This strawberry frozen yogurt gets made in minutes in the food processor!

I developed this strawberry frozen yogurt for my daughter Ella when she was in kindergarten. It’s sweet, creamy, bright and a tad sassy (just like her), and it gets whipped up without an ice cream maker. It’s made with frozen strawberries, honey and Greek yogurt (so it’s even nutritious!) with a soft serve texture that rivals anything you can buy at the store (check out the how-to video below).

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt in a glass cup with kids hands eating a bite

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt – No Ice Cream Maker Needed

Ice cream is one of my family’s very favorite desserts. When we’re craving a mid-week treat that’s not too sweet, we blend up our own soft-serve style ice creams and frozen yogurt using the food processor or blender.  I started doing this when writing my first book and when developing my Bluprint class, and now we’re hooked.  In my book I feature a banana ice cream made simply with frozen bananas and milk (they go right into the food processor, and voila! creamy banana ice cream!), and in my Bluprint class I make a DIY Blizzard.

Strawberry frozen yogurt in cup with spoon, topped with sprinkles

Homemade frozen yogurt

Since Ella is strawberry-obsessed, I developed this frozen yogurt for her using a bag of frozen berries, honey for sweetness, lime zest and juice for brightness, and thick Greek yogurt. If I have vanilla bean on hand, I also scrape in the seeds for added flavor. The kids adore it. We usually can’t resist eating it straight out of the food processor, but you can freeze it for 20-30 minutes to set up slightly. Either way, the result is a creamy, luscious frozen yogurt that tastes like the magic and simplicity of childhood (and couldn’t we all use a little bit more of that?).

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt in a loaf pan with an ice cream scoop

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt without an ice cream maker

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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (without an ice cream maker!)

This is one of our favorite summertime treats, and it just happens to be really easy and even nutritious. Frozen strawberries get blitzed up in the food processor with honey, a touch of lime zest and juice for brightness and thick Greek yogurt, creating a creamy, luscious frozen yogurt. The yogurt can be eaten right away, or it can be frozen for 20-30 minutes to set up slightly.
Servings 4
Author Nicki Sizemore

Ingredients

  • 2 7- ounce containers (about 1 2/3 cups) plain, whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 10 ounces (about 2 heaping cups) frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup honey , plus more if desired
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice
  • Seeds from ½ vanilla bean (optional)*

Instructions

  1. Before beginning, pace the yogurt in the freezer for 20 minutes to chill.
  2. Dump the frozen strawberries into the food processor and pulse until the berries are coarsely chopped.
  3. Add the yogurt (from the freezer) and the remaining ingredients. Scrape in the seeds from half a vanilla bean, if using. Process, scraping down the sides and breaking up any chunks as needed, until the mixture is thick and the strawberries are mostly incorporated with just a few chunks. You can serve the frozen yogurt right away, or you can transfer it to a loaf pan and freeze it for 20-30 minutes to set up.

Recipe Notes

  • This frozen yogurt is meant to be eaten right away or after a quick freeze. If frozen for a long period of time, it will get very hard. If that happens, simply leave it out at room temperature for 15-20 minutes to soften before scooping.
  • To scrape out the seeds of the vanilla bean, cut it in half lengthwise, then use the back of a small knife to scrape out the seeds.