Nectarine Frozen Yogurt

September 3, 2010

I bought the cutest basket of nectarines at Trader Joe’s; six of them tucked into a plastic container covered with netting and a tag that said “ripen in the fruit bowl.” They did ripen nicely, but of course they were all ready to eat at the same time. I ate one and wanted to take advantage of the rest while they were fresh without feeling like I had to cram them down and force my husband to help me eat them. The solution? Nectarine frozen yogurt. It’s summer in a bowl; fresh and delicious with no worrying over rapidly ripening fruit.

This is adapted from the Peach Frozen Yogurt recipe in David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop, which is a fantastic book. I used nectarines instead of peaches and fat-free yogurt instead of whole milk yogurt. I also used an immersion blender to puree the fruit – so much easier than transferring it to a blender or food processor. No ice cream maker? Check out David Lebovitz’s method for making ice cream without a machine. I have not tried this myself, but have read many good reviews of this technique.

Nectarine Frozen Yogurt

adapted from The Perfect Scoop

1 1/2 pounds (675 g) ripe nectarines (about 5 large nectarines)
1/2 cup (125 ml) water
3/4 cup (150 g) sugar
1 cup (240 g) plain fat-free yogurt (I used Dannon All-Natural Plain Nonfat yogurt)
A few drops fresh lemon juice

Peel the nectarines with a vegetable peeler or knife. Slice them in half, remove the pits, and cut them into chunks. In a medium, non-reactive saucepan, cook the nectarines and water over medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the sugar until it dissolves, and thoroughly chill in the refrigerator. (I recommend chilling it overnight.)

When the nectarines are cool, add the yogurt and puree with an immersion blender until it is almost smooth but still has some chunks. If you don’t have an immersion blender, puree the mixture in a blender or food processor. Stir in the lemon juice. Freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


  1. Yummmmmmy!!

  2. Yum! This sounds so good and healthy as well! Neat recipe.

  3. Mmm! Great minds, I just posted DL’s peach ice cream. I like that yours is healthier.

  4. So pretty…if looks alone could sell: SOLD!! YUM.

  5. How delightful for the hot weather! I must try frozen yoghurt, seeing I have an icecream machine.

  6. This looks and sounds delicious – and of course I love David Lebovitz’s frozen treats. I have put off getting this book because I think, how much would I use it, but if everything tastes as good as what I have made and seen, the answer is – lots!

  7. WOW, that looks good! Nectarines are so delicious!!!! And that ice cream looks even more so!:)

  8. The yogurt looks great and I love the pretty napkin! An excellent way to prevent the nectarines from going to waste.

  9. I just spotted a huge case of nectarines at Costco. I hemmed and hawed and didn’t buy them. But I wish I had – I love them!

    Don’t laugh – I bought figs instead!

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