Last Updated on April 2, 2019 by Chef Mireille
This Mint Pandan Chocolate Frozen Yogurt utilizes freshly made mint extract. This natural frozen treat is one you won’t mind giving your kids as a treat!
A few weeks ago, my friend, her Mom and her two kids unexpectedly stopped by and ended up spending the night. Usually when her two super picky kids come by, I make sure I have some kid friendly snacks around. This has made them accustomed to having snacks when they come to my house. As this was unexpected, there were no snacks around at all. Work had been busy so no muffins or cookies and not even store bought ones were in the house. It’s summertime so whenever they come in this season, I usually have some kind of ice cream or ices in the freezer, but the only thing I had was one bar of store bought Mint Chocolate Frozen Yogurt. Mint Chocolate is my favorite type of ice cream, since I was a child. However, most kids do not like it and adults for that matter. Everyone always wonders of all the flavors available, why do I always choose this? The only other flavor that competes with this one in my book is mango because I love mango anything. I only had one bar left so they had to share it, but I did not have hopes of them liking it and I figured it would end up in the garbage anyway. Their Mom thought the same, so oh boy were we surprised when we heard them fighting over how many bites each got.
Most kids like simple foods with not too many flavors going on. Sometimes what I think are simple flavors they want nothing to do with and here what takes a little more elevated palate to enjoy, they were loving. I guess anything with chocolate kids will love. Blueberry Scones no way, but Mint Chocolate Frozen Yogurt – yes. Go figure! Anyway, with them in mind, I made this homemade version, using freshly made mint extract.
With the homemade mint extract, the color was very mild as there were no artificial colors added. To boost up the color, I added a little pandan paste, which is like the vanilla extract of Southeast Asia. It added an extra layer of flavor. I think the kids will love this version also! I made this with Green Mountain Creamery 5% Greek Yogurt, however you can also make with full fat yogurt for a creamier bar. I used Ghirardelli’s Mango Sunset Ghirardelli’s Mango Sunset Intense Dark Chocolate. Infused with great mango flavor, I still got a little bit of mango into this frozen yogurt.
You can enjoy it as soft serve in just 2 hours!
or as a firmer frozen yogurt in 5!
Mint Pandan Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 9 hours
Number of servings: 6
Per Serving 213 calories
Fat 10 g
Carbs 28 g
Protein 8 g
- Mint Extract Ingredients:
- 1 cup mint leaves
- 1/3 plus 2 tablespoons water
- Frozen Yogurt Ingredients:
- 2 cups Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons mint extract
- 5 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon pandan paste
- 3 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
- To make extract, combine mint and water in a food processor or blender and mix well. Put in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Strain a few times.
- In a large bowl, combine yogurt, mint extract, honey and pandan. Mix well.
- Add chocolate and stir to combine.
- If desired, mix in a blender or food processor to break up the chocolate more.
- Transfer to a freezer safe container. Stir every hour for four hours.
- You can enjoy as soft serve in 2 hours or as firm frozen yogurt in 5 hours.
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My son is fond of frozen yogurt. This yogurt with Minty, chocolatey and a bit of mango flavor sounds interesting. Must give it a try.
It delicious and creamy who can say no to that?
Enjoyed reading your thoughts Mir..kids are so unpredictable anytime. so wonderful that they have developed fine taste senses..:0)..I love how your bowl looks after freezing for 5 hrs..so delicious!
thanks – yes I have given up trying to predict their ever changing tastes
I agree, kids can be so finicky when it comes to bold flavors, but this sounds amazing! I’m going to have to give this one a try!
if my friends super picky kids liked it, I am sure your will too! The homemade mint extract is milder than the store bought artificial ones
peter @Feed Your Soul Too
Looks wonderful. I am sure that the mint extract packs a really good punch of flavor.
it’s actually more subtle than the store bought artificial ones
Dan from Platter Talk
We have never made our own frozen yogurt and your recipe looks to be the perfect place to start. Our boy have been asking to make homemade ice cream all summer but I think this delicious treat of yours is moving to the head of the line; thanks so much for the inspiration!
You should. The only thing that is important without ice cream machine, make sure you mix once an hour for 4 hours. Otherwise, you will get freezer burn. You might also like to try some of my ice cream!
Lucuma Ice Cream
Strawberry Hibiscus Ice Cream
Lemongrass Ice Cream
Interesting read ? And that’s a little belt bowl of dessert to please kids . The paandan flavor reminds me of the paandaan bottle that I picked in Singapore , must use it .
You should – I use mine so often. I love the flavor!
Sharmila - The Happie friends Potpourri Corner
Interesting and irresistible icecream.. Wish i get few scoops!!Lucky kids 😀
yes with yogurt a naturally cooling one for the summer!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Mint chocolate is my upmost favorite thing!
Yeah – someone else with my palate 🙂
Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes
This is so clever. Homemade mint extract must be stunning – I can’t wait to try this out.
yes but because it is all natural it is not as intense as the store bought extracts so the mint flavor is mild
Mireille you’re like my hubby..he will always choose chocolate mint whenever we go out for ice creams. He will not want to try any new flavours. I on the other hand love to try other flavours even though I love chocolate mint.
Sounds delicious.. Never heard of pandan though. will check more on Google
The way we use vanilla extract in the west pandan is used in Southeast Asia Comes from screwpine leaves same as kewra water I believe
Wow, Mir that is delicious. I don’t like my yoghurt sweetened but will not mind tasting this one.
Frozen yogurt is a great summer treat
Omg, mint and pandan, how flavourful this frozen yogurt will be na. Feel like having few scoops anytime of the day.
That is such an amalgam of flavors, Mir. My little one is already droling here!!
yes I am sure it will be loved by all!