As I was pondering this delicious creamy frozen treat and what I would share with all of you, I remembered that when I was 19 and moved to LA my first job was, you guessed it, managing a frozen yogurt shop. Up until that day I had only ever been on the customer side of the counter. Needless to say, it was quite a learning curve, but I needed a job and learned fast. That was a few years ago for sure, but the popularity of frozen yogurt has just kept growing. This frozen treat originated in the 70’s when they were trying to find a healthier alternative to ice cream with its high fat content. The first frozen yogurts were really tart and were more like plain yogurt that had been sweetened a little, flavored, and frozen. It was not until the 80’s that the manufactures really begin to perfect the flavor and texture. It became very popular and much more delicious. Today we have a multitude of flavors and it’s one of the number one choices for a sweet frozen treat. Many very successful frozen yogurt chains have popped up over the years and continue to grow in popularity. With all the delicious and exotic flavors to choose from these days it’s no wonder that just about everyone loves this creamy cool dessert. Perhaps it’s that it contains less calories and is often considered more healthy then its frozen alternative, ice cream so people feel a little less guilty when they indulge. It’s always fun to visit a frozen yogurt shop and choose from the many yogurt flavors and topping. Making your own tailor made creation makes it even better. It’s also great these days that there are so many choices right in the frozen sections of our stores. Flavors ranging from basic vanilla to more exotic creations are wonderful. If you are dairy sensitive you can even find a few amazing flavors made with *goat milk yogurt at including Cherries Tuilerie, Cajela de Leche, and Forestberry. You can also make your own frozen yogurt at home using any kind of yogurts you like. Here’s my recipe for a refreshing and nutritious tropical shake. Enjoy!
This creamy tropical shake is full of flavor and nutrition. It’s a quick and easy dessert or treat that you can feel good about sharing with your family and friends. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser and will have you dreaming of the Tropics in no time at all. So take a winter break today and see you at the beach.
- 1 Pint vanilla frozen yogurt
- 1 Cup lite un-sweetened coconut milk
- ½ to 1 Cup milk or non-dairy milk alternative (almond milk is great in this shake)
- ½ Cup frozen bananas (cut in ¼ inch rounds)
- ¼ Cup fresh or frozen mango (cut in 1 inch pieces)
- ¼ Cup fresh or frozen pineapple (cut in 1 inch pieces)
- 1 Tablespoon agave sweetener (optional if needed)
- Toasted shredded coconut (optional for garnish)
- Pineapple slices (optional for garnish)
- Mint leaves (for garnish)
- Place all the ingredients, except for the garnishes, in the blender. Pulse the blender on high, stopping a couple of times to stir and push down the sides. If the shake is too thick add more milk and continue blending until it reaches a creamy consistency and all the fruit is blended well. You can also use a little water instead of the milk if you like. If the shake becomes too thin just add a bit more frozen fruit or frozen yogurt. Experiment with your favorite frozen yogurt flavors and fruits to make your own special creation! Your kids will love helping in the kitchen too when you make this yummy frozen yogurt treat.
Happy Frozen Yogurt Day and don’t miss my article and recipe February 16 for National Almond Day. XXX Chef Kate
www.chefkatealiveandcooking.com www.koraorganics.com Visit Kora Organics Blog for more of my healthy recipes and articles (under Chef Kate) and leave a comment or questions and I will get back to you with an answer.
Photo source: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/strawberry_frozen_yogurt/