Where do you stand when it comes to frozen yogurt vs ice cream? I'm strongly on the side of Team Fro-Yo. It's low in fat, full in fibre, wonderfully creamy (as long as it's made right) and has that awesome tang that you only ever get with frozen yogurt. The only downside to homemade frozen yogurt is that it can end up really icy and more like frozen water - not frozen yogurt.
Thankfully, I've worked out a way to circumvent that problem every time. That's right, people - every single time! My trick? I actually adapted it from what I learned in India about how locals use yogurt in their desserts. Indians use natural yogurt in a lot of their savoury meals and sweet treats. And whilst natural yogurt is a-okay to stir into curries, it's simply not thick or creamy enough to use in desserts. So you know what they do? They spread it out on a tea towel.
That's right. Take a clean tea towel, lie it out on your work top and spread the natural yogurt all over the towel. Leave it for about 30 minutes and all the excess water will have been absorbed by the tea towel, leaving you with a thick and creamy Greek yogurt-like texture perfect for using in a frozen yogurt recipe. Who knew, right?
This frozen yogurt recipe has been adapted from my Skinny Easy Tiramisu recipe, which is probably my favourite skinny dessert/pudding-like recipe out there. But since it's summer, I thought I'd adapt the recipe and turn it into a cool, frozen treat perfect for enjoying on a hot day.
One of the biggest debates when it comes to this type of dessert is, is frozen yogurt healthy? Shape Magazine covered five myths about frozen yogurt that might help you make up your mind. But personally, I think that if you learn how to make frozen yogurt at home, you can be in total control of which ingredients and in what quantities you put in and therefore how nutritious it is.
So, back to the first question. Which team are you on? Team Fro-Yo (yay!) or Team Ice Cream (boo!)?
- 1 cup natural fat-free yogurt
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- tablespoon optional: 1 Kahlua
- ½ teaspoon instant coffee
- 1 teaspoon water
- dark chocolate chips for topping
- Lie a clean tea towel out on the counter and spread the natural yogurt over it. Leave for 30 minutes, until all the excess liquid has been absorbed.
- After 30 minutes, scrape the yogurt off a tea towel into a bowl. Stir in the cocoa powder, brown sugar and Kahlua, if using.
- In a tiny egg cup-size bowl, stir the instant coffee into the water until it dissolves. Stir this into the yogurt until totally combined.
- Place the yoghurt inside a sealed container and leave in the freezer for at least 8 hours to set. If you remember, stir the yogurt every hour to ensure ultra-creaminess.
- Remove the frozen yogurt from the freezer 30 minutes before ready to serve to allow to soften up. Scoop into bowls and top with dark chocolate chips before serving.
Trying that TODAY lol
Hope you enjoy it, Jill! 🙂
You make it sound very easy.
Thanks, Sarah. It really is that easy!
This sounds amazing!
Thanks, Louise! 🙂
This looks great! The sound of it alone... Yumm!
Thanks so much, Sarah! 🙂
YOu had me at skinny! Looks so lush and yummy! #magicmoments
Thank you so much, Merlinda! 🙂
You think this would still work if I used vegan yoghurt?
I've never used vegan yoghurt myself, Milly, but I can't see why it wouldn't work!
Joy @ Joy Love Food
Can I be on both teams? 🙂 I absolutely love tiramisu and this frozen yogurt sounds incredible, love the tip about the tea towel! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again next Monday!
That's definitely the best call, Joy! I don't think I could live in a world without both ice cream AND frozen yogurt! 🙂
Joy @ Joy Love Food
I agree Nicola, I love having both too! Stopping back to let you know that this was one of my favorite posts from last week's What'd You Do This Weekend? and will be one of my features at tomorrow's party. I hope you will join us again!
Thanks so much, Joy! I'll be along later today to check it out 🙂
oh my goodness this is wonderful, pinned! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. I featured you on facebook and google plus xo
Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing, Katherine!
Carole West @ Garden Up Green
That looks so easy and yummy to create. I love Frozen Yogurt. Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks Carole - I love frozen yogurt, too!
What a special treat I just love Tiramisu. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
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