Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

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If only all frozen treats could be as good for your taste buds and your waistline as this one! This vanilla frozen yogurt recipe contains no refined cane sugar, and it can be prepared with, or without, an ice cream maker. When you’re looking for low-sugar frozen yogurt, it doesn’t get any better than this.

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Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Yields: 4 servings | Serving size: 1/2 cup| Calories: 196 | Total Fat: 3 gm | Saturated Fats: 0 |Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 307 mg | Carbohydrates: 32 gm | Dietary fiber: 0 gm | Sugars: 30 gm | Protein: 10 gm| SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9


  • 3 cups plain nonfat or low fat Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup maple syrup or agave nectar or ¼ cup honey


  1. Stir all of the ingredient together in a medium to large bowl. Pour into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturers directions, or for about 20- 25 minutes until it reaches a soft-serve consistency.
  2. For harder frozen yogurt or to store, place into an airtight container in the freezer. If storing for more than 24 hours, covering the surface with wax paper, and then placing on the lid, will prevent ice crystals from forming on the top.
  3. Alternatively, to make vanilla frozen yogurt without an ice cream maker, pour into a wide shallow container and freeze, uncovered for one and a half hours, scraping and mixing every half hour. Once evenly frozen, store in an airtight container with a lid.

SkinnyMs. recommends the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence™ 2Qt Frozen Yogurt/Ice Cream Maker for frozen yogurt, ice cream, sorbet, and sherbet recipes.
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21 Comments on "Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt"

  1. jan  October 26, 2013

    could we just just freeze plain fat free greek yogurt the same way?

    • Skinny Ms.  October 27, 2013

      Jan, I have but it gets super hard. You’ll need to let it set at room temp for a few minutes before eating.

  2. Christine  October 27, 2013

    Could you substitute soy yogurt or any other non-dairy yogurt for the greek yogurt? I made this exactly as you printed and it is delicious but my daughter prefers non-dairy.

  3. Jenn  April 4, 2014

    Just made this. Used the exact recipe and OH. MY. GOODNESS! Delish! Thanks for sharing!

  4. pat marino  June 27, 2015

    I sent a question in yesterday and I and I did not get any feedback. thank you pat.

    • SkinnyMs  June 27, 2015

      I'm sorry, I don't see your comment. What was your question?

      • Tuba  May 9, 2020

        Great recipe! I tried this today and it was amazing! I was if it was possible and how I could add fruit puree in this to make it flavoured!

        • Gale Compton  May 10, 2020

          Tuba, I’m so happy you made and enjoyed the yogurt. 🙂

  5. Joi  February 14, 2017

    This is really an awesome recipe and I am sure my kids are going to love it. Will try today.

  6. Claire  July 3, 2017

    This looks great, but I was wondering what could be used instead of maple syrup or agave nectar? Both are hard to come by where I live, and I’m allergic to honey

    • Gale Compton  July 3, 2017

      Claire, You could use a couple drops of stevia. Coconut sugar is fine but will give the yogurt a draker appearance. Also, organic sugar as a last resort.

      • Claire  July 4, 2017

        fantastic, thank you 🙂

  7. Karen  July 15, 2017

    Can you tell me how to make vanilla malt flavored frozen yogurt without a machine?

    • Emilia Horn  July 15, 2017

      If you don’t have an ice cream maker, combine the ingredients, pour them into a wide shallow container and put the container in the freezer, scraping and mixing every half hour.

  8. Catalina  December 9, 2017

    Instead of using plain yogurt and vanilla extract, could I substitute with vanilla yogurt?

  9. Paige  September 16, 2018

    What is that bowl called on the cover? I think it is so cute!

    • Gale Compton  September 23, 2018

      Paige, I’m not sure, that bowl is an oldie and I no longer have it. 🙁

  10. Addie  October 14, 2018

    Can I use fat free vanilla frozen yogurt instead??

    • Gale Compton  October 16, 2018

      Addie, If you do, there’s no need to make this recipe. This recipe is from scratch for frozen yogurt. 🙂


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