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20 Delicious (and Low-Calorie!) Frozen Yogurt Recipes

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20 Delicious (and Low-Calorie!) Frozen Yogurt Recipes

Want the creamy deliciousness of ice cream without all the calories? Then you want to try these frozen yogurt recipes!

 

Few desserts are as satisfying, light, and refreshing as frozen yogurt. And although some brands may be as sugary and fat-laden as ice cream, many frozen yogurts offer health benefits.

There are probiotics, which are just as good for you at a chilled temperature as they are in regular yogurt. The live cultures may be dorman, but they’ll reactive for your benefit thanks to your body heat.

Making your own frozen yogurt is great for controlling both flavor and calories.

When you make frozen yogurt at home, with or without an ice cream maker depending on the recipe, you can control the types and amounts of sweeteners (a zero-calorie sweetener like stevia can be great for this!).

Opting for low- or non-fat yogurt is a great way to reduce the calorie density of the dessert. Greek yogurt or another strained style is great for a higher protein content.

Enjoy! 

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

strawberry-frozen-yogurt Picture courtesy of two peas & their pod

David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop has enough frozen dessert recipes to keep you busy for a year, including Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Maple-Glazed Pecans, Papaya Lime Sorbet, and Coffee Frozen Yogurt.

The cookbook also has guides to create homemade ice cream toppings like raspberry sauce and lemon caramel sauce.

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Serves 8 / Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 lb. strawberries, rinsed and hulled

2/3 cup sugar

2 tsp. vodka

1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 105

Protein: 2 grams

Carbs: 23 grams

Fat: 2 grams

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Mississippi Mud Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

chocolate-frozen yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of Keepin‘ It Kind

Looking for lactose-free frozen yogurt? Use a vegan option like coconut yogurt. Coconut is especially amazing because it’s high in fat, which means a creamier texture and fuller flavor.

This coconut frozen yogurt is unbelievably rich not just because of the tropical fruit but dark cocoa powder, maple syrup, and raw pecans.

Serves 8 / Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

32 oz. plain unsweetened coconut yogurt

1 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup agave syrup

3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa power

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1 Tbsp. black cocoa powder (or more regular cocoa powder)

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 229

Protein: 2 grams

Carbs: 22 grams

Fat: 17 grams

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Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt

mint-brownie-frozen-yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of Fit Cakery

If mint chocolate chip ice cream is your favorite, you’ll love this healthy homemade version which integrates spinach as well as protein powder.

This recipe is so good for dieters. It’s even recommended to chop up a chocolate protein bar to use in place of the brownie chunks. Of course, you can really go all out and make brownie protein bars from scratch too.

Serves 3

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves (or 1/2 tsp. mint extract)

1/2 cup packed fresh spinach

1/3 cup almond milk

2 cups Greek yogurt

1/4 cup agave syrup (or honey)

2 servings homemade brownies

1 large scoop (40 g) vanilla or chocolate WHEY+ protein isolate

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 209

Protein: 19 grams

Carbs: 34 grams

Fat: 2 grams

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Vanilla Bourbon Frozen Yogurt

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet Picture courtesy of Bojon Gourmet

The best vanilla frozen yogurts are flecked with black specks of vanilla bean. But you can take it to a whole other level by adding a splash of bourbon too.

This dessert is good on its own, but it also makes a mean à la mode pairing for pie, cake, or other baked goods. With a mix of whole-milk yogurt and heavy cream, this full-bodied frozen yogurt is a good compromise for ice cream.

Serves 6 / Makes 3 1/2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. blonde cane sugar

2 cups plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

3 Tbsp. bourbon whiskey (or more to taste)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 256

Protein: 7 grams

Carbs: 30 grams

Fat: 10 grams

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Sugar-Free Vanilla Greek Frozen Yogurt

sugar-free-vanilla-frozen-yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of Busy But Healthy

Sugar-free frozen yogurt sounds like an impossibility, but with natural stevia syrup it’s simple to turn that fantasy into reality.

And if you opt for a fat-free yogurt – and Greek or another strained variety too – your dessert will be low in fat but high in protein.

