While I was making this next batch, I contemplated what to do with the current batch of brownies I had sitting on the counter. Now, don't get me wrong, hubby and I have eaten several of them...they are good but probably too deep, dark and intense for "mainstream" palates. They are super dark like ice cream sandwich cookie exteriors are...which gave me an idea! This afternoon, I made a couple of things with the leftover super dark brownies. I sliced a few brownies into thin slices (about 1/4" thick) and whipped up a quick and easy Frozen Vanilla Greek Yogurt to use as the ice cream sandwich/frozen whoopie pie filling. I partially froze the "frozen Greek yogurt mixture" before scooping it onto my little brownie bases and then placed a slice of fresh strawberry on top, a bit more frozen vanilla yogurt and then a brownie lid. I pressed them down so the frozen yogurt sort of oozed out the sides (like little mini Neopolitan whoopie pies) and then popped them into the freezer to freeze. After making a few of those, I broke up the remaining brownies and folded them into the rest of the partially frozen yogurt and then scooped them into little 3-ounce mini cups and froze them. Voila...I had nice little mini "frozen brownie yogurt" cups in small individual portions! No ice cream maker or special ice cream molds required!
When I made my Frozen Lemon-Coconut-Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pops recently, I froze about 7 little mini cups with the leftover yogurt mixture. I've really enjoyed pulling one of those little individual mini servings out and eating it for dessert. Sometimes you don't really want or need a larger dessert but just a little something sweet. So, I decided to do the same with this. I think I actually prefer the mini cups to the larger pops believe it or not! I snapped some photos of my little Frozen Brownie Yogurt Mini-Cups and my little Frozen Neopolitan Whoopie Pies below as well as included the simple recipe for Vanilla Frozen Yogurt. This frozen yogurt would also be great with broken up chocolate chip cookies or fresh fruit stirred in as well! Enjoy!
Simple Frozen Vanilla Yogurt
1-1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt, preferably full fat (or unsweetened cultured coconut milk yogurt for a dairy free option)
1/2 cup heavy cream (or canned coconut milk for a dairy free option)
1/2 cup Swerve confectioners style sweetener
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon liquid stevia, optional
1/4 teaspoon xanthum gum, optional (helps prevent ice crystals and gives a creamier consistency)
Add-ins: (Broken chunks of brownies, cookies, fruit, or nuts), optional
Blend all ingredients together in a bowl (except for add-ins). Taste for sweetness and make any necessary adjustments. Pour mixture into a shallow bowl or container and place in freezer. Partially freeze for about 45 minutes; stirring and folding with a rubber spatula about every 15 minutes. When partially frozen and thickened, fold in add-ins (brownies, cookies, fruit, nuts, etc.), if desired. Scoop into small 3-ounce disposable paper or plastic cups and freeze until set.
*Note: If confectioners sweetener is not available, simply grind granular sweetener in a small Magic Bullet type blender or grinder.