Saturday, April 16, 2016

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Creamy, chocolaty with a tang of yogurt, this Chocolate Frozen Yogurt is a guilt-free and a healthy replacement for the regular calorie-filled ice creams.

Who doesn't love frozen desserts? Summer is the time for frozen treats and people usually prefer Ice creams over other healthy options like butter milk, chaas, Lassi, tender coconut, fruit juice sorbet and of course frozen yogurt. As usual, I turned to frozen yogurt instead of an ice cream recipe as soon as the thought of a frozen treat came to my mind.

I make yogurt at home regularly and homemade is the best! It doesn't turn sour for at least 2 days and the taste is just yumm.. Also, when churned, the butter that comes out of it makes you feel like you accomplished something! It has been a long time since I made frozen desserts at home. This summer has been hard on us and harder on my little one. She loves anything from refrigerator, be it fruits or chilled yogurt. When my little one started asking for more chilled yogurt everyday, this dessert came to my mind. I used to make frozen yogurt before and took it to office for breakfast. Yes, breakfast! I used to have it with loads of Almonds and raisins.. So So delicious.

Anyway, I made this dessert particularly for my little princess and I am happy to say she loved it. Since my LO is not supposed to eat honey till she turns one, I have made this using brown sugar. Please feel free to use honey/maple syrup or any other sweetener you wish.

Chocolate frozen yogurt also called as Froyo is guilt-free, tasty and yes, healthy too. Though I can't promise you the same wonderful deliciousness you get from Ice cream, I can definitely tell you with confidence that you will love it. It has the same texture as ice cream with slightly tangy taste of yogurt. You can customize it however you like; be it adding honey instead of sugar, adding a fruit instead of just a flavoring agent, it gives you loads of options.

Nutritional Information  (Approx) (per serving)
Energy  146 Calories
Fat 3.9 %
Carbohydrates 19.8 %
Dietary Fiber 0.5 %
Sodium 130 mg
Vitamin A 1.9 %
Vitamin C 2.4 %
Calcium  2.9 %
Iron  1.6 %
Protein 10 Grams
Sugar 19 Grams

Yogurt 3 cups divided
Cocoa powder 2 teaspoons
Chocochips (Optional) 1 tablespoon
Brown sugar/Sugar/Honey 2 tablespoons
Vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon

If you have readily available Hung curd, you can use it. Else, Pour 2 cups of fresh yogurt on a muslin cloth kept on a colander. Fold the cloth and keep a bowl filled with little water on the cloth. Let it stay that way for about an hour. The residue is called hung curd which looks like homemade paneer.

Mix the rest of the ingredients except chocochips with hung curd and blend well till the mixture turns smooth. Add some chocochips and give a stir and pour the mixture in an airtight container. Freeze for minimum of 6 hours or overnight. Take the Froyo out 5 minutes before serving. Scoop it and serve with sprinkles choco chips on top.

* You can store the froyo in an airtight container for about 5 days.
* It is important to use fresh yogurt for this recipe, else the froyo will tasty sour.
* I have given this to my 10 month old daughter after getting permission from her pediatrician. Please check with your kid's pediatrician if you intentd to give this to a baby under 1 year old.

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