Easy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe (without an ice cream maker!)
This strawberry frozen yogurt recipe is sweet and creamy, with a luscious soft serve texture that rivals anything you can buy at the store. Best of all, it gets whipped up in minutes in the food processor or Vitamix! A touch of lime zest brightens up the flavors but is optional (for an even zippier flavor, add ½ teaspoon of lime juice along with the zest). The yogurt can be eaten right away like a thick milkshake, or it can be frozen for 20 to 30 minutes to set up slightly (it will be the texture of soft serve). If frozen for too long it will harden completely—thaw it at room temperature until it’s soft enough to scoop.
- 2 7- ounce containers (1 ⅔ cups) plain whole-milk Greek yogurt (5% fat content)
- 10 ounces (about 2 heaping cups) frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon lime zest (optional)
- Seeds from ½ vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Before beginning, pace the yogurt containers in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to chill (this will help the frozen yogurt to set up faster, but if you don't have time you can skip this step and proceed with the recipe).
Put the frozen strawberries into a food processor or Vitamix and process until the berries are coarsely chopped.
Add the yogurt (from the freezer) and the remaining ingredients. Process, scraping down the sides and stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and creamy (if using a Vitamix, stir with the tamper while blending). You can serve the frozen yogurt right away like a thick milkshake, or you can transfer it to a loaf pan and freeze it for 20-30 minutes, stirring once or twice, to set up slightly.
- 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.
- Use whole fat (5%) Greek yogurt for the best flavor.
- A touch of lime zest brightens up the flavors (I couldn't live without my microplane for zesting citrus and grating garlic). You can also add ½ teaspoon of lime juice for a zippier flavor.
- Fresh vanilla bean seeds take this frozen yogurt over the top, but you can use vanilla extract instead. 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.