Tart Frozen Yogurt

4.5 stars based on 8 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!

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Tart Frozen Yogurt

Servings: 4 cups
Total Time: 30 Minutes


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


  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.
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Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    Tangy and delicious! Because we trust your recipes, I finally broke out the ice cream maker we were gifted with four years ago that has herethereto sat untouched in our closet. As always, great precisely as written!

    - Karin on July 8, 2018 Reply
  • 2 stars

    I wasn’t a fan of this recipe. I enjoyed the texture, but I found it far too sweet! Next time I’d cut the sugar by at least half

    - Elizabeth Rydz on December 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious! Reading your recipes made me decide to buy your “favorite ice cream maker” and it got its first outing this evening. We loved your tart frozen yogurt, following your directions exactly and topping with seasonal fresh fruit. We didn’t even feel guilty about having dessert on a weeknight; this seems like a dessert we can enjoy frequently. Thank you for another winning recipe!

    - Judy on June 22, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Can you make this with all honey? Just wondering if you have to use sugar. I also would like to add berries or peaches and decrease the sweetener even more. Thanks for all your recipes. They really are great!

    - Claire on August 4, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Claire, So glad you’re enjoying the site! You could use all honey but the taste will be very intense (I’ve tried it). Often, I’ll do part sugar, part honey (and use a bit less overall b/c honey is very sweet).

      - Jenn on August 4, 2016 Reply
  • Is it possible to make this in the old-style freezer using ice and salt, meaning do you get a good result?

    - Judy on July 30, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Judy, I really recommend an ice cream machine for this recipe — sorry!

      - Jenn on July 31, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I want to make this with fruit incorporated into recipe….some berries or bananas. I plan to use a little bit of honey as sweetener and not use sugar. I love tart frozen yogurt.

    - Claire on April 27, 2016 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I fell in love with a tart flavor fro yo at a local shop. I decided its time to make it myself. Can I substitute sugar with stevia or artificial sweetener to cut down on the calorie? If so how much would I use?

    - Krista Musil on November 23, 2015 Reply
    • Krista, Yes, you could use stevia/artificial sweetener for the sugar. I’m not sure how much you should use, but I would add it to taste. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on November 25, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Hi, I tried your recipe using 1 cup low fat yogurt and 1 cup Greek yogurt with roughly 1/2 cup custard sugar to taste. It churned in my machine for almost 1 hr until it slightly thickens but is still a softie. And the texture is not exactly smooth but kind of ‘rough’.

    It taste nice though!

    Any idea what may have gone wrong and how I can achieve a really smooth texture?


    - Jeff on March 24, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Jeff, It is meant to be the consistency of soft serve ice cream. For a thicker end product, just use all Greek yogurt. Regarding the texture, what is custard sugar? Do you mean caster sugar? Be sure to stir the yogurt and sugar until the sugar is dissolved before freezing in the machine. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on March 24, 2015 Reply
      • Thanks, Jenn. Oh yes I meant caster sugar 😉

        I’ll try with higher portion of Greek yogurt next round and guess I’ll have to mix it real good.

        - Jeff on March 24, 2015 Reply
  • 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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