Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt

Homemade Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt - a delicious, healthy recipe at FitCakery.com

Going out for ice cream was always a special treat when I was a kid – I couldn’t wait to get a big bowl (or, if it was a really special occasion, a dipped waffle cone!) of banana ice cream.  With gummy bears, of course.  Side note… I wish we had known about frozen-banana ice cream then!  It tastes exactly the same!

Anyhow, right around the time I went to college, I started becoming more health conscious.  That was when I realized what an honest-to-goodness splurge ice cream really is.  Yes, delicious.  Not so much low in fat or sugar! 

Homemade Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt - a delicious, healthy recipe at FitCakery.com

So, in place of ice cream nights, my friends and I would go to a self-serve frozen yogurt place instead.  I figured we were better off indulging in a little low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit on top, right? 

Certainly better off than I would have been buying a gallon of it and keeping it at home, anyway.  I’m borderline psycho for ice cream – having it nearby is wayyy too dangerous.  P.S. no judgement, kay?  We all have our things.

Homemade Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt - a delicious, healthy recipe at FitCakery.com

Still, now that I live with a roomie (aka. husband) who isn’t so into ice cream, I don’t go out for it almost ever.  But a girl can’t live without frozen yogurt forever!  Now that I have an ice cream maker, there’s no excuse NOT to indulge a bit, while coming up with fun, new flavors.  Besides, I love knowing exactly what goes into my food!  Nothin’ in there I don’t want.

By the by.  If you don’t have an ice cream maker, don’t worry – I have a tip that will help you make up a batch on the weekend without one!

Homemade Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt - a delicious, healthy recipe at FitCakery.com

Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt

gluten-free, vegan-friendly {makes 3 big scoops}

Ingredients:

  • ½ c. packed (10 g) fresh mint leaves (OR ¼ tsp. mint extract)
  • ½ c. packed (20 g) fresh spinach (OR 2 drops green food coloring)
  • 1/3 c. almond milk*
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt (OR vegan soy or coconut yogurt)*
  • ¼ c. agave syrup/ honey (OR half substituted with stevia powder)
  • 2 servings homemade brownies OR 1 chocolate protein bar (such as a Quest Bar), chopped into pieces
  • Optional: 1 large scoop (40 g) vanilla/ mint/ chocolate/ or cookies & cream flavored protein powder of choice

* I used non-fat, plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt and almond milk, but if you want a creamier texture, use low or whole-fat Greek yogurt, and if you prefer a sweetened version of either, you can just leave out the agave or honey instead!

Recipe for healthy homemade mint brownie frozen yogurt - FitCakery.com

For the brownie recipe use:

Flourless Dark Chocolate Protein Bars (minus blueberries) (vegan, gluten-free)

Fudge Brownies (gluten-free)

Brownie Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (vegan)

Or your favorite chocolate protein bar - like a Quest bar! (p.s. this is your hint about the giveaway coming up on Monday!)

Directions:

Based on what you have available or choose to use, there are different options for making this frozen yogurt.

If you have an ice cream maker, be sure the mixing bowl piece is frozen according to the instructions ahead of time.  If you don’t have one, skip this step.

If you are using the mint leaves and/or the fresh spinach, process the leaves with the 1/3 c. almond milk in a blender.  Strain the liquid through a mesh colander into a medium bowl, extracting as much of the liquid as possible.

However, if you choose to use the mint extract and food coloring, you won’t need the blender.  Simply add the ingredients to a bowl.

Add the Greek yogurt and agave or honey, and protein powder (if using) to the bowl and stir to combine well.

Start the ice cream mixer (I used my Kitchenaid stand mixer with the ice cream making bowl) on a slow setting, and gradually add the yogurt mixture to the bowl.  It will take about 10-20 minutes to get to a soft ice-cream consistency that you can eat right away.  Don’t forget to add the chopped brownie or protein bar at the very end, stirring with a rubber spatula to incorporate.

Alternatively, you can put the yogurt (with the chopped brownie or protein bar) into a covered, freezer-safe container, and freeze, stirring thoroughly every hour until it gets to a consistency you like.  (Usually about 2-4 hours’ worth of stirs.) This is the longer way to do it, but it works if you don’t have an ice-cream maker!

Have a scoop or two right away – or freeze to enjoy later!  

Note: The ice cream can become fairly solid in the freezer - it is a good idea to store in individual serving sizes, if possible, so you can thaw the portion you want (about 10 - 30 seconds in the microwave) without having to refreeze the rest!

Makes 3 big scoops of 2/3 cup each

Nutrition per serving (using agave, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, w/o brownies): 152 calories; 0 g fat; 26 g carbs; 0 g fiber; 12 g protein (Bonus: 20% DV calcium)

Nutrition per serving (with a chopped up chocolate brownie Quest bar): 209 calories; 2 g fat (0 saturated); 34 g carbs; 7 g fiber; 19 g protein (Bonus: 23% DV calcium)

This recipe participated in Idea Box Party!