Homemade Brownie Batter Froyo

Hellooooo, you lovely people! I was hoping to have this post up for you guys yesterday, but things have been kind of crazy around here with Lola. Here she is mid yawn (which I think is how all of us at the Ferguson household have been feeling lately: tired). 

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We're still keeping the dogs separated for now because both of them are kind of on edge still, and we don't want to take the chance of either of them getting hurt obviously! As you read this, Miss Lola is spending the day at the vet to get a blood glucose curve done. Basically, they'll be testing her blood sugar levels every two hours. I hate the fact that we have to leave her there for the day by herself, but I know it's for her own good so that we can get her diabetes under control. Since Lo will be at the vet for the majority of the day it means that Munchie will get some time to roam the house by herself which I'm sure she'll love!

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Anyways, a few weeks ago I discovered Chocolate Covered Katie's Brownie Batter Frozen Yogurt recipe. For those of you who know me, you know I love, LOVE, LOVE brownies so I needed to try out this recipe! Fudgy, chewy, and warm brownies - oh my gosh, my favorite things ever. So, when I was perusing Pinterest for a dessert recipe that would satisfy my sweet tooth and was still somewhat healthy and found this Brownie Batter Frozen Yogurt recipe I was PUMPED, to say the least. Let me tell ya, it didn't disappoint me and it's the perfect treat in this late August heat. 

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First things first, you'll need an ice cream maker for this recipe. I have the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt/Ice Cream Maker and it works great. It's also affordable, so if you don't have an ice cream maker definitely check out the Cuisinart model. You'll also need:

  • 3 cups plain or vanilla yogurt of choice (I used Wallaby Organic Greek Vanilla Bean Whole Milk yogurt to get a creamier result)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp cocoa powder (you can also try dutch cocoa for even more of a "brownie" flavor)
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar (I used 3 tbsp, just keep in mind that the frozen result will be less sweet than the batter)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or 1/16 tsp pure stevia 
  • Optional (are they really though?): handful of chocolate chips 
  • Chocolate sprinkles to throw on top

Before you start mixing the ingredients, make sure to follow the directions for your ice cream maker. For mine, I needed to put the bowl in the freezer for 16-24 hours so the liquid inside of it would freeze up. Once you're ice cream maker is ready, you'll want to go ahead and pull out a large mixing bowl. From there, you're just going to add all of the ingredients (minus the chocolate sprinkles - save those babies for when your froyo is done).

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Like I said, one of the easiest recipes ever! After that, you'll just want to stir until all of the ingredients are well-blended. 

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Alright, once you've blended your ingredients. You'll just want to follow your ice cream maker instructions, which should be super simple! After about 25 minutes I transferred my frozen yogurt to a glass pyrex container, covered it with saran wrap and the pyrex lid, and then I placed it in the freezer over night. This allowed the brownie batter froyo to take on more of an ice cream texture, rather than a softer froyo texture. 

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Guys, you need to try this before this summer heat goes away. It's the perfect treat on a warm summer night! You can top it with whatever your little heart desires: crumbled graham crackers, slivered almonds, walnuts, sliced strawberries, crushed oreos...I mean, the list could go on and on. AND since it's made with greek yogurt, it's a healthier option than going out for ice cream. Ya know what the best part of it is? You won't miss the regular ice cream because it's THAT good. I promise.  

Do you have a favorite homemade frozen yogurt or ice cream recipe? I would love to have the recipe! Let me know in the comments :)

Jenna

Healthy Treats For Your Pups

Hey, hey, hey and happy Thursday, one more day until the weekend - you've got this, friends! Yesterday was another research project filled day, but I'm getting closer and closer to submitting to a journal to publish, phewwww. After meeting with two of my previous professors, working on my research project, and working out (I'm on Week 6 of the BBG guide, click HERE to learn more about it) I started on a little baking project for my two favorite gals, Munchkin and Lola (yes, my two favorite girls are my pups), cue the crazy pug lady comments right about....now :)

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Before I get into what I made for them, I wanted to quickly talk about what we had for dinner last night. Nothing super exciting or out of the box, but we had gotten sirloin burgers from Whole Foods over the weekend to have one night this week. BUT instead of getting your typical hamburger buns for them we picked up some whole wheat naan to use instead (props to Papa Ferguson for this idea).

If you're sick of the typical hamburger bun, or you feel like a bun is a bit too much bread for you I would definitely give naan a try next time. I topped my burger with a small slice of cheddar cheese, guacamole (leftover from Taco Tuesday), red onion, and some lettuce with asparagus on the side. It was a winner in my book!

Anyyyyways, as you all know I LOVE my two pugs. They're the cutest, most lovable gals in the world and I love (live) to spoil them, but sometimes it's hard to find treats at the pet store that don't have 10 billion ingredients in them (shoutout to the Science Diet Hill Brand that usually has a pretty good ingredient list). Call me crazy, but as much as I care about what I put in my body, I care just as much about what we're feeding Lola and Munchkin. So, of course I had to try making my pups some homemade treats, and let me tell ya, this recipe from Eating Bird Food is easy-peasy and totally pup approved (although my pugs do eat any food put in front of them haha). 

This recipe for dog treats only has FOUR ingredients: whole wheat flour, chicken stock (I used chicken broth because someone aka me, read the recipe wrong before going out to grab the ingredients, oops, but it worked out fine), creamy peanut butter, and unsweetened applesauce. You'll also need a cute little bone shaped cookie cutter, or whatever cookie cutter you'd like to use!

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Sooo, how do you make these treats for your cute furry friend? Let's break the measurements and steps down. You'll need:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock (or broth if you have that on hand)
  • 1 bone shaped cookie cutter
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Combine flour, peanut butter, and unsweetened applesauce in a large mixing bowl. Add chicken broth and stir until well-combined. The dough will be thick. Once combined use your hands to mold the dough into a ball. Place dough on flat surface (sprinkle with flour if necessary) and roll out evenly with a rolling pin. Dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut dough into desired shape and then place on an ungreased baking sheet.  
  3. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Store in an airtight container. 

Since my cookie cutter was a little bit larger, this batch made about 28 treats, which Munch and Lo would gladly devour in one sitting if it were up to them. 

Right after the picture above was snapped, Munch snatched a treat right off the plate, which is why the picture is a tad blurry! While Lo patiently waited until a treat was offered to her...

Aren't they just the cutest? I'm totally not biased or anything. Both of my dogs really do seem to LOVE these treats though, and I bet yours would too! They were so easy to make - they honestly probably took me only 15 minutes to prep (including rolling the dough out and using the cookie cutter). They would also be a great little gift for someone who you know loves their pups - just throw them into a mason jar, put on the cap, and tie with some twine or ribbon! 

Are you as crazy about your furry friends as I am? I would love to hear about what kind of dog or pet you have in the comments! I would also love to know if you try out this recipe - tag me on Instagram with a picture of your pup enjoying his/her treat (username is joyfullyjenna). 

Thanks so much for reading my blog post, it means a lot! Catch ya tomorrow for my favorites of the week :)

Jenna