Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Recipe for Low-Sugar Fat-Free Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Low-Sugar Fat-Free Strawberry Frozen Yogurt is so delicious you'll never dream it's fat-free and has no added sugar.

Fat-Free Low-Sugar Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

A couple of weeks ago I was at Costco and they had a special on the Cuisinart 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, and before you could say Low-Sugar Fat Free Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, one of the ice cream makers was in my cart.  I'm not a big ice cream eater, but for a few years now I've been thinking it might be fun to experiment with sugar-free or low-sugar frozen yogurt.

My first experiment with the new ice cream maker was not a keeper, but this time the frozen yogurt was so good that even my young nephews who were visiting gobbled it up.  Ethan (age 11) told me quite seriously, "You can even say on your blog that it's kid approved, and kids don't usually like ice cream that doesn't have sugar."

I used a couple of strategies to make this recipe as diet-friendly as I could.  First, I started with a base of fresh strawberries, pureed in the food processor.  Then I added some sugar-free strawberry preserves to bump up the strawberry flavor and a small amount of Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener for a little more sweetness.  (If you don't want to use preserves that have artificial sweetener, look for ones labeled "all fruit" or "simply fruit.")  Finally I used my favorite Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt, which made the frozen yogurt very creamy without adding any fat.  If you don't think diet-friendly frozen yogurt can taste as good as the full-sugar and full-fat kind, I hope you'll give this recipe a try.

I started with 2 cups of cleaned and washed strawberries, which I pureed in the food processor.
Then I added 1/2 cup sugar free strawberry preserves and the same amount of Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener

Here's how it looked after I had buzzed together the strawberry puree, strawberry preserves, and granulated Stevia.

Then I added the 2 cups of Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt and processed just enough to get it blended with the strawberry mixture.

Pour the mixture into the ice cream freezer and start it turning.  (Stopping to take a photo at this point was NOT a good idea, and next time I won't be doing that!)

I probably should have let the frozen yogurt freeze for about 5 more minutes, but here's how it looked after 25 minutes.

Low-Sugar Fat-Free Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
(Makes about 5 cups of frozen yogurt; recipe created by Kalyn.)

I used a Cuisinart 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker to make this frozen yogurt.  You may need to adapt the recipe if you're using a different size or make of ice cream freezer.

generous 2 cups of fresh strawberries, cleaned, cut in half or fourths
1/2 cup sugar-free or low-sugar Strawberry preserves
1/2 cup Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener or Splenda (or use sugar if you don't care if the frozen yogurt is low-sugar)
2 cups Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt (or use any plain or Greek yogurt of your choice if you don't care if it's fat-free)

For the ice cream maker I have, the container must be well-frozen before you mix the ice cream.  Follow instructions for the model you have.

Wash strawberries if needed; then cut away stem end and cut the strawberries into halves or fourths.  Put strawberries into food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until they are pureed.  Add sugar-free (or low-sugar) strawberry preserves and Stevia in the Raw Granulated (Splenda or sugar) and process about 30 seconds more.  The add the fat-free Greek yogurt and process just until the mixture is fully combined.

Put the container into the ice cream maker and sit the scraper blade in place.  Put lid on and pour the strawberry-yogurt mixture in with the motor running.  Let the yogurt freeze with the blade running for 25-30 minutes.

If you don't eat all the frozen yogurt right away it can be frozen to eat later, but allow about 20 minutes at room temperature for the yogurt to soften after it comes out of the freezer.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Made with fat-free Greek yogurt, sugar-free strawberry preserves, and Stevia in the Raw Granulated Sweetener or Splenda, this frozen yogurt would be a good treat for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet.  There is still some natural sugar in the strawberries, so use portion control.  (If you did not want to use the sugar-free preserves which contain Splenda and used all-fruit preserves, that would increase the sugar a little, but I still think this would be pretty low in sugar with that change.)

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you. 