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt

1 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or seeds from a single vanilla bean)

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup stevia-based simple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 136

Protein: 12 grams

Carbs: 21 grams

Fat: 0 grams

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Frozen Yogurt Fruit Cups

Homemade-Frozen-Yogurt-Fruit-Cups Picture courtesy of Clean Food Crush

You can make a yogurt dip to go with fresh fruit, or a yogurt dressing to drizzle on fruit salad. But when it’s the middle of summer, you’ll want something cooler and even more refreshing than that.

Reach for these frozen yogurt treats, which look fancy but are super easy to assemble. They’re perfect to serve mere minutes out of the freezer at a backyard BBQ, and they make an ideal snack – nutritionally too – after a workout on a hot day.

Serves 6 / Makes 12

Ingredients

4 cups vanilla low-fat Greek yogurt

1 cup mixed berries (or cut fresh fruit)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 127

Protein: 6 grams

Carbs: 22 grams

Fat: 1 gram

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Protein-Smoothie Picture courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

Frozen yogurt smoothies are a great way to make protein powder into a special treat. For any smoothie that uses Greek yogurt, substitute an equal amount of frozen yogurt.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 large banana, sliced and frozen

3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

6 oz. plain non-fat Greek yogurt

3/4 cup skim milk

1 Tbsp. honey (or other sweetener)

1 Tbsp. all-natural peanut butter

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 487

Protein: 24 grams

Carbs: 85 grams

Fat: 11 grams

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Tart Cherry Frozen Yogurt

cherry-frozen-yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of Love and Lemons

Go for a classic banana split using this recipe. The frozen yogurt sundae can start with this cherry flavor as a base, or mix together a scoop of cherry with a scoop of vanilla for the best of both.

Serve with a banana, ideally roasted in the oven for 15 minutes before being split in half lengthwise. Finally, add the toppings, like walnuts. And don’t forget the chocolate, either as a sauce or dark chocolate shavings.

Serves 6

Ingredients

3/4 cup frozen tart cherries

2 cups whole-milk plain Greek yogurt

1 small can (5.6 oz.) coconut cream (or chill coconut milk to scrape cream off the top)

2/3 cup cane sugar

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 tsp. sea salt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 272

Protein: 8 grams

Carbs: 41 grams

Fat: 9 grams

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Coffee Frozen Yogurt

coffee-frozen-yogurt-recipes Picture courtesy of My San Francisco Kitchen

Adding chocolate to this is optional, of course, but any chocoholic or mocha addict will love the result of blending chocolate chips into the frozen yogurt base. If you use a high-speed blender, you’ll end up with tiny bits of dark chocolate that quickly melt on the tongue.

Then again, coffee purists may want to leave out the chocolate, but may want to add a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice instead.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup espresso

1 cup whole-milk plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup half and half

2/3 cup sugar

1 Tbsp. coffee grounds

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (minis work the best)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 335

Protein: 7 grams

Carbs: 54 grams

Fat: 11 grams

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Fresh Peach Greek Frozen Yogurt

peach-frozen-yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of Peanut Butter Runner

Peach frozen yogurt captures the essence of summertime, and this one is delicious whether you want a high-protein dessert or just a creamy sweet treat to enjoy during the balmy evening.

This one does require an ice cream maker to transform the whole fruit into a frozen dessert, but you don’t need a fancy kitchen appliance. Try the YayLabs Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball, a hand-powered alternative that can be used at home or outdoors.

Serves 8 / Makes 1 quart

Ingredients

3 large peaches, peeled and diced

Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 Tbsp.)

1/2 cup cane sugar

2 cups low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. vodka (or more to improve consistency)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 141

Protein: 6 grams

Carbs: 26 grams

Fat: 1 gram

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Oatmeal Cookie Dough Greek Frozen Yogurt

cookie-dough-frozen-yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of Imma Eat That

This frozen yogurt starts by following the directions to make healthy applesauce oatmeal cookies. As the cinnamon oatmeal frozen yogurt – a mix of bananas, almond milk, and oat flour – churns away, create bite-size chunks of the cookie dough.

