Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Fantastic Frozen Yogurt

Time to dust down the frozen yoghurt recipe - the sun has finally come to the UK! I keep looking out the window and thinking I'm hallucinating. I know that there is no scientific proof that warm weather makes the joints feel better, but it certainly helps mine - if only because a bit of sunshine makes me happy. Or, perhaps it is because the sun is the only excuse I need to make this fantastic frozen yoghurt.

2 cups (500g) fat-free greek style yoghurt
2/3 cup (150ml) milk (any kind)
1/2 cup 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 - 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.
Coconut and banana- swap milk for coconut milk and top with sliced bananas and grated coconut

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 other conditions). Please just choose whichever sweetener you feel most comfortable with - it's swings and roundabouts which is best for you.

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