…and really, it is just yogurt.
A long time ago (circa March), CSN Stores sent me a Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker to review (my choice of product). Having seen countless recipes for ice-cream makers online and in recipe books, I knew it would be a useful and fun appliance to own.
I had never seen nor used an ice cream maker before so I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was anything that could make ice cream in 20 min. was bound to be pretty cool! No pun intended…ha. ha. ha.
NuNaturals also sent me a lifetime supply box of Nustevia products. I am a stevia supporter (I even did a presentation on it in my Nutrition class) and use it to sweeten my coffee and smoothies. I was most looking forward to the Baking Blend and ‘non-bitter’ taste that they claim is unique to the NuNaturals brand.
[Disclaimer: Both of these products were sent to me free of charge, however my opinions are entirely my own.]
I decided to put both products to good use by making a Homemade Tart Frozen Yogurt.
(Remember when I ate loads of Greek yogurt? Well, it was because I made frozen yogurt but didn’t get a chance to document the process. I’ve already made red bean frozen yogurt and green tea frozen yogurt with both Greek yogurt and regular yogurt.)
Yesterday, I decided to make plain or what froyo shops call ‘original.’
I mixed together 2 cups TJ’s European Style (for the tart flavor), and 2 cups plain lowfat yogurt. I also added about 15 drops of NuNaturals Pure Stevia and 1 tsp xanthan gum. The first two times I made it without xanthan gum, so it is certainly optional.
After freezing the bucket overnight, I inserted the arm (plastic white thing), poured in the yogurt, and turned on the machine.
After about 20 minutes of stirring (and 20 minutes of me sticking a spoon inside for bites of frozen yogurt), I got magically smooth and fluffy frozen yogurt reminiscent of the tart yogurt you’d find at a shop.
This is not the whole batch!! I ate about 1/3 of it in the process of stirring .
Can you believe this is just pure yogurt? No additives and no artificial flavors. Talk about a protein-filled treat also!
It tasted just like this!
Thoughts, Comments, and other Tidbits:
The NuNaturals Stevia did not taste bitter to me. Keep in mind that I don’t think other brands of stevia taste bitter either–I suppose I am quite used to the taste. I’ve been using both the NuNaturals liquid and powder forms the last couple of weeks and have thoroughly enjoyed them both.
When I finish the shipment sent to me, I would definitely consider purchasing the NuNaturals brand. It would most likely come down to the price compared to other brands. However, I must say the NuNaturals Pure Stevia is much stronger than other brands I’ve tried (i.e. one small scoop is about twice as sweet as one scoop of the other brands I’ve tried). Be sure to keep that in mind when comparing prices.
As for the Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker. Overall it is pretty fabulous, as you’ve seen. It really does work! I love that I can turn pure yogurt into frozen yogurt in 20 minutes. I haven’t tried it with ice cream recipes, but I’m sure those would be fabulous as well.
Now, a few of the not-so-great aspects:
1. Some of the mixture freezes against the side of the tub and you have to wait about 20 min. before it melts so you can clean up. It’s not a large amount–I’d say about 1/2 a cup or so.
2. You have to freeze the tub for at least 6 hours (preferably 24 hours) before you can make anything. I’m quite impatient and if I want to make ice cream, I want to make it immediately. In order to avoid this problem, I keep the tub in the freezer at all times. After I make a batch, I wash the tub and put it straight back into the freezer. That way I can make ice cream/froyo whenever the heck I want.
Get ready for more ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes!!