Better Breakfasts: Frozen Yogurt

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Two years ago I started baking my own bread, and my concept of a healthy meal changed radically. I realized that my family was eating a whole lot of processed food, and I began to think about replacing more than just our white bread.

One of the last bastions to fall has been our cold cereal breakfasts.  I am not a morning person, so my quest to “reinvent breakfast” had to fit the following criteria:  it had to be simple, it had to be fast, it had to be tasty, and it had to be fairly healthy.  Here is the first in a series of posts about some new menu items that are helping our family break the cold cereal habit.

Frozen yogurt

My kids love eating homemade frozen yogurt for breakfast.  I use all natural plain yogurt and add a very minimal amount of organic evaporated cane sugar, making it healthy enough for breakfast and yummy enough to seem like a treat.

I serve it with a variety of toppings so everyone can customize their own.  Our favorites include fresh or frozen fruits, coconut, granola, sunflower seeds, and toasted mixed nuts.

Here is my favorite, super fast and yummy recipe.  It has just 3 ingredients, and is so simple!

Recipe Ingredients:

16 oz. container all natural yogurt (I use regular yogurt, but you can use Greek yogurt if you prefer)

1/4 cup to 1 cup organic evaporated Cane sugar (according to taste).  I use just 1/4 cup but my kids don’t mind the tangy taste of natural yogurt.  Granulated white sugar may be substituted if you typically use refined sugar.

1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together (you can do this the night before for an even quicker morning routine).  Freeze in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.

My ice cream maker takes about 20 to 25 minutes to freeze one batch.  We use it year round, and almost every day in the summer!  I mix up the yogurt the night before, and pour it into the maker when I get up. While I am getting ready for the day, the ice cream maker does its thing and 20 minutes later everyone has a special treat for breakfast!  I set out our favorite toppings buffet style so everyone can customize their own.

This healthy treat can be adapted with different mix-ins and toppings so that no one ever gets bored.  Check out Fix Me a Snack where Cindy’s quest to top yogurt 101 different ways in as many days yielded a treasure trove of ideas.  She introduced me to warm peanut butter and jelly drizzled onto cool, creamy yogurt, which is about as yummy as it gets!

Molly Evert has been writing and podcasting for Mentoring Moments since 2009. Happily married to David Evert, they have four sons (ages 8 to 16), one daughter (age 2) and they are eagerly expecting another daughter from China, via international adoption. You can also find her writing at CounterCultural Mom, CounterCultural School, and Visionary Womanhood.

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About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

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