Healthy Homemade Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

You know how there are social media aficionados out there?  There are Facebook stalkers, there are Twitter addicts and there are Pinterest freaks…  and then there are food fiends (aka, me).  I don’t spend hours on social media sites, I spend my free time on websites like FoodGawker, TasteSpotting, Joy of Baking, etc.  Right now, I’m obsessed with finding cold recipes — ice creams, frozen yogurt, no-bake refrigerator pies, that kind of stuff.  It’s July, it’s freaking hot, I’m hungry.

Healthy Homemade Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

When I made my other frozen yogurt recipes I compared my recipes’ nutrition labels with a similar Ben & Jerry’s flavor.  This led me to look through the entire Ben & Jerry’s website.

So, many, flavors!  I wanted to make a healthy Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt kind of like the B&J version, except healthier…  no refined white sugar, no corn syrup, no heavy cream, no butter, etc.  I used organic Greek yogurt because it was on sale, surprisingly, but I think any Greek yogurt that doesn’t use hormones would be just fine (Fage, Chobani, etc).

Healthy Homemade Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

This healthy homemade Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt is smooth, creamy, sweet and easy to make (if I can do it, you can do it).  I like the bit of tanginess from the Greek yogurt, it makes this dessert incredibly unique and totally craveable.  Perfect for the hot and humid weather these days  :)

Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

Yield: 8+1/3 cups (a little more than 2 quarts)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Freeze two ice cream maker bowls for 24+ hours (I use Cuisinart)
  2. In a stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment, add both yogurts, stevia, vanilla paste, butter extract and salt. Mix on low.
  3. Add the vodka and continue mixing.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the corn starch, xanthan gum and baking soda. Slowly "dash" this into the mixing stand mixer and increase mixer speed to medium.
  5. When mixture is even, place bowl in the freezer for 1 hour (or refrigerate covered for 24 hours).
  6. Scoop half of the mixture into the ice cream maker bowl and churn according to your ice cream maker's directions.
  7. Scoop the ice cream into a freezer-proof container and freeze for ~2-4 hours.
  8. Scoop into bowls and serve!

Notes

This recipe is: sugarfree/low sugar, low fat, high protein, gluten free, eggless!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-homemade-vanilla-bean-greek-frozen-yogurt/

It’s time for a nutrition label showdown!  Here I compare the nutrition labels of the Ben & Jerry’s Fro Yo and the Desserts with Benefits Fro Yo.  The B&J label is on the left,  the DWB label is on the right:

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Who votes for the nutrition label on the right?  ME ME MEEE!!

Who votes for the nutrition label on the left?  *crickets*

Let’s be honest, we all eat an entire pint of ice cream to ourselves at one time or another, so why eat a pint with 760 calories when you can eat a pint with 360 calories?  And it’s not only about calories, it’s about the quality of the ingredients used.  A pint of Ben & Jerry’s fro yo has 88g of sugar (that’s almost 1/2 cup of sugar…  in a tiny little pint… no thanks) while a pint of the DWB fro yo has 12g of naturally occurring sugars in the yogurt.

Beat the heat with this guilt-free treat!

Healthy Homemade Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

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Labels: DIY, Eggless, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Ice-Cream-and-Fro-Yo, Liqueur, Low-Carb, Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, No-Bake, Nutrition-Label, Sugar-Free, Yogurt

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Comments (17)

  1. REXY!: July 9, 2013

    I WANT THIS!!!!

  2. Natalie: July 9, 2013

    What’s the purpose if the vodka? For flavor or consistency? I don’t have flavored vodka; will regular vodka work? Looks amazing!

  3. Nik@ABrownTable: July 10, 2013

    Loving this, it looks so creamy and soft! I love that the total carbs is 7gm, that makes it perfect.

  4. I would never guess by the picture that this is made with yogurt!! It looks too good to be true. Once again, stunning pictures!

  5. dessertswithbenefits: July 10, 2013

    Natalie- The vodka prevents the ice cream from freezing rock hard like a brick, because alcohol does not freeze. You can use regular vodka if you like. Hope you like the recipe!

  6. Ashley: July 11, 2013

    Have you seen the new Arctic Zone icecream alternative sold at Walmart? It’s only 150 calories a pint! I’m wondering if it’s actually a good alternative. It seems too good to be true. I tried the vanilla maple flavor and it’s super addictive!

  7. dessertswithbenefits: July 11, 2013

    Ashley- My parents have actually tried the vanilla maple Arctic Zero ice cream before too! It seems way to good to be true but from the ingredients it doesn’t look TOO bad… there is sugar but it’s a very small amount. Personally, I think it is a much better alternative to Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen Dazs :)

  8. Mary: August 5, 2013

    Is it ok to use a hand mixer for this receipe?

    Thanks

  9. dessertswithbenefits: August 6, 2013

    Mary-
    I’m sure a hand mixer will work just fine! Just make sure to beat the mixture very well to incorporate air into the “batter” :)

  10. Larry: September 7, 2013

    I made this, but I’m not sure what I’m tasting. I’m confused. Its like a soda biscuit. I definitely only used the called for amount of baking soda.

  11. dessertswithbenefits: September 8, 2013

    Larry-
    Hmmm, that’s really strange. I’ve never encountered that with every batch I’ve made. I suppose it depends on the brand of baking soda?
    Maybe a way to mask that baking soda flavor would be to add some toppings to the yogurt, like healthy strawberry syrup, some mini chocolate chips, chunks of healthy protein cookie dough, etc… so sorry about that!
    -Jess

  12. Rossi @ A Baking Girl: September 9, 2013

    Okay maybe a dumb question, but does the vodka make this ice cream alcoholic? Also, if you’re using stevia, where does the sugar come from? This looks super delicious by the way!

  13. dessertswithbenefits: September 9, 2013

    Rossi-
    I know the vodka in the recipe seems like it would be really boozy, but the flavored vodkas are not as strong as regular vodka. No one really knew it was there. It just helps the texture of the fro yo because otherwise yogurt will just freeze into a brick.
    Although the recipe is sugar-free (no refined sugar or other sugars added), there is still natural sugar from the greek yogurt. On the nutrition label, 1 cup usually has 9g carbs and 5-9g of sugar, but this isn’t refined white sugar that you need to worry about :)
    -Jess

  14. Jase: September 24, 2013

    The yogurt is listed twice- is it supposed to be just once, or do I use two quarts?

  15. dessertswithbenefits: September 24, 2013

    Jase-
    I listed the yogurt twice because one tub I used was “nonfat,” and the other “lowfat.” In total, 2 quarts (or 64oz) of greek yogurt are used in the recipe. Feel free to use all lowfat but I wouldn’t use all nonfat… unless you add more vodka, which will help with the texture. Hope you like the recipe!
    -Jess

  16. Jase: September 24, 2013

    Ah, thank you – I see that I didn’t read closely enough! If it’s as good as your lemon fro-yo recipe, I’m sure my guests this weekend will hardly believe how low the fat and sugar content are.

    The addition of alcohol to lower the freezing temperature seems obvious now, but I had never thought of it on my own.

  17. dessertswithbenefits: September 30, 2013

    Jase-
    I’m so glad you liked the Lemon Fro Yo! That was a favorite in my house too… gotta love that Limoncello ;)

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