Homemade frozen yogurt recipes are full of protein, calcium, and healthy bacteria. This is a great way to replace ice cream; each serving of homemade yogurt contains only half the calories present in an equal portion of ice cream.
You also avoid the stabilizers, emulsifiers, preservatives and “imitation” ingredients contained in the commercial brands.
These homemade frozen yogurt recipes are some of my favorites. In most cases, whole milk yogurt is used because it imparts a richer, smoother taste and texture to the dessert than does low fat yogurt. But you can use low-fat or even nonfat yogurt if you prefer.
Also, because the tartness is part of the charm of homemade frozen yogurt, these frozen yogurt recipes call for a minimal amount of sweetener … and whenever possible, natural sweeteners are used…very healthy.
Homemade Banana Frozen Yogurt
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas about 3 large
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 cups vanilla yogurt
1-2 tablespoons honey or to taste
In large bowl, combine bananas, lemon juice, yogurt and honey.
Chill at least 4 hours.
Pour into ice cream maker and follow directions for freezing.
Homemade Frozen Blueberry Yogurt
1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
1/2 cups plain yogurt
1 cup half and half
1 cup sugar
Mash blueberries and combine with remaining ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Freeze as directed.
Lime Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
two 32-ounce containers whole-milk plain yogurt
1 vanilla bean
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lime zest
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup superfine granulated sugar
Strain yogurt for about 8-12 hours. Pour off the whey (liquid in bowl).
With a knife halve vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds. In a blender puree vanilla seeds, half of drained yogurt, and remaining ingredients. In a bowl stir together vanilla mixture and remaining yogurt.
Transfer mixture to ice-cream maker and freeze. Transfer frozen yogurt to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden up a bit.
Homemade Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt
1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1 (1 1/3 ounce) envelope dream whip whipped dessert topping mix
1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla; set aside In a small bowl, gradually add milk to dry whipped topping mix; stir or whisk until well mixed. Gradually whisk into peanut butter mixture; then add yogurt.
(pour and freeze prepared yogurt in an 8 inch square baking pan, cover with foil; freeze until solid (1-2 hours) break frozen mixture into pieces and process in food processor just until soft. Optional- repeat freezing and beating 1-2 more times
OR (pour prepared yogurt into a metal mixer bowl, cover with foil; Freeze 2 hours or until firm at edges and semi-soft in centre; beat with electric mixer on med-high until soft; Optional- repeat freezing and mixing 1-2 more times)
Yield 1 quart (8 servings).