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easy homemade frozen yougurt


Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Once upon a time there were only a few frozen yogurt stores out there in the world. One of them was called Golden Spoon. On a beautiful sunny day in California we passed by a Golden Spoon store, which I knew nothing about, and I wondered how a frozen yogurt would taste like. We were staying at my mother-in-law's home, spending the summer holidays. Back then we lived in Brazil.

I bet you can guess what's coming next. Soon enough my whole family, mother-in-law included, decided to check out the Golden Spoon frozen yogurt. I don't know if this was our worst mistake or the best experience of our lives. Having a Golden Spoon frozen yogurt (especially the peanut butter flavor) for the first time, is an experience that will overwhelm your senses and you'll be hooked forever.




A
year and a half later we were back in California for Christmas. It was a cold and damp winter afternoon, the least ideal frozen yogurt day, when my daughter and I started having Golden Spoon withdrawals. We then drove to Golden Spoon and bought a gigantor cup of frozen yogurt each. We went back to the car, turned the heater to the max and enjoyed our delicious frozen treats. What a warming experience! One we repeated during many rainy days on that winter.

However since that winter the withdrawals got worse. Thinking we could only have frozen yogurt when we were in the US was giving me anxiety attacks and  insomnia. I tried to compensate with ice cream, but my weight went up and I got even more depressed. Until a Fairy Godmother (a friend really, one of those who are like a magician in the kitchen) gave me this frozen yogurt recipe.

 
Homemade Mango Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt has been around since the 70's and it is a much healthier option than ice cream. When you make it at home you can opt for non-fat yogurt, then you really have a delicious desert very low in calories. If you use my homemade frozen yogurt recipe and do not add sugar or sweetener you will probably get a tart flavor, which is very well liked among frozen yogurt fans. The healthiest and leanest way to go is to use organic fruits, non-fat organic yogurt and no sugar. Oh yeahhh!

Last but not least I have to confess that there is nothing like a Golden Spoon experience. The only bad thing about Golden Spoon is that there are no branches in Portland where I live now. Bummer!!! So I prefer to make my own frozen yogurt at home other than go to all those 'fake' frozen yogurt stores. If it's not Golden Spoon, then it's Mom Amelia's homemade frozen yogurt. Enjoy!

FYI
: If you have left overs store in a plastic container in the freezer.
Before you eat, put in the microwave for 15 to 25 seconds to soften it.

What You Need:


  • 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt 
  • 12 ounces frozen fruit like strawberries, mixed berries, peaches.
  • sugar or Stevia as a sweetener if you have a sweet tooth
<-- this is just half recipe

OR
if you you buy the Simple Truth frozen fruits, like this Berry Medley of the picture, they come in bags of 10 oz and you just add a small yogurt
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 10 ounces frozen fruit
  • sugar, Agave or Stevia as a sweetener if you have a sweet tooth

FYI: The addition of sweetener or sugar will depend on how sweet the fruit you chose is and how sweet you want your frozen yogurt to be.

Serve 2 - 3 (well, it depends, really)

What To Do:

Leave the frozen fruits out of the freezer for about 10 minutes.
Put everything in a food processor.

If your food processor is not very powerful cut the big pieces of fruit in smaller ones.


Pulse until the fruit is pureed and well blended with the yogurt. 
This might take from 4 to 8 minutes. It will depend of how hard the fruits are and how powerful the processor is.


 


After about 2 minutes, stop the  processor and press the fruits down because the hard fruit tends to collect at the top.
If after 2 more minutes you see that the fruit is still hard at the top, stop the processor again to press the fruit down.
Doing this twice might be enough but be prepared to do this one more time.




Once the whole thing blends and becomes smooth turn off the processor.







The consistency is similar to the frozen yogurt you get at the stores.

Serve immediately.





Homemade Mixed Berries Frozen Yogurt

Important: What makes this recipe work is the fact that the fruits are frozen. 

Peanut butter frozen yogurt recipe
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana (5 oz)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 packets of stevia (or your preferred sweetener)  
 I tried with only 2 tablespoons of peanut butter but it wasn't enough for me. If your food processor is not very powerful cut the banana in thin slices, about 1/4 inch thick.













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