honey lemon zest frozen yogurt

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I’m so happy it is Friday. This week has been all kinds of crazy messed up for me because of the holiday and some travel I have to do for work. But thankfully, after today, we return to normal. I like normal. I thrive on normal.

You know what isn’t normal? How crazy easy and crazy good this frozen yogurt is.

It’s totally abnormal. Extraordinary. Exceptional. Remarkable. Surprising. And about a billion other synonyms. I so love recipes like this. You know, the ones that look too simple to be anything spectacular, and then come out and punch you in the face with their amazingness?

This one punched me in the face. Well, metaphorically. And it only took four ingredients to pack that punch.

The key to this flavorful, tart, tangy dessert is zesting. If you want to add true citrus flavor to, well, anything, the key to it isn’t adding juice, it’s adding the zest. So much citrus-y flavor is hidden in those brightly-colored peels. And so often, we just toss ’em out! So sad! You can really use any kind of small-holed grater to zest, but the best-of-the-best is a zester. I’m not big on unitaskers—gadgets that really only have one purpose—but a zester is one that is totally worth it. It gives you baby, wispy fine threads of zest without pulling up too much of the bitter pith (the white part) of the fruit.

My friends at BigKitchen.com hooked me up with a set of professional-grade graters from Edgeware, and one of them was this amazing zester. It is what dreams are made of. I’m a little embarrassed, but before I was using a rusted, bent, dull, hand-grater that was part of those $9.99 kitchen utensil sets to zest. This sucker is much more efficient!

I do want to give a bit of a disclaimer about this yogurt—it is 100% for citrus fans. It’s lemony. Like, lemony, lemony. In the most amazing, strong, tart, sour, tangy, addictive kind of way. It’s just barely sweet and a perfect dessert for a 90° day. When I took my first bite, I thought “Oh, this is too tart!” and then I kept going back for more and more and more bites. If you aren’t a fan of tart foods, add more honey. You could always just drizzle it on just before serving. Yum!

Honey Lemon Zest Frozen Yogurt

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: None

Makes: 6 servings


  • 1 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup lowfat plain Greek yogurt
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup honey


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Refrigerate to chill.
  2. Process in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze for about an hour to solidify.
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  1. Jason says

    I’m a huge fan of the whole Greek honey yogurt thing — have been for some time — so I think this recipe will be my main use. Seriously!

    My secondary use would be for my homemade salsa. I always squeeze a little bit of fresh lemon juice in, although my original recipe called for a bit of lemon peel. I’d like to try grating a bit of zest into it to see how it works.

    Regardless, I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing it!

  2. Christine says

    What a cool giveaway. I’d use the graters to add lime zest to cocktails and chocolate shavings to desserts. Healthy time!

  3. Bobbi says

    Mmmm, this sounds so good!

    I would use the grater for this recipe and also for fresh lemon bars, which my dad LOVES.

  4. alicia says

    zesting my lemons/limes/oranges/grapefruits!
    …and for ginger – i LOVE grating ginger into my lemon water :)

  5. Erin says

    I’m drooling. I wonder if 6:53 am is too early for this? It is already 85 degrees outside….
    Regardless I’d probably use the graters for cheese. Cheese goes so much further when it’s grated. Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway!

  6. says

    Such a great looking recipe! I just forwarded it on to my partner, who LOVES lemon. Looking forward to trying this out!

    The graters would replace the current single (four sided) one I use, and mostly, we use it to shred cheese and I also love shredded veggies for bibimbop week at home. (The texture of the shredded veggies adds something to it.)

    Thanks, as always, for great recipes!

  7. Ashley B. says

    I’d use these for the (delicious) usual suspects: zesting citrus, ginger, choglit, and garlic & onions for salad dressings. But the garlic & onion need stay well away from those previous items. 😉

  8. Shelley says

    I can’t wait to try this Frozen Yogurt!

    I would most likely use the graters for chocolate! Using a grater is so much faster (and less messy) than doing a fine chop when melting chocolate. It also makes really cute garnish!

  9. says

    Your recipe may make me invest in an ice cream maker – this looks delicious!

    If I were to win the grater pack, I would use the tools to finely grate veggies for recipes and zest citrus for cocktails and baking.

  10. says

    I can’t wait to try this. – I’m a huge fan of the tart and lemony! I’ll have to send you my recipe for lemon-yogurt muffins!
    This grater set looks awesome! What’s the little one that looks like a mouse for? Garlic? That would be a dream come true! I like the idea of the hand held grater. I think even the one for cheese would be awesome for grating cheese right over the pan onto an omelette. Ginger, garlic, zest of anything…yum! Ooh, I made some wicked key lime pie cupcakes for my mother in law’s 80th birthday, and the frosting was decorted, and flavord with lie zest – D-Lish!!!

