Pinkberry style frozen yogurt… made at home with just 2 ingredients. 15 minutes to a healthy dessert!

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Today it’s a mild 104 degrees outside (dripping/sweating in sarcasm) so as much as I would have loved to load up the munchkins in the sweltering heat and truck on over to the outdoor farmer’s market, I just decided to stay indoors and frantically dig around my kitchen for something to post about share a dessert I’ve been planning for weeks.

What I almost always have in my refrigerator is fruit. So let’s just pretend these beautiful organic strawberries came from the farmer’s market instead of Safeway.

Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe | Healthy Summer Dessert around 110 calories | dessertdesignlife.com

I also found greek yogurt in my fridge. I immediately knew what I would do for you all (considering how hot it is outside)…

Frozen yogurt! And fresh strawberries (or any other fresh fruit for that matter!) is great with the yogurt.

Not just any frozen yogurt, but Pinkberry style frozen yogurt (tart with just a hint of sweetness – a frozen yogurt that actually tastes like yogurt that has been frozen).

Let’s take it one step further. There’s only a little over 110 calories per 1/2 cup serving. 130 if you include the fresh sliced strawberries.

If you have an ice cream machine, this baby could be in your hands in 15 minutes. If you don’t have a machine, I include instructions on how to make this at the end as well.

Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe | Healthy Summer Dessert around 110 calories | dessertdesignlife.com

So I know I said in one of my previous posts that I wasn’t going to buy an ice cream maker, budget and all. But then.. I saw a Cuisinart (the one I originally had my eye on) on Craigslist, new in box for $20 and I just couldn’t resist.

Why? Simple. My kids love Pinkberry. Mr. Chef loves Pinkberry. I love Pinkberry. And with each spur of the moment trip to Pinkberry, we spend nearly $15 for the 4 of us (not to mention the gas because it is 26 miles roundtrip to the nearest one!)

Yes, we have other frozen yogurt shops around us, (many in fact!) but none have the tart “original” flavor that actually tastes like yogurt, plus the toppings look stale, and the fruit are most definitely not fresh.

Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe | Healthy Summer Dessert around 110 calories | dessertdesignlife.com

So buying the machine would pretty much pay for itself in one visit, taking gas into account (I’m not counting the ingredients really because we always have greek yogurt and fresh fruit in the fridge)… and with the machine, it only takes 15 minutes start to finish (I just keep the canister in the freezer, ready to go).

Plus it’s ridiculously easy. Easier than loading the kids up in the car, that’s for sure.

Just 2 ingredients: Quality Plain Greek Yogurt (I prefer to use FAGE Total 0%), and sugar.

That’s it.

Oh yeah. Somehow, someway, this is definitely going to be on the menu for the oldest munchkin’s ice cream birthday party coming up.

Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe | Healthy Summer Dessert around 110 calories | dessertdesignlife.com

Okay, this picture is probably closer to 225 calories because I just had to do a big swirl to fill the ramekin and take pretty pictures for you guys.

I’m on a diet kick right now because this blog (along with not standing on my feet/running around a bakery/and making cakes 8-10 hours a day – although the kids do keep me on my toes!) has made me gain weight hence my obsession with the calorie count on this post. Oh the things I eat for the sake of this blog. =)

Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe | Healthy Summer Dessert around 110 calories | dessertdesignlife.com

To duplicate the Pinkberry frozen yogurt texture. It is best served right away, up 4-6 hours kept in the freezer. Serve with your favorite toppings! If you do have to leave it in the fridge overnight, I will warn you it will freeze into a solid brick. You will need to leave it on the counter for 15-20 minutes to soften before it becomes scoopable.

There are a lot of other Pinkberry frozen yogurt copycat recipes floating out in the web but they didn’t have the slightly icy texture I liked about Pinkberry’s frozen yogurt, which is why I don’t strain my yogurt (to keep the extra liquid that will turn to ice crystals) and go with a nonfat yogurt.

Don’t forget to check out the additional tips after the recipe, including how to make the swirl effect and how to make this without an ice cream maker.

