Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt


The title of this recipe should be “Pumpkin Ice Cream”, because even though it’s made  with yogurt (and yes, MUCH healthier), it doesn’t taste that way. It tastes like velvety, rich, perfection straight out of a creamery.  All the more reason to eat it all, am I right?!

It’s been a very warm October here so far, and after working in the yard in the heat this week, I found myself craving some ice cream. I had some pumpkin, and some scrumptious greek yogurt, and what a perfect pair they are.  We got to enjoy a summertime treat filled with fall flavors.

If you feel like making ice cream is difficult, or a pain, THINK AGAIN! Especially frozen yogurt. Because the yogurt is already thick, it doesn’t take too long for it to freeze up. You really don’t even need an ice cream maker for this. Mix it up, put it in a container, and stir it every hour or so (so it doesn’t freeze into a hard block). That being said, if you do have an ice cream maker, this will take 15-20 minutes.  What I especially like about making my own ice cream is that you can make it as healthy (or as sugary) as you want to! Store bought ice creams are not only getting very pricy, but they have loads of sugar and fat most of the time.

You can spend 30 minutes mixing up a batch of ice cream with whatever you want! It’s fun for kids to get involved, too. I’ve made it with part skim/part whole milk, etc. But that’s a different story all together.

Here’s how to make it:

Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

Makes about 4-6 servings

+ 2 cups Greek yogurt (you can use non fat, full fat, or part fat)

+ 2 cups pumpkin puree

+ 1/4 cup sugar (you can use part brown sugar)

+ 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Combine all. Taste (there’s nothing raw in here, so give it a taste and adjust to your liking). Some of you may want more or less sugar, and same goes for the spices.  Always taste all of your food while you cook (if you can).  Pour in an ice cream maker and churn for about 15-20 minutes, or until thick. OR, place in a container and put it in the freezer, stirring ever 40-60 minutes until firm.  ENJOY!!


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