo!

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54 MyKitchenStove June 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Perfect treat for summer. This looks incredible!!

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55 Nutmeg Nanny June 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Oh yum! I have to try this :)

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56 Dina June 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

sounds delish!

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57 jo bailey frazier January 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Beautiful, healthy & tasty!

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