Our blender broke. It just wouldn’t start one morning. It was a wedding gift, which was five years ago now, but I have no idea what happened. I had all of my smoothie goodies piled in and all the flavors were ready to get mixed together into my delicious morning drink and… nothing. Secretly, I was thrilled and I’ll tell you why in a bit.
Thanks to Cooking Light, I found this awesome recipe for Greek Yogurt with Blueberry and Blackberry Sauce. Honestly, I’m not much of a yogurt person because dairy can be trickier for me at times, but… sometimes you need to step outside your comfort zone when your kitchen hands you a broken blender.
In the midst of shopping for the ingredients, I happened to discover So Delicious Dairy Free Yogurt. I didn’t even know this existed! So, I picked up a couple of containers of their plain, dairy-free yogurt along with the other few ingredients that I needed and headed home to make this easy, tasty and really pretty recipe! The colors and swirls made me want to shoot this immediately.
So, why was I thrilled that my blender broke? Well, Mike has been eyeing a Vitamix at Costco for a while. Every time we go, he will make a point to say, “we should just get one.” But, since we already had a perfectly good blender, I couldn’t justify making the purchase… until now. I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but better late than never, right?
Do you own a Vitamix? Which kind should I get?
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GREEK YOGURT WITH BLUEBERRY AND BLACKBERRY SAUCE
2/3 cup blueberries
2/3 cup blackberries
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter 2 cups plain reduced-fat Greek yogurt
Optional: I used dairy free plain coconut milk yogurt by SO Delicious ®. Use their vanilla flavor for more sweetness, if desired.
1. Add the first five ingredients to a small saucepan and bring mixture to a boil.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low and gently boil until sauce thickens, about 10-15 minutes.
3. Stir in the butter.
4. Spoon yogurt into bowls and top each with about 1/4 cup of the sauce or more, if desired.
5. Top with additional blueberries or blackberries.
All images © Regan Baroni 2016.