This quick and easy frozen yogurt recipe is healthy and made with coconut milk, Greek yogurt and pineapple. It’s the perfect dessert for summer!
How do you guys feel about frozen yogurt? Do you like it better than ice cream? Less than ice cream? Personally, I love a good frozen yogurt recipe much more. And that’s saying something, because I l-o-v-e LOVE ice cream!
I think my froyo obsession started when those self-serve frozen yogurt shops started popping up all over the place. Ice cream is good, but getting to build your own frozen yogurt sundae with unlimited toppings including fruit and sprinkles and cookie crumbles? Sorry, but nothing beats that!
But there is one criteria where ice cream wins over froyo, and that’s the variety of flavors. I always wish there would be more fun frozen yogurt flavors. Something other than plain vanilla, chocolate, and the very occasional strawberry. Well, I decided to take matters into my own hands, so without further ado, may I present to you: Pineapple-Coconut Frozen Yogurt! It’s basically, a pina colada, in healthy, creamy dessert form!!
And you know how the song goes: “If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain… Then I’m the love that you’ve looked for!” So what are you waiting for? Go enjoy your coconut yogurt ice cream, you can always come back to thank me later!
Ingredients for coconut frozen yogurt
This light, refreshing frozen yogurt dessert is made from just 5 simple ingredients:
- Reduced fat coconut milk
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Crushed pineapple
- Granulated sugar
- And a splash of vanilla vodka
Is Coconut Milk The Same As Coconut Yogurt?
And what about coconut cream? What’s the difference between them? There are so many coconut-based dairy alternatives out there, it’s hard to keep track! But don’t worry, I’m here to help!
Let’s start with coconut milk, since that’s what you’ll need for this recipe. In a grocery store, you can find carton coconut milk in the refrigerated section, but you can also find canned coconut milk, usually in the international aisle. The main difference between carton and canned is how much water is added. Carton coconut milk is more diluted, while canned coconut milk contains less water, and has a thicker consistency. For this recipe, canned coconut milk with a reduced fat label is the best option!
What about coconut cream? Is that the same as canned coconut milk? Not quite. You know how sometimes when you open a can of coconut milk, the solid and liquid are kind of separated? Well, coconut cream is that solid part! Basically, it has even less water content than canned coconut milk.
So wait, what is coconut yogurt made of? Good question! Plain coconut yogurt can be as simple as full fat coconut milk combined with active probiotics. You can even make it yourself at home using probiotic powder capsules! Coconut yogurt is so delicious, I personally prefer it to regular yogurt, which got me thinking…
Can Coconut Yogurt Be Frozen?
Like, can you freeze coconut yogurt and eat it like ice cream? You all know I love an easy recipe, so wouldn’t it be great if coconut yogurt + freezer = coconut froyo? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. In reality, coconut yogurt + freezer = weird solid coconut ice cube… I know, it sucks.
But before you lose hope, wait! There’s another way! You just need one thing: An ice cream maker! And I know what you’re going to ask me…
Is It Worth Buying An Ice Cream Maker?
I get where you’re coming from, I was hesitant too! But trust me, it is SO worth it!! Making your own ice cream or frozen yogurt is the best, because you can make all kinds of amazing flavors and combinations that you would never find anywhere else. Do you really want to miss out on this healthy (yes, healthy!!) pomegranate and dark chocolate chunk ice cream or this vegan egg nog ice cream with rum and coconut milk? No! So go get yourself an ice cream maker. You can get one for as little as $25 on Amazon!!
How long does coconut yogurt take to freeze?
For this recipe, you’ll want to combine all the ingredients, then chill the mixture in the fridge for about 2 hours before pouring it into your ice cream maker. Then follow the directions on your ice cream maker, as each kind will vary slightly.
After all of that, you can put your ice cream or, in this case, frozen yogurt in a container in the freezer and let it set for at least 2-3 hours. It really couldn’t be easier!
How to store homemade frozen yogurt
Your homemade coconut frozen yogurt will be fine in the freezer for up to a month. But be careful, because if it’s not stored properly, freezer burn will ruin the texture of your smooth, creamy coconut froyo! To stop this from happening, all you need to do is make sure you seal it in an airtight container.
Easy and Healthy Homemade Frozen Yogurt (Low Fat, High Protein, GF)
- 1/2 Cup Plain Greek yogurt *
- 3/4 Cup Reduced fat coconut milk
- 6-7 Tbsp Granulated sugar **
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla vodka or regular
- 1/4 Cup crushed pineapple drained.
Combine the Greek yogurt, coconut milk, sugar and vanilla vodka in a blender and blend until well mixed.
Cover and place in the refrigerator until well chilled (at least 2 hours).
Pour the yogurt mixture into your ice cream maker, and process according to the manufacturers directions on your ice-cream maker. Mine only took about 15 minutes to become nice and creamy.
Transfer the frozen yogurt to a large container with a lid and stir in the crushed pineapple. The frozen yogurt will go quite liquid y at this point, but it sets up once frozen. Make sure to mix well to avoid any pineapple juice ice chunks.
Cover and place back into the freezer until solid, about 2-3 hours.
** Taste the mixture after blending and adjust to your preference, keeping in mind that it will be slightly less-sweet once churned. I liked 6 Tbsp and the hubby liked 7 better.
*** Depending on what fat content your yogurt is, you may need to let the frozen yogurt thaw a little on the counter before serving.
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