Hey everybody!! My name is Jessica and I blog over at Desserts with Benefits – a healthy dessert recipe blog where I use good-for-you ingredients to make dishes that you can feel good about eating! I like to make my recipes high in protein, high in fiber, refined sugar-free and as allergy-friendly as I can. I like to think my blog is like a sinless love affair between decadent desserts and healthy eats.
You know, so we can indulge… no strings attached :)
I like fro yo and I like guilt-free desserts.
I presume you do too, I mean, you’re here aren’t ya? ;)
So, naturally, I fell in love this Greek Frozen Yogurt recipe. It looks so incredibly smooth, creamy, light and refreshing. And absolutely delicious of course.
Dying of happiness.
So I got right onto healthifying that fro yo. Most of the readers who visit my blog like guilt-free treats that taste just like the real deal (aka unhealthy), so I usually make a few substitutions here and there when recipe-testing.
The original recipe calls for plain, low-fat Greek yogurt, but I only had a tub of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt in the fridge, so I used that instead. Feel free to use low-fat if you got it! I wanted to make a large batch too (I tend to “breathe in” my frozen treats, if ya know what I mean), so I increased the amount of yogurt from 24oz to 32oz, while increasing the salt from 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon for flavor. We need to increase the amount of salt since the batch is larger, otherwise you won’t get a fully rounded out flavor.
I also wanted more of an “ice cream” feel rather than a tangy yogurt flavor, so I added 16oz of organic half-and-half and omitted the lemon juice.
And, since I had just finished making a batch of DIY Vanilla Paste, I substituted the 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract with 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste. I absolutely love how you can see little black speckles throughout the fro yo!
Finally, I substituted the granulated sugar with 2 teaspoons of organic vanilla-flavored stevia extract – an all-natural, calorie-free, sugar-free sweetener. I always try to cut out the excess calories and sugar from the desserts I make, and stevia is my favorite go-to sweetener.
All you need to do is freeze your ice cream maker bowl for 24+ hours (I use my KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment). After that, add the Greek yogurt, salt, half-and-half, vanilla paste and stevia extract to a bowl and whisk together until it’s nice and even. Place the frozen bowl onto the stand mixer and turn on the “stir” speed. Pour the fro yo mixture into the frozen bowl and churn until it’s a creamy and dreamy soft-serve consistency. Scoop the fro yo into a freezer-proof container, cover, and freeze until it’s the texture you like (~2-4 hours). Scoop into bowls and serve!
This easy, 5-ingredient, healthy Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt is sweet, yet refined sugar free. Even though it’s delicious as is, you can serve it with fresh fruit (sliced strawberries, whole raspberries and blueberries are all great), fresh mint, mini dark chocolate chips, granola, DIY sugar-free Strawberry Syrup or my personal favorite, natural rainbow sprinkles!
Now here is some sprinkle action!
(And for those of you who might be asking, “Wait, WHAT? Frozen yogurt in October?!?” Nope, that’s not weird at all. Just like chocolate and cake, there is never a bad time for a lil’ bit of fro yo… especially when it’s made secretly healthy!)
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