Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Real Fruit Frozen Yogurt (with or without the yogurt)

There's nothing better in the summertime than homemade ice cream.

Well, nothing except frozen yogurt that is...

It is the easiest thing to make- no measuring of ingredients, simply blend in whatever you want and enjoy!

You don't even need an ice cream maker- a blender will work just fine.

And you don't really have to use yogurt...unless you want to.

All you need are a few ripe frozen bananas and some fresh or frozen fruit. It's 100 % healthy, no sugar added- a snack that you can feel good about serving!

Real Fruit "Frozen Yogurt"
3 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
Fresh or frozen fruit (strawberries, mango and pineapple are the best combo I've found, if they are frozen, defrost slightly before blending)
1-2 cups plain yogurt or milk (optional)

Blender method:
If you prefer a chunkier ice cream, blend the bananas first, then stir in the remaining fruit, otherwise put all fruit into a blender (including 3 frozen bananas). If you want a creamier consistency, stir in one to two cups of plain yogurt or a bit of milk (if using milk, add a little at a time to desired consistency). If too thin, add more frozen fruit, if too thick, add more milk/yogurt. Serve right away and enjoy!

Ice cream maker method (makes more ice-cream-like consistency):
Blend bananas and desired fruit (if you want chunkier ice cream, chop your fruit- like strawberries- and set aside). Pour the banana mixture into your ice cream maker and turn on. Add chopped fruit and any yogurt/milk (if using milk, pour a little at a time to desired consistency) and mix according to the directions until it becomes frozen (my Cuisinart takes about 15 minutes).

If you are lucky enough to have any leftovers, you can freeze them. Just be sure to give yourself adequae thawing time before eating again, as it tends to freeze pretty solid.

You really can't go wrong with this- just add whatever fruit you like to the desired consistency. No sugar needed and you can say yes to second helpings!

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