My family is addicted to frozen yogurt. Especially, when the weather starts warming up, it can be hard for us to resist going nutty in a self-serve frozen yogurt shop. My husband is famous for weighing in a seven dollar plus serving of fro-yo. Unfortunately, many frozen yogurt shops add a ton of sugar, artificial colors and flavors, and stabilizers to their product. Not stuff I’m too keen on giving to my energizer bunny of a toddler. In fact, Scottsdale dentist, Judy Huey DDS, warns parents to make sure they read the labels for store bought yogurt geared towards babies and toddlers. Many times, the second ingredient is sugar. It is best to buy yogurt that has no added sugar, and sweeten the yogurt by mixing in cut up fruit. So I decided to try making my own frozen yogurt so I had control of what went into it, and it was a huge success!
First off, this recipe is only three ingredients. Crazy easy, and it’s done in a matter of minutes depending on your ice cream maker. Ironically, I’ve never even used my ice cream maker for ice cream, just frozen yogurt. I love tart yogurt, so tend to keep my recipe really simple, but when I saw the oranges sitting on my counter that I got from On The Vine Farms CSA box from North Scottsdale Farmers Market, I knew I had to give it a try with orange zest. I was going to zest some ginger as well, but my little guy was having a bit of a meltdown in the kitchen at the time. But that’s what so great about making your own frozen yogurt. You can put in whatever you want, and experiment.
I recommend using whole milk yogurt for the creamiest results, but you can also use reduced fat yogurt as well. I don’t recommend using non fat yogurt.
What I used to make this frozen yogurt:
Quick tip: You can substitute the sugar with any kind of sweetener such as a honey simple syrup or agave nectar.
- Prep Time : 5 minutes
- Cook Time : 15 minutes
- Yield : 4
- Mix all ingredients until well blended.
- Pour mixture into an ice cream maker, and turn on.
- Turn machine off when mixture is the consistency of frozen yogurt. This took about 15 minutes for my machine.