Monday, 13 June 2011

Frozen Yoghurt - Snog, Frae and Pinkberry watch out!

There is a bit of a frozen yoghurt craze going on this summer in the UK. Suddenly, all over London places selling the stuff with a myriad of toppings are popping up - we now have Snog, Frae, Itsu , Moosh and Yog to name just a handful. And for the most part it is pretty yummy and reasonably healthy as an occasional treat, but it is sooo expensive.The good news is that frozen yoghurt is really easy to make at home. Serve with a load of little bowls of things to sprinkle on top and you'll have your own fro-yo stand. Try chopped nuts, fresh and dried fruit, coconut, peanut butter and grated dark chocolate. 

You will need an ice cream maker for this.

500g fat-free greek style yoghurt
150ml semi-skimmed milk
100 grams icing sugar/ agave syrup or other sweetener of your choice
2 drops vanilla extract (optional)

Makes 4 servings

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Churn in ice cream maker until it reaches 'Mr Whippy' consistency. Eat greedily.

You can flavour this pretty much anyway you like or change the type of yoghurt used. Try the following:
Mango - swap the sugar and milk for 350g of pureed fresh mango and 100ml apple juice. Add a twist of lime and fresh ginger to serve.
Double chocolate chip flavour - add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Once churned stir in 40grams of darkest chocolate chips.

Maple and pecan - swap the sugar for 100mls of pure maple syrup. Once churned stir in chopped pecans, dates and cinnamon.
Peanut butter swirl - my favourite! Use 100g honey for the sweetener. Once churned stir in 3 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter.

Arthritis diet notes:

Homemade frozen yoghurt is a great source of calcium for strengthening your bones. It makes a nice change from ordinary yoghurt and works out much cheaper than buying a tub of ice cream.

I'm afraid I don't really buy the whole 'agave' is a miracle sweetener thing. Yes, it may be low-ish GI but it is high fructose which has been linked to gout (and a load of the conditions but so have most sugars). Please just choose whichever sweetener you feel most comfortable with - it's swings and roundabouts which is best for you.

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