…and on day 1,475 of the pandemic, I bring you this delicious No-Churn Blueberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt. Blueberries? Cheesecake? Froyo? Sign me up! It took me 4 tries and lots of taste testing to get this recipe where I wanted it. And the result is dreamy – plenty of that classic cheesecake flavor (uninterrupted by the usual tanginess of Greek yogurt) with a sweet blueberry swirl. Yum!
The challenge with no churn frozen desserts like ice cream or froyo is that they can get icy instead of creamy if you don’t do it right. The 3 keys to keeping things creamy with this recipe: whole milk yogurt, add some vodka, and (if possible) don’t let it freeze for longer than 6-8 hours before serving. Of course, you can always let it thaw on the counter for a while before serving, but my trial-and-error tells me that less freezing to start with is better.
When you add in the blueberry swirl, you want to make sure not to overmix the yogurt or else you’ll end up with an all purple yogurt instead of keeping those gorgeous swirls. This is all the further I went with my mixing:
Blueberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt
Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt
- 35.3 oz Fage Plain 5% Greek Yogurt
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 scoops Cellucor Vanilla Casein Protein Powder (50 grams)
- 1/2 cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature (4 oz)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Optional: 2 oz vodka (helps prevent freezing solid)
- 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (140 grams)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp warm water
Add blueberries and sugar to a small pan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Whisk cornstarch into warm water until dissolved, then add to the pan with the blueberries. Mix well and lower heat to medium low and simmer blueberries until juices are released and most of the berries have burst (you can help them along by pressing them against the sides of the pan with the back of a spoon). Set aside to cool.
Add yogurt and casein protein powder to a large bowl and mix with an electric hand mixer (or stand mixer) until smooth. Add remaining cheesecake ingredients and mix until smooth.
Add blueberry mixture on top of the yogurt mixture and gently fold in with a spatula, being careful not to overmix so you retain the "swirled" look.
Pour the yogurt and blueberry mixture into a loaf pan or other freezer safe container. Cover and freeze for 6-8 hours. Remove from freezer at least 30 minutes before serving so the yogurt can soften enough to scoop. The longer you leave it out (anywhere up to about 90 minutes), the creamier it will get!