How to Make Frozen Yogurt

Learn how to make frozen yogurt with this easy frozen yogurt recipe! Luscious, rich & creamy, it beats soft-serve froyo any day.

Tart Cherry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

We’ve made a lot of ice creams before, so I don’t know why it’s taken us this long to think of making a frozen yogurt recipe with actual yogurt!

Guess what? It tastes nothing like the soft-serve froyo you get from frozen yogurt shops. It’s creamy, luscious, and rich, made with Greek yogurt, a bit of coconut cream, a little sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. The yogurt gives it a tangy flavor (a little like cheesecake), and it has a bright pop from the tart cherries that are marbled throughout. We’re kind of obsessed.

Tart Cherry Frozen Yogurt How to make frozen yogurt

How to Make Frozen Yogurt

To make this frozen yogurt, I use an ice cream maker. Your first step is putting the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer the night before you want to make your frozen yogurt. Once it’s nice and cold, this frozen yogurt recipe couldn’t be easier. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Take your frozen fruit out of the freezer to thaw while you make your froyo base. That way, the fruit will be easier to incorporate into the creamy mixture later on.
  2. Whisk together the ingredients for the yogurt base – the Greek yogurt, coconut cream, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Pour the base into your ice cream maker and churn the yogurt according to the instructions of your ice cream maker manufacturer.
  4. Lightly mash your frozen fruit and add it to the ice cream maker toward the end of the churning time.
  5. When your yogurt is thick & creamy and the fruit is fully incorporated, scoop and enjoy!

Frozen yogurt recipe

Frozen Yogurt Recipe Variations

I LOVE sour cherries, and they’re especially good mixed into the tart frozen yogurt. If you can’t find tart (or sour) cherries in your grocers’ freezer section, you can make a request for your store to start carrying them (I do this all the time). Otherwise, swap your favorite frozen fruit into this recipe. Raspberries would be an especially good substitute.

You can eat your frozen yogurt straight out of the ice cream maker, and it will have a soft consistency. If you prefer a firmer texture, pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes before digging in.

And don’t forget the toppings! Berries (I like fresh strawberries!), toasted nuts, shredded coconut, or dark chocolate chips would all be great choices. Let me know your favorites!

Easy Frozen Yogurt

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How to Make Frozen Yogurt

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This tart cherry frozen yogurt recipe is a delicious, healthy summer treat! Swap in your favorite frozen fruit for an easy variation.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (refrigerate & scoop the solid part)
  • ⅔ cups cane sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup tart cherries or raspberries, thawed if frozen
  • extra tart cherries
  • toasted sliced almonds
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, coconut milk solids (see note below), sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Whisk until well combined then pour the mix into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
  2. Use a fork or a potato masher to gently break up the tart cherries. Add them to the ice cream maker toward the end of the churning time so they swirl throughout.
  3. Scoop & enjoy! (And/or pour it into a container and freeze it for 30 minutes to firm it up).
To separate the coconut solids in your coconut milk: Put a can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. When you're ready to use it, open it (without shaking it), and scoop the solid part out. (For this recipe, it's ok if you get some of the watery part). Save the rest of the coconut water for a later use.

After you've stored your frozen yogurt in the freezer overnight, it'll harden more than normal ice cream (because there aren't stabilizers in this recipe), just let it sit out to thaw for 20 or so minutes and it'll become creamy again.

Vegan option: skip the yogurt and use 2 (total) cans of full fat coconut milk instead.

I have this Cuisinart ice cream maker.




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  1. Wifey

    This looks fabulous! Cherries are not a favorite, though… Would this work well with other berries/fruit? Strawberries or blueberries, perhaps?

  2. wonderful pictures. You are very endowing. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Hi!
    I live in sweden and I don’t think we have this kind of cherries… What can I substitute it with? Normal cherries + lemon jucie maybe??
    Love Thea

  4. I would be kinda obsessed too, this looks incredible. My boys would go crazy for some!

  5. Ella from

    My family’s beach house is just outside of Traverse City, we got back from a trip there last week! They are ALL about the cherries. Tart cherry juice is sold in capsule form, gel form, juice form… it’s everywhere! Can’t wait to try this recipe (vegan version!) with the tart cherries we’ll get up there *next* year 🙂

    • jeanine

      Oh wow :), Well they say it’s the tart cherry capitol!

  6. Mary from

    Simply delicious! lovely and healthy and so pretty too!

  7. Cheryl from

    Mmmmmm, this looks amazing. I always go for the “California tart” at the froyo stops, because they actually taste vaguely like yogurt. I tried making Jeni’s froyo recipe, but it was so dern complicated – THIS is right up my alley. And tart cherries.. love. Very much making this.

  8. Nicole B.

    I’ve been really wanting an ice cream maker recently so that I can make delicious desserts like this. Do you have any suggestions on a good one by chance? I am a new follower so I’m not sure if you have touched base on this question in the past. Love your images by the way. Your photography is great!

    • jeanine

      Thanks! I just added a link in the notes to the one I have… I think it does a pretty good job for being one of the more reasonably priced ones. (I haven’t tried any others so I can’t really compare).

      • Nicole B.

        Thanks so much for adding this information!

  9. This look so so yummy!!
    Do you think it would be possible to do it with just coconut milk and no yogurt? Or is the yogurt quite vital?

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

    • jeanine

      Yep, see my all-coconut-vegan version written in the notes in the recipe…

      • Ahh thanks! Missed the last note for some reason!

  10. Saska from

    Sounds and looks absolutely yumm! Can’t wait to try it out, although it seems like it contains a lot of fat?

    • jeanine

      I like my ice creams to be really rich and creamy (it is dessert afterall! – plus I find I eat less when I have just a few super delicious bites). You could scale back and use coconut milk instead of coconut cream. I haven’t tried it with less-fat greek yogurt so I’m not sure how that would work out. I’ll report back if I give it a go!

      • Saska from

        Yeah you’re right, I’ll safe it for when I have my whatever-I-want-to-eat day 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. dana from

    That looks amazing! Gorgeous photos by the way. I want a scoop so badly!

  12. I love frozen yoghurt, and I love the use of tart cherries here. Always enjoy a bit of sour with my sweet. 🙂

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