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.

Ingredients:
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.

Variations:
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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