Well, I think I am officially old.
My 28th birthday is on Tuesday and while I know that in the big picture that really isn’t old, I certainly feel it. After a late night out in the city last night, my body is just begging for a day of rest. A big difference from when I moved to New York six years ago.
In fact, a lot of things have changed in those six years. Jobs, twice. Boyfriend turned fiance turned husband. Sister turned real life best friend.* Studio turned one bedroom then into two. Jean size. Insecurities faded**. Passions realized. Parents seen more as equals. Views on life. Priorities. Dislike of goat cheese to love of goat cheese. Suits to chef coats.
*Well, that wasn’t exactly a change, just more of a realization
It is actually amazing how much has changed but then again there is a lot that stayed the same. Love of dessert. Partner in life. Balance of health and pleasure. Love of family. Drive, motivation, determination. Heart. Morals. Devotion to peanut butter, pumpkin, and fresh baked cookies. Joy in baking for others. Desire to eat only worth-it foods. And of course, a love of frozen yogurt.
You knew I’d tie this recipe in somehow. I’ve actually been meaning to make this recipe since the last frozen yogurt I made. It just took most of the summer for me to remember to put the ice cream maker bowl back in the freezer. Matt gets credit for that reminder.
This frozen yogurt is creamy and full of fudgy brownie chunks to add the perfect indulgent touch. The only thing missing is a little peanut butter swirl but I figured I’d be better off if I made a dessert my husband would also eat.
- 3 large brown bananas cut into slices (about ¼ inch thick)
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, tightly packed
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
- 1½ cups fat free plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup fudgy brownie pieces, size based on preference
- Place banana slices, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter in a heavy duty saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until bananas and sauce are very thick, stirring occasionally; remove from heat
- Place two thirds of the banana mixture in a food processor or blender and puree
- In a large bowl, combine yogurt, sugar and pureed bananas; fold in remaining banana mixture and brownies
- Place in refrigerator for one hour or until mixture has cooled
- Once cooled, freeze yogurt in ice cream maker as directed by manufacturer's instructions
- Serve immediately or store prepared frozen yogurt in freezer until ready to eat (allow to defrost and soften a few minutes before serving)
This frozen yogurt isn't overly sweet making it the perfect base for a touch of hot fudge or peanut butter sauce and whipped cream
Oh, and beware. This yogurt barely lasted a full day in my house.
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this. looks. incredible
Adam and I will be RIGHT over!
Aww my sister turned my real-life best friend over the past few years, too. That’s definitely been one of my absolute favorite things about growing up.
This frozen yogurt looks absolutely heavenly!!! SO SO good!!
This looks better than anything from Ben & Jerry’s (and that’s saying a lot)!
p.s. Even though I’m still in the early stages, so far the 30’s are much less dramatic than the tumultuous 20’s, so I don’t think you have much to worry about. Besides, you still have two more years. :D
Congrats on all the wonderful changes :) And happy birthday in advance!
What a wonderful ice cream! I wish I had packed my ice cream maker for my month long stay.
So proud of all the changes :)
And I’m dying to use greek yogurt in my ice cream maker. Gettin’ a little tired of the Mr dumping in cups and cups of heavy cream. It’s delicious, yes, but it’s a little too rich. I’ve gotta try your way! :)
Trust me, you are FAR from old!! Where did you go to celebrate? And, yum :)
Happy early birthday! And I’m pretty sure that 28 has been my favourite year so far (even if I have also come to the realisation that my nights of staying out late dancing are a long way behind me…)
What a way to start a post lol and you’re younger than me missy so hush about being old ;)
Happy early birthday! It’s amazing how quickly things can change, isn’t it? I think you’re on a pretty great track. :)
Oh add the peanut butter swirl and then have this luscious dessert all to yourself. :)
Happy Birthday and 28 is not old at all…it is all merely a mindset. I am 34 and in my mind still feel about 24. Then I see I have a 9 (almost 10 year old son) and it reminds me I am a little older than I think.
I hope you have a fantastic Monday and I hope your business continues to thrive :)
Happy Birthday, hope you have a great one :) And this frozen yogurt is so delightful…wow!
Looks fantastic! And a big Happy Birthday! I always get a little nostalgic on my birthday, but in reality, the years just keep getting better and better – and it certainly seems that way for you too :) Hope you had a great one my friend!!
This looks and sounds divine.
Happy birthday btw – I turned 28 a couple of weeks ago, it’s a great age to be! :-)
Happy birthday today my love!!! I hope we can get together SOON so I can say it in real life and have it still be relevant :) And if it makes you feel a little less old…I have classmates who are older than you and still in school with no discernible end in sight. :p
You know I share a love of froyo as well! I’m loving this flavor.
My goodness, more than anything else you’ve ever made on this site, THIS is calling my name. It looks amazing, Lauren!
This looks so good! Bananas, brownies, cinnamon?! This contains some of my favorite things to eat. Love it. Thanks for the inspiration!
I love this post! It’s a wonderful way to reflect on your life these last few years. They’ve been filled with all that’s good, but only because you made it so. You’re so strong, so ambitious, and so full of wonderful dreams. And now you know that dreams really DO come true!! I for one, am so filled with pride, that at times I feel as though I could burst! You amaze me and leave me in awe. But I guess I’ve been saying that for as long as you can probably remember.
Today is your birthday!!!!!! 28 years……… So hard to believe, yet there you are, all grown up! I love you Lauren, for all that you are and all that you have ever dreamt you could be. You are my daughter, my friend, MY EQUAL. And I couldn’t love you more.
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy birthday! And this frozen yogurt is absolutely to die for!
happy birthday! my birthday is this week too! Can I have this for my bday dessert?!
hope you had a great birthday! I am rocking a killer hangover right now that my younger self would be scorning right now! this icecream looks incredible!
very impressive with everything you have done in 28 years! Happy bday!