Monday, May 28, 2012

Peanut Butter Swirl Greek Fro-Yo

Obsessed with the new Ben and Jerry's Greek frozen yogurt flavors, we decided to give our own a shot. I think this recipe is close enough to call it a clone of the original. The best part about making it at home is that you know exactly what's in it. In this case, it's a mere 6 ingredients. Plus, with the addition of homemade Magic Shell, it's delicious beyond belief. This one is fun for the kids -- they'll be so amazed by watching the warm chocolate harden before their very eyes.

The best fruit to use here is slightly over-ripe bananas. When the skin is spotty and black, most of the starch in the banana has converted to sugar, and the texture is unappealing. Blending them up in a smoothie or ice cream is the best use of them. The sweetness is perfect and the texture works for this application.

Peanut Butter Swirl 
Greek Fro-Yo

2 bananas (roughly chopped)
1 17.6-ounce container 2% Greek yogurt
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup cane sugar (like Whole Foods 365 brand vegan cane sugar)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup peanut butter (like Whole Foods 365 brand Creamy Peanut Butter)

Place bananas, yogurt, honey, sugar, and salt into your food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour into bowl of ice cream maker and start it. Put peanut butter into a bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Once the yogurt has firmed up (about 20 minutes), turn off ice cream maker and then pour a quarter of peanut butter in and pulse ice cream maker until PB is swirled throughout but not blended. Do the same with the remaining PB so that there are swirls throughout the yogurt. Pour yogurt into a container and freeze it for at least an hour before serving. (Take it out of the freezer 5-10 minutes to soften before scooping it.)

Magic Shell at Home

1 3-5-ounce dark chocolate bar
1 tablespoon coconut oil
pinch of sea salt

Microwave chocolate and coconut oil for one minute. Stir to combine. While warm, drizzle over ice cream. It really is magic.