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Friday, July 22, 2011

D-Feast Friday - Drinkable Yogurt and Popsicles!

The other day I spent about 20 minutes in the frozen treats section of my grocery store trying to find a relatively healthy, cool treat for Elise. The problem was, almost everything I looked either had way too many carbs for just a snack, or it at had at least one of my no-no ingredients; food dyes, high fructose corn syrup, or a sugar substitute.

Call me weird (and many do), but when it comes to that last item, I would much rather Elise have the real thing.

One post on this blog that gets a ton of hits is my drinkable yogurt recipe, which I make and then freeze in popsicle molds for a cold, HEALTHY treat. I posted it quite awhile ago, so I though I'd dust it off and re-post.


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)

Ingredients
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)
*or* any other sweetner of your choice. I used honey the other day.

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

Directions:

-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.

Enjoy, and stay cool!


11 comments:

  1. Ooooh... wicked!
    I, myself hate artificial sweeteners and avoid them. This is an awesome recipe for freezing! thanks

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  2. Yummy!! This looks amazing! It's going to be so hot this weekend so I will try this for sure.

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  3. Wow thanks for sharing I am going to make some this weekend.

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  4. You are right...it is so hard to find something that does not have either artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup :( This recipe sounds yummy. I think my girls will love it!

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  5. Yum, looks very cool!
    I may have to try this.

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  6. looks great! thanks for the repost! :)

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  7. I am definitely going to try these out! They look and sound YUM! thanks for the repost!

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  8. Me too...I would rather Joe eat the real thing. Great recipe Jo!

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  9. Great idea! Good timing cuz I'm on my way to the store. I'm picking up the ingredients to try this today. Thanks.

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  10. We do this toooooooo!!! I make smoothies with greek yogurt, milk kefir, milk, frozen fruits and honey. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    And, I am so with you on the artificial sweetners. Woot Woot!

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  11. Thanks for the inspiration - I bought popsicle molds and they have been sitting on my counter haunting me for weeks now while I fret about what should go into them. Gonna try this!

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