4 cups low fat plain yogurt, strained through a cheesecloth for 2-4 hours
½ cup coconut palm sugar (or any healthy granulated equivalent.)
Pinch of salt
1tsp pure vanilla extract
2tbsp agave nectar
1 pound of fresh or frozen mixed berries
11/2 tbsp honey
1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
NOTE: Do Step One and Step Two the day before you actually want to eat the yogurt! Oh – it’s VITAL that you put the bowl from the Yogurt Maker in the freezer the day before, as it has to be icy cold for the whole thing to work.
Step one: Strain the yogurt.
Cut a big panel out of an old clean t-shirt and carefully pour your yogurt into the centre. You have to work pretty quickly as you then gather up the edges of the square and form a little yogurt bundle. Secure the bundle with a rubber band (although you are making a pony tail,) and hang the whole thing from the handle of a wooden spoon, over a bowl.
Place the berries, lemon and honey in a saucepan and simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes. Strain the fruit and keep the liquid * Allow the fruit to cool.
* You want to keep the liquid, as it makes the most perfect berry cordial. Chill it and when you’re ready to drink it, pour about 1tbsp in a pretty glass, then add ice and sparkling water.
When yogurt is done straining (I’d say 2 hours is fine,) and the berries are cool, mix then up together in a medium bowl and place in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill. You’d actually be wise to do these first 2 steps the day before. I got on a roll and was determined to have it done in one afternoon, so finished the yogurt making process late at night!
Step Four: Make the Frozen Yogurt!
This is the fun part. You assemble the yogurt maker, which is just a matter of placing the bowl, mixing paddle thing, and cover on the base.
Once assembled, all you need do is turn the machine on and slop the yogurt mixture through the wide opening in the top. Put on your timer for 20 minutes and your frozen yogurt is ready.
Step Five: TOPPINGS!
Try the bulk bins at Whole Foods, or your local health food store for healthy versions of gummi bears, etc.