Chocolate + Coconut Frozen Yogurt

>> Sunday, June 23, 2013

In the past year, our area has gained two frozen yogurt places + an ice cream joint within walking distance of our home. So, I don't know why-oh-why it's taken me eons to make a frozen treat in our ice cream maker. Maybe it's rebellion. After all, I'm sort of anti-Pinterest food trends.

But guys, this is so worth jumping on the bandwagon.

What kept me from mixing up a batch at home was -- in part -- my own impatience. After all, you need to freeze that mixing drum for a good 15 hours. I never plan ahead. If I want dessert, I want it in the moment, which is probably why I make so many cookies.

Saturday afternoon, we realized we had an entirely uneaten container of low-fat yogurt that we needed to use. Fast. So, I crept into the basement, blew the dust off the ice cream maker box, and let the thing chill overnight. Today, I hastily mixed together what I had on hand.

I think it might be impossible to mess up frozen yogurt.
This recipe is great for beginners that want a chocolatey, yet distinctly tart.

nothing fancy here, just delicious homemade goodness

What you'll need . . . 

  • 32 ounces low-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk*
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar**
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* I imagine if you want to stay with the low-fat theme, you could use reduced fat coconut milk. All we had was the real stuff. And I'm not talking the kind in the refrigerated section -- use the canned kind that's nice + thick.
** Feel free to also experiment with other sweeteners and using less, which is what I'm going to try later in the week. Yup -- more frozen recipes soon!

Method . . . 
  1. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Then chill for 3 hours -- covered, in the refrigerator.
  2. Then prepare according to your ice cream maker's instructions. Ours instructed us to pour in the mixture and let churn for 30 minutes. 
  3. Then we let it freeze in an airtight shallow container for another 6 hours.

If you don't have an ice cream maker, there are a few kinds to choose from. You can get one that hooks right onto your KitchenAid mixer -- the Ice Cream Maker Attachment makes up to 2 quarts at a time. If you don't have a mixer, check out this economical Cuisinart Frozen Dessert Maker.

I'm sure ours will pay for itself if we can resist all the goodies $$$ on our evening walk.

Have you made your own ice cream?

Even if you don't have a fancy machine, you can enjoy frozen desserts of your own making. Try out our Frozen Banana Bites (and the new FAQs about them) or even my favorite Ultimate Vegan Banana Ice Cream recipe.

Now to go clean the drips off my camera strap!

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