Tart Frozen Yogurt

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This homemade frozen yogurt is so good and so similar to your favorite fro-yo (only imagine fresher and better).

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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

This homemade frozen yogurt is so good and so similar to your favorite fro-yo (only imagine fresher and better).

Servings: 4 cups
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 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)

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.

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

  • Which ice cream maker did you use for this?

    • — Ashley on August 10, 2018
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    • Hi Ashley, This is the one I have.

      • — Jenn on August 12, 2018
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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).

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

    • Hi Judy, I really recommend an ice cream machine for this recipe — sorry!

  • 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.

  • 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, 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!

  • 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?

    Thanks.

    • 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!

      • 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.

  • 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?

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

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • Could you make it with a sweetener other than sugar? Honey or agave?

    • 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!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • Forgot to mention how much I love the ice cream dishes in your photos!

  • 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..

  • Fantastic! My kids love this and we come up with all sorts of fun toppings!

  • 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!

  • 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!”

  • 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)

  • this is the best frozen yogurt!! we make it all the time!

  • Cleaning out the freezer bowl with spoons (to the above).

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

  • 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!!

  • this looks delicious, although i wonder if it would work with a soy yogurt.

  • Amazing!!!! Our whole family loves this and so easy to make. We always finish the whole batch.

  • Leslie, that’s exactly what it tastes like!

  • Ohhh my! If this tasts anything like Pinkberry Original flavor..I am ALLLLLLL over it!

  • Now I want to buy an ice cream maker…

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