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Healthy Homemade Greek Frozen Yogurt



Using 4 simple ingredients and a food processor, you can make healthy refreshing greek frozen yogurt at home in minutes! While this recipe is for a strawberry greek frozen yogurt, feel free to swap the strawberries with any frozen fruit of your liking. Frozen mangos, blueberries, raspberries… they would all work wonderfully!

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s possible to make frozen yogurt at home, I’m here to show you that it 100% is. And no – you don’t need to have an ice cream machine to do this!

This recipe is so easy to follow and gets you delicious, refreshing frozen yogurt at home in just minutes. All you need are 4 ingredients, most of which you likely already have on hand.

As a dietitian, I love sharing healthy dessert recipes that taste delicious and are nourishing at the same time.

While this recipe is for a strawberry frozen yogurt, feel free to swap the strawberries with any frozen fruit of your liking. Frozen mangos, blueberries, raspberries… they would all work wonderfully!

Is Frozen Yogurt Healthy?
A quick look at the nutrition panel of a popular frozen yogurt chain reveals not the healthiest of ingredients – food colouring, corn syrup, carrageenan, etc. all appear.
While I’m a firm believer that there’s a time and place for ALL foods in our diet, if you want to have a healthier version of froyo then this recipe is for you!
THIS homemade frozen yogurt is made with just 4 simple ingredients:
• plain greek yogurt
• frozen strawberries
• maple syrup
• vanilla extract
Despite being so simple, it totally hits the spot. Plus, plain greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, while strawberries are a great source of fibre.

How To Make Frozen Yogurt At Home
Making this homemade frozen yogurt is incredibly easy. The only equipment you need is a large food processor, but I think you could do this in a high-speed blender as well.

You do NOT need an ice cream maker to make this – I know most of us don’t have one of these at home!

To start, simply add the frozen strawberries (or other fruit), plain greek yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to your food processor.

Pulse and blend until a thick frozen yogurt texture is formed.

This can take a couple minutes, but you’re essentially done after that!

This homemade frozen yogurt can be enjoyed right away for more of a soft-serve texture.

If you want it more firm, you can transfer the frozen yogurt to a loaf pan and pop it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

How To Store Homemade Frozen Yogurt

While I personally tend to eat this frozen yogurt straight from the food processor (lol), leftovers can be kept in a freezer-safe, airtight container in the freezer for up to a month.

NOTE: Once stored in the freezer, this homemade froyo will solidify quite a bit. Be sure to remove it from your freezer AT LEAST 30 minutes before you want to eat it!

Can You Use Fresh Fruit?

You can definitely use fresh fruit for this recipe, BUT you will have to freeze it yourself first!

To freeze fresh fruit at home, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove any stems or peels from your fruit and slice them into smaller pieces.

Lay the pieces out in a single layer on the baking sheet and place into the freezer until the fruits are frozen solid, about 8 hours or overnight.

Recipe Modifications

Here are some ways you can modify this recipe:

  1. While I used frozen strawberries for this recipe, feel free to get creative and use ANY frozen fruit (or a mix of them) instead!
  2. I used plain greek yogurt for this recipe, but I would assume it would work with a vegan yogurt as well. Do note that you may have to play around with the ingredients a bit to get the right consistency.
  3. If you’d like to play around with extra flavours, you can try adding different spices like cinnamon, ginger, or cardamom. Or try throwing in something refreshing like mint or lime juice!
  4. Feel free to add toppings as you would at a frozen yogurt shop. Fresh fruit, nuts, granola, etc!

Side angle photo of three white ramekins on top of a baking sheet with scoops of homemade strawberry frozen yogurt inside.

Plain Greek Yogurt Nutrition Benefits

Plain greek yogurt is an excellent source of:

  • high-quality, complete protein (a 3/4-cup serving has 16 grams)
  • micronutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin A, and B12
  • gut-friendly probiotic bacteria

Strawberry Nutrition Benefits

Strawberries – both fresh AND frozen – are a great source of:

  • vitamin C – 1 cup of strawberries provides 140% of your daily vitamin C needs
  • dietary fibre – 1 cup provides 3 grams
  • other micronutrients, such as potassium, vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, and magnesium

Overhead shot of one white ramekin with scoops of homemade strawberry frozen yogurt inside and a gold spoon.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt (higher fat, if possible)
  • 4 cups frozen strawberries (or other fruit)
  • 3-4 Tbsp pure maple syrup (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Equipment

  • Food processor

Instructions

  1. Add the plain greek yogurt, frozen strawberries (or other frozen fruit), maple syrup, and vanilla extract to your food processor.
  2. Pulse and blend until a thick “froyo” texture is formed. This can take a couple minutes, and you may need to push the mixture down occasionally. Adjust sweetness (maple syrup) to taste.
  3. Serve and enjoy right away for a more soft-serve like texture. Alternatively, transfer to a loaf panand pop it in the freezer for about 30 minutes if you want it a little more firm!

Notes

*LEFTOVERS: can be kept in a freezer-safe, airtight container in the freezer for up to a month. Once stored in the freezer, this homemade froyo will solidify quite a bit. Be sure to remove it from your freezer AT LEAST 30 minutes before you want to eat it!

*FRESH FRUIT: You can use fresh fruit for this recipe, BUT you will have to freeze it yourself first! To do so, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove any stems or peels from your fruit and slice them into smaller pieces. Lay the pieces out in a single layer on the baking sheet and place into the freezer until the fruits are frozen solid, about 8 hours or overnight.

*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS:

  • Feel free to get creative and use ANY frozen fruit (or a mix of them) instead of strawberries.
  • I used plain greek yogurt for this recipe, but I would assume it would work with a vegan yogurt as well. Do note that you may have to play around with the ingredients a bit to get the right consistency.
  • If you’d like to play around with extra flavours, you can try adding different spices like cinnamon, ginger, or cardamom. Or try throwing in something refreshing like mint or lime juice!
  • If you want to get real creative, add toppings like nuts, fresh fruit, or granola – just as you would at a frozen yogurt shop!

Using 4 simple ingredients and a food processor, you can make healthy refreshing greek frozen yogurt at home in minutes! While this recipe is for a strawberry greek frozen yogurt, feel free to swap the strawberries with any frozen fruit of your liking. Frozen mangos, blueberries, raspberries… they would all work wonderfully!

 

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