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Easy Homemade Yogurt

At first, thinking about making Homemade Yogurt seemed like a challenging task and probably not even worth trying. I also heard some discouraging comments about how it might be a slow and stinky process. Thank God for the internet! I found many recipes that made it look so easy, so then… the only question was, is it delicious? It is. And I will continue to make yogurt because it is so easy.

All you need are a couple of tablespoons of a good store-bought yogurt, a quart of milk and a cooking thermometer. I followed the procedure exactly, and got a wonderfully thick result. I wanted to try flavoring it, by adding a little Stevia and few drops of good quality vanilla extract. It’s a good thing I did a little research, because initially I would have added the stevia and vanilla before transferring the milk and yogurt mix to the glass containers. That would have resulted in a liquid mess, it would have never thickened. Whatever you want to add, make the yogurt first following the recipe’s instructions and add the sweeteners or flavorings only after it has thickened. In my experience, adding the stevia and vanilla did compromise the thickness a little bit. It’s the one pictured in the bowl with the berries.

Another important tip, is that when you cover your container with the kitchen towel, make sure you cover the entire thing, including the top. The more time you let it thicken, the more it will, but you also increase the tartness in the flavor. I left mine for exactly 6 hours because I couldn’t wait to see the results.  Next time I will try leaving it alone for 8 hours. Next up, coconut milk and almond milk yogurt.

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Homemade Yogurt

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Blackberry & Peach-Mango Yogurt Ice Cream Duo

Who said that you need an ice cream maker to make ice cream? With this method, you can make your own yogurt ice cream (or Frozen Yogurt, as it is its proper name) with a food processor, but it takes a little bit longer. You need to make it, freeze it, re-pulse it in the food processor and freeze it again. Hey, waiting a little time makes more sense to me than spending $80 on an ice cream maker. Not that I don’t want it. Of course I do.

Now, lets talk about the benefits of making your own ice creams: You add fresh fruit, honey and yogurt. Nothing else. Nothing you can’t name. Three magic ingredients that open up so many possibilities! Initially, I was only going to make the Blackberry Yogurt Ice Cream, but then I saw the peaches in the freezer and the mangoes in the counter. It was a sign from above. I found two great recipes!

After I made them, I tasted both ice creams for sweetness and they were perfect. After freezing them and about to pulse the ice cream into creaminess again, I tasted once more, just to find that they were not as sweet as they were the day before. I talked with Helga later that day and she mentioned that the sweetness is lost a bit during the freezing process (because of all the ice), so it was better for me to add more honey later on. Both recipes have been adjusted to show the final amounts of honey used.

Both recipes called for sugar, but I replaced it with honey. We still have some of that gorgeous organic honey we were gifted a month ago, so I am squeezing the last bits of sweetness from that bottle. Now, why the double pulsing on the food processor? Well, turns out that since we don’t have an ice cream maker, that mixes the fruit and dairy while keeping it cold, we are doing it separately. So, when freezing for the first time, we can gain some ice on top of the ice cream (that’s why we covered the top with plastic wrap as we do it with custard), and we need to incorporate that ice with the rest of the ice cream.

See? This is extremely easy and fun. I still can’t get pass the color of the blackberry yogurt ice cream. It’s just too gorgeous.


Fruit & Yogurt Ice Cream Duo

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Blueberry Smoothie

After the holidays everybody wants to get back in the healthy wagon, so we are giving you some ideas for a quick and on-the-go breakfast for those busy weekdays. Smoothies are perfect to pack up nutrients and vitamins, you can take it on the go and not miss the most important meal of the day. I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes for breakfast smoothies with you, starting with this Blueberry Smoothie.

A few days ago I got my hands on frozen blueberries, so naturally the first recipe is a Blueberry Smoothie. I adapted a recipe from Cat Cora, but added a bit of oatmeal to it. If you’re thinking that you’ll stay hungry , you’re not! This will keep you satisfied until lunch. Just make sure you keep the good work by having a healthy and balanced lunch and dinner.

I am already thinking of mixing some fruit and greens to have a different twist on my smoothies. What fruits or greens would you like me to try? I am open to suggestions!


Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

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