honey lemon zest frozen yogurt

Let us all do the Friday Dance, k?


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. 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!!

  2. Claudia says

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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. :)

  7. 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:)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. HJ says

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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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