And did I mention you can add chocolate to the mix? Finally, combine them for a flavorful dessert.

Serves 6 / Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients

Oatmeal Cookie Dough:

2/3 cup oats, ground into flour

1/3 cup oats

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. salt

4 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce

2 Tbsp. all-natural peanut butter

1 Tbsp. pure honey

Cinnamon Oatmeal Frozen Yogurt:

1 ripe banana, frozen

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup oats, ground into flour

3/4 tsp. cinnamon, divided

16 oz. non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

3 Tbsp. chocolate chips, roughly chopped

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 223

Protein: 10 grams

Carbs: 33 grams

Fat: 6 grams

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Pineapple Coconut Frozen Yogurt

Pineapple-Coconut-frozen-yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of Food Faith Fitness

If you can’t decide between making a lightened version of ice cream from coconut milk or Greek yogurt, why not go for both? This tropical combo of creamy coconut with chunks of whole pineapple is perfect for summer weather, and the homemade dessert is much healthier than store-bought frozen yogurt.

The addition of vodka helps the texture stay smooth – especially since this is a low-fat dessert – but if you love piña coladas, go ahead and add a little more alcohol to the mix.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

3/4 cup reduced-fat coconut milk

6 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1 Tbsp. vanilla vodka (or regular)

1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 200

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 25 grams

Fat: 11 grams

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5-Minute Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

blueberry-frozen-yogurt Picture courtesy of Just a Taste

If you have a good blender or food processor, you can have healthy frozen yogurt ready to eat in mere minutes.

Since the blueberries are frozen, they easily blend into the right texture for a spoonable dessert, and the yogurt adds the right creamy element to make it more like ice cream than sorbet.

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 cups frozen blueberries

3 Tbsp. agave nectar (or honey)

1/2 cup non-fat coconut yogurt (or another flavor)

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup toasted coconut (optional topping)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 205

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 38 grams

Fat: 6 grams

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Cherry Limeade Frozen Yogurt

cherry-limeade-frozen-yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of In Katrina’s Kitchen

Skip the drive-up goodies at Sonic, where one large cherry limeade beverage can have 340 calories, zero protein, and 88 grams of sugar. That’s 22 teaspoons of sugar in one drink that will disappear within an hour!

Instead, satisfy the summer urge for cherry limeades with this recipe for a sweet, tart frozen Greek yogurt.

Serves 6

Ingredients

32 oz. non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

1 cup limeade

Zest of 1 lime

14 oz. sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 323

Protein: 17 grams

Carbs: 53 grams

Fat: 6 grams

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3-Ingredient Kiwi Frozen Yogurt

kiwi-frozen-yogurt-recipe Recipe courtesy of The Do-It-Yourself Mom

If you need to satisfy a frozen yogurt craving in a rush, you can always swing by the grocery store for a store-bought variety. But some flavors are highly unlikely to find among the pack of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.

Kiwi fans will love this unique frozen yogurt which captures the tart tropical flavor of the fresh fruit.

Serves 6 / Makes 1 quart

Ingredients

4 ripe kiwi, peeled

1/2 cup sugar

3 cups plain low-fat yogurt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 181

Protein: 8 grams

Carbs: 33 grams

Fat: 2 grams

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5-Minute Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt

strawberry-cheesecake-frozen-yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of Dashing Dish

This dessert looks amazing – definitely not something you can make at home, right? Well it’s your lucky day, gourmet home cook!

Not only can you whip up this decadent frozen yogurt without an ice cream maker, but it’s also unbelievably easy to make the crisp tortilla bowls to serve it in.

The frozen yogurt itself contains less than 100 calories per serving, which means the edible bowl (not included in nutrition facts) won’t break the bank.

