Friday, August 22, 2008

Green, Frozen and Delicious: Green Tea Frozen Yogurt

Green Tea Frozen Yogurt Banner

If you think Rome has a monopoly on the best frozen treats, wait until your taste-buds get acquainted with this heavenly match. Eating it feels like a little piece of Alaska in the middle of the Sahara. Mix in some caramelized peanuts and you have yin and yang all in one. The best part is how easily it comes together with no need on a hot day to sweat some more over the stove waiting for the custard stage. No, all this silky beauty needs is a bowl, a whisk and an ice-cream maker.

Green Tea Frozen Yogurt Prep Bowl

Green Tea Frozen Yogurt with Caramelized Peanuts (makes a quart)

This is an amazingly simple frozen dessert. The peanuts really enhance the experience. The tanginess of the yogurt plays off the earthiness of the tea.
For this recipe I combined and altered recipes from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop.

For the Frozen Yogurt:
32oz (4 cups) of whole milk yogurt
4 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
1 cup of sugar

Pour all the ingredients into a mixer. Mix well until combined and sugar is dissolved (3-5 minutes)
Transfer to the bowl of your ice cream maker and proceed according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a sealed container and store in the freezer.

Green Tea Frozen Yogurt Bowl

For the Caramelized Peanuts:
1 cup of unsalted, not roasted peanuts (roasted peanuts will taste burnt...)
1/4 cup of agave nectar or pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all the ingredients for the topping in a bowl. Spread evenly on an oiled cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until caramelized. Break peanuts apart when cool enough to handle.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Oooh, divine!

Anonymous said...

Hey how cool is this? Green tea is so "in" right now!

This is a great example of how it can be used.

Anonymous said...

This is AMAZING! OMG. What a neat recipe! Lovely photo too.

Chibog in Chief said...

you know alexa when i saw your photos at RecipeMuncher i almost fell from my seat...this frozen yogurt is lethal!! yummy

Deeba PAB said...

Oh I gotta bookmark this FAST...I've fallen in love with the concept, your post & stunning pictures. I got to you from Dhhangit's poppets party & am GLAD I did.I made a mango sorbet from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop yesterday...with a few minimal changes. Boy, was it GOOD! Now I'm waiting to lay my hands on matcha powder. Cheers Deeba

dlyn said...

look so yummy and refreshing - will be giving this a try for sure!

Brilynn said...

That looks so simple and yet so delicious!

Alexa said...


Noble Pig,
It's true I have seen so many sweets made with it lately. I just love its unique flavor.

I am glad you liked it. Thank you!

lol. I felt that way when I made it and it was so hard not to eat the entire bucket.

I am so glad you found my blog. Thank you Dhanggit! ;-) David's recipes are great. I especially like the frozen yogurt ones. I still haven't tried his sorbet recipes, that's next on my list.

Thank you for you visit. Enjoy!

It is such an easy, yummy dessert I highly recommend it. Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Ann said...

That looks absolutely amazing! I have really gotten into making frozen goodies this summer and I love it when they are simple! Yum

Apples and Butter said...

I love using Matcha powder in baking, but have never used it in a frozen yogurt. Great idea and can't wait to make it myself!

Poonam said...

I love those caramelized peanuts on the top!

Katie said...

You artsy foodie! Haha.

I wish I had an ice cream maker...

Bonbon Oiseau said...

this looks soo delcious---am so happy to have found your blog via aran..i am also on a wheat-free diet and i so look forward to adding you to my "blogroll"!

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

i love your combination of caramelized peanuts and green tea ice-cream... tempting! ;)

Anonymous said...

Trader Joe's carries a fab green tea yogurt that I love. I never thought about freezing it, though. But your posting makes me curious to try it to see what happens.

LyB said...

I have got to find some matcha powder! There are so many recipes I want to try with it, and this will definitely be on the list! It looks delicious. :)

Alexa said...

Mary Ann,
I know what you mean, I have been creating more frozen desserts than usual ... I think I am trying to hang on to the pitiful Summer we have been having. It has been unusually rainy, so when we have a hot day I go all out. Thanks for your comment.

Apples and Butter,
We made it again this weekend because my kids were craving an encore. It comes together so quickly.

I'm glad you liked it. Those peanuts are great by themselves or with the frozen yogurt.

:-) :-) :-) That's me being artsy (lol)

Bonbon Oiseau,
I am so glad you found my blog and that you enjoyed it. Thanks for your very nice comment. :-)

Obrigada para sua visita. It's the first time I combine those two flavors but it won't be the last. It was so good.

Carolyn Jung,
I'll have to check out TJ's matcha yogurt. Please let me know how it turns out if you try to freeze it...

Thank you for your comment. I bought my matcha powder at a large asian store in my neighborhood. They had a dizzying array of choices.

Anonymous said...

I like the sound of your intro.. Definitely like the simplicity of it. So many delicious recipes that use green tea... my favorite powdered thing in the world.

Y said...

Oh yummm! Wish I could taste this now. I love green tea anything, and frozen yogurt is also a favourite.

Unknown said...

Green tea ice cream is one of my favorites and a green teat frozen yogurt sounds great!

Anonymous said...

Just made it, it's glorious!!! I didn't put a full cup of sugar as I don't like it too sweet, and it was fab. The 2% Fage yog is ideal!

Anonymous said...

I don't have an ice cream maker any other way I could make it?

Alexa said...

I've never attempted to make it without an ice cream maker. Here are some suggestions:
You could mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour them into a freezer-safe container. Then mix the content every 1/2 hour until set. It probably will have a different consistency, more like a granita, but the flavor will be the same. Another option would be to mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour the mixture into popsicle molds, then freeze until set.You could add the caramelized peanuts to the mixture for a more interesting treat.

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