This frozen chocolate yogurt is delectably rich and creamy without the indulgence! It's naturally sweetened with maple syrup and has a deep chocolate flavor from cacao. With each bite you'll get a refreshing dose of tangy chocolate that's good until the last drop.
Why I Love This Recipe
This frozen yogurt recipe is about to change up the ice cream game forever. It's hard to believe only a few simple and wholesome ingredients can produce this delicious frozen magic. It's best made in an ice cream maker (I have this one) but you can also whip it up no churn-style if you're willing to wait.
The minute I discovered that I can make frozen greek chocolate yogurt at home, I knew this was going to be a new summer favorite. What I love most about this recipe though has to be the toppings possibilities. With a rich chocolate base, you can add just about anything to jazz it up. Add a brownie square on top or a nice warm cookie, crumble some granola and fresh fruit for a lighter touch, or go with the classic hot fudge, chocolate chips, and sprinkles!
You will also love my frozen greek yogurt popsicles, dairy free vanilla ice cream, and gluten free ice cream sandwiches.
- Greek yogurt - Make sure to use unsweetened and plain greek yogurt. I used 0% fat but you can also use 2%, 5% or full fat for a richer and creamier taste.
- Maple syrup - This is what we use to naturally sweeten the yogurt. Since we use unsweetened yogurt, it's important to add some sort of sweetener to combat the tanginess of the yogurt. You can use practically any type of sweetener like honey, coconut sugar, cane sugar, etc.
- Vanilla extract - Used to add a touch of natural flavor. The vanilla will help to deepen the chocolate taste.
- Almond milk - This helps thin out the ice cream mixture so it's not so thick. Any type of milk will work. You can even use heavy cream if you really want a creamy frozen yogurt.
- Cacao powder - This is what provides the chocolate flavor. Unsweetened cocoa powder will work as well.
How To Make Frozen Chocolate Yogurt
This frozen chocolate yogurt recipe is super easy to make. You will need a blender and an ice cream maker or an airtight container if using the no-churn style.
Step 1 : Blend ingredients
First, place all the ingredients in a blender and mix well until well incorporated. The blender should run smoothly and the cacao powder should be dissolved into the yogurt.
Step 2 : Pour into an ice cream maker
Pour the yogurt mixture into an ice cream maker and churn as directed. This frozen yogurt should take about 15 minutes to begin to solidify and form a soft serve ice cream consistency.
Step 3 : Let it set in the freezer
If you like your ice cream with a soft serve consistency, then you can actually go ahead and serve straight from the ice cream maker.
For a more traditional and firmer ice cream, scoop the ice cream into an ice cream container or use a pan lined with parchment paper. If using a pan, make sure to wrap it tightly with plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn. Place the container in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to allow the ice cream to solidify a bit.
To make this recipe without an ice cream maker, blend all the ingredients together as directed in step 1. Then pour the mixture into an air tight container and place it in the freezer to firm up for at least 6 hours.
I recommend checking on the ice cream every 4 hours and mixing it up with a spoon to prevent frost from developing on top.
There are so many ways to make this chocolate yogurt recipe your own. Here a few mix-in ideas if you want to add something to the ice cream. You can add most of these into the ice cream maker after the ice cream is almost done.
- Mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings
- Pieces of edible cookie dough or brownie batter
- Chopped nuts
- Crushed up cookies or Oreos
- Peanut butter
Frequently Asked Questions
You get the tanginess from the yogurt and a little nuttiness from the chocolate at the same time. This is why it's important to sweeten the frozen yogurt so the sweetness can combat some of the tang.
You can use practically any type of sweetener to add sweetness to yogurt. My favorites are maple syrup or honey. If you use a granulated sugar, be sure to mix it well to help some of those crystals dissolve.
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Frozen Greek Chocolate Yogurt
- 3 cups greek yogurt - plain and unsweetened
- 1 cup cacao powder
- ½ cup almond milk - plain or vanilla and unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup maple syrup
- Pinch of sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well until the mixture is running smooth in the blender and the cacao is well incorporated.
- Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn as directed by your maker’s instructions. This recipe takes about 15 minutes to churn in my KitchenAid ice cream maker. It will begin to thicken into a soft serve consistency and firm up a little more with time.
- If you’re serving this as soft serve, go ahead and serve into ice cream bowls. If you want a thicker, more traditional ice cream consistency, scoop the frozen yogurt into an airtight container or into a pan lined with parchment paper. Be sure to wrap the pan tight with plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn. Place the container in the freezer to firm up for at least 30 minutes.
- Allow the frozen yogurt to thaw slightly before serving. Top with desired toppings and enjoy!
Can I substitute the almond for oat milk?
Ansley Beutler says
Yes that shouldn't be a problem!
Dora Pina-Joffroy says
This recipe is incredibly delicious- I made it for my husband as an healthier alternative to ice cream and he couldn't even tell the difference. In terms of nutritional breakdown, you do a wonderful job of providing the numbers but how large is 1 serving? 1 scoop? OZ? Would love to know.
Ansley Beutler says
I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe! A serving is about a cup.
Is it possible to make this without an ice cream maker?
Can you make it without an ice cream maker?
Ansley Beutler says
Yes! You can pour it into an airtight container and let it firm up in the freezer for a few hours. Just make sure the container is sealed well to prevent freezer burn.
Can this be made with non-dairy yogurt?
Ansley Beutler says
I haven't tried it with non-dairy yogurt but I don't see why not! I would recommend using a "greek" style dairy-free yogurt though so it's already somewhat thick.