Santa made an early visit to our house this year and left us a Cuisinart Frozen Ice Cream Maker.
We have either been really good…
or Santa really wants some homemade frozen yogurt on Christmas Eve.
This counter top ice cream machine is by far my favorite kitchen appliance I own… and I own a lot of appliances.
Homemade ice cream has never been so easy, fast, and convenient. I love that those big bags of ice are no longer necessary due to the convenient removable freezer bowl that now lives in my freezer. The removable freezer bowl is pure genius and quickly freezes homemade frozen ice cream/yogurt in approximately twenty minutes. And this machine is quiet too in comparison to others. Quiet enough that the kids sleep while the machine is working…. date nights now happen multiple times a week thanks to this fun machine.
I have had a lot of fun experimenting with this ice cream maker. One of the best things about this machine is that I can control what is in the ice cream that I am feeding my family. Sure, it sounds like I have some kind of ice-cream-controlling-condition that should be monitored by a specialist, but let me explain.
A lot of ice creams are laden with artificial coloring, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and dairy products that I choose to avoid. Purchasing healthy ice cream at a health food stores can be pricey…. which creates a problem for the pocket book. This ice maker however decreases the price of healthy ice cream significantly, making ice cream so much more enjoyable.
One of our favorite frozen yogurt recipes is altered from Jessica Seinfeld’s Double Delicious! cookbook -which is quickly becoming one of my favorite cookbooks to modify.
For this recipe, you are going to need mint extract. I always use the Watkins brand for extracts due to its pureness.
To make this frozen yogurt, you are going to need some pure mint extract, Greek yogurt, organic sugar, chocolate chips, and spinach.
I said spinach.
And yes, we are still making frozen yogurt here.
And trust me.
This frozen yogurt tastes amazing.
Place all of your ingredients (except for you chocolate chips – we are saving those for later) in your vita-mix or high powered blender and spin until smooth. Pour the frozen yogurt mixture into your already frozen freezer bowl. Secure the lid on your ice cream maker and turn it on.
Watching the ice cream spin around and around is fabulous entertainment for little boys.
Give the ice cream ten minutes to start freezing and then add your chocolate chips.
After approximately twenty minutes, you ice cream is going to be frozen. Stop the machine and dish up.
Spinach frozen yogurt has never tasted so good.
Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt
3-4 handfuls of fresh spinach
1/4 teaspoon pure mint extract
3 cups Greek yogurt
1 cup organic sugar
1 cup bittersweet all-natural chocolate chips (variable)
Place all ingredients (saving the chocolate chips for later) in a vita-mix or blender and blend until smooth. Pour ice cream mixture into a Cuisinart Frozen Ice Cream Maker previously frozen freezer bowl. Secure freezer bowl onto ice cream maker and spin until frozen. Add chocolate chips after ten minutes.