  11. says

    I can’t wait to try this. – I’m a huge fan of the tart and lemony! I’ll have to send you my recipe for lemon-yogurt muffins!
    This grater set looks awesome! What’s the little one that looks like a mouse for? Garlic? That would be a dream come true! I like the idea of the hand held grater. I think even the one for cheese would be awesome for grating cheese right over the pan onto an omelette. Ginger, garlic, zest of anything…yum! Ooh, I made some wicked key lime pie cupcakes for my mother in law’s 80th birthday, and the frosting was decorted, and flavord with lime zest – D-Lish!!!

  12. says

    I stopped buying bags of shredded cheese a while back because freshly grated is just so.much.better. so I would definitely use these to shred my CostCo-sized blocks of cheese.

  13. Julie says

    That’s it, I’m wishing for an ice cream maker for my birthday. This looks too delicious not to make.
    Hmm, if I had a decent set of graters like these, I would put away my fear of injuring myself and make lots of cheese taquitos. Six Cheese Pizza would also be easier, and there is a fresh lemon mousse I’ve been eyeing. Am I the only one who is terrified of grating my skin in the process of grating? Maybe no one else is as careless as me when cooking!
    Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait til I get to try it someday soon, perhaps.

  14. Jennifer H. says

    Wow! This looks delicious… perfect for these steamy hot days we’ve been having in Chicago!

    If I had these graters, I would use them for cheese everything! My husband is Swiss, so we eat cheese in almost all meals. They’d also be great for grating ginger and other citrus-y zests for summer cocktails. Nothing more refreshing than a homemade alcoholic beverage in the summer. :)

  15. says

    Of course my cheese loving self will use the graters to grate cheddar, mozzarella, and delicious Parmigiano-Reggiano!

    I have to say, it would be nice to have a decent tool for zesting as well :)

  16. amanda june says

    i’d definitely be using it most for citrus zesting. love baking with orange and lemon peel but it’s hard to do that without a proper zester, which i don’t currently have! i also happen to have a slightly overboard fixation with cheese.

  17. says

    I would use the graters for all the citrus fruits I love using in my recipes. I don’t even have a grater so in the past I have had to be VERY creative when it came to making my orange chicken and garlic lime chicken dishes!!

  18. Jamie says

    I’ve always wanted a microplane… I zest a lot of citrus and our current grater is awful. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  19. says

    That froyo looks deeelicious! I would use the graters for lemon and orange zest for baked goods and minced fresh ginger (probably so much better than the jarred type!). Thanks!

  20. Aimee M says

    Honestly, I’ll probably use the graters most for cheese :) but I would also use one of the smaller graters for ginger! It’s so healthy and I’ve been adding it to everything lately but chopping it myself is not fun.

  21. Sara says

    I am so trying this recipe this weekend! I’m a lover of all things lemon, so I can’t wait to give it a whirl.

    I do have one OLD microplane and I just adore it. But this set of graters looks MightyFine! :) I would use them for zesting (obvi) and for nutmeg. I add fresh nutmeg to my coffee every morning. And my latest thing is grating garlic. It’s so easy and makes the pieces perfectly uniform. As you can see, I use graters a lot in my kitchen!

  22. Amy E says

    I could really use these graters! I have been needing a new one for over a year but the good ones are so expensive. I put garlic in almost everything that that would be my main use. I also like to use them with fruits such as lemons, limes or oranges.

  23. Jessica says

    I am a brunch lover, and I would use the extra coarse grater on potatoes to make delicious hash browns!

  24. says

    Oh I am so with you on the 9.99 rusty grater pack. I have had them since undergrad and they have been well loved but are definately in need of replacement. I used them for all kinds of things, cheese, ginger, zests, and even chocolate.

  25. Candace says

    I’ll use the graters the most for cheeses and desserts that require fruit zest. By the way, I know I’m super late, but Happy Belated Birthday! Yours is the day before mine. :)

  26. Casey says

    I will definitely be using these to zest like crazy!! I make a lot of curries that call for zests, and usually I labor away with a paring knife like a crazy person — clearly, I should probably have purchased my own zester years ago.

  27. Rachel says

    Oh wow. The lemon fro-yo recipe looks amazing.

    If I had a better set of graters, hopefully it would put an end to me buying the prepared shredded cheese at the store.

  28. Joanne says

    I need to get an ice cream maker so I can try this recipe. It sounds so tasty and refreshing.

    I would probably use the grater set mostly for cheese but also for spices like nutmeg when I make pumpkin cookies.

  29. Amanda B says

    That recipe looks AMAZING. YUM! :)

    I would probably use the graters for a lot of vegetables, carrots, zucchini, etc, and I’d love to have a real zester for citrus. :)

  30. says

    I would most likely use these graters to shred cheese. The one I currently have isn’t good enough to do the job, so I end up buying bagged shredded cheese and it just isn’t as good! Great giveaway and I cannot wait to try the yogurt!

