Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mango Banana Yogurt Gelato

I seem to be resorting to a new style of posting on Nan's Yum-yums! Call it convenience or time-crunch or just being impromptu. This is my second post in a row which I had not planned on posting here, and had not spent time on styling and taking elaborate pictures. All the pictures are taken from my basic camera mobile! The post just happened on the go and like the last impromptu post, this one simply had to be shared with you all.... so here I am, with my not-so-planned-(or-not-at-all-planned) post on a super simple, delicious and absolutely healthy dessert! :)

On a foodie group that I am a part of, I saw Amrita's post on a very interesting recipe for making gelato at home. The simplicity of the recipe appealed to me instantly. It is Donna Hay's recipe and a definite keeper! 

I have never made ice cream at home, though have been planning to do so for months! The usage of heavy cream and the process of repeated freezing-blending-freezing process in most ice cream recipe was always a turn off for me and I somehow kept away from experimenting. 

Someday, I will make my own ice cream, but for now I am jumping with joy on the discovery of this simple recipe to make Gelato, which is the Italian's version of ice cream! Gelato is slightly less dense than ice cream and if frozen for longer, the texture becomes crystallised. It's fun eating it both ways :)

Making this gelato involves absolutely no elaborate process and ingredients. Ingredients? Oh, the title of the post has it all!! 

That is right - Mango, Banana and Yogurt! That. Is. It!! 

Wow...Is that cool or what? My first post that has all the ingredients in its title itself! :D This yummilicious dessert gets made with just these three ingredients. No additional sweeteners, no artificial flavouring, no thickening agents.... none of those!

So, I decided to post this here, after the husband (who hates mangoes!) asked for a second helping!! He actually asked to make this often!! Yooo... hooo!!

Adapted from here.

Mango -1, ripe
Banana - 2, ripe
Yogurt - 1 cup, (use hung curd if you have, else regular yogurt of thick consistency will do)

  • Cut the mango and banana into small pieces and store them away in separate freezer-proof boxes. Freeze them in the deep freezer for 3-4 hours.
  • At the end of 3-4 hours, take yogurt in a blender, toss in the frozen mangoes and banana pieces and blend into a smooth pulp.
  • Store away this pulp into a freezer-proof container and deep freeze for 3-4 hours.
  • Scoop out the gelato into a bowl and enjoy the yumminess!

  • Make sure you do not freeze the fruits for too long, as they get really really hard and the blender struggles to blend them. If, you have frozen it for too long, just keep them out for a few minutes before you blend.
  • Ensure the fruits are ripe. Since we are not adding in any artificial sweeteners, the sweetness of the fruits is what gives the gelato its flavours.
  • You can eat the gelato as a pulp before freezing it, if you like it that way. I liked some off it, right then! :)
  • And go ahead and experiment with various fruits and combinations, with the same method. I cannot wait to try out more variations!


  1. Hello Nandita, Are'nt we all fans of simplicity in eating? This recipe is so simple and so healthy. Now who needs dollops and dollops of cream to make ice cream.....? we are all mad about mangoes and the season is on here. So this is surely going to be tried out soon. Loved your pictures and the perfect scoop. It makes it all the more tempting!

  2. This recipe is a keeper in my house and I have been making it for the last three years. Happy to hear that you loved it so much. Simple and healthy, this is a must try. Can't wait to see the combination of fruits in your mind ☺

  3. Nan this recipe is a keeper :) so easy and tempting me to make some gelato now. Love the easy carefree clicks, sometimes food need not be perfect looking and complicating.