Serves 2 / Makes 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients

Frozen Yogurt:

2 cups frozen strawberries (or other frozen fruit)

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese

4–6 packets stevia (o 2–3 Tbsp. sweetener of choice)

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice (optional)

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (optional thickener)

Cinnamon Tortilla Bowls:

2 whole-grain tortillas

4–6 packets stevia (o 2–3 Tbsp. sweetener of choice)

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 93

Protein: 7 grams

Carbs: 15 grams

Fat: 1 gram

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Berry & Flaxseed Frozen Yogurt Parfaits

Berry-Flaxseed-Frozen-Yogurt-Parfaits Picture courtesy of She Knows

Need a beautiful dessert to serve at a dinner party, but don’t want to overdo it with sugar and calories? A frozen yogurt parfait is the way to go. Then again, you can also have this as an amazing summer brunch – especially if you got in a great workout the day before.

It has blueberry flax granola for whole grains, frozen yogurt for protein, and plenty of fresh fruit. Plus, there’s fresh raspberry sauce to bring the parfait together.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups fresh raspberries

2 Tbsp. sugar

1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

3 mint leaves

1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

3 cups coconut frozen yogurt

2 cups KIND Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds

1 cup blueberries

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 483

Protein: 12 grams

Carbs: 88 grams

Fat: 10 grams

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Frozen Yogurt Fruit Dots

Frozen-Fruit-Yogurt-Bites Picture courtesy of Make and Takes

These fruit and yogurt bites look impressive no matter where you serve them – at a pool party, at a picnic potluck, or around the kitchen counter at midnight – but the secret is anybody can make these in minutes.

Use a squeeze bottle or a plastic bag with the corner cut off to pipe dots of yogurt onto a sheet pan. Then gently press a small piece of fruit or a single berry into each dot, and freeze for a couple hours.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

4 cups fresh mixed berries

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 124

Protein: 5 grams

Carbs: 21 grams

Fat: 1 gram

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Healthy Almond Pistachio Frozen Yogurt

pistachio-frozen-yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of Nutritionist in the Kitch

One way to add nutrition to dessert is to load it with nuts, which contain healthy fats, plant-based protein, and a little fiber.

Both almonds and pistachios are also an excellent source of potassium and magnesium. But you’ll forget about the health factor with one bite because this nutty frozen yogurt tastes delicious – even with a touch of avocado and spinach for all-natural color.

Serves 2

Ingredients

3/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 medium banana, cut into chunks and frozen

1/2 cup raw spinach (or 15 g frozen spinach)

1 oz. avocado (about 1/4 medium avocado)

2 packets stevia (or 2 Tbsp. honey)

1/4 tsp. pure almond extract

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum (optional for smooth texture)

1 Tbsp. pistachios, divided

4–5 ice cubes

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 177

Protein: 7 grams

Carbs: 25 grams

Fat: 7 grams

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Tart Soft-Serve Frozen Yogurt

soft-serve-frozen-yogurt-recipe Picture courtesy of Coffee and Quinoa

Can’t get enough of frozen yogurt chains like Pinkberry and Red Mango? Enjoy the flavor right in your own home with this recipe for tart soft serve.

Like the stuff in stores, this is a surprisingly fat-free frozen yogurt. And aside from the natural dairy, it only relies on lemon juice and a little sugar to enhance the Greek yogurt flavor. Then add your favorite FroYo toppings like fresh fruit and chopped nuts.

Serves 4

Ingredients

3 cups non-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 cup skim milk

1/3 cup sugar

Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 Tbsp.)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 186

Protein: 11 grams

Carbs: 36 grams

Fat: 0 grams

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What did you think of these frozen yogurt recipes? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I’m all over that strawberry cheesecake yogurt!

  • Fabiane Niemeyer

    There’s something missing in the Coffee Frozen Yogurt recipe, “1/2 cup half and half”.
    They all look lovely! Can’t decide which one I’m gonna make for my next cheat day 🙂

  • Pat

    Great stuff thanks Mike! I would have been really upset if you didn’t have a chocolate peanut butter option. 😉
    This is probably a really dumb question, but if I don’t use an ice cream maker, what do I do with the ingredients? Is it as simple as blending them up and freezing them?

  • ClubWolf

    Could you do an American Psycho workout or alternatively, this guys workout routine lol http://youtu.be/G29d6RDSK1c

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