Chocolate Almond Frozen-Yogurt
Posted October 22, 2009on:
To be honest, I’m surprised that I’ve waited this long to include a frozen yogurt to this blog. You see, I really love yogurt. Any kind really. I’ll take it regular or frozen, plain or drizzled with honey or fruity jam. The wonders of yogurt may never cease, because not only is it tasty, but it is also incredibly healthy for you as well. It’s packed with calcium and protein, and may even possess some vodoo magic that eliminates tummy troubles. I mean, forget spinach (sorry Popeye!), but yogurt is the true food of superpowers! I especially love Greek yogurt, which naturally I used in this recipe. You must try it if you haven’t already. It’s so creamy and rich that you’ll think you’re eating ice cream for breakfast. Which is really my goal, but sadly even I can’t bring myself to do. Pie for breakfast? You bet! Cake? Just a breakfast muffin with yummy frosting on top. Try as I might though, I can’t justify waking up to hot fudge sundae first thing in the morning. So that’s where yogurt comes in.
For this frozen yogurt, I wanted to create a frozen treat concocted from my beloved Fage Greek Yogurt that tasted as rich and decadent as it is healthy. The deep, dark chocolate contrasted beautifully with the tang of the yogurt and created a frozen yogurt that was as dense and nutty as a confection.
One of my criticisms of many commercial chocolate ice creams and frozen yogurts is that they so seldom taste like dark or semisweet chocolate. I think that what happens is that the chocolate combines with the milk and cream to create, well, milk chocolate. Which is fine if that’s what you want. But if you are craving that deep, dark luscious hit of chocolate flavor you know that milk chocolate won’t cut it. To this end, I think yogurt really helps in complementing, and not diluting, the chocolate flavor. The creamy tang of Greek yogurt really brings out the rich and not-too-sweet components of dark, bittersweet chocolate.
In addition to the melted chocolate, I also used some cocoa powder in this frozen yogurt. Using two types of chocolate makes for a greater depth of flavor and cocoa also provides a pleasing texture or “mouthfeel”. I included almonds because one of my absolute favorite candies is dark chocolate almond bark. You can substitute another type of toasted nut if you’d like, but I encourage you to try it with roasted almonds. I was surprised at how much the almonds added to the overall flavor of the frozen yogurt. When I occasionally got a bite without a nut in it I was struck by how much the roasty warmth of the almonds enhanced chocolate flavor.
This frozen yogurt packed a wallop of chocolate flavor for a bare minimum of effort. All you have to do is buy Greek yogurt and whisk in some melted chocolate, cocoa and sugar. After you pour it into your ice cream machine, the hardest part about this recipe may be the wait for it to finish churning! So little effort, and the rewards are so rich. Try it someday when your inner choco-holic is raging and you’re too lazy to make chocolate ice cream. Packed with calcium, protein, and antioxidants, you’ll be satisfying a craving and doing right by your body at the same time.
Chocolate Almond Frozen-Yogurt
3 cups of whole milk Greek Yogurt, such as Fage or Chobani
6 oz. of semi or bittersweet chocolate
3-4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1/2 to 3/4 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup roasted almonds
1.) Melt chocolate carefully in microwave or over a double boiler until melted, being careful not to burn or scorch it.
2.) Whisk yogurt, sugar to taste, vanilla extract, salt and cocoa powder together until smooth.
3.) Then, quickly whisk in the melted chocolate. If you don’t work quickly, the chocolate may not fully incorporate into the yogurt, but don’t worry if this happens. The melted chocolate will turn into tiny straciatella, or chocolate flecks, and your overall frozen yogurt will still be delicious.
4.) At this point, taste test your base and correct for more sugar or cocoa powder as needed. I kept ingredient measurements loose, as this can be up to the individual’s personal taste.
5.) Pour into ice cream machine and churn until frozen. This will take less time than your average ice cream, as the yogurt is very thick to begin with.
6.) Stir in almonds and enjoy!
Make it a Sundae– You could easily make an amazing Rocky Road sundae with this frozen yogurt. Top it with hot fudge and marshmallow sauce, sprinkle with more roasted almonds and chocolate chips and finish with whipped cream. Wowza!
Lighten up!- You could easily substitute 2% or even 0% fat Greek yogurt in the place of the whole milk variety.