Confession #77: I am a Frozen Yogurt addict… Greek Frozen Yogurt

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My name is Alexandra, and I’ve been Frozen Yogurt sober for…

Yeah, right.

Something you should know about me is that I could eat Frozen Yogurt every single day and still love it. Whenever I’m out of the house and want to get something to eat during the day, frozen yogurt is my first choice. And really, this isn’t just a faze; I’ve always been like this.

My favorite frozen yogurt memories are of the days when my sister and I would convince our parents to buy us the ingredients we needed to make it at home. We had a special recipe that we would always use that made the perfect Tart Frozen Yogurt – always our favorite. Dad was always the one who was easy to convince, and he would take us to the grocery store to get what we needed, but it was Mom who always remembered what ingredients we needed, even though I don’t think we ever wrote the recipe down. Half the fun was trying the mixture of ingredients as we stirred them all together, doing taste tests to see if it tasted just right. Then we’d freeze it in our old-fashioned ice cream maker, the kind that used a bucket of rock salt and ice to work, and made so much noise we’d have to keep it outside (which explains why the frozen yogurt was never firm enough to eat right out of the machine). The absolute best part was when it got all cold, creamy, and ready to eat, and Dad would scoop us generous bowls of frozen yogurt that we’d topped with chocolate Magic Shell and enjoy like crazy.

Someday I’ll have to figure out that recipe again so I can share it with you all, but for now,  I have something that comes close and is still delicious. It’s also healthier, since it’s made with greek yogurt rather than cream, and really simple to make. Fresh out of the ice cream maker it’s perfectly soft and creamy, but even after freezing, it will reach it’s optimum state again with just a few minutes of softening time at room temperature. I’d like to tell you to serve it with fresh berries, but I’d really like to tell you to serve it with some dark chocolate, drizzled on and allowed to harden into your very own Magic Shell topping. It is Goooooood!

Greek Frozen Yogurt

approx. 1 quart frozen yogurt

Greek Frozen Yogurt

This creamy Frozen Yogurt couldn't be simpler to make, and it's lighter and healthier than your typical ice cream. Top it with fresh berries or a chocolate shell for the perfect summery treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 35.3 oz container Greek yogurt (4-1/8 cups, I used nonfat)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 dashes salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the yogurt and sugar. Stir in the caramel sauce, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth.
  2. Freeze in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight, freezer-safe container in the freezer. When serving frozen yogurt from the freezer, allow to soften before scooping and serving.**

Notes

*I used the thinner version of my caramel sauce for this recipe. You should be able to substitute any type of caramel sauce so long as you mix it in until smooth. The idea behind it is to have a liquid sweetener, which is supposed to help the frozen yogurt stay creamier. You could also use corn syrup, if you aren't averse to it. I tried honey but found that it was too pronounced a flavor for the yogurt.

**The frozen yogurt does get hard in the freezer, but I guarantee that if you let it sit out and soften for a few minutes, it will be as smooth and creamy as ever.

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 30, 2012

I love froyo! Look at those beautiful blackberries – perfect topping :).
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brighteyedbaker August 1, 2012

I though the blackberries seemed appropriate for the froyo, but I had to take the chocolate route too – can’t resist!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles July 30, 2012

Yummy! I’ve recently realized my love for frozen yogurt! I’ve wanted to make just some simple froyo so this looks perfect.
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brighteyedbaker August 1, 2012

That’s what I like about it too – the simplicity. Sometimes you want a cold treat like ice cream or frozen yogurt but you don’t want all the calories and the heaviness. This recipe is great for those times!

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Riley August 2, 2012

I’m right there with you with frozen yogurt! I’ll eat it even if it’s 15 degrees outside. This looks yummy!
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brighteyedbaker August 3, 2012

I know right?! I’m horrible with the cold but I’ll still go for frozen yogurt in the middle of winter. In fact, I remember getting free yogurt on National Frozen Yogurt Day this year and standing in line with a wool coat on!

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Vera Zecevic August 3, 2012

My favorites food – yogurt! It looks so delicious and nice with chocolate! Definitely try this!
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brighteyedbaker August 9, 2012

I LOVE the chocolate shell with the yogurt! It’s the best. :)

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