Tuesday, April 24, 2012

No Sugar Added Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

I've mentioned before that I absolutely love frozen yogurt, tart especially.  It is the perfect treat on a hot day, and has the added bonus of not being too terrible for you.  But you know what?  In scrutinizing the ingredients (a habit I don't think I'll ever be able to get rid of, sigh) it turns out even the brands touted as "healthy," "organic," "non-fat," "sugar-free" etc, are still full of lots of junk.  Lots of artificial flavorings, preservatives, fillers, and sweeteners.  I think we can do better people.

I made Peach frozen yogurt not too long ago.   It was pretty darn good.  Eager to try my hand at a new version- I thought- hey, why not try using strawberry preserves?  The fruit only kind?

Duh, it is awesome.  And easy.  And the prettiest pink color as you can see in between pineapple pieces above.  Don't have an ice cream maker?  Get one.  They are not that expensive.  Do you realize how much you are probably spending on frozen yogurt?  I can make 32 ounces of frozen yogurt for the same amount you spend on one serving.

The reason I am calling this No Sugar Added, is simple.  First- I can't rightly say it's sugar free.  Yogurt contains lactose- which is sugar.  So right off the bat frozen yogurt cannot be sugar free.  Then I added fructose in the form of fruit preserves.  It adds sugar and carbs to this recipe.  However, you'll be pleased to know that one serving of this also contains a whopping 22 grams of protein.  That is the magic of Greek Yogurt.

No Sugar Added Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
1 jar strawberry preserves, the kind that is JUST FRUIT (not the one with splenda instead of sugar)
1 32 ounces container 0% fat Greek Yogurt- I used TJ's greek-style 0% but check the ingredients to make sure there isn't any added junk to make up for the 0% fat
2 tsp vanilla extract
juice of half a lemon
2 packets of pure via (totally optional)

Mix all your ingredients together and refrigerate for a few hours.  Then prepare according to ice cream maker's directions.  Ready in about 15 minutes for soft-serve, or stick in the freezer for two more hours if you want it a bit more ice-creamy.


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1 comment:

  1. yum yum yum. Def going into the icecream maker this summer.