Jul 17, 2011

Low Fat Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt



If you like the tangy taste of yogurt you'll love this low-fat homemade frozen treat made with a combination of Greek yogurt and plain yogurt and real vanilla bean.

It's National Ice Cream Month and to celebrate I've been playing with my new ice cream maker. This frozen yogurt is so easy to make. This is best served soft and topped with fresh fruit. Serve it right out of the ice cream maker or let it thaw a few minutes before serving.


Homemade Low Fat Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt
Adapted from Food Network
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 Size: 1/2 cup Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 144 • Fat: 1.5 g • Carb: 24.2 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 9.2 g • Sugar: 24.1 g
Sodium: 56.1 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt (I used Dannon All-Natural)
  • 2 1/2 cups plain fat free Greek yogurt, I used Chobani
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • fresh fruit to top (extra points) use kiwi, blueberries, strawberries

Directions:

Combine sugar and the seeds from the vanilla bean in the blender and blend until fine.

Whisk both yogurts, sugar and honey in a bowl until combined.  


Pour into an ice cream maker.


Freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

58 comments :

  1. I've been wanting an ice cream maker for a while now...I think you may have given me a VERY good reason to go get one now!!

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  2. Umm, isn't the fresh fruit to top zero points?

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  3. Where do you buy vanilla beans? I can never find them!?

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    1. They have them in the bulk section at Whole Foods

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    2. You can order them from Penzy's catalog; they are terrific, and last a long time...

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    3. World market carries them at a much more affordable price.

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  4. Samantha fruit is free if eaten alone, it's up to you if you want to count it.

    Kate, I find it in the spice aisle. They are not cheap but so worth buying.. You could always use extract instead.

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  5. We've been having fun with ours too...trying out fruit sorbets. Yours looks delicious!

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  6. This looks great.

    I buy vanilla beans on Amazon.com They are way cheaper! They are closer to $1 each instead of $15 like they are at the grocery store!

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  7. Aw, wish I still had an ice cream maker!

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  8. I was literally just wondering minutes ago if I could make frozen yogurt in an ice cream maker!! Because if I can't, I really should NOT buy one. Glad to know that this is possible - thank you so much!!

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  9. Have you tried making a fat free frozen yogurt?

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  10. How funny, I actually just went and bought fat free greek yogurt and made coconut frozen yogurt in my ice cream maker tonight. It was yummy! What is the benefit to using half regular yogurt and half greek? Mine was all greek so I'm curious what the difference would be. Anyway, I just sweetened the yogurt with a combo of sugar and splenda and added some coconut extract.

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  11. This sounds so perfect for summer! Vanilla froyo is my favorite!

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  12. So yummy and delicious ! tried this at home although I dont have an ice cream maker so what I did was froze it for a while then took it out and mixed it and repeated these two steps 3 times

    tasted deliciousssss :) love your recipes

    http://lostinperfectionism.blogspot.com/

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  13. Aren't ice cream makers amazing?! Definitely one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. Love that this recipe is so simple. I still have my vanilla beans from Blogher so I'll be using them to make this yogurt :)

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  14. Could I make it without an ice cream maker?

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  15. So you said the taste is similar to actual yogurt? so would it be something like a pinkberry taste? Pink berry is a froyo place in New York but i think they have them pretty much all over now. I think. Anyway thank you for the recipe all I ever make is chocolate sorbet!

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  16. Samantha, Fruit is free weather added to a recipe or eaten alone on the weight watchers Points Plus Program if you are on it.

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  17. I'm a huge fan of making tart frozen yogurt at home... I like your addition of honey! After the decadent Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream I made a few days ago, I think the next frozen treat I make should be yogurt ;).

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  18. Just received my ice cream maker from Amazon and am loving all the recipes. Can't wait to try it out! Thank you!

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  19. "fruit is free if eaten alone."

    The "if eaten alone" portion of this is not accurate. Fresh fruit is zero points. It only changes to points if juiced or dried.

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  20. The whole fruit thing with WW points plus is so confusing. If you use recipe builder, and add the fruit, it will calculate the points. Talk to your leader and see what they suggest.

    This tastes very similar to Pinkberry or Froyo!

    I used the blend of fat free with whole yogurt mainly for the taste but I'm sure it would work with all fat free. Bot sure how the taste would be effected. Have fun experimenting.

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  21. Hey Gina, my WW leader says to go with whatever the recipe builder says.

    If you add fruit to recipes and they end up getting cooked or processed than there are points associated with it. A whole piece of fruit is zero points because of the energy your body burns to process/digest the food in that state. I just learned that today... interesting, huh?!

    Nancy
    http://healthynewmom.blogspot.com/

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  22. This sounds really easy and delicious! We received an ice cream maker at one time, but ended up passing it on to other friends due to our limited space. Due to this recipe, I am regretting that decision. :( Oh well, maybe I can borrow it sometime just to make a few batches of this.