  31. says

    I’m making this tonight. Most definitely. So yummy!!!

    I would use the graters for zesting (I’m a huge citrus fan!!) And for shredding cheese. I love parmesan, and the bagged stuff just isn’t good enough. And for chocolate, so I can melt it and make delicious chocolate things.

  32. Kelsey says

    The larger ones I would use for cheese or potatoes and the smaller ones for citrus. This recipe looks delicious!

  33. Susan says

    This recipes sounds so good, I think I just decided we NEED an ice cream maker.

    I would use these graters for making healthy marinades and salad dressings. Beef fajitas need lime zest, in my opinion.

    I wish I could post a picture of my pitiful little collection of graters and my puny zester. All of them are in a sad, sad state from over use. And since I apparently need to buy an ice cream maker, my zester/grater budget is now shot to heck! :)

  34. jessica0999 says

    I would use these mainly for grating cheese & zesting citrus. And like a couple others that have commented, I think I might finally break down & get an ice cream maker for this recipe. Lemon is my fave!!

  35. Claudia says

    How lovely! I would use the zester to make quick breads with fresh figs and lemon or orange zest.

  36. says

    I would grate the hell out of some cheese. I can eat cheese like it’s going out of style. The zesters would get used to add some tang to desserty breads!

  37. Kat says

    My boyfriend’s grandmother has this recipe for “Grown Up Lemonade.” Lemon juice, lemoncello, and lemon zest blended with ice. Perfect for hot summer days!

  38. Neena says

    I will totally zest lemons to make this recipe, although this recipe sounds equally amazing with limes or oranges or a combination thereof!

  39. Ashley Noel says

    What a cool giveaway! I would love to use these to zest citrus over salads and maybe even find a dessert to make. :)

  40. Jenny says

    I would absolutely use this to zest lemon for my lemon-rosemary zucchini bread. Currently I scrape the lemon rind with a knife and then try to slice/dice it as small as possible.

    • Kim says

      I have been browsing zesters and graters to upgrade from the little single serving cup/grater combo that I’ve been using. It starts to get sad when I try to grate carrots in there, and lately there have been a lot of grated carrot recipes that I’ve been eager to try. I’d probably use the zester the most, though, for guac and dressings:)

  41. Becky says

    Oh, lemon and honey my fave! I am going to have to try this.
    I think I would grate whatever I could get my hands on. I do not currently own a grater so this would be so much fun to use.

  42. Kelli H. says

    Graters, I love those things! I would grate cheese the most but, it also seems like I zest a lot of lemons too.

  43. Amanda says

    Just found you through Pinterest tonight! I’m an Indiana marketer, too! If I had this awesome grater pack, I’d probably be using it to cook up new stuff using what comes in my weekly CSA share- always looking for new recipes and ways to cook the stuff I’m not familiar with!

  44. Carrie says

    I have started baking (in the heat?) and would like a better grater/zester to flavor baked goods, and of course, try to make the yummy lemon frozen yogurt. Thanks.

  45. says

    I would grate and grate and grate out of pure joy of finally owning one. I’ve always been too cheap to purchase one. Cheese, spices, citrus: bye bye bent and useless box grater. Hello, love!

  46. shannon says

    I am so making this (wonder if it will work to send the semi-frozen goo through the a food processor at regular intervals instead of using an ice cream maker?…we’ll find out!)

    If I won the graters, I’d use them the most for zesting, but shredding chocolate and cheese (not at the same time!) would be a close second.

  47. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I would use the zester for lemons & oranges and I would use the grater for cheese (which we eat every day!)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Chaley says

    I’d love to be able to zest more and to grate cheese better. I currently use a REALLY old grater for all of that. It has truly seen better days!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Ashley says

    I’ve been eyeing a good zester for over a year, but have hesitated b/c it’s a unitasker too! I would use it to grate citrus fruits for homemade lemon/lime/orange-ades! Mixed with freshly picked strawberries…yum!

  50. says

    I would definitely use new graters for zesting citrus fruits. I love love LOVE lemon and lime zest, and use it often. I also love cheese… and grating it over anything I can find.

  51. HJ says

    I’d use it to grate citrus fruit. My hubby likes anything citrusy, so there will be lots of grating!

  52. lauren says

    I love to cook, so these would be invaluable to me! I make homemade truffles, with a variety of surprise flavors….so I would use these graters to add lemon and orange zest, and yuzu. I could also top salads with pecorino or grated carrots, and my homemade bacon-maple ice cream with some shaved dark chocolate!

  53. says

    Just made this (in the middle of a thunderstorm, just to spice it up) and it’s so great! I added in raspberries that I had on hand, and totally can’t wait to try it out with different flavas.

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