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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Recipes: Drinkable Yogurt

I was reading Leighann's blog post the other day on all the horrible unnecessary ingredients that are found in everyday products at the grocery store, and in several comments, people were lamenting the cost of things like yogurt that are made by companies that don't use high fructose corn syrup, or dyes.

And it got me thinking about the drinkable yogurt that I make for Elise. I know it's healthy because I know EXACTLY what I put into it, it's cheap (when I can find good prices on the fruit I use), and Elise LOVES it. I've never written down the exact amounts I use (I always weigh all the ingredients, I just never bother to remember), but I did when I made some today, so I could share it with you!

If you haven't checked out my post on making homemade yogurt, go here. It is so, so easy and will save you even more money. This is the yogurt I use when making this recipe.


Joanne's Strawberry/Banana Homemade Drinkable Yogurt
(all measurements are in weight grams... because that's what I use to figure out the carb factor)

What you need:
*approx. 450g of plain yogurt
(carb factor = .05)
*200g strawberries - you can use fresh or frozen
(carb factor = .08)
*85g bananas
(carb factor = .20)
note: substitute any of your favourite fruit... Elise just loves strawberries and banana
1 1/2 Tbsp. agave nectar
(total carbs = 24g cho)

Approx. carb factor when using the above measurements = .10

To Make:
*In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, simmer the fruit on low/med in enough water so it covers the bottom of the pan (don't use too much water, it will dilute the taste). It usually takes about 10-15 minutes.
*When fruit is completely cooked down, add to yogurt and blend using a blender or hand blender. If you do this while the fruit mixture is still warm, it helps to thin out the yogurt, making it more liquidy.
*After completely blended, add agave (or other sweetener). I add it at this stage so I can judge the sweetness after each 1/2 Tbsp. I add. You may need more or less, depending on your taste buds.

Why it's so great:
*So easy to make.
*Will save you money on the store-bought stuff.
*Healthy, because you control what gets put into it
*You can also freeze this recipe and make yogurt popsicles... YUM!


I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!

7 comments:

  1. What a great post. I don't buy yogurt anymore either because the "good" stuff is expensive. I've decided that the reason the other stuff is so cheap is because of the cheap ingredients they put in it, and that quality stuff is just going to cost more. But this is a great alternative! I'm definitely going to have to try this.

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  2. Ahhhhh...LOVE LOVE LOVE it :)

    Thanks, Jo!!!!!!

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  3. Yum! I'm going to try this. Thanks for posting. :)

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  4. Yummy. Adding your own stuff to plain healthy yoghurt is great. We make our yoghurt from our goat's milk ( it is simple to make from any milk) and create all types of yummy treats, very low carb to boot!!!
    Thanks for the post!!

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  5. SAWHEEEEEEEEET! I cannot wait to give it a try.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing :)i think that I will give it a try but I will have to multiply this recipe by 10 because everyone is going to love it sooo much!! :)

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  7. Hi,

    I also have a daughter with diabetes and had started buying the agave nectar/syrup to use for her. But just yesterday I read an article that is making me think twice about using it for anyone in my family, and I just thought I'd share so you can make your own discernment. I have mixed feelings on some of Dr. Mercola's articles (and especially get irritated when he writes about diabetes and doesn't specify the HUGE difference between type 2 and type 1--he almost exclusively writes referring to type 2 but doesn't usually state that) but for what it's worth, you may want to check it out.

    www.drmercola.com

    As a fellow parent of a child with diabetes, I find comfort in your posts, I share so many of the same emotions.

    Best wishes, and congratulations on your new little one on the way!

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