Lychee and labneh frozen yogurt

June 3, 2011  •  Category:


For those of you still fighting cold weather, I am sincerely sorry; temperatures are in the high nineties over here and about the only retail eateries  always full of people are frozen yogurt shops.

Well, labneh is drained yogurt, right? I had a jar of store-bought labneh in the fridge and I used it  to make this, mixing it with a can of lychées and the result was conclusive. I will be using labneh from now on, it is perfect for a frozen yogurt treat once in a while.


  • 1 can of lychees in syrup (8 ounces or 225 g.), lychees drained
  • 8 ounces of labneh
  • rind of one lime
  • 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar


  1. Drain the can of lychées and reserve the syrup; place the lychée and 1/2 cup of the syrup in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture is puréed; add 8 ounces of labneh and the powdered sugar and process. Add the lime zest and process.
  2. Place in the bowl of the ice-cream maker and let it run until the mixture turns into frozen yogurt. Store in the freezer.


NOTE: If you don’t have an ice-cream maker, freeze the mixture and then place the frozen mixture cut into big chunks in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times and you will get the texture of ice-cream.

I made this using a jar of commercial labneh; I am not sure how the result would turn out with homemade labneh at this point.


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  1. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Oh I love lychee!! This is my kind of dessert!

  2. Katie@Cozydelicious says:

    What a combo! Talk about fusion food! I am so curious about this treat – i love lycees and I love creamy, lovely yogurt. As soon as I get y ice cream maker out of storage (along with the rest of my kitchen gadgets) I will be making this one!

  3. sophia says:

    You’re really milking your labneh to the last drop! This sounds amazing…I’d never have thought of pairing it with lychee!

  4. Devaki says:

    WOW Joumana! You’ve really hit it out of the ball park with this one. LOVE lychees and you are just the one to turn it into such a unique summer delight 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  5. Ivy says:

    I tried canned lychees a couple of months ago for the first time and I really loved it. Your frozen yoghurt sounds delicious and recipes like this make me want to buy an ice cream machine 🙂

  6. Louise says:

    This does sound wonderful. I’ve only recently discovered how delicious lychees are. I’m sure I’d love this.

  7. Jumanah (Healthy Liv says:

    This is pure genious! I LOVE frozen yogurt, but have never made it at home! I always have labane in my fridge so this is a perfect recipe! I am going to try to mix it with strawberries! YUM!

  8. Rosa says:

    Wonderful! Lychee is such a divine tasting fruit.



  9. RADIA says:

    tres appétissant, bonne recette, bravo.

  10. deana says:

    Hard to believe but I’ve never tried labneh before! One of these days must pick it up. I am a big fan of yogurt… even my dog loves it! What a lovely idea for a healthy refreshing treat in any weather!

  11. pierre says:

    juste ce qu’il nous faut car à Paris c’est grosse chaleur !!pierre

  12. Reva says:

    This is yum…the presentation is awesome..I loved every bit of it..

  13. familycook says:

    Yummy! Lychee is my favourite Summer fruit!. I love your serving bowls too:)

  14. Peter says:

    Love the floral aroma and flavour of lychees, they sound wonderful in an ice cream!

  15. Sonia Rumzi says:

    OMG! That sounds delicious and amazing. Thank you so much. Your presentation is to die for. Bel Hanna wel sheffa!

  16. Priya says:

    Thats an exotic and refreshing frozen yogurt..

  17. Amanda says:

    Wow, Joumana, I love what you do with labneh. You are a constant source of inspiration. Thanks.

  18. kankana says:

    If only I had a ice cream maker.. this looks so perfect!

  19. Dressed and Eaten says:

    The flavour combination sounds amazing. P.S avid follower of your blog. Love how you modernise Middle Eastern food.

  20. Louise says:

    I have never shared in the pleasure of Lychee. I must change that ASAP.

    We are cooling down after a temporary heat wave but as luck would have it, I do believe National Frozen Yogurt Day is on the calendar for celebration. It may have passed but no mind, June is Frozen Yogurt Month out here and I will be sharing this link!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Joumana. Your dessert looks refreshingly tantalizing!!!

  21. Foodycat says:

    The only bought labneh I have ever seen was marinated in olive oil and herbs — delicious for eating but no good for icecream! I must try making my own frozen yoghurt, although probably not with lychees.

  22. Juanita says:

    Very nice. Lychee is always very refreshing, as are limes.

  23. Nuts about food says:

    I love how you come up with such original combinations! How do you do it?

  24. Tom @ Tall Clover says:

    Joumana, I just like saying Lychee and Labne; it’s enough of a reason to make this, in addition to the reasons of being tasty and unique. I’ll be bringing this to a cookout this weekend. The guests won’t know what hit ’em. Thanks!

  25. Dana says:

    Oooh, two flavors I love but have never tried together. This is a must try recipe! Great idea!

  26. Magic of Spice says:

    It is off and on warm here, but ice cream is welcome 🙂 Love your additional tips for non-ice cream maker owners. thank you!

  27. Kathy says:

    What a wonderful combination! I bought an ice cream maker at the end of last summer and have not used it yet and I have some labneh in my refrigerator…sounds like something I will try this week-end. Nice post!

  28. domi says:

    Un coup de fraîcheur sur les yaourts, c’est trop bon….

  29. Oui, Chef says:

    Oohhh…I’m always looking for new frozen dessert ideas, and I must say that this is one of the most creative I’ve come across in a while. Lebneh and lychee….brilliant! – S

  30. Kate says:

    This is so perfect! And delicious, so easy to make! And not as expensive as Crème fraiche, which I learned to make last year for ice cream. But the hot weather made me cheat. I froze the mixture in ice cube trays and put some of the cubes in the processor for single servings. Homemade lebne works fine!

  31. Fatima says:

    Joumana, stumbling upon your website was one of the best things that happened to me online! Went crazy and tried out many of your recipes on a warm May night (my birthday) and invited close family and friends for a Lebanese night. The samboosaks and the grape starter was the talk of the table. But the lychee labneh sorbet was the hit of the night! I made my own hung curd as substitute for labneh and it turned out great! The texture was lovely. But used a kilo can of lychees which when drained weighed 300g. Two 400g jars of yoghurt weighed when same when drained off the whey. Thanks a lot for your wonderful recipes. am waiting eagerly for your grape molasses recipe.

  32. Jen says:

    This was spectacular!!

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