I remember loving yogo as a kid. Unfortunately this is the ingredients list:
SKIM MILK, SUGAR, CREAM, MILK SOLIDS, THICKENER (1422), COCOA (MIN. 0.8%), VEGETABLE GUMS (412, 401, 407), SALT, FLAVOUR, COLOUR (150d)
So lets see about these ingredients.. skim milk – not very nutritious, sugar as the 2nd ingredient – do I even need to comment on this, 1422 – questionable in its safety and prohibited in foods for infants, 412 (Guar gum) – considered safe but in excess can cause nausea, flatutence, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea, 401 – considered safe but prohibited in foods for infants and high levels can have a laxative effect and impair iron uptake, 407 (Carageenan) – may cause inflammatory bowel disease, may be a cause of gastrointestinal cancer, may lead to glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, may contain MSG. This additive is considered to be a natural product as it is derived from seaweed so can be found in products marked no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives (NEVER TRUST THE PACKAGING!!), flavour (could be anything and likely to be something harmful, Colour 150d (Caramel IV) – can cause asthma, gastrointestinal problems and is prohibited in foods for infants.
Nice mix of nasties!!
Here is the recipe I love and it is so quick and easy to make. It is adapted from a recipe from Additive Free Bites. Click here for the original recipe.
Even better, it has excellent health benefits from coconut cream, raw cacao and eggs.
I have adapted it to make it less sweet, a bit thicker and a slightly different consistency which my family prefers. It is really easy to adapt to suit your personal preferences and needs.
270 ml coconut cream (Honest to Goodness is additive free and in BPA free tins)
130 ml oat milk or any milk of your choice (It works with almond milk too and is really yummy but then can’t be sent to school). You can also just use 400 ml of the one kind of milk if you like. This combo is my kids’ favourite.
200 ml water
2 free range eggs
1/2 cup raw honey/maple syrup/ rice malt syrup – whichever suits your personal needs and preferences. (you could use coconut sugar or rapadura if you prefer) As you become accustomed to less sweetness you can reduce this amount. If you are just new to the refined sugar free way of life then use more at first.
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla essence/powder/paste
2 – 3 tbsp cornflour or for paleo use tapioca flour. The more you add, the thicker it will be. I like it on the thick side so I use 3 tbsp.
If using cornflour, dissolve it in the water then add it, with all of the other ingredients into a saucepan (no heat yet). If using tapioca you can just add it with everything else.
Use a whisk to start mixing it all together and then turn on to medium heat and whisk (or could use a spoon) constantly until it begins to thicken (to the consistency that you like). This takes about 5 – 10 mins depending on your stove and your preferences. It will thicken a little more when it cools. The mixture should coat the back of a spoon.
MAKE SURE YOU WHISK THE WHOLE TIME OTHERWISE YOU WILL GET LUMPS! I wait until the kids are asleep so there are no interruptions!
This custard keeps well in the fridge but sometimes separates a little bit so needs a stir before you eat it.
It is also nice for dipping fruit into.
Let me know if you like it!
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