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Pinkberry Style Frozen Yogurt Recipe
 
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Easy to make tart frozen yogurt that tastes just like Pinkberry's Original Frozen Yogurt and is super healthy with 2 simple ingredients
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Recipe type: Dessert, Frozen Yogurt
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 4 cups quality nonfat greek yogurt (I prefer FAGE Total 0% for best results)
  • ⅔ cup sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • Favorite Toppings

    Special Equipment
  • Ice Cream Maker
Instructions
  1. Mix sugar (or sweetener) into greek yogurt.
  2. Place into machine and follow manufacturer's directions.
  3. Churn until yogurt is the texture of firm soft serve (my Cuisinart takes about 12-13 minutes).
  4. Serve immediately or transfer to freezer safe container and serve within 4-6 hours for best texture.
  5. If freezing overnight, allow to soften on counter 15 minutes in order to make scooping easier.
  6. Delicious plain or with your favorite toppings.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 113 Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 19 Sugar: 19 Sodium: 39 Protein: 11

 

Additional Tips:

  • Use a good quality greek yogurt. I really recommend the FAGE 0% but I know it’s more expensive than the other brands. I also like Greek Gods as well and buy it when it’s on sale. I’ve tried other brands and find them to be chalky. Not worth the savings.
  • If you want a creamier frozen yogurt, use a 2% or whole milk yogurt. If I use whole milk yogurt, I’ve also added some skim milk (about 1/2 cup in this recipe) to thin it out and add some “iciness” to it.
  • To achieve the swirl, I churned the frozen yogurt a little longer (15 minutes) to really firm it up. I then placed the frozen yogurt in a large piping bag with a large star tip and piped the swirl like I was decorating a cupcake.
  • I have also “pre-piped” the frozen yogurt in the serving containers already and keep in freezer until you plan on serving. If doing this over a day ahead, allow time for yogurt to soften a bit (about 5-10 minutes) before serving. If it’s just for us at home, I put them in silicone cupcake liners to avoid the scooping and make it easier to serve to the kids. (Plus the smaller portions keep me from chowing down.)
  • If your machine uses a freezable canister, keep your canister in the freezer so you’re always ready to make frozen yogurt/ice cream whenever you feel like it.
  • I personally like to premix the yogurt/sugar according to the recipe and keep it in the original yogurt container in the fridge (labeled of course so I don’t get confused!). Then when the kids want a treat, I throw it in the machine to make whatever amount I want. I just wash the canister and put it in the freezer again right away and store it there. Since the churning time only take about 12 minutes, (less time if less amount is churned), it’s good for another batch of yogurt in less than 12 hours since it never fully thawed out.
  • If you can’t find greek yogurt in your area, you can always strain regular yogurt (2 cups regular = 1 cup strained) in Viva paper towels or several layers of cheesecloth in a strainer like this. I would replace some of that liquid back into the yogurt, about 1/2 cup for this recipe in order to give the yogurt a slightly icy texture like Pinkberry has.
  • However, if you can get greek yogurt, I would recommend you just buy it because it doesn’t really save money to strain your own since it takes twice as much regular yogurt to make greek yogurt. And it’s easier. I’m all about easy.

You can also make this without an ice cream maker using the freeze and mix method. It just takes a bit of patience.

  1. Mix the yogurt and sugar together based on the recipe above.
  2. Place into freezer safe container and freeze for an hour.
  3. Remove from freezer and mix frozen parts with the not so frozen parts well by hand, electric mixer, or immersion blender.
  4. Return to freezer and repeat until texture of soft serve.

This recipe is super easy and I hope you try it sometime, especially with the hot weather upon us!

Aileen Policarpio | dessertdesignlife.com

3 Thoughts on “Pinkberry Style Frozen Yogurt Recipe

  1. Anonymous on March 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm said:

    Hi Aileen! Thank you for this recipe! It’s so simple and tastes so good. One modification I made was I added about 1/3 cup water to the mix of yogurt and sugar. I found that otherwise the frozen concoction was too thick and lacked that icy texture of Pinkberry.

    • That’s the great part about simple recipes like this, they’re really easy to adjust in order to suit your taste! I will definitely give you version a try now that warmer weather is coming.

      If you do like it more icy, using regular yogurt may work as well (without adding extra water) since greek yogurt can be made by straining regular yogurt to remove the extra water. =)

      So glad you tried it and for letting me know!

  2. i am a pinkberry lover so i loved the recipe;)

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