Cupcakes and Sunshine: Healthy DIY Protein-Packed Greek Strawberry Banana FroYo

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Healthy DIY Protein-Packed Greek Strawberry Banana FroYo

I admit it. I gave up on exercising this summer. You see, UGA's gym closes to students during the summer (unless you pay a fee to use the facilities) and as a protest, I pretty much decided to use it as an excuse to not workout. all. oops.

However, a few weeks ago, my good friend Jessie and I decided to start running & I soon remembered during those 100-degree-degustingly-hot-but-totally-worth-it-runs how much I love exercising. Usually I have ahundredmillion ideas running around in my head, but when I run, I am just about ahundredmillion times more focused and those ideas are running all over. I have so much more energy when I workout. I feel better about myself, my days are better, and I am so much more productive. It is overall just great y'all. 

So I grabbed a one-month gym pass at a local gym (until our gym re-opens), pondered/still pondering signing up for a half-marathon (HELP ME. SHOULD I DO IT OR SHOULD I NOT?!), and have been back in the fitness game ever since! And y' is the best ever.

You know what else is the best ever? 


And you know what the best part of this froyo recipe is? It's healthy, pretty much ice-cream, and you can eat it for breakfast. Winner, winner FroYo...BREAKFAST!

First off, you will want to scoop 20 oz. of plain Greek yogurt into a large bowl....

Next, add one cup of milk (I use Blue Diamond Almondmilk Coconutmilk blend because it's all kinds of wonderful)....

Add your 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey. & set this bowl aside. 

Now chop your fresh strawberries and banana. 

In a pan add your vanilla extract, cornstarch, chopped fruit, another 1/4 cup of maple syrup/honey...

and roast on medium until soft. 

Heating the bananas and strawberries will bring out the natural sweetness of the fresh fruit and will make this froyo absolutely incredible. 

Make sure your fruit mixture gets back to room temperature before placing it in the food processor and then yogurt mixture. Heat added to yogurt will cause the yogurt to curdle and "curdle" just so happens to be the the worst word ever. Wait until everything has cooled &then add your roasted fruit mixture to the food processor and blend, blend, blend until smooth...

& pour into your Greek yogurt and milk bowl. 

 Now is the fun part! In addition to licking the is now time to add it all to your ice-cream maker.

I have this one:

and I have loved it! Pour in your strawberry-banana and Greek yogurt mix and let the mixer do its thang for about 15-20 minutes.

Scoop it out & ENJOY!

 As I mentioned earlier, this froyo is excellent for breakfast because it is protein-packed and has lots of fresh fruit.

It makes for a great pre- or post-run snack, however I would not be opposed to adding some chocolate chips and calling it dessert too! :)

Let me know if you give it a try! Hope your Tuesday is sweet!

Healthy DIY Protein-Packed Greek Strawberry Banana FroYo
20 oz. Plain Greek Yogurt 
1 cup of Blue Diamond Milk (I used the Almond/Coconut blend!) 
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup maple syrup/honey 
1 cup chopped strawberries 
1 banana, chopped 
1/2 tsp. cornstarch 
1/4 cup of water

1. In a large bowl, mix together Greek yogurt, milk, and 1/4 cup of syrup/honey. 
2. In a small pan heat strawberries, banana, 1/4 cup of syrup, vanilla extract, 1/4 cup of water, and 1/2 tsp. cornstarch. 
3. Once cool, add fruit mixture to food processor and blend until smooth. 
4. Pour all ingredients into ice-cream maker until thick froyo consistency is achieved. Enjoy! :) 


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