I was asked by St Helen’s Farm to come up with a new take on a healthy, cow’s milk free fro-yo and I think I have delivered the goods with this one: a tangy, sweet dessert- that you can make into fro-yo ice lollies or use as a frozen smoothie bowl. It’s full of health benefits too- with the turmeric being a great anti-inflammatory and pineapple being a powerful digestive enzyme.
- -1 banana, chopped
- -1 tablespoon of nut butter
- -3 teaspoons of honey
- -3 teaspoons of turmeric powder
- -Pinch of black pepper
- -1 tub of goat's milk yoghurt
- -a handful of frozen pineapple chunks
- Add chopped banana and frozen pineapple to blender
- Stir in the goat's milk yoghurt, turmeric powder pepper and nut butter
- Blend for 1 minute 30 seconds
- Add honey (to avoid losing the nutritional benefits, add this after the mix has blended)
- Freeze in ice lolly moulds or a freezer friendly tub overnight.
Once you’ve made your mix, you can pop into ice lolly moulds (I use these silicone ones). Failing that, simply pop it in a freezer container. The mixture ends up with a sorbet like consistency rather than ice-cream, but it makes the perfect base for a frozen smoothie bowl! The recipe makes approximately 4 ice lollies or 4 servings of fro-yo.
Can I use a different type of yoghurt?
You can use a range of different yoghurts to make this but you’ll need to adjust the amount of turmeric and yoghurt you use accordingly. I’ve previously tried to create a similar recipe using plant based milk and it just didn’t work (I shared it on Facebook and many of you thought it was a cider ice lolly and it also tasted like frozen curry!)
I realised that the reason for this is that most plant based yoghurts don’t have a strong taste which means the turmeric really shines through. So I’d advise experimenting and perhaps lowering the amount of turmeric and upping the pineapple if you are using a plant based yoghurt.
- Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory food but make sure you add black pepper to increase absorption. I used this mix from the Spice Sanctuary.
- Pineapple is a great source of digestive enzymes but if you struggle with fibre mango might be easier for you to digest.
- You might also want to add a protein powder into the mix- I usually use Pea protein powder.
Why Goat’s Milk?
I know lots of you follow my free from adventures, so I just thought I’d clarify why I have goat’s milk but not cows’ milk. Most of you know that I am dairy free and have been for about four years, but after doing a food intolerance test about 12 months ago, it actually revealed I could eat’s goat milk products.
This was a massive help for me, being on such a limited diet and also meant I could make sure I was eating enough calcium (since having IBD puts me at an additional risk of calcium deficiency). Since then, I made it my mission to add it regularly to my diet. I discovered St Helen’s farm and have been a massive fan of them ever since! Although I do use some plant based alternatives too, I have St Helen’s farm mild goat’s cheese pretty much daily and eat goat’s milk yoghurt regularly for breakfast too (really yummy; especially with overnight oats) I am often approached to create recipes but in this case, it was myself who emailed St Helen’s farm as I am such a massive fan of the range.
It’s important to note that goat’s milk is NOT lactose-free. However, I’ve chatted before about how it is easier to digest than cow’s milk. It’s likely this is because it forms a softer curd when digested but also because it is lower in the A1 protein (this type of protein has been linked to many of the problems most of us have in digesting milk).
Because of this, when I also see nutrition clients (being a Nutritional Therapist) I often recommend goat’s cheese to them. Many people know cows’ milk is a problem for them but can’t face giving up cheese and milk altogether. Of course, like anything, some people with digestion issues might prefer to switch to plant alternatives but many find it a great solution. If you think you might be able to digest goat’s milk, I’d suggest starting slowly if your digestion is sensitive. Perhaps with one of their smaller yogurt pots or a splash of their skimmed milk in your tea.
I hope you enjoyed my turmeric and pineapple fro-yo. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it below!
This is a collaborative recipe with St Helen’s farm.