Vanilla Frozen Yogurt {Sugar-Free, Fat-Free}

May 30, 2014

in 5 Ingredients, Desserts, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Recipes, Smoothies & Protein Shakes

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Summer is upon us, and what better way to celebrate summer than a big serving of frozen yogurt. The fabulous thing about this frozen yogurt, is that its sugar-free, gluten-free (naturally), and also fat-free as I used non-fat greek yogurt.

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The creaminess is there, and since greek yogurt is used, it packs a hefty protein punch. Typically, frozen yogurt is considered dessert, but with the calories being so low, it makes a perfect summer snack!

I give you the option of using whatever sweetener you choose, I just wanted to test out the NuStevia Simple Syrup I got a short time ago. Most frozen yogurt recipes I’ve seen call for a simple syrup, so I figured this would be the perfect way to test it out.  It turned out great, but if you don’t have the stevia syrup, I’m pretty confident that any sweetener will do. Just keep adding sweetener to the yogurt and taste as you go to find your perfect level of sweetness.

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Naturally, sprinkles are optional…but for my 5 year old, they’re a must! Both girls gobbled this up, and when the batch was gone, I knew it was time to make more.

Tip: I give you options for making this with an ice cream maker or not, but you will get a better result with an ice cream maker. This frozen yogurt is best as a soft-serve style treat.

Hope you enjoy it!

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt {Sugar-Free, Fat-Free}
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Dessert
Yield: 4
  • 4 cups non-fat greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or seeds from 1 vanilla bean)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup NuStevia Sugar-Free Simple Syrup (or sweetener of choice, to taste eg. stevia packets, honey, agave, xylitol)
  1. First step, strain the yogurt. I used a couple of layers of paper towel and a metal strainer. Even if you're using greek yogurt, you'll want to strain it for at least 2 hours to remove the excess water. If water remains in the yogurt, the end result will be icy frozen yogurt.
  2. Once your yogurt is strained, discard the extra liquid. Mix the vanilla and sweetener in the strainer yogurt. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Place the yogurt mixture into your ice cream machine and churn for 15-20 minutes, or if you don't have a machine, place in a container and put in the freezer. Freezing time depends on the style of container you use. Check every 20-30 min. To get a soft serve consistency, shouldn't take much longer than 1 hour.
  4. Best served soft-serve style. You can freeze further to make harder, but I found it was hard to get it that in-between stage. It was either soft serve or rock hard so you'd need to let it defrost a bit.
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 146 Fat: 0 g Carbs: 15 g Sugar: 7 g Sodium: 95 mg Protein: 24 g Cholesterol: 10 mg


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  • Mike Kilbourn

    Don’t discard the liquid from straining the yogurt, that’s the whey. I use it in place of milk in baking especially when I make muffins, it’s loaded with protein.

  • Citizen Dame

    I wonder about using vanilla protein powder instead of the vanilla bean paste and sweetener…. think it’d work?

  • Hilkka

    I just made this with my brand new Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt maker (ICE-21).

    I used well drained fat free Fage greek yogurt. The mixture was super thick and the machine stopped turning in under 10 minutes. It was hard to get the soft-serve out of the machine, it was super sticky and it was even more difficult to scoop out the way the machine is made. A lot got stuck frozen solid to the container. I wonder if my freezer is too cold (you store the machine’s bowl in the freeze to make ice cream without ice).

    The texture is great as soft serve. It freezes solid like a brick. The taste is vanilla creamy with a hint of cheesecake and yogurt but the flavor was much better than any frozen Greek yogurt at stores. I should spend more money on better quality vanilla.

    My vanilla extract and paste are not sugar free. Cup of Fage nonfat yogurt is 9 grams sugar (carbs) and 23 grams protein (which is close to 50% daily need for protein), 10 mg cholesterol, 85 mg sodium, 25% daily need for calcium. This tastes very rich, all I can eat is half a cup.

    The amount of sweetness was just a bit too sweet for us. I plant to use the rest with fresh chopped strawberry or raspberry topping.Overall pretty good start with using NuStevia in recipes. I did not taste the typical stevia cool (like in menthol) woody bitterness at all.

  • M Mikens

    15 grams of sugar? That is almost 4 tsp of sugar! Is that sugar free?

    • Stacey

      It says 7 grams

    • Cassandra Biophilia

      Dairy products include some natural sugar. The yogurt isn’t technically sugar-free, but since most people don’t think about the natural sugars, the recipe is labeled so that people who want a recipe without added sugar will find it.

  • Vivian

    Great idea! Can’t wait to try this . Just letting you know that you can buy individual containers of Greek yogurt that’s already strained. Would save you the trouble 🙂 I buy the Organics brand of nonfat strained Greek yogurt

    • Cassandra Biophilia

      Greek yogurt is drained regular yogurt. Do you mean there’s a Greek yogurt that’s been strained more than most Greek yogurt?

  • mc

    Just wondering how many tubs yogurt to use.. one is usually 500g or 3 cups. Does that compare correctly with what you did? What I want to do is recreate the menchies tart sugar free yogurt and I thought your would be the best to try 🙂 thx

    • Kristine Fretwell

      I’ve never had Menchie’s actually, so I wouldn’t be able to compare. If you’re using 500g tubs, you’ll go through almost 2 tubs. Hope you like it 🙂

  • Christine

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I’m going to try it this weekend! Looks like something my 5 year old would love!!

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