Frozen yogurt shops are popping up all over! But, is frozen yogurt actually better for you than ice cream? It depends; some premium brands of ice cream contain 3 times more calories and 5 times more fat than frozen yogurt! But, some frozen yogurt can still stacks up equally to ice cream when you look at sugar content. One of the healthiest routes may be to make your own homemade frozen yogurt.
Making your own homemade frozen yogurt allows you to control the amount of fat and sugar. Try these delicious frozen yogurt recipes your kids will love!
Watermelon Frozen Yogurt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
4 cups diced seedless watermelon
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon lime juice
Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring over high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a glass measuring cup and let cool slightly. Meanwhile, puree watermelon in a food processor or blender, in 2 batches, pulsing until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Whisk in the cooled sugar syrup, yogurt, and lime juice until combined. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into another large bowl, whisking to release all juice. Discard the pulp. Pour the extracted juices into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour into a shallow metal pan and freeze until solid, about 6 hours or overnight. Remove from freezer to defrost slightly, 5 minutes. Break into small chunks and process in a food processor in batches until smooth and creamy.
4 cups strawberries, washed and hulled
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 cup nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
Place berries in a food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add sugar and orange juice; process for a few seconds. Add yogurt and pulse several times until blended. Transfer to a bowl. Pour the strawberry mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s directions.
Peach Frozen Yogurt
3 1/2 cups coarsely chopped frozen peaches (about 16 ounces)
1/3 cup sugar, preferably superfine
1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine peaches and sugar in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped. Combine yogurt and lemon juice in a measuring cup; with the machine on, gradually pour the mixture through the feed tube. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides once or twice. Serve immediately.
Another fun and easy frozen treat to make is frozen yogurt drops! With only one ingredient, which you may already have in your fridge, frozen yogurt drops are a great treat anytime.
Any flavor of nonfat Greek yogurt
Fill a small Ziploc bag with the yogurt. Seal and snip one corner of the bag and pipe dollops of yogurt onto cookie sheets. Place the cookie sheets in freezer and freeze for 1 hour or until completely frozen. Remove yogurt drops using an offset spatula or a regular metal spatula. Place in an air tight container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.
For easy removal line the cookie sheet with parchment paper before piping the yogurt on the cookie sheet.
Make fun colors by adding food color to the yogurt.
Forgo the plastic bag and spoon the yogurt directly onto the sheet instead.
Make frozen yogurt pops by spooning the yogurt into popsicle molds.
Make your own pop without molds by using small paper cups and covering the top with plastic wrap, then insert popsicle sticks through the plastic wrap.