I had an idea to make a healthy delicious naturally sweetened frozen yogurt. Today I tried out my idea. Here’s the result:
I combined 5 medjool dates, 5 frozen banana cubes (about 2 medium,) 1/2 cup of whey, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 cups greek yogurt. I actually put it through my ice cream freezer. This was delicious, lightly sweet. The dates (I think) added a texture that made it less than perfect. Plus, sweetening food with bananas and dates is not without calories. Approximately 1/2 cup was approximately 135 calories. That doesn’t count toppings.
For comparison’s sake, here is that frozen almond milk that I had the other day. A WHOLE CUP of this stuff is 40 calories (not counting toppings.)
Last night I had it with one Russel Stover sugar free peanut butter cup chopped on top of it. It is fun to eat. I will do this again.
Then I checked out a recipe I had seen a long time ago, claiming to be a Pinkberry knock-off. It has sugar in it, and it comes in at about 100 calories per 1/2 cup.
And finally, Pinkberry itself, the mecca of all frozen yogurt, has 100 calories per 1/2 cup. And it contains nonfat milk, sugar, cultured nonfat milk, and less than 2% of some stuff I can’t pronounce.
So my healthified froyo has more calories than the stuff that has sugar. Disappointing.
I don’t want to start making and keeping stuff with sugar in the house, so for now, I’ll keep experimenting, and have the occasional frozen yogurt from a shop. Fortunately I don’t live close to one, so I talk about it more than I eat it.