Gluten Free, optional Vegan and Refined Sugar Free
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas everyone! New Year is just around the corner and this is a super easy light dessert you can make in advance, for guests, or for you and you alone. I won’t judge.
I think I have a serious addiction to frozen yogurt. It started with lemon curd frozen yogurt, which was so rich and tangy I still dream about it sometimes. Then there was the berry and honey frozen yogurt, so sweet and refreshing. And the epic cinnamon and banana frozen yogurt! It seriously tasted like banana bread. I could not deal. But my favourite flavour by a million miles is todays recipe: mango frozen yogurt. My two loves combined in a beautiful marriage.
I wondered whether or not I should post this recipe because it’s so damn simple and easy. I’m pretty sure a blind person with no hands could make this if pointed in the direction of the fridge. But I make it so often I realised it would be plain silly not to share it with the world. So go out there! Get some mangoes and full fat yogurt and get ready!
I use mangoes because they’re my absolute favourite fruit in the world. And besides, the frozen yogurt in the photos was made with three mangoes out of thirty that had somehow entered our house with no purpose or reason…But you can substitute peaches or nectarines, berries or even banana. Just taste the fruit and adjust the sweetness accordingly. Look how yellow it is! I didn’t even adjust the saturation in these photos! Is that yellow or what?!?!
Now for the nerdy part. I sweetened my frozen yogurt with honey, which is a mixture of glucose and fructose sugars. Because of the levels of glucose, honey shares lots of properties with invert sugars (sugars that have been heated to the point that they remain in liquid form). Invert sugars don’t freeze solid, which is why lots of recipes call for glucose syrup in things like sorbet and icing. If you are one of those people that hates hard-freezing homemade ice cream and sorbet, you may want to add glucose syrup to your recipes. It’s a super high concentrated sugar so I don’t use it, but if you’re making something full of sugar anyway then I can appreciate the futility of also adding a natural sweetener like honey. Honey will contribute to a softer frozen yogurt, as will taking it out of the fridge 10 minutes before eating it, and chilling it thoroughly before churning.
For glucose syrup, I’d start by adding about 25mls per litre and going from there. I’m not an expert in the matter at all! I haven’t even used it! But I’ve read recipes that suggest a ration like that with great success. Otherwise just leave it out and enjoy some naturally sweetened deliciousness with me!
Vanilla Mango Frozen Yogurt:
3 very ripe medium mangoes, peeled and cut into chunks
650g (1.5 pounds, 23 ounces) natural full fat yogurt (or full-fat coya for vegan)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey
If your mango pieces are frozen, let them thaw or microwave on medium until they’re soft. Blend up your honey, vanilla and mangoes into a smooth puree. Either add your yogurt and blend until combined, or use the fruit puree to swirl through the yogurt, whichever you prefer. Chill the mixture thoroughly before freezing in an ice cream maker, depending on the machines instructions. Eat either straight away, or take out of the fridge a while before trying to scoop. Enjoy!!!