Friday, August 22, 2014

Brownie, Chocolate Chip & Mini Fudge Ball Frozen Yogurt - A Low Carb Chocolate Lover's Fantasy

Last night I made a double batch of my Frozen Vanilla Greek Yogurt. I absolutely LOVE this frozen yogurt treat. It doesn't require an ice cream maker or any special pop molds, although if you have molds, you can easily fill them with this mixture to make Frozen Yogurt Pops. I actually have a nice Cuisinart ice cream/frozen yogurt maker and 2 different sets of pop molds...but I prefer this easy peasy version best. The only thing you need is a bowl and a rubber spatula (well, a measuring cup and spoon would be helpful too)!

I mix the frozen yogurt recipe together and then place it in a bowl in my freezer and stir it every 30 minutes or so until it begins firming up. I just set my timer and go about whatever I'm doing at home and use a rubber spatula (that I keep in the bowl in the freezer) to stir it around a bit until almost frozen. When it is the consistency of soft serve ice cream, I stir in whatever add-ins I'm using.

I made Brownie, Chocolate Chip & Mini Fudge Ball Frozen Yogurt with this batch of frozen yogurt. 




I diced up the last two Bulletproof Fudgy Brownies I had leftover. I stirred the brownie chunks into the yogurt along with a few tablespoons of dark chocolate chips (about an ounce or two of chopped dark chocolate bar) and the "piece de r√©sistance"...miniature Chocolate Hazelnut Espresso Fudge Balls! Yes...you read it right...mini FUDGE BALLS!!! 



I used Kolat Hazelnut Espresso Almond Butter that I picked up at Sprouts last weekend...but the truth is you can use plain almond butter or peanut butter instead. I "chocolatized" and sweetened the nut butter and rolled it into little miniature "fudge balls". I can't tell you how delicious these little fudge balls were in the frozen yogurt. 












The yogurt was studded with chunks of fudgy hazelnut brownies, crunchy dark chocolate "chips" and dense, rich little balls of chocolate hazelnut espresso fudge. All I can say is...oooh LAH LAH...amazing fudge balls. Leftover chocolate chip cookies would also be great broken up in this simple frozen yogurt, too. The recipe for the simple frozen yogurt is here: Frozen Vanilla Greek Yogurt. The recipe for the fudgy brownies is here: Bulletproof Fudgy Brownies. You can find the easy recipe for Mini Chocolate Fudge Balls below. Enjoy!




The only ice cream maker required!





Mini Fudge Balls (Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Add-ins)

Ingredients:

1/4 to 1/3 cup almond butter or peanut butter (I used Kolat Hazelnut Espresso Almond Butter)
1/4 cup PLUS 1 tablespoon Swerve Confectioners sweetener, or to taste
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (slightly rounded)
1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia, or to taste

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix nut butter, confectioners sweetener and cocoa powder together with a rubber spatula until a stiff mixture is formed. Stir in liquid stevia, to taste. Mix well until the mixture pulls together into a tight, glossy ball. taste for sweetness and adjust as necessary. If adding the fudge to frozen yogurt or ice cream, slightly over sweeten because freezing blunts the sweetness. Use a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to scoop and roll into small balls with the palms of your hands. Place on a parchment paper lined pan about 1/4 inch apart and freeze until solid. Fold into soft frozen yogurt or ice cream and freeze. 

*Note: The confectioners sweetener and cocoa powder help pull the nut butter into a stiff dough. Use liquid stevia to increase the sweetness of dough so it remains pliable and doesn't get too dry. If desired, add 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder to plain nut butter/cocoa mixture. If you want to sweeten with stevia and add hazelnut flavor at the same time, you can use hazelnut flavored stevia.

        

2 comments:

CyberSis said...

Hi GGC,

Ohh LAH LAH, indeed! How great are these! Just the thing to get my hubby to l-o-v-e the next batch of frozen yogurt, I'll bet! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis,

LOL...you have no idea how happy I was when I read your "almond butter recall" comment today...that I had used the Kolat almond butter and NOT the Maranatha! It would most definitely have turned my Ohh Lah Lah...into ohhhhhhhhh noooooooo nooooooooooo! ;-)