Frozen yogurt has always been a favorite treat of mine. As a child, I recall frequenting TCBY with my dad and each time we went, like him I would always choose the white chocolate macadamia nut, in a cup with a few candy toppings. Fast forward several years and my love for froyo certainly still exists, but since I now limit my dairy intake, I no longer get to enjoy this delightful treat that brings back such wonderful memories for me. I’m now that girl who goes to the froyo place in search of sorbet and most times I come up empty, but when I do, it’s nice to know that I can recreate a little childhood nostalgia right in my own kitchen. Free of dairy, with no ice cream machine necessary and some added nutrients and antioxidants. Definitely not in the soft serve format and presented at TCBY, but a sufficient way for me to get my froyo fix nonetheless!
As you all know, we’ve got St. Patrick’s Day coming up soon, so in honor of the holiday and all things green, I’m serving up this froyo infused with green tea, using a vegan coconut milk yogurt and shapely shamrock molds for a festive twist. Did I mention I don’t really care what the weather is doing outside?! This anytime treat is the perfect pick me up any time of the day and the individual molds also make them a fun party delight for your St. Patty’s Day celebration!
Green Tea Froyo (V)
The coconut milk yogurt has a natural tang and sweetness that is delightful when infused with the green tea. No additional sugars necessary, vegan and dairy free.
2 10 oz containers plain coconut milk yogurt (I use trader joes brand)
1/2 cup coconut milk (for teabag use only)
Cheesecloth for removing all excess liquid from yogurt
3 bags of your favorite green tea or green tea powder (3 teaspoons of powder or more for desired flavor)
a few fresh spinach leaves for color and added boost (if not using green tea powder)
Wrap cheesecloth around a deep bowl and pour coconut milk yogurt over the top to remove excess liquid. This will make the yogurt freeze at a better consistency. Allow liquid to drain out of the yogurt over a 2 hour period.
Once the yogurt is done draining, place separated yogurt into a dish.
If using green tea bags, heat the coconut milk to desired temperature. Add all 3 tea bags and soak. Remove the hot teabags from the coconut milk and wring them out into the strained yogurt, to infuse the flavors of the green tea.
If you’re using the green tea powder, you can simply add it to the yogurt and skip the step above.
Place the ingredients into a magic bullet and blend away.
I discovered that with the tea bags, the green color really doesn’t come through as much as I would like, so if you’re making these for a St. Patrick’s themed celebration and are missing the soft green, toss a few spinach leaves into the blender with the yogurt infusion for an extra splash of color. You’ll never even taste the spinach and you’ll get an added nutrient boost by adding in the leaves.
Place yogurt and green tea blend into the shamrock molds and freeze for about an hour maybe a little more or less. If you wait too long, the froyo will harden completely and then take quite a while to soften. Place excess in a separate container and also freeze.
Once the froyo has reached the desired consistency, it’s ready to enjoy! Simply scoop into cute little dishes, and top with one of the froyo shamrocks for a decorative finish. Serve immediately.
If you don’t have any issues with dairy, you can always try this technique with regular yogurt, or any yogurt of your choice. (makes about 4 servings)
Festive frozen deliciousness!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
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