Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Recipe for Low-Sugar and Fat-Free Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt

Low-Sugar and Fat-Free Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt
Creamy and flavorful low-sugar and fat-free fresh peach frozen yogurt!

Food blogging is different from ordinary cooking in an important way, because if you cook something amazing but you don't have photos that make it look good, you can't share that recipe on your blog.  When I set out to record the deliciousness of this Low-Sugar and Fat-Free Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt, the first time I overestimated the recipe and the ice cream freezer overflowed, and the second time I accidentally deleted the process photos before I saved them on my computer.  The third time was the charm though, and now I have a bunch of little containers of this frozen yogurt in the freezer, in a size that guarantees portion control!  I got my peaches from the fabulous Trina, and I heard over the weekend from a reliable source that fresh peaches are still abundant, so I hope you'll try this before they're gone for the year.

I actually made two versions of this in my experiments, and I know people have different preferences for sweeteners, so I'll share them both.  One version had Stevia In the Raw granulated sweetener and a few tablespoons of brown sugar, plus sugar-free apricot preserves (which contains Splenda.)  The other version used the same Stevia in the Raw with a touch of brown sugar in the main mixture, but replaced the apricot jam with another cup of peaches that was pureed, mixed with a little more Stevia, and then cooked down to make a replacement for the jam.  (You could actually replace the brown sugar in either version with Stevia as well, if you wanted even less sugar.)

The version I started with was flavored with two cups of peeled and diced peaches and 1/2 cup sugar-free apricot preserves.  (I couldn't find peach jam, but the apricot was a nice complement to the peach flavor.  The yogurt still tasted more like peach than apricot, which is why I didn't call it Apricot-Peach frozen yogurt!)

Puree the peaches in the food processor until they're quite smooth.  (I made a chunky version one time, but I liked the smooth yogurt best.)

(Note:  If you don't want to use the sugar-free apricot preserves, or have a lot of peaches but no jam, chop up one more cup of peaches, puree them with 1/4 cup Stevia In the Raw granulated sweetener, then put them in a small pan and simmer until the mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup.  Let this cool well before you add it to the rest of the ingredients.)

After you've pureed the 2 cups of peaches, add the Stevia In the Raw granulated sweetener, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (or more Stevia), 1/2 cup sugar-free apricot preserves, and 2 cups Fage Fat-Free Green Yogurt.  Puree until it's well combined. 

Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.  I used the Cuisinart 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker which somehow ended up in my cart at Costco, and you need a freezer that's at least 1 1/2 quarts for the quantities in this recipe.

I love these containers which hold just one good scoop of frozen yogurt.  If you're freezing some of the yogurt to eat later, you need to allow 20-30 minutes for it to thaw (or microwave for a minute or two on medium-low if you can't wait!)


Low-Sugar and Fat-Free Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt
(Makes about 5 cups of frozen yogurt; recipe created by Kalyn.)

Equipment:
I used a Cuisinart 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker to make this frozen yogurt.  You may need to adapt the recipe if you're using a different size or make of ice cream freezer.

Ingredients:
generous 2 cups of peeled and diced fresh peaches
1/2 cup sugar-free apricot preserves or any low-sugar apricot jam
(see note at the end if you want to replace the apricot preserves with more peaches)
1/2 cup Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener or Splenda (or use sugar if you don't care if the frozen yogurt is low-sugar)
2 cups Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt (or use any plain or Greek yogurt of your choice if you don't care if it's fat-free)

Instructions:
For the ice cream maker I have, the container must be well-frozen before you mix the ice cream.  Follow instructions for the model you have.

Peel the peaches, remove pits, and cut into smallish chunks.  (If your peaches are hard to peel, you can dip them into a pan of boiling water for a few seconds, but the peels came right off on the peaches I had.)  Put peaches into food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until they are pureed.  Add sugar-free (or low-sugar) apricot preserves, and Stevia in the Raw Granulated (or sweetener of your choice) and fat-free Greek yogurt and process just until the mixture is fully combined.

Put the container into the ice cream maker and sit the scraper blade in place.  Put lid on and pour the peach-yogurt mixture in with the motor running.  Let the yogurt freeze with the blade running for 25-35 minutes.  (I left it freezing for 35 minutes this time.)

