If you love fresh cantaloupe, you will absolutely love my super easy recipe for Cantaloupe Ginger Frozen Yogurt! With only six ingredients, you can throw it together in a blender, put it in your ice cream freezer, and enjoy a delicious, healthy dessert by the time dinner is finished! This recipe was inspired by a “quick” trip to the grocery to find something easy for dinner that we didn’t have to cook.
You know how it is. Even though you like to cook, and even though you consider yourself a foodie, there are just some days, I dare say it, that prepared food sounds much better than trying to figure out what the heck to make for dinner. Do I feel like making chili since the weather is getting cool? No. Do I feel like pork chops (my personal favorite)? No, Greg made a fabulous pork roast last night with roasted veggies. After spending 3 1/2 hours in a planning meeting today for Kentucky Farm Fest, coming to Crestwood, KY July 11 & 12, 2015, I was brain-dead. When Greg asked me what I was in the mood for dinner, nothing sounded good!
While we were on the property where Kentucky Farm Fest will be held, the meeting was just about over when one of the ladies I’m working with from the State (Amelia) asked me for directions to one of our fabulous restaurants in La Grange, Rails. Amelia and I had eaten there a couple of times when she visited Oldham County, and she really likes their farm-to-table menu. I gave directions to the guy she was with who had driven to the meeting, and as soon as I mentioned they needed to make a left at Dairy Queen up the street, I lost him! After bantering back and forth about the importance of staying away from fast food when you’re traveling so you can try mom and pop restaurants, I sent them on their way to Rails in La Grange.
I stayed behind after the meeting to talk with the man who managed the grounds of the property. After talking with him for over an hour, I looked at the clock on my phone and realized it was 2:30! I was starving to death and had four voice mails to answer from calls that had come in during the meeting. Why did nothing sound good for dinner when Greg asked me what I wanted? Well, it might have had something to do with the fact that I stopped on way back to the office from that meeting and bought two DQ Ultimates after the conversation made me crave one! Since Greg and I like them, I thought it would be early enough in the day that we would be hungry by our normal 7:30 dinner time. Neither of us were.
We went to the grocery to try to find something healthy and light that would sound good for dinner in the next couple of hours. We opted for a nice, huge salad from the salad bar, Chinese dumplings, and sushi without rice. On our way to the checkout lane, I noticed that Kroger had cantaloupes 10 for $10! When I picked them up, all were over-ripe. After thinking for a minute about what I could do with them (after all, you can’t pass up a $1 melon!), I thought about ice cream! I had made a cantaloupe sorbet before with over-ripe melons and blueberries and it was delish! Well, here’s a tip. DON’T put whole blueberries in sorbet! Yes, it was pretty with all the blue dots of color in the bright orange sorbet. But as soon as you bite into one, you’re likely to be toothless!
I came home from the grocery and went to work trying to figure out a way to make cantaloupe ice cream rather than sorbet. I wanted something healthy, refreshing, low sugar, and something unique! After an hour, this is the recipe I came up with. It’s a little different. It’s gorgeous. It’s super easy. And it’s simply DELISH!
Cantaloupe Ginger Frozen Yogurt
- Yield: 1 1/2 quarts (6 Servings)
Fresh cantaloupe, freshly grated ginger, low fat plain yogurt, and a touch of honey make this recipe refreshing, easy on the waistline, and DELISH!
- 1 Large Cantaloupe peeled, chunked
- 2.5 Cups Plain Yogurt
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Lemon juiced
- 2 Teaspoons Fresh Ginger grated
- Peel cantaloupe, remove seeds, and chunk. Put cantaloupe chunks in a large blender. Add yogurt, honey, heavy cream, juice from 1 lemon, and freshly grated ginger.
- Blend until well mixed, then pour into your ice cream maker. Refer to your machine instructions for freezing time.
- Pour frozen mixture into a plastic container or bowl then put into freezer for 30 minutes to an hour to harden.
Scoop and enjoy! DELISH!
- Cuisine: American