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  23. I made this tonight for my girlfriends...it was super yummy! I doubled it and used low fat french vanilla yogurt in place of the whole milk yogurt!!! It was a HUGE hit!!!

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  24. That looks so yummy! Maybe I need an ice cream maker...

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  25. Would this recipe work the same if splenda was used instead? Or maybe half sugar and half spenda would be better?

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  26. I have a few overripe peaches I might puree and add in. Do you think that will work?

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  27. I'm sure this would work with Splenda, not sure if it effects the texture at all.

    Peaches in here sound lovely. This recipe is a great base recipe. I plan on trying this with fruit next.

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  28. Man I love this kind of food I have things like this for breakfast all the time.. :) I usually have blueberries and oatmeal. with a little yogurt

    :)

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  29. Yogurts, sugar and honey- all tasty ingredients with vanilla bean make a great recipe!

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  30. Can you make this without an ice cream maker?

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  31. Taste is very nice on this, although predominantly "yogurt" rather than vanilla. It's almost impossible to scoop out of the container right out of the freezer. I have to let it sit at room temperature before I can serve because the texture is frozen solid unlike other frozen yogurts. It's tough to get a nice round scoop, if that makes any sense, for a good presentation. I followed the recipe exactly, so if anybody has any insight on this, I'd appreciate it because I'd really like to try this again.

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    1. It has to do with how fast or slow the yogurt freezes. If it freezes too fast or too slow it will form ice crystals, making it very hard.

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  32. Gina,

    How much vanilla extract would you recommend using for this recipe?

    Thanks

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  33. I bought some vanilla beans on Amazon and am DYING for them to arrive so I can make this! :)

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  34. Sarah, I think an ice cream maker would be needed.

    Lutzfcat, I mentioned above "Serve it right out of the ice cream maker or let it thaw a few minutes before serving." I left mine on the counter until it softened a bit and then it was very easy to scoop. I also mentioned it had the tangy taste of yogurt.

    I would use 1 tsp of vanilla extract instead.

    Kate, enjoy!

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  35. Success! I finally got around to making this today and just had some for dessert. I added in the peaches and it was great! Next, strawberries...

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  36. I am making mine with 2 very ripe peaches right now. I skipped the vanilla beans since i'm using fruit. I made just the regular vanilla with the beans last weekend and it was wonderful. I think I like it better than the high fat real ice cream.

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  37. This was absolutely delicious. I made it a couple days ago and ordered some vanilla beans online for cheaper than the stores so I can make it again!

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  38. It tastes so wonderful! But, it didn't freeze at all in my ice cream maker... It was still a yogurt-consistency :/ Do you know why this happened/have any suggestions?

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    1. Actually no, that's strange. Mine froze, it was like soft yogurt, then got hard when I put it in the freezer.

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  39. It stays soft until you put it in the freezer.

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  40. I just made this...and just ate a bowl of it. I riffed on a few things: I didn't have vanilla bean, so I used 2 t vanilla, to make it really strong. Then I whisked in 3 T of better-than-peanut butter (left over from two times making the asian peanut noodles with chicken :), and then after about 15 minutes in the mixer, I melted some choc chips and poured it in, making big chunks of chocolate.
    It is a good thing my husband is napping...

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  41. I've never used vanilla beans... how do you use them?

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    1. I split the bean in half lengthwise, then use a paring knife to scrape out the seeds. After I'm done with the bean, I rinse it off in water and store it in sugar so I can use it again.

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  42. I am going to add this to my healthy dessert menu! It looks so delicious. I love when I come across great recipes.

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  43. This looks so delicious! How much should I reduce the sugar if I use vanilla yogurt instead of plain?? Thanks so much! :)

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  44. You just gotta love an easy recipe, especially this good and delish! Aah my little nephew would be so excited to know I've found something new for him.

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  45. how do you make this recipe chocolate?

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  46. We just made a second batch and decided to add 1T vanilla vodka to try to improve the texture after freezing. First batch was rock hard when frozen and grainy when it was soft enough to scoop. The flavor, and consistency when it comes out of the ice cream maker, is fantastic! Thank you for so many wonderful recipes. Buffalo cauliflower for the football game is next on our list for today:)

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  47. Hey Gina,
    Have you tried putting ice cubes through your yonanas machine? I was thinking of making this, putting it in ice cube trays and running it through the yonanas. Wonder if that would work...

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  48. I don't like French Vanilla (Bean) types of ice cream. Would this be just as good WITHOUT the vanilla beans? It looks so yummy!

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  49. I am wondering if I can make this with vanilla extract, as I don't have actual vanilla beans on hand. Anyone know?

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