Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

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This frozen yogurt tastes intensely of fresh strawberries, almost like a cross between frozen yogurt and sorbet.

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

I know one cannot own every conceivable kitchen appliance, but if you can find an excuse to buy an ice cream machine, just go for it. They’re relatively inexpensive and you’ll be forever amazed at how much better your ice cream and frozen yogurt will be. This strawberry frozen yogurt, modestly adapted from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop, is proof of that. It bears no resemblance to store-bought frozen yogurt or the imitation ice cream served at most froyo shops.

Instead, it tastes intensely of fresh strawberries — almost like a cross between strawberry frozen yogurt and strawberry sorbet. My eight-year-old daughter tried said it best: “It tastes very strawberry-y.”

What You’ll Need To Make Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

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The beauty of the recipe is that it’s incredibly easy. No cooking and you only need five ingredients to make it: fresh strawberries, Greek yogurt, a lemon, sugar and vodka. I highly recommend using whole milk Greek yogurt, although low-fat will work too (just don’t use nonfat). As for the booze, you won’t taste it — it’s just there to keep the yogurt creamy and smooth in the freezer. You can substitute kirsch or rum, or just leave it out completely.

How To Make Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

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Begin by combining the strawberries, sugar, vodka and lemon juice in a medium bowl.

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Let the strawberries macerate in the sugar mixture for about an hour, or until the sugar is nice and syrupy.

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Combine the strawberry mixture with the Greek yogurt in a blender and purée until smooth.

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Strain the mixture through a fine sieve to remove the seeds.

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This step is optional; I think it’s much better without the seeds but if you don’t mind them, don’t bother.

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Chill the mixture in the fridge, then freeze in your ice cream machine.

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It will look a bit slushy when it’s done.

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Transfer the frozen yogurt to a plastic container and freeze until firm enough to scoop.

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After a few hours, the frozen yogurt will get quite firm. You may need to let it sit out a bit to soften before scooping it. Enjoy!

My starting point for this recipe was David Lebovitz’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt in The Perfect Scoop. His version came out more icy and sorbet-like than I wanted, so I upped the amount of yogurt and adjusted the sugar and other ingredients accordingly. He also doesn’t strain the seeds, but I think it’s much better without them. You can check out his version here.

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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

This frozen yogurt tastes intensely of fresh strawberries, almost like a cross between frozen yogurt and sorbet.

Servings: 4
Total Time: 3 Hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt*

Instructions

  1. Combine the strawberries, sugar, vodka and lemon juice in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about an hour, stirring every so often, until the mixture is nice and syrupy.
  2. Combine the strawberry mixture and Greek yogurt in a blender and purée until smooth. Place a sieve over a medium bowl and strain the frozen yogurt purée into the bowl to remove the seeds. (The most efficient way is to use a ladle to push the mixture in circular motions through the sieve.) Discard the seeds. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until very cold (you can speed this up in the freezer if you like).
  3. Freeze the frozen yogurt mixture in ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions. It will look a little slushy when it's done. Transfer the frozen yogurt to a plastic container and place in the freezer until firm enough to scoop, a few hours.
  4. *Note: For the best taste and consistency, I highly recommend using whole milk Greek yogurt. Low fat will work too but the frozen yogurt won't stay as creamy in the freezer. Do not use nonfat.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 284
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Sugar: 47g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Sodium: 52mg
  • Cholesterol: 14mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • Jen:
    I LOVE your recipes. Can you tell me how big your ice cream maker is because I want to purchase one. The yogurt and ice cream I’m making is just for my consumption. So I don’t want something that’s too large. But at the same time, what size can I buy to still make your recipes the way they are. Or am I going to have to scale down the recipe ingredients for a small machine?

