This vegan frozen yogurt recipe creates a creamy dessert you can make in the blender with only 5 ingredients. Making dairy-free frozen yogurt from scratch is so easy and delicious!
This vegan frozen yogurt is more than just a delicious frozen dessert. It’s easy too. Easy like Sunday morning. Throwback for any of you 80’s pop fans out there.
But in a world where things seem oh-so complicated, an easy frozen dessert is, well, nice. That means this recipe only requires a blender and a freezer. That said, if you prefer making your frozen yogurt in an ice cream maker, I’ve included those instructions as well. Checking off all the boxes!
How to Make Vegan Frozen Yogurt in a Blender
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Place the creamy base ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender. Let it sit for a few minutes for the bananas to soften.
- Process on low speed until broken down, scrape down the bowl, then process again. Gradually increase speed to achieve a smooth texture.
- Add frozen fruit of choice. Let it sit for a few minutes for the frozen fruit to soften slightly.
- Use a rubber spatula to push the fruit down into the creamy base.
- Pulse on low speed until the frozen fruit starts to break down. Remove the lid and scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir the mixture, so the fruit is distributed throughout. Cover and pulse again on low speed. Repeat this process until you reach the desired texture (leaving some bits of the fruit can leave a beautiful finished product).
- Optional: Add bits of mashed fresh fruit, such as mashed strawberries, to add color, texture, and flavor to the finished scoops.
- For Soft Serve: Serve immediately in individual serving cups.
- For Frozen Servings: Transfer to a freezer-safe container and place a piece of parchment paper over the top to prevent ice formation on the top layer. Place in the freezer for 4 hours, up to overnight. It will keep for up to 1 month.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Bananas — I love making this dairy-free frozen yogurt with a creamy frozen banana base. It’s very similar to my nice cream, with the addition of vegan yogurt.
- Maple syrup — You can use maple syrup or substitute agave nectar.
- Lemon juice — For some flavors (such as strawberry and pineapple) it can be nice to substitute lime juice.
- Vegan yogurt — I prefer unsweetened vegan yogurt such as Forager’s Cashew Yogurt.
- Frozen fruit — Here you can use strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, or peaches, just make sure they’re frozen. You’ll need four cups of whatever fruit you’re using.
Vegan Frozen Yogurt in an Ice Cream Machine
If you prefer to take it old-school (is that a thing when it comes to frozen yogurt?), here are instructions on making this vegan frozen yogurt recipe in an ice cream machine (sans bananas).
- 3 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2/3 cup vegan yogurt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker (following the manufacturer’s instructions).
- Once the bowl is frozen, add fruit and maple syrup to a food processor (or blender).
- Pour in vegan yogurt.
- Add lemon juice.
- If using frozen fruit, let it sit for a few minutes to soften.
- Pulse until combined, leaving some texture.
- Transfer to the ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions. It usually takes around 20 minutes of churning to make frozen yogurt.
- Serve right away or transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- FLEXIBLE — You can choose the fruit you love and make it in a blender or an ice cream maker.
- FRESH — You’ll love the fresh flavors thanks to real fruit that’s infused throughout this frozen treat.
- HEALTHY — Looking for a healthy dessert? This frozen yogurt has less than 150 calories per serving.
Can vegans eat frozen yogurt?
Most frozen yogurt is made with dairy and is therefore not suitable for vegans. However, some businesses do offer a vegan option and you can easily make homemade frozen yogurt at home.
Is vegan frozen yogurt healthy?
Vegan frozen yogurt is made with plant-based yogurt that comes from cashews, almonds, soy, etc. That makes dairy-free frozen yogurt a healthy treat, especially in the summer months.
Add any of these toppings to your frozen yogurt treat:
Store frozen yogurt in a freezer-safe container in the fridge. It helps to place a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper over the top to prevent ice crystals from forming on the top layer. It will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Vegan Frozen Treats
If you love this vegan frozen yogurt dessert, you’ll want to try even more vegan frozen treats. Here are some of our favorites:
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For the Creamy Base:
Place all the ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender. Allow it to sit for a few minutes for the frozen bananas to soften slightly. Process on low speed until broken down.
Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Process again, gradually increasing the speed to achieve a smooth texture.
For the Frozen Yogurt:
Add frozen fruit of choice. Let it sit for a few minutes for the frozen fruit to soften slightly. Use a rubber spatula to push the fruit down into the creamy base.
Pulse on low speed until the frozen fruit starts to break down. Remove the lid and scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir the mixture, so the fruit is distributed throughout. Cover and pulse again on low speed. Repeat this process until you reach the desired texture (leaving some bits of the fruit can leave a beautiful finished product).
Optional: Add bits of mashed fresh fruit, such as mashed strawberries, to add color, texture, and flavor to the finished scoops.
For Soft Serve: Serve immediately in individual serving cups.
For Frozen Servings: Transfer to a freezer-safe container and place a piece of parchment paper over the top to prevent ice formation on the top layer. Place in the freezer for 4 hours, up to overnight. It will keep for up to 1 month.
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Strawberries were used for nutritional estimates.
Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.