Sunday, August 3, 2014

Half Baked Frozen Yogurt

Ben and Jerry's half baked is a match made in heaven. Delicious chocolate chip cookie dough, fudgy brownies, and a nice swirl of chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt combine to create spoon-fulls of awesomeness. Don't worry about the long ingredient and instruction list. It really isn't that bad, especially when you are dreaming of the creamy results the whole time.

half baked frozen yogurt (2)
 
Half Baked Frozen Yogurt
For the chocolate base:
3 cups Greek yogurt
¾ cup milk
1 cup sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
dash of salt

For the vanilla base:
3 cups Greek yogurt
¾ cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp vanilla extract
dash of salt

For the cookie dough:
2/3 cup oatmeal
7 pitted dates
3 tbsp butter
pinch of salt
1 tbsp water, if needed
½ cup chocolate chips

For the brownie dough:
¼ cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup oatmeal
7 pitted dates
pinch of salt
1 tbsp water, if needed
 
To make the brownie dough, put the dates in a bowl of very hot water. Set aside to soak for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, process the oats into a flour in a food processor or blender. Add the cocoa powder, salt, and soaked dates. Blend until everything comes together in a ball, adding extra water if needed. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

To make the cookie dough, put the dates in a bowl of very hot water. Set aside to soak for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, process the oats into a flour in a food processor or blender. Add the butter, salt, and soaked dates. Blend until everything comes together and it looks like cookie dough. Add in the chocolate chips and refrigerate for 2 hours.

To make the chocolate frozen yogurt, blend together all of the ingredients. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Using an ice cream maker (mine is from Cuisinart), pour the cooled yogurt mixture into the frozen ice cream maker’s attachment bowl. Let the machine run for 15 minutes. Once the yogurt is creamy, drop about ½ a teaspoon of the brownie dough into the running machine at a time.

To make the vanilla frozen yogurt, blend together all of the ingredients. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Using an ice cream maker (mine is from Cuisinart), pour the cooled yogurt mixture into the frozen ice cream maker’s attachment bowl. Let the machine run for 15 minutes. Once the yogurt is creamy, drop about ½ a teaspoon of the cookie dough into the running machine at a time. Add in the chocolate chips too.

To assemble, swirl the chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurts together, making sure to not over mix. (Then you would just have chocolate.) Serve immediately for soft serve, or pour into a sealed container and freeze for 3 hours for normal ice cream. You may need to let it thaw on the counter for 10 minutes before scooping out and serving.

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