This recipe is super easy, healthy and fun to make! All you need is some plain yogurt, fresh figs, light brown sugar, a pomegranate (for the juice and seeds), vanilla, and an ice cream maker. Or, if you love creamy yogurt, you can also make this without freezing it for breakfast, lunch or dessert!
Their paths don’t cross very often, but when they do, you just have to take advantage! Pomegranates and figs are only in season such a short time, and those seasons don’t actually overlap by much, but while they are both fresh in the markets at the same time, it’s best to make as much as possible with them! We love the combination of flavors and colors in this frozen dessert concoction, with the bright red pomegranate seeds and juice coloring the yogurt a nice soft pink. The figs don’t add as much color as they do flavor and soaking the chopped fig pulp with brown sugar helps to release a big burst of flavor. We keep skins on the figs, but be sure to remove the stems!
We use a tart yogurt to start with, since we’ll be adding fruit and sugar, and we also love a Greek style yogurt. One of our favorite yogurts these days is Esti plain nonfat Greek yogurt. It has such a lovely, creamy texture and the flavor is over the top! We happen to love euro tart style yogurts, but If you’re not a fan of that tart plain yogurt flavor, you could by always use a vanilla yogurt as your base. This gives you a head start on the sweet factor!
Fig & Pomegranate Frozen Yogurt
- Your favorite Ice cream maker
- 2 cups nonfat plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped figs with skins, but stem removed
- 2 tbsp. light agave syrup or honey
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. pomegranate juice, fresh or bottled
- 2 tbsp. fresh pomegranate seeds for garnish
- Mix figs with brown sugar and allow to macerate and get juicy for about 15 minutes.
- Purée macerated figs in a food processor until almost smooth. Some chunks are okay.
- Mix puréed figs with all of the other ingredients and stir well. Place mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker.
- Freeze and churn according the your directions until thick, but not too icy. You want frozen yogurt to be a little bit more like soft serve that frozen solid. This took about 10 minutes in our Whynter ice cream maker.
- If you don’t finish the frozen yogurt right away, you can freeze it and it will become very solid, but just remove it from the freezer about 5 minutes before serving to allow it to soften up a bit!