Healthy Homemade Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt
Cherry Garcia Ice Cream — the infamous Ben & Jerry’s frozen dessert described as cherry ice cream with cherries and chocolate fudge flakes. While the flavor might be well known, its ingredients and nutrition label is often overlooked. With heavy cream as its first ingredient and sugar as its third and fifth ingredient, we all know that a quart of that ice cream in our freezer would be pretty dangerous for a ravenous sweet tooth. It’s like leaving a shopaholic at a mall with a $10,000 universal gift card… we will eat the tub of ice cream and the shopaholic will buy enough to run the mall dry.
Ben and Jerry knew this, so they made Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt — basically the same as the ice cream but with the heavy cream swapped out for yogurt and even MORE sugar pumped into every serving (sugar is listed four times in the Fro Yo ingredient list while it’s listed twice in the Ice Cream)
Fourteen tubs of Cherry Garcia later, it was time to make a healthy homemade version of the frozen dessert. This recipe uses Chobani Greek Yogurt for a thick and creamy texture and high quality flavor. What used to be a high fat/high sugar treat is now a low fat/low sugar/high protein dessert that can be eaten without feeling guilty of consuming half a cup of refined sugar in one sitting!
Just to prove how much healthier my homemade Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt is I decided to do a little nutrition label showdown!
Left: DWB nutrition label; Center: Ben & Jerry’s Fro Yo label; Right: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream label
It goes from totally awesome and healthy >> an indulgent treat every now and then >> oh my gosh why did I buy this in the first place?
The Desserts with Benefits Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt is low fat (and low saturated fat), low sugar, high protein and eggless (egg yolks are used in Ben & Jerry’s). Oh, and you can take a second or third helping without feeling bad about anything. You won’t be putting your body through a turbulent sugar rush and sugar crash and you’ll consume ingredients that you have actually heard of!