If you don't eat all the frozen yogurt right away it can be frozen to eat later, but allow about 20-30 minutes at room temperature for the yogurt to soften after it comes out of the freezer, or you can also microwave it for about a minute or two on medium-low.

Note:
If you don't want to use the sugar-free preserves, or you just have a lot of peaches to use you can make your own peach preserve mixture.  Peel and dice one cup of peaches; then puree it with 1/4 cup Stevia (or sweetener of your choice.)  Put the mixture in a small pan and simmer on very low heat, stirring often, until the mixture thickens and reduces to 1/2 cup.  Let this cool very well before you add it to the other ingredients.

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South Beach Suggestions:
There could never be sugar-free fresh peach frozen yogurt due to the natural sugar in the fruit.  I also chose to use a small amount of brown sugar in this yogurt to complement the flavor of the peaches, but as long as you use either Stevia In the Raw grunulated sweetener or Splenda for the rest of the sweetener (and use sugar-free preserves or sweeten the additional peach puree with Stevia or Splenda) I would still eat this in small amounts for Phase 2 of the South Beach Diet.  For Phase 3 you could have a larger serving.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Tasty Ideas with Frozen Yogurt:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Sugar-Free Low-Fat Lemon Frozen Greek Yogurt from The Perfect Pantry
Fat-Free Low Sugar Strawberry Frozen Yogurt from Kalyn's Kitchen
Peach Frozen Yogurt from Taste and Tell
Lemon-Meringue Frozen Greek Yogurt from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
Peach Cardamom Frozen Yogurt from Mountain Mama Cooks
Blueberry Frozen Yogurt from Simply Recipes
Honey Peach Frozen Yogurt from Always Order Dessert
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt from Two Peas and Their Pod
Peachy Amaretto Frozen Greek Yogurt from Salad in a Jar
Raspberry Lemon Frozen Yogurt from Fifteen Spatulas
(Want even more recipes?  I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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11 comments:

Joanne said...

Ahh it is so true about the photos! There have been a few recipes I just haven't shared because I can't get them to photograph well. This peach frozen yogurt looks delectable though!

Jeanette said...

I love summer peaches - our markets are now out of them, but I would love to try this next summer. I know what you mean about the photographs. I make a lot of savory foods on my blog, so lots of brown food that is hard to photograph. Another challenge is time - I don't take that many photos of the food I cook since I'm usually trying to get the kids fed and out the door. I keep my fingers crossed that a few of them will be good.

CookTheStory said...

This ice cream looks so delicious! I love finding recipes for healthy treats like this. It will make the perfect after school snack. The kids will love it, I will love it and none of us will be thinking about healthy when we dig in. Thanks Kalyn!

Kalyn Denny said...

Joann, don't you hate that!

Jeannette, I can't imagine cooking for the family and trying to take photos! I'm impressed with people who do that.

CooktheStory, so glad you like the idea.

Carrian Cheney said...

This looks so wonderful. I wish I had some peaches lying around. Blast!

Eileen said...

Peach frozen yogurt sounds amazing, especially with the tart greek yogurt! I'm definitely going to have to get some of the last of the peaches at next weekend's farmer's market. :)

Kalyn Denny said...

Thanks Carrian; wish I had more peaches too!

Thanks Eileen, hope you enjoy!

Cookin' Canuck said...

I just love these fat-free frozen yogurt that you've posted, Kalyn. I know they'd be a hit with my family.

ddemos said...

Or honestly, a really, really easy way to do this...just put a small bag of frozen peaches, or I like mangoes,in the food processor w/ a little bit of fat free half and half... whip it up and eat.

It is delicious and takes 5 mins and tastes like a cross between ice cream and sorbet...fabulous...

Kalyn Denny said...

Thanks Dara, I love having those little containers in the freezer.

Ddemos, the frozen peaches would not be the same to me, and I don't use fat-free half and half which usually has added sugar, but thanks for sharing for someone else who might want to try your idea.

Taste and Tell said...

I am going to be so sad when I can't get peaches anymore. I need to find some more - this is calling my name!

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