    • — S on May 6, 2021
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    • Hi S, I have a 1-1/2 quart one and that’s what I would recommend. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on May 7, 2021
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  • A healthier alternative to the insanely delicious key lime ice-cream. Right up there with another 5 stars. I really enjoyed making this with my 10 year old daughter as all steps are kid friendly. I am not a big fan of yogurt, but the flavor boost of the real strawberries(and sugar) made this divine. Smooth and rich in berry flavor. I might add a banana next time for variety.

    • — Christine Rabidoux on April 4, 2021
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  • I made this yesterday and just tried it. It is delicious. As many have stated it is very sweet but I love it for a sometime treat. Now that I know how to make it I don’t think I will ever buy again from the store. I am excited to try it with different fruit. I can definitely see me making this when the warm weather rolls in to cool everyone off.

    • — Ericka on February 3, 2021
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  • Easy to make with a super fresh strawberry taste. I never put the strawberries through a sieve, and the texture is still lovely…perhaps because I use a high-speed blender. When I didn’t have lemon one time, I substituted lime and tequila. Slightly different taste but still fantastic.

    • — Shelley on January 30, 2021
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  • This frozen yogurt makes me wish strawberries were in season year round! So light and delicious.

    • — Lorraine on January 28, 2021
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  • Hi, Jenn — read what you said about the ice cream maker but can I transfer mixture from the blender directly to the plastic container, then freezer? Just don’t want to purchase ice cream maker if I don’t have to. Thanks!

    • — Susan on July 30, 2020
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    • Hi Susan, Unfortunately, it won’t work with this recipe. I’m sorry!

      • — Jenn on July 30, 2020
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  • Made this one too, delicious and easy, thank you

    • — katarina on July 29, 2020
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  • Wow! This is so delicious! I made the recipe exactly as written, and my only regret is that I didn’t make a double batch. We will definitely be making it again!

    • — Katie on July 15, 2020
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  • Very good, and very strawberry-y. I thought it was a little on the sweet side and I think I remember making it last year with a 1/2 cup sugar. I have made it both with and without the seeds and I prefer to just leave them in. I also added some chopped frozen strawberries a few minutes before it was done in the ice cream maker and that made it really nice. It does freeze very solid, like all homemade ice cream I have made. Makes excellent popsicles for that reason!

    • — Erika on June 27, 2020
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  • Fantastic! I made this yesterday with my garden strawberries and homemade raw milk yogurt in a Donvier hand crank ice cream maker. Just the right amount of sweetness and really creamy. I didn’t get the slushiness you mention. Maybe because of the creamy whole milk yogurt. Now I want to experiment with raspberries or peaches. Has anyone tried?

    • — Bernadette on June 26, 2020
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    • Glad you enjoyed it, Bernadette! I have a raspberry frozen yogurt recipe that I’m holding onto for my next cookbook. I’m happy to email it to you if you’d like to try it. Just email me directly at [email protected], and I’ll send it your way.

      • — Jenn on June 26, 2020
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  • Can this be made successfully without an ice cream machine?

    • — Sue on June 21, 2020
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    • Hi Sue, this recipe really needs an ice cream machine– I’m sorry! If you’re looking for an option that doesn’t require one, you may like this No-Churn Key Lime Pie Ice Cream. Hope you enjoy if you try it!

      • — Jenn on June 22, 2020
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  • Fun summer dessert–and a great use of the ice cream maker in my pantry. I followed the recipe exactly, and it was fabulous. This recipe makes me want to search out other frozen recipes to try. Thanks for another treat!

    • — Jill T on June 17, 2020
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    • Great recipe

      • — H Arora on July 9, 2020
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  • Was disappointed with this recipe. It froze to be very hard and not creamy. More like a sorbet than an ice cream.

    • — Raine on September 15, 2019
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    • Sorry to hear that, Raine. Did you make any adjustments to the recipe? Did you use an ice cream machine?

      • — Jenn on September 16, 2019
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  • Made this for a birthday party and it was a hit! Smooth and full of real strawberry flavour. Easy to make !

    • — Karen b on August 16, 2019
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