Sunday, June 2, 2013

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

My kids love ice-cream, and so when my three-year-old whizzed past (as quickly as I tried to push the trolley) the freezer section of the supermarket last weekend, his "ice-cream-and-lolly-and-all-things-sweet-sensitive-eyes caught sight of the tubs of ice-cream on display, as he instantly called out "Mummy! Ice-cream! Can we buy ice-cream?". I already had my pre-crafted response ready in times like these, and I said "Mummy will make you some ice-cream at home. Do you like chocolate ice-cream?", and quickly proceeded towards the checkout. I wasn't about to buy a 2-litre tub of rainbow ice-cream, firstly because there's no space in the freezer, and secondly, frozen yogurt is a much healthier alternative and it's a breeze to make too, if you have an ice-cream maker at home.

I've adapted the recipe for my Strawberry Frozen Yogurt and substituted the strawberries with cocoa powder instead. Don't expect it to taste like a rich and creamy chocolate ice-cream though. This "healthy" frozen treat has a light chocolate flavour with a slight tang from the yogurt. Quite refreshing actually. And it's great if you're looking for a low-fat alternative to ice-cream.
Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
2 cups full-fat Greek-style plain yogurt
4-5 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup caster sugar (or to taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
Combine everything in a bowl and mix until sugar is dissolved. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your preference. Churn in an ice-cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a chilled freezer-safe container and freeze for a few hours until firm. Serve plain or with your favourite toppings. If you're feeling indulgent, try it with some chocolate fudge sauce - click here for recipe. Enjoy!