Monday, May 10, 2010

Tropical Yogurt Ice

Bursting with vitamins from the fresh fruit, this cool and creamy yogurt ice is a healthy alternative to ice cream. Plain yogurt has a smooth, creamy taste but is much lower in fat than cream. It contains beneficial bacteria that are god for your digestive system and is also rich in calcium.

Food Facts:

Mangoes are rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, and are a good source of vitamins A and B. However, these nutrients are greatly reduced when the mangoes are cooked.

Serves: 6 to 8

Ripe mangoes - 2 medium
Bananas - 2 medium, peeled
Thick plain yogurt - 2 cups
Powdered sugar - 3 tbsp
Lemon juice

1. To prepare each mango, cut away the two sides, close to the stone. Taking the two large slices, cut the flesh into a criss-cross pattern down to the skin.
2. Press each mango half inside out and carefully cut off the cubes of mango. Cut away any remaining mango near the pit. Repeat with second mango.
3. Break or slice the bananas into chunks and put them into a blender. Then add the mango, yogurt, sugar, and squeeze of lemon juice.
4. Blend until the mixture becomes thick and creamy. Pour the mixture into a shallow container, securely attach the lid and put it into the freezer.
5. After 2-3 hours, whisk the mixture with a fork to break down any ice crystals. Freeze and repeat after 3 hours to give the yogurt ice a creamy texture.

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