Let’s be honest: who doesn’t love ice cream? It is particularly delicious on one of those hot days that are very soon to come for the residents of Taiwan, but we need to admit: it is not the healthiest choice. Our beloved frozen treats, especially the store bought packaged version is sadly not only full of sugars but all other kinds of preservatives, colorings and artificial flavor enhancers as well. Then what can we do when we are still craving a sweet and ice cold treat, but still want to avoid all these additional chemicals and nourish our bodies with healthy, whole foods only? Not to mention if we don’t have one of those fancy ice cream making machines? Look no further, the answer is right here! Make your own home made berry froyo!
This frozen yoghurt is a great alternative for ice cream that you can quickly whip up at home to enjoy while watching a late night movie or just relaxing in the afternoon when the weather turns hot and unbearably humid.
Ingredients you will need:
- About two handfuls of frozen mixed berries
- ½ (medium sized) frozen banana (optional)
- ½ cup normal plain yoghurt
- 1.5 cup Greek yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon of honey – or other natural sweetener of your choice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
First of all we need to note that it is really important to use frozen berries for this recipe – apart from the creaminess of the Greek yoghurt this will give it that nice ice-cream texture and temperature. All you need to prepare this froyo is a blender and it will turn out just like ice cream or in-store served frozen yoghurt, though it won’t hold this texture for very long, so serve and eat immediately or place in the freezer.
How to make it?
Step one: take off the cap of your blender and pour your frozen berries in. The best is to use a mixture of multiple different berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, but if you have a preference for any certain kind, go ahead and try making other flavors! For more volume and better texture you can also add half a banana.
Step two: add the yoghurt and the Greek yoghurt. It is important to use plain instead of fruity flavored ones as the latter are usually loaded with lots of sugar and many of the enhancers we are trying to avoid by making the froyo ourselves.
Step three: add the sweeteners. Lastly add one tablespoon of honey or any other natural sweetener of your choice: it can be stevia, coconut sugar, anything you prefer. Also add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to boost the flavors and balance the fresh sourness of the berries.
Step four: hit the button and blend it all together! When it’s more or less blended together stop the blender (you can even plug it off to make sure it’s safe) and taste a spoonful to see if it’s sweet enough. If not, add some more sweetener, put back the lid and finish blending until smooth.
Lastly serve in glass bowl and eat right away! If you want, you can add some sliced fresh fruits, coconut flakes or a drizzle of honey as toppings. Enjoy!