Tart Frozen Yogurt

5 stars based on 1 votes

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This homemade frozen yogurt is so good, so similar to your favorite fro-yo (only imagine fresher and better), it’s worth buying an ice cream machine just so you can make it whenever you want. Trust me, I wouldn’t normally recommend buying new kitchen equipment for just one recipe but this is an exception — it’s that good.

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It’s funny, for all its newly discovered popularity, you’d think the frozen yogurt makers came up with some magic new formula. Not so! The recipe for tart frozen yogurt is unbelievably simple: plain yogurt and sugar — that’s it! Who knows what else the yogurt chains are putting in it, but when you make it at home that’s all you need.

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I’ve tried this recipe with all types of yogurt, from whole milk Greek yogurt to nonfat regular. Using Greek-style yogurt results in an intensely creamy frozen yogurt with an ice cream-like consistency. It’s delicious but much creamier than the version you know from most frozen yogurt shops. I prefer to combine regular yogurt and Greek yogurt for a lighter consistency. As for the fat content, whole milk yogurt is your best bet. Lowfat works too, but only if you’re planning on eating the whole batch right away (easy to do); it gets too icy and hard in the freezer. Nonfat just isn’t as good.

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I’m almost embarrased to admit how many times I’ve made this frozen yogurt. It’s super-easy and the kids love it as much as I do — maybe even more than ice cream and that’s saying a lot!

This is a good one. Enjoy!

Tart Frozen Yogurt

Servings: 4 cups
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain whole milk or lowfat yogurt
  • 2 cups plain whole milk or lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar*
  • Fruit toppings (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pour any excess liquid out of yogurt containers. Whisk the yogurts and sugar together in a medium bowl until the sugar is completely dissolved. Reserve the yogurt container for the finished frozen yogurt. Taste and add a few more tablespoons of sugar if necessary (some brands are more tart than others).
  2. Follow manufacturer's instructions for freezing yogurt in ice cream/frozen yogurt machine. You'll know it's ready when it's smooth and stiff (it will harden even more in the freezer). Serve right away or scoop back into reserved yogurt container and freeze until ready to eat. If it stays in the freezer more than a few hours, you may need to let it sit out a bit to soften before serving.
  3. *To vary the flavor, try replacing a few tablespoons of the sugar with honey.

Reviews & Comments

  • I hace always wondered how to get pink berry tasting froyo at the grocery store. I never thought of makjng it! And I just saw an ice cream maker for $40 at marshall’s. Yey! But my question is, since yogurt already has a lot of sugar, do I have to add it to make it frozen?

    - Daniela on November 16, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Daniela, I use unsweetened yogurt (or plain) in this recipe, so it’s important to add the sugar.

      - Jenn on November 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This an excellent recipe, especially for beginners. My kids and I made it a couple if days ago and we loved it. My husband even liked it! We also squeezed juice from half a lemon to add an additional tangy taste.

    - Breanna on July 18, 2014 Reply
  • Genius! We eat at the local frozen Yogurt place several times a month. This recipe will save us thousands of dollars! I might have to write you a check at the end of the month! Lol :)

    - Jennifer on November 5, 2013 Reply
  • This recipe is great! With the brand of yogurt I used the 3/4 cup of sugar would’ve been plenty. So simple…no straining yogurt thru cheesecloth etc. thank you!!

    - Lori on June 23, 2013 Reply
  • This is the first recipe I made when I got a new-to-me ice cream maker. I really like the taste but it gets really super duper hard in the freezer. Is there any way to avoid this besides turning down the freezer temp? I’ve seen suggestions to add vodka to the yogurt as it’s freezing as well.

    - Angela on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • Could you make it with a sweetener other than sugar? Honey or agave?

    - Naomi on February 10, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Naomi, I’ve made it with honey and it works beautifully — the only thing is that the flavor of the honey will be very strong. Lately I’ve been making it with half regular low fat plain yogurt, half 2% Greek yogurt and it’s really good. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on February 10, 2013 Reply
  • I cant begin to tell you how delicious this is!!!!!!! we added cinnamon once, and it was fantastic! Ive had this recipe for a week, and weve made it 3x. Made with lowfat yogurt, and it was delicious, its creamier when eaten fresh, but its still plenty wonderful once its frozen. yum yum yum

    - kim on August 10, 2012 Reply
  • I love this recipe! It is so fast and easy. I always have my ice cream maker bowl ready to go in the freezer, and normally have yogurt on hand, so whenever I’m craving something sweet I make this recipe! It is also great if suddenly you have unexpected guests for dinner because it is ready in 20 minutes and the only thing you need to do is put the ingredients into the bowl!

    - Jennifer F on June 24, 2012 Reply
  • Forgot to mention how much I love the ice cream dishes in your photos!

    - Liesel on May 21, 2012 Reply
  • Our family loves this recipe….so easy, so delicious, and very natural-tasting. We also have a Cuisinart ice cream maker but had only made ice cream until you posted this recipe. The results are definitely better when using whole milk yogurt as opposed to low fat (or even non-fat) yogurt..

    - Liesel on May 21, 2012 Reply
  • Fantastic! My kids love this and we come up with all sorts of fun toppings!

    - Nicole on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve been looking for a frozen yogurt recipe! So excited to try this..going to put my ice cream maker bowl in my freezer tonight!

    - Stefani on March 3, 2012 Reply
  • Oooh I’m so excited to try this. Especially since I just picked up a Cuisnart ice cream maker for $5 at a garage sale this past weekend. “Only used once!”

    - Amnah on October 18, 2010 Reply
  • Hi All, I went to make this last night but realized at the last minute that I was out of regular sugar. I made it with brown sugar instead and and it was wonderful. Try it! (Start with 3/4 cup and only add more if necessary)

    - Jenn on September 23, 2010 Reply
  • this is the best frozen yogurt!! we make it all the time!

    - anna on September 17, 2010 Reply
  • Cleaning out the freezer bowl with spoons (to the above).

    - bethy on September 10, 2010 Reply
  • My husband, three-year old daughter and I were all standing around cleaning out the freezer bowl. You’re a Genius!

    - bethy on September 10, 2010 Reply
  • This was a HUGE hit at my Labor Day BBQ yesterday. It was gone in about 5 minutes. Thanks for all your amazing recipes. Keep ‘em coming, please!!

    - Alison on September 6, 2010 Reply
  • this looks delicious, although i wonder if it would work with a soy yogurt.

    - mercedes. on August 29, 2010 Reply
  • Amazing!!!! Our whole family loves this and so easy to make. We always finish the whole batch.

    - Sheryl on August 28, 2010 Reply
  • Leslie, that’s exactly what it tastes like!

    - Jenn on August 28, 2010 Reply
  • Ohhh my! If this tasts anything like Pinkberry Original flavor..I am ALLLLLLL over it!

    - leslie on August 28, 2010 Reply
  • Now I want to buy an ice cream maker…

    - peachkins on August 28, 2010 Reply

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