National Peach Ice Cream Day

Hi, I’m Janetha and I blog over at meals & moves. I am thrilled that Ashley has asked me to be her guest poster today! I am even more thrilled for Ashley’s recent marriage and I hope she is really living it up right now on her honeymoon!!

Weddings are great. My wedding was two years ago, today!  Time flies. July 17, also happens to be National Peach Ice Cream Day. No, this was no coincidence, folks. Totally planned.

You see, I love national food holidays. My favorite food is ice cream. My favorite fruit is peaches. I wanted to get married in July. How convenient that July 17, National Peach Ice Cream Day, fell on a Saturday in 2010! Lucky me. Oh, and I forgot to mention, I am also a numbers geek… so the fact that I was getting married on 7-17-10 made me giddy. If you don’t get that connection, I am clearly geekier than you.

Anyway, back to the wedding. And the ice cream. And the peaches. I decided I HAD to serve ice cream with peaches at my wedding. Sure, there was cake, but if you ask me… it’s all about the ice cream! Vanilla bean ice cream is my favorite flavor (call me boring, I don’t care) so I got 21 gallons of vanilla bean ice cream for my reception. There was a bit of a reason for panic when it came to the peach situation, though. The peaches in Utah weren’t quite in season, so my sister drove several pounds of peaches in from California. She then proceeded to wash, peel, and dice all of the peaches along with my other sister! Sisters are the best, right?

When all was said and done, my wedding was fantastic and the peach ice cream dessert was a huge hit! I didn’t eat any of the food at my wedding (What they say is true! Brides—make sure you remember to EAT!) but I definitely made time to enjoy the peach ice cream with my new husband.

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Yum.

On my blog, meals & moves, I focus on creating healthy recipes. I wouldn’t say that ice cream is exactly unhealthy, but it is not always the best choice. Frozen yogurt, however, is a delicious alternative! I re-created my wedding dessert with a tasty and healthy peach frozen yogurt recipe… perfect for all occasions!

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Peachy Keen Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt
Prep time: 5 minutes, Total time: 25 minutes
Makes four servings

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Ingredients:

  • Two (6 oz) containers of peach Greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
  • 1 cup (8 oz) plain 0% Greek yogurt (Chobani again)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) fat free half & half (or other milk of choice)
  • 1 T agave (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1 t vanilla bean paste (can sub 1 vanilla bean or 1 t pure vanilla extract)
  • 1 fresh peach, diced (for garnish)

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, combine peach and plain yogurts.

2. Add half & half, agave, and vanilla bean paste. Mix well.

3. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker.

4. Turn the ice cream maker on and let run for about 20 minutes or until frozen yogurt is firm.

5. Divide into four equal servings and garnish with a quarter of the fresh peach slices.

6. Freeze any leftover frozen yogurt you may have. Word on the street is if you add a splash of vodka to homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt, it freezes better. I personally would not know because I eat it all before I can freeze it!

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Nutrition information per serving (one fourth of recipe):

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Step-by-step photo tutorial:

In a small bowl, combine peach and plain yogurts.

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Add half & half, agave, and vanilla bean paste. Mix well.

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Pour mixture into an ice cream maker.

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Turn the ice cream maker on and let run for about 20 minutes or until frozen yogurt is firm.

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Divide into four equal servings and garnish with a quarter of the fresh peach slices.

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Enjoy!

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I want to thank Ashley again for letting me post here today. I hope you all get a chance to make this tasty summer treat!

XO. Janetha G.

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