Homemade Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt Print Recipe Print Recipe


Sometimes I wake up and the only thing I can think about ingesting, is ice cream. Then for dinner, ice cream.

Trust me, I would so love to be craving and eating big salads and vegetables, knowing how good they are for me and the baby, but they just activate my gag refluxes.

For the time being, I’m going to go ahead and enjoy my ice cream.



I decided it was time to make my own version of frozen yogurt.

Something about the simple pleasures of homemade frozen yogurt and ice cream. Makes me smile, just like it would a little kid.

I used plain greek yogurt the first time and I really liked it because it was more tart. My husband did not. However, he ate the rest of it. The second time, I made it with vanilla flavored greek yogurt and it wasn’t as tart or overly sweet. We both approved. Highly approved, it was gone in 2 days.

I keep it simple. I like to add sprinkles or sometimes chocolate chips, but feel free to add whatever kind of topping you’d like. It’s almost like real froyo from the shop, but this way you know what’s in it.


Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

Recipe adapted from My Kitchen Addiction

PRINT Recipe


  • 3/4 -1 cup sugar. I used evaporated cane sugar, but either way, less sugar will make it more tart
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 18 ounces of vanilla greek yogurt – plain yogurt will make it more tart
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 vanilla bean strands [you can use one since they’re pricey]
  • pinch of sea salt


*Before you begin, make sure bowl from the ice cream maker has been in the freezer for at least 5 hours.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and milk until sugar as dissolved. Slit the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds. Add in yogurt, half & half, vanilla extract, vanilla beans and salt. Mix until smooth and well combined.

Transfer mixture to the ice cream maker bowl [that was originally in the freezer]. Follow machine instructions. Turn on and churn for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove and serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer.

Feel free to add toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

*Please do not copy & paste recipe. Thank you!


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  • http://www.averiecooks.com/ Averie Cooks

    I love the real vanilla beans you used – a delicacy but worth it when you’re preggers 🙂

  • Carlene RD

    I just made fig walnut ice cream this weekend but the ice cream base was so fat heavy! I’m working on a revised base but I love this yogurt version!

  • Anonymous

    Delicious! I am not a fan to too tart froze yogurt (Pinkberry I find sort of gross) so it’s great to know to use flavored! 

  • http://www.bakeallthethings.com/ Gena@BakeAllTheThings!

    OOooh this sounds heavenly! Now I wish I had an ice cream maker!

  • http://twitter.com/KrystalSchlegel Krystal Schlegel

    This looks like the perfect summer dessert! Yum!!

  • Jamie LaFuze

    I absolutely cannot wait to try this!  Frozen yogurt is my weakness, so we may finish it in 2 day, too.  And our ice cream maker definitely needs to be used!

  • Anonymous

    Vanilla bean is the best – another level, yest still simple

  • http://www.bevcooks.com/ Bev @ Bev Cooks

    I’ll be there in 5. 

  • http://twitter.com/LilyLemontree Lily Lemontree

    Delish! Just what the doctor ordered for the afternoon!!

  • http://www.aidamollenkamp.com Aida Mollenkamp

    I could go for a bowl of this right about now. 

  • http://twitter.com/BakeYourDay Cassie Laemmli

    The smell of fresh vanilla beans is one of my favorites ever, I love this! 

  • sara forte

    I’ve been making ice cream with coconut milk lately but I’m kind of burning out. I think it’s time to go back to frozen yogurt. The consistency of yours looks SO good!

  • http://penniesonaplatter.com/ Nikki @Pennies on a Platter

    I love love love the specks of vanilla bean in just about everything! 🙂 Glad your hubs liked this version better… although it sounds like he couldn’t complain about the first. 😉

  • http://twitter.com/angiesrecipess Angie

    Oh yes, real vanilla bean ice cream! I would love large portion for the dessert!

  • http://twitter.com/amandaformaro Amanda Formaro

    What a pretty dessert!

  • Anonymous

    I was using coconut milk before, but my husband finally said, no more. He needed the “real” ice cream texture. So, to keep the help benefits, I made it with greek yogurt & everyone was happy 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/TheHealthyApple The Healthy Apple

    Beautiful pics, darling! Hope you are feeling great. These pictures make me smile and thing of my childhood with the rainbow sprinkles.

  • Anonymous

    I want a big bowl! 

  • http://peachesandcake.com/ Meg @ Peaches and Cake

    making immediately!

  • http://twitter.com/alisonlewis Alison Lewis

    looks great! Hope you’re feeling well

  • Anonymous

    Love the fact that you use real vanilla beans! Delicious!

  • Ashley at Chobani

    Hey, Lisa! We’re loving your Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt. Shoot us an email at fans[at]chobani dot com so we can hook you up for your next batch! 

  • cmacolini

    Found this post from a link on Noble Pig. Would love to try it. Am confused about your “please do not copy and paste” statement. 

  • Anonymous

    The statement is there because people are coping and pasting my recipes onto their blog. Just trying to ask people nicely not to do that anymore 🙂

  • cmacolini

     Oh, ok. I don’t blog. If I share your recipe on a forum in the future I’ll make sure to do it with a link.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Ashley!