Simple, Delicious Homemade Frozen Yogurt in a Blender

Homemade Frozen Yogurt Recipe

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

What is even better, is that this recipe uses your food processor (or high powered blender) to transform said fruit and yogurt into your dreamy, creamy bowl of frozen yogurt.

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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  1. 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.)
  2. Blend or process the fruit and yogurt until smooth.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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Comments

  1. I thought this was going to be a recipe for HOMEMADE YOGURT that you then freeze with “goodies”, like ice cream. Oh well, maybe next time ???

  2. Perfect timing! I was looking for a healthy sweet treat and this was quick and easy. I used dairy free yoghurt with mixed berries so its a gorgeous magenta colour as well as being yummy and healthy. Thanks!

  3. Can you do this with greek yogurt? My mothers diabetic and needs to increase the protein to decrease the carb intake.

    • Hi Alicia, I haven’t tried this recipe using Greek yogurt, but I would imagine it would work the same. You might need to increase the sweetener to balance out the extra tangy-ness of the Greek yogurt. If you give it a try, let us know how it works! I’m sure other readers would like to know as well!

  4. I like the ideas and the use of yogurt. Can you add caramel or cocoa, or even peanut butter?
    I have an nut craze.
    How would these items fix for the ice cream?
    thanks
    wb

    • Hi Wendy. I’ve tried the recipe adding cocoa, and I loved it. I just sprinkled the cocoa powder in a teaspoon at a time until I liked the flavor. (Particularly good with strawberries or using bananas as your fruit!) I bet caramel and peanut butter would also be tasty. If you give it a try, be sure to let us know how it turns out for you. I’m sure other readers would be anxious to hear!

    • Breathing is generally a good thing. :D That is a very good question. I use banana because of its sweetness and creamy texture. If I had to substitute it, I would first try frozen mango. Frozen, very ripe, sweet peaches might also work.

      If you give it a try, be sure to come back and let us know what you did and how it worked for you!

  5. Mmmmm! I’ve recently discovered the frozen yogurt shop near me, but it’s expensive! I will definitely be trying this recipe with my Vitamix. I have several types of frozen fruit in my freezer all the time, including bananas for my almost-daily smoothies. Thank you so much for this recipe!

    I’d like to try a coffee flavored frozen yogurt. Maybe if I hydrate the instant decaf coffee crystals with a little hot water, let it cool, add it to the yogurt and banana, and re-freeze, it will work. Can you think of anything I missed or anything I should do differently?

    • Hi Annie. I think your idea would work. Because of the extra liquid, it might not be solid enough to eat right after blending. So, give it some time in the freezer to let it set up. The only other thing I might try would be to make ice cubes of very concentrated coffee. In a normal food processor, the ice cubes might not blend too well with the fruit and yogurt. But, in a Vitamix, I’d imagine they would work.

      If you give it a try, be sure to come back and let us know what you did and how it turned out!