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20 September 2013

Frozen Blueberry Yogurt in Fresh Lemon Bowls With Instant Naturel Sprinkles

When I was preparing this, I felt like a kid set loose in a candy shop. I had an array of colorful sprinkles, beautiful violet frozen yogurt, blueberries, mint leaves, colorful napkins and teaspoons. It robbed my whole morning but hey, I had fun, lost in my little world of colors. Naturally, my yellow board fit like a glove in the scene.

The only thing missing from my little scenario was my daughter who loves most of the things that I do in the kitchen especially when it involves sweet and colorful food. But since she's in school, I decided to keep the moment to myself to work in silence.

As much as I love my daughter hovering around me, she often distracts me half the time with her hands suddenly popping in the pictures. Her hands operate on their own when there are too many irresistible things on the table. I can't blame her. With these colorful butterflies, yellow stars and violet crystals, restraining is out of the question. As soon as she arrived home, I took her to the kitchen and surprised her with the excess sprinkles I gathered after I photographed everything. With a happy smiling kid thanking me for the cute little butterflies and stars, I was in Mommy heaven. I love how very simple gestures make us feel happy and human. 

Sprinkles find their way in my desserts most of the time. Because they're fun and because they add a personal touch to my preparations. I'm a kid at heart and when I see pretty colorful, little shapes, expect to receive a dessert with a dash of playfulness and a very satisfied cook behind it.

The sprinkles I am currently using are provided by the French food company, Instant Naturel. Born in 2010, the company's main aim is to provide organic, healthy and quality products. To have food producers backing us with healthy products gives me the assurance that my family and I will live a healthier life. Nowadays, protecting our kids from unnatural ingredients in the food we eat is a herculean task. There are just too many chemicals in what we eat! Instant Naturel keeps its food production simple and natural, the two main factors I look for when it comes to food I buy. 

Frozen yogurt is an easy and healthy dessert. It can be prepared in a matter of few minutes if you are using more frozen blueberries than the ones indicated in the recipe mixed with cold and creamy yogurt. It takes longer to prepare if you are using fresh blueberries. I used fresh ones in this recipe and I didn't have so much to make the taste and color more intense. I would have put more to make it more if I had more blueberries like the Wild Blueberries & Meringue Gelato I made last summer. Churning the yogurt in the ice cream maker gave it a consistency closer to ice cream. It was good! 

This is a very simple recipe with everything natural, even the bowls. I hope you liked this post as much as I enjoyed preparing it. Happy mid-week to all of you!


Frozen Blueberry Yogurt in Fresh Lemon Bowls

Serves 2
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (add more blueberries if you want it more intense)
  • 1-1/2 cups creamy white yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons honey (adjust amount)
  • 1 big lemon
  • Sprinkles
  • Mint leaves
  1. In a blender, crush the blueberries.
  2. Add the yogurt and honey. Adjust the amount of honey according to how sweet you want it. Blend until smooth.
  3. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes then transfer it to an ice cream maker and churn for about 20 minutes or until you reach the consistency similar to ice cream. 
  4. If you don't have an ice cream, transfer it to a container and freeze in the freezer for about 2 hours or until it can be scooped.
  5. To prepare the lemon bowls, cut the lemon in half. With a sharp knife, separate the pith from the pulp. Using a spoon, scoop out the pulp. Save it for other uses. Pat dry the inner part of the lemon with paper towels. Set aside.
  6. Scoop the frozen yogurt in the bowl. Garnish with sprinkles and mint leaves.