I wish I could eat ice cream every day. I really do.
However, good sense (and my waistline) tells me that would not be the smartest or healthiest choice to make. But sometimes I just can’t shake that constant craving for a cool, creamy treat. That’s where homemade frozen yogurt recipe comes in!
Homemade Frozen Yogurt Recipe
This may become your new favorite summer snack!
Yogurt + fruit = a healthy snack.
Yogurt + frozen fruit = super tasty frozen yogurt = a healthy snack.
This frozen yogurt is actually made up of mostly frozen fruit. It uses the fruit to give it a natural sweetness and the creaminess of bananas to give it that creamy, soft-serve ice cream texture.
The yogurt adds a creamy undertone of flavor that lets you know you’re eating frozen yogurt, and not just pureed fruit. Plus, by using all-natural, plain yogurt, you’re getting all the good bacteria and healthy benefits of a bowl of yogurt.
Yes, folks, frozen yogurt just became a healthy snack! You’re welcome!
Forget the Ice Cream Maker
That means you can have your frozen yogurt without the help of an ice cream maker!
Choose Your Fruit
I’ve tried this recipe with a number of different fruits (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, blackberries), all with great results. Just make sure your fruit has been frozen for at least 12 hours before blending.
When you freeze fresh fruit for your frozen yogurt, make sure that it has been peeled, cored, stemmed, and sliced before freezing. This will make the blending quick and easy.
Sweet Fruit vs. Tart Fruit
Not only does adding frozen, ripe banana help with the frozen yogurt’s texture, it also gives the yogurt a nice sweetness. But depending on the sweetness of the other fruit you’re using, you may want your yogurt with a bit more sweetness than you can get from just the fruit itself. And if you’re making this frozen yogurt using tart fruits like some raspberries, blackberries, or tart cherries, you will most likely need to increase the sweetener even more.
I don’t like my desserts super sweet, so for me, adding just a teaspoon or two of honey or maple syrup to the frozen yogurt was enough to balance out most fruits. My husband, on the other hand, requested the sweetness be kicked up a notch. So it all depends on taste!
The nice thing with this frozen yogurt is that you can adjust the sweetness to exactly where your tastebuds prefer. Feel free to play around with using your favorite sweetener too!
Blender Frozen Yogurt Recipe
Prep: 5 min | Yield: 1 ⅓ cups
- 1 ½ cups frozen fruit, chopped (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, sweet cherries, raspberries, etc.)
- ½ cup frozen ripe banana, sliced
- ½ cup all-natural, plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, honey, or your favorite natural sweetener (optional, more to taste)
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, optional (find it here or learn to make your own vanilla extract)
- Place the frozen fruit and yogurt in the bowl of your high-powered blender or food processor. (If your food processor isn’t particularly high-powered, you might need to let your chopped, frozen fruit set out for 1-2 minutes to soften slightly before blending.)
- Blend or process the fruit and yogurt until smooth.
- Taste your frozen yogurt and add the maple syrup (or other sweetener) and vanilla, as desired. Blend the mixture for a few more seconds until the sweetener and vanilla are incorporated.
- Serve immediately.
If you enjoy a more firm frozen yogurt: Freeze your frozen yogurt for up to 30 minutes before eating.
To store: While the texture of this frozen yogurt is best if eaten immediately (or after just a short freezing), it can be stored in the freezer in a sealed container for up to 1 week. Let the frozen yogurt soften on the counter for 1-2 minutes before eating from the freezer.
Have you made frozen yogurt at home? If so, what were your favorite additions? Let us know!