Saturday, August 30, 2014

"5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt" from Just A Taste {I tried it!}

It's probably no surprise to hear that I'm crazy about Pinterest! I love everything you can find there and have used it as inspiration for everything from holiday cocktails to nail art to course development.

Keep an eye out for posts like this that take something I found on Pinterest and show you how it went for me, including tips and tricks to make it better!

The Pin

This time around, I'm giving a go at a simple sounding recipe called 5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt from food blogger, Kelly Senyei over at Just a Taste. Let's get started!


From the original recipe: What I actually used:

  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, frozen solid
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • olive oil (less than a tsp)

  • Kelly's instructions are really simple. Basically, dump everything in to the food processor and hit go. 5 Minutes later - beautiful frozen yogurt. It didn't quite work out for me that way...

    How did it go?

    Well, first off, half of my fresh strawberries were frozen solid. That was... unfortunate. frustrating. exasperating. super irritating. mildly frustrating. If you want to use fresh strawberries, freeze them separated on a cookie tray and then transfer them to a baggie.
    See the chunk of strawberries there? Not good.
    My next challenge was the honey. How in the world do you get honey (sticky, thick, slow moving honey) out of a measuring cup and into the food processor? I was stumped and frustrated. Luckily, my mom had a brilliant solution: Coat the measuring cup with olive oil! I poured a small amount on a paper towel and spread it around the inside of the cup. Once I added the honey to the olive oil-coated measuring cup, the honey slid right out.

    My mother. Brilliant, I tell you.

    Once all of the ingredients were added, I was ready for 5 minutes of food processing... Except it took about 3 times that.

    Part of that was definitely because of the frozen chunk of strawberries. I had to run the processor for a few minutes and then basically stab the chunk of strawberries with a wooden spoon - which was actually really good for getting out any aggression!

    After about 15 minutes, I had a nice, smooth mixture that was a beautiful pink color. I served up a few little scoops for my parents and I to try and then stored the rest as Kelly suggested. It turned out delicious - but next time I'd add just a touch more honey to sweeten it up.

    All in all?

    The recipe was clearly written. Unfortunately, like so many things, it wasn't quite as easy to execute as described. If you love strawberry as much as I do, this will totally be worth it to you.

    Maybe I'd just rename it the "20-minute Frustrating (but worthy) Strawberry Fro-Yo." That just rolls off the tongue, right?

    Did you try this recipe? Have you ever made frozen yogurt before? How'd it turn out for you? Let me know if the comments!

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