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Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt

4 Oct

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Yes. It happened. In my kitchen. Today.

Why?? Well last night I went out with my boyfriend and found this at our local frozen yogurt place in Gainesville.

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After eating a huge cup of their heavenly pumpkin frozen yogurt, I knew I had to make my own! And of course, healthier :)

Yes, frozen yogurt is already very healthy for you compared to regular ice cream, but this frozen yogurt recipe I’m about to share is made with Greek yogurt, which makes it very high in protein compared to your typical frozen yogurt :)

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Want a bite?

And the best part? No ice cream maker needed if you don’t have one! Once you make the base recipe, you can either pour it into a maker if you already have one, but if not, just pour it into a shallow container and place into the freezer! Stir every 30 minutes until the right consistency is achieved, and wallllah!

Try it. You will be happy you did :)

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Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt
–    1 cup 2% Greek Yogurt
–    1 cup Pumpkin Puree
–    1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
–    1/4 cup Maple Syrup or Raw Honey or Agave
–    4 packets Stevia (or another 1/4 cup of sweetener above)
–    1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
–    1 tablespoon Cinnamon
–    1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (or 1/8 tsp each: nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
– Pinch of Sea Salt
– Optional Toppings: Crushed Graham Cracker, Sprinkles, Cinnamon, Chocolate Chips

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Pour into ice cream maker according to directions on maker, or pour into a shallow container and place into freezer. If not using an ice cream maker, you will need to check mixture every 30 minutes to an hour and stir, in order to break up any huge crystals from forming, until the desired “frozen yogurt texture” is achieved. This will not produce as good as results as an ice-cream maker, but will still taste just as great. Serve in bowls. Top with any desired toppings!

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Greek Yogurt
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fingal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

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Pumpkin Froyo-without icecream maker!

5 May

I have now actually invested into an ice cream maker, it’s so fun and yummy. But what did I do before I had one(and still use when too lazy to get out the huge machine)? I make a yummy cold treat this way!

You can easily mix together the ingredients and flavors you want in your froyo concoction. The possibilities are seriously endless. I’ll give you a few options, but you can add anything you would want as well! Of course, the picture here is of my pumpkin flavor. Surprise surprise :)

This is such a healthy alternative as unlike froyo you buy out, this is very high in protein! and you can dress it up to meet your sweetness and caloric needs. Keep it simple for weightloss/low calorie, or dress it up with delicious toppings and add ins to make it more decadent!

Does this taste exactly like the creamy froyo you get from your local shop or even from an ice cream maker? Not 100%. But does it satisfy my craving when desiring that yummy stuff? Most certainly. It is such a yummy snack for any time of the day :)

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Pouring my mixture into a container to freeze!

 

Pumpkin Froyo
-1 cup almond milk (or other kind)
-1 cup greek yogurt
-1/2 cup pumpkin
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-2 packets stevia/agave to sweeten
-cinnamon to taste
-Toppings: sky is the limit! But many times I use nut butters, clean chocolate syrup, crumbled protein cakes I’ve made or cereal, granola, fruit, coconut, chocolate chips, anything!!
Directions: Mix everything together until smooth. Add in any other desired flavors/ingredients. Place in shallow container in freezer for about an hour. After 30 minutes, take out and stir to break up some of the iciness. Put back in freezer for about 30 minutes. Top with desired ingredients. Enjoy!

For Mint Variety: omit pumpkin and add 1/2 tsp mint extract plus 2T chocolate chips
For Chocolate Variety: omit pumpkin and add in 2T cocoa powder+choc. chips
For Mocha Variety: omit pumpkin, and add 1 instant coffee packet+choc. covered expresso beans or choc. chips
For Protein Variety: omit pumpkin and add 1 scoop of desired protein powder flavor