This quick and easy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt recipe is made with frozen strawberries and frozen yogurt cubes. With minimal added sweetener and optional basil flavoring. No ice cream machine required.
Frozen yogurt is a lighter and refreshing frozen dessert alternative to ice cream, that also is full of good probiotics to support a healthy gut.
My Strawberry Nice Cream is always a popular summer recipe. But with this strawberry frozen yogurt I've also wanted to offer a frozen treat option without banana.
At the base of this recipe is yogurt frozen in an ice cube tray. These frozen yogurt cubes are easy to turn into creamy consistency with a high-speed blender or food processor. So there is no need for an ice cream machine.
Ingredients and Substitutions
The ingredient list for this strawberry frozen yogurt recipe is short and simple with an optional ingredient. Use your preferred type of yogurt and sweetener of choice.
- Frozen strawberries - either store bought or freeze fresh strawberries yourself
- Plain yogurt - frozen in an ice cube tray. Regular, Greek, or dairy-free yogurt alternatives all work well here as long as they are unflavored. I use homemade Instant Pot yogurt. Lactose-free yogurt is naturally sweeter for less tart results without much added sweetener
- Sweetener of choice - granulated sugar, honey, maple syrup or sugar-free sweetener alternatives. The sweeter and riper your strawberries, the less added sweetener you need.
- Vanilla extract - optional but great flavor enhancer
- Fresh basil leaves -if you want to step up the classic strawberry flavor, add some fresh basil leaves into the mix
See recipe card for quantities.
Follow these pictured instruction steps for your own homemade frozen yogurt without an ice cream machine
To a blender/food processor add the yogurt cubes, frozen strawberries, sugar/sweetener, vanilla, and optional fresh basil
Turn on the blender and use a tamper to push down or twist the pronged lid to continuously move ingredients towards blades
Blend for 1-2 minutes until all the ingredients are smoothly combined without any frozen chunks left
Scoop and serve right away for soft serve frozen yogurt. For firmer frozen yogurt, freeze the mixture in a container for a couple hours before scooping
Hint: Use the smallest sized ice cube tray you have for faster freezing. Smaller cubes will also break down into smooth frozen yogurt faster without warming up and melting too much in the process.
Any other frozen fruit can be used to replace the strawberries to make a limitless variety of fruit flavored frozen yogurt. Think pineapple chunks, frozen mango and other berries like blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, or a berry mix.
Ice cube trays - since this recipe is for frozen yogurt without an ice cream maker, we need to pre-freeze the yogurt. The easiest way to do that is in an ice cube tray. The smaller the cube size, the faster the yogurt will freeze. And the quicker it will blend up too.
High speed blender or food processor - you need a small appliance with a powerful motor that can break down frozen ingredients. It is even more ideal if the blender has a tamper or twisting lid with prongs that can be used to continuously move the contents towards the blades. I use a Vitamix with tamper or a Blendtec with twister jar.
With a food processor you may have to stop it occasionally to scrape down the sides with a spatula.
Alternatively, if you have an ice cream maker you can blend all the ingredients and then transfer to the ice cream maker bowl to churn.
If you are thinking of getting an ice cream machine, be sure to check out my ice cream makers review.
This homemade strawberry frozen yogurt is best enjoyed right after blending. You can freeze it in an container to firm up for a couple of hours. But if frozen for a long time, ice crystals may form and the froyo will harden too much. In that case you may have to leave it out at room temperature for a while before scooping.
If you enjoy this method of making frozen yogurt, be sure to always have frozen yogurt cubes on hand. Freeze the yogurt in an ice cube tray for 4-24 hours.
Then pop out the yogurt cubes and transfer to a freezer bag or air tight container to avoid freezer burn and unwanted flavors being absorbed by the yogurt in the open ice cube trays. Alternatively, cover the yogurt cubes if your ice tray comes with a lid.
This strawberry frozen yogurt recipe is super simple with yogurt, strawberries, and sweetener as the base ingredients. Vanilla extract and fresh basil leaves are optional flavor additions.
The benefit of making your own frozen strawberry yogurt is you control the amount of added sugar. We usually don't add more than 1-2 tablespoons of honey or cane sugar for 2 servings.
This simple frozen yogurt recipe relies on yogurt frozen in an ice cube tray. Then it is blended with strawberries, sweetener, and flavorings until creamy. Alternatively, you can blend all ingredients fresh. Then fill into a container and freeze until firmed up before scooping and serving.
Looking for other strawberry recipes? Try these:
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe
- 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 cup plain (Greek) yogurt frozen in ice cube tray
- 1-2 tablespoons sweetener honey, maple syrup, or granulated sugar/sweetener; to taste
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛-1/4 cup fresh basil leaves optional
- At least 4 hours before making the frozen dessert, divide up 1 cup of yogurt in an ice cube tray and freeze (I like to have lots of frozen yogurt cubes ready all summer long). Also freeze fresh strawberries, unless using store bought frozen strawberries.
- Turn on the blender or food processor and blend until everything is smoothly combined into creamy frozen yogurt. Use a tamper to keep pushing the ingredients into the blades. Or turn the lid of a twister jar. With a food processor you may have to stop and scrape down the sides with a spatula occasionally. The whole blending process should only take 1-2 minutes.
- Your soft serve style strawberry frozen yogurt is ready to be enjoyed immediately. For a firmer texture, transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze the mixture for a while until it reaches your desired level.