More Low-Sugar Frozen Treats:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)

Low-Sugar Mango Sorbet from Kalyn's Kitchen

Agave-Sweetened Chocolate Ice Cream from David Lebovitz 

Almost Instant Frozen Fruit Yogurt from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Lemon Meringue Frozen Greek Yogurt from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free

Vegan Banana Ice Scream from Gluten Free Goddess

(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. My first experience with my Cuisinart was also subpar at best, but now we are BFF's! And seeing this delicious seems like you and yours are as well. :)

  2. I've been playing around with Greek yogurt frozen yogurt, too, but haven't yet come up with a version I really like. Now I'm going to try this one, especially if it's kid-approved!

  3. I can see why E & M liked this so much. It looks so darn good! I can't wait to see what other flavors you come up with.

  4. Joanne, Lydia, and Dara, I really loved this. I made a second batch and froze it in small containers for a mid-day treat!

  5. This frozen yogurt sounds GREAT, Kalyn. With my Type 1 diabetic husband, this would be relatively good for him - the fruit is still carbs, and so is the yogurt, but nothing like the real stuff! Thank you.

  6. Hi Kalyn,
    This looks delicious. What can you do if you don't have an ice cream maker?

  7. Thanks Carolyn; glad it will work for you!

    Emily, you can probably get a pretty good result using the method I used in this mango sorbet made without an ice cream freezer but I had not tried it that way so I didn't think I should include it with the recipe. (Love to know how it works if you try it!)

  8. Such a great and simple recipe, thanks!

  9. Great idea. I will be making some too. I have an ice cream maker but it's an oldie. I may just run out and buy one. Your yogurt looks great and thanks for the recipe. Excellent.

  10. I'm a Fage addict, and I've been wondering for a long time whether it would make a decent frozen yogurt. I was never brave enough to try, but now I will most definitely be making some!!

  11. Hooray for frozen yogurt! I miss the variety of frozen yogurts that proliferated in the 90s (why aren't there any in the store now??), so I'll definitely be trying this one soon.

  12. Thanks everyone. I love the Fage fat-free Greek yogurt as well, and it was great in this. I remember when frozen yogurt was plentiful too; not sure why it is not so abundant now.

  13. We have the Cuisinart ice cream maker. We have really enjoyed it over the years. Keep experimenting!

    The frozen yogurt sounds delightful.


  14. Love this idea! Finally have a reason to use the ice cream maker I got as a house warming (re)gift.

  15. Cracking up over your first line. I get it! I LOVE my Cuisinart ice cream maker and am on our second model because I burned out the first one. Love this recipe -- have some chopped strawberries in the freezer just waiting. Gotta plug in my machine :)

  16. Thanks everyone for the nice feedback about this recipe!

    Kelly, isn't it amazing how those things end up in your cart at Costco?

  17. Hi Kalyn! This looks gorgeous! I just purchased my first ice cream maker today and can't wait to try it. Can I ask how much fine powder stevia you would use? I'm thinking it's not the same as the granulated type, since it would need much less than 1/2 cup.
    Many thanks!

  18. Eleni, I don't know how well it would work with the super-fine Stevia, since I'm guessing the granulated stevia adds some structure to the frozen yogurt. Anyway, I have never cooked with that type of Stevia so I have no idea how much would compare to the granulated type.

  19. Love the gorgeous color. Great idea to bump up the flavor with strawberry jam.

  20. I have the same machine and have been saying I need to find a good frozen yogurt recipe to try (again). This looks really good sooooo I will be trying this one over the weekend. Thanks for sharing

  21. I am making your recipe right now. I have a few more minutes to go in the yogurt maker but I sampled and it is AWESOME! Thank you for sharing.

    I did not have a food processor but my blender worked just fine.

    Thanks so much,

  22. I made this last night and it was great. I added chopped peppermint leaves (~ scant TBS) to make strawberry mint froyo. Other ideas I'd like to try are Strawberry Basil, Strawberry Almond (add some almond extract), Strawberry Pecan (with chopped pecans). Now that I know the base recipe I'll be trying other flavors with fruits and different Polaners. Thanks Kayln!

  23. Beth I love your ideas! And this recipe has been on my mind lately so I may have to try some of them.


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