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September 22, 2011

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt

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I'm sad to see summer go, but on the other hand, I'm really looking forward to Fall  (mostly because it's still hot here in Arizona.  It was 97 degrees out today!  And tomorrow, it's supposed to be 101...  *exhales*

I want to see people wearing jackets, not shorts.
I want to see people drink hot coffees, not iced lattes.
I want to smell pumpkin, nutmeg, peppermint.
I want to see a Christmas tree...

But that won't happen... all we have are cactuses!

So, in commemoration of the summer that never seems to end that I am sad to see go, I made some frozen yogurt.  I was actually planning on making Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, but I had a tube of juice concentrate in my itty bitty dormroom freezer, so it needed to go!  Oh, and I also forgot to freeze my ice cream maker bowls...  anywaysss...  to the frozen yogurt!  It was plenty sweet, and it actually reminded me of the orange creamsicles I used get at the beach with my family in the summer as a kid.  It crystallized a little bit the second time I froze it, but that can be fixed if you add a tablespoon of vodka or use an ice-cream maker.  This healthy and easy fro-yo is the best way to yank summer back into our lives!

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt:  [low fat, high protein]
(makes ~4 cups)
    one 12oz tube Frozen 100% Juice Concentrate (I used Dole's Orange Peach Mango)
    6oz (3/4 cup) Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt
    one 12oz can Evaporated Fat Free Milk
    14g (1 tbs) Grapeseed Oil

1.  In a large bowl, put all of the ingredients into a large bowl, then stir until everything is incorporated
2.  Follow your ice cream maker instructions  (I did this without an ice cream maker, but a little bit of the oil floated to the top while in the freezer.  If you don't mind this, you can just freeze it until scoopable)
3.  Let thaw on the counter for 30-50 minutes (I like my ice cream like a soft serve, so I left it out for 50).  Enjoy!

This frozen yogurt is super healthy.  It would make a great post-workout snack, too--it is high-glycemic and full of carbohydrates and complete proteins to replenish your muscles fast.  And even if you do not work out, this fro-yo is a good replacement for store-bought kinds.  No corn syrup here!  I added the oil to make it more substantial (it may have helped with the texture too).  Just because store-bought tubs are "fat free" doesn't mean they are healthy... especially when there is more sugar than fruit.  If you want fiber with this snack, just add some raspberries, blueberries or blackberries (or any fruit, really) on top.

Oh, and another thing to love about this fro-yo:  it is high potassium!  A tube of juice concentrate has 54% of your daily potassium, the milk has 36%, the yogurt, 7%... all totaling to a whopping 97%!!  If this recipes makes a little less than 4 cups, than your almost-1-cup-serving will give you 24% of your daily potassium.  Is that already not an excuse to make three batches of the stuff?

Let's all celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of Fall...
But when we miss summer, we can get it back any time of the year with this simple frozen yogurt  :)


  1. It's still hot here in Florida, too! Gosh, I am so excited for fall to come!

    And orange cream=best combo!

  2. Frozen yoghurts!!!! my favorites! I just feel like scooping this, no need to make mine yours looks great :)

  3. This is kind of random, saw your post on Tastespotting, it looked just like mine! (Orange colored ice cream with a blue backdrop.) Great minds think alike! ;) Sounds yummy too.

  4. nutrition label please?

    1. I updated the post to include the nutrition label, however the label will very slightly depending on what products you use :)


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