Summer is here and we're enjoying the hot days! But the weather is not quite right for heavy food or even cakes. We prefer healthy, light meals with lots of fruit. And what could be better than a delicious ice cream for the necessary refreshment? That's why we've come up with a delicious, healthy semifreddo made from yogurt that you can easily make yourself. With wonderfully juicy cherries, we're also right in season! Here we show you why the cherry semifreddo is also a treat for your gut and give you the recipe!
What else the semifreddo can do besides taste good...
In contrast to a classic semifreddo, our version is much healthier. On the one hand, this is because it is low in calories thanks to the use of yoghurt (unlike whipped cream). On the other hand, yogurt is probiotic, i.e. full of healthy lactic acid bacteria - this also applies to plant-based yogurts. These help your intestines with digestion and can also have a positive effect on constipation. Exciting fun fact: many lactic acids remain alive even after freezing and thawing - so semifreddo really is probiotic. (1, 2)
Cherries are also a delicious fruit that not only tastes good, but is also very healthy. Cherries are also low in calories and contain valuable fiber. These fibres are like fertilizer for your intestinal bacteria and make your microbiome more diverse and therefore healthier. You can find more information about a healthy microbiome here. (3)
And a quick word about chocolate: dark chocolate is much healthier than milk chocolate. Not only does it have much less sugar and fat, it also contains lots of flavonoids. These have an antioxidant effect, meaning they can reduce stress in your cells and possibly protect you from cardiovascular disease. (4)
You need these ingredients for our dreamy cherry semifreddo.
For 8 portions
Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free
Preparation time approx. 10 minutes
- 400 g cherries
- 400 g natural, coconut, soy or almond yoghurt
- 75 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa content)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 vanila pod
- a little mint
Our dreamy cherry semifreddo with chocolate pieces is made very quickly - leaving you more time to enjoy it! Your semifreddo will be unique depending on how much cherries and yoghurt you mix together.
First wash and pit the cherries. Put a handful of cherries to one side and cut them in half. Then puree the rest of the cherries with a hand blender and set aside.
Next, cut the vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape out the precious pulp with a spoon. Mix the yoghurt with the vanilla pulp and honey in a bowl. Then add the pureed cherries to the yoghurt. Depending on how you like it, mix more or less yoghurt and cherries together.
Chop 50 g of the dark chocolate into small pieces or break by hand. Now we are ready to pour the delicious cherry and yoghurt mixture into a large mold. Finally, toss in the remaining halved cherries and the chocolate pieces so that they are well distributed.
The cherry semifreddo should be frozen for about eight hours or overnight. As soon as it is ready, tip it out of the mold and cut off pretty slices. Grate the remaining chocolate over the semifreddo and garnish with fresh mint - that's it - simple, healthy and delicious! Next step: Enjoy in the shade or by the water - summer can be so wonderful!
Author - Lilly
This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical information or instructions. The recipes are intended for inspiration and are not intended as therapeutic measures. If you have any health problems, we recommend that you contact a doctor or other expert immediately.
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