healthy dessert, eggless, gluten free, high protein, low fat, low sugar

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)

healthy dessert, eggless, gluten free, high protein, low fat, low sugar

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!

Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt

Yield: 4.5 cups



  1. Freeze your ice cream maker bowl for 24+ hours (I use my beloved Cuisinart)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cherry yogurt, chocolate yogurt and stevia extract.
  3. Whisk in the cocoa powder.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the vodka, cherry extract and salt.
  5. Whisk in the corn starch and baking soda.
  6. Slowly whisk in the xanthan gum (I whisk with one hand and "dash" in the xanthan gum with the other). Whisk the mixture well (it should look like a thick white paste, like buttercream frosting.
  7. Whisk this into the yogurt mixture and put the bowl in the freezer for 1 hour.
  8. Scoop the mixture into the ice cream maker bowl and churn according to the maker's directions.
  9. Scoop the ice cream into a freezer-proof container and freeze for 2 hours.
  10. Scoop into bowls and serve!


Store the ice cream in the freezer. To serve, bring the ice cream out and leave at room temp for ~30 minutes for it to soften.

This recipe is: eggless, gluten free, low sugar, high protein!

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

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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!

healthy dessert, eggless, gluten free, high protein, low fat, low sugar

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healthy dessert, eggless, gluten free, high protein, low fat, low sugar

healthy dessert, eggless, gluten free, high protein, low fat, low sugar

healthy dessert, eggless, gluten free, high protein, low fat, low sugar

healthy dessert, eggless, gluten free, high protein, low fat, low sugar

See how thick and creamy it is? Absolutely delicious, you need it make it!

Labels: Cherries, Chocolate, DIY, Eggless, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Ice-Cream-and-Fro-Yo, Liqueur, Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, No-Bake, Nutrition-Label, Yogurt

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Comments (9)

  1. Dina: June 6, 2013

    this sounds great. i want to get some cherry extract.

  2. What beautiful pictures! This looks delicious. I have still yet to try chobani yogurt! It does look super creamy. :)

  3. Mary: July 10, 2013

    Any substitute for the vodka?

  4. dessertswithbenefits: July 10, 2013

    Mary- I haven’t tried it but you can probably just omit it. Just let the ice cream sit on the counter for a longer period of time to get softer. Hope you like the recipe!

  5. Rosemary Wilcher: July 22, 2013

    Thanks, for posting such healthy and delicious desserts. After going over the ingredients I noticed the Xanthan Gum. I’m not familiar with it. And I was wondering if you would let me know where I could purchase some?

    Thanks, again!

  6. dessertswithbenefits: July 23, 2013

    Rosemary Wilcher-
    Thanks! I buy my xanthan gum off ( because it is cheaper than in stores. It is all natural and helps thicken the fro yo “batter” and results in a creamy texture.
    I hope you like the fro yo :)

  7. Sergio: October 2, 2013

    Excellent blog you’ve got here… Take care!!

  8. Heather: December 1, 2014

    I love your glass dish you show the ice cream in….could you tell me what brand it is? Ok wait, the ice cream looks ridiculously yummy too! Thanks.

  9. Heather-
    It’s just a Pyrex rectangular dish, kind of like a large loaf pan :)
    Hope you like the recipe!

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