Just 3 Wholesome Ingredients in This Fabulous Frozen Mango Yogurt
We LOVE This super simple, healthy and amazingly delicious homemade mango frozen yogurt recipe. You can substitute any favorite fruit in season. For sweeter fruits you can use less sweetener, making this a guilt-free dessert you can enjoy more often, and you’ll want to!
This is our all-time favorite homemade frozen yogurt recipe. Not only is it super quick and easy, but it’s a healthier frozen yogurt that uses Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream and honey instead of sugar. However, you can make yours with your sweetener of choice.
If using the 2 quart freezer tub models of ice cream machines, it’s best to keep your freezer tub in the freezer all the time so it will be ready for use.
For best results, refrigerate your prepared ice cream “batter” to chill completely before making. You can make it and freeze it for eating enjoying within the hour if you ice cream tub is pre-frozen. However, for the quickest time to “freeze” at the most solid consistency, it’s work much better if your batter is also pre-chilled.
But with a recipe this simple, you can make it in the morning in 5-20 minutes. If you’re using mango that’s already peeled and chopped, it will only take 4 minutes. If you need to peel and slice the mango, allow for closer to 15-20 minutes total.
IMPORTANT: Freezer tubs can require between 6-22 hours to freeze before use, so keep your freezer tub in the freezer at the ready. It’s also best to refrigerate your batter before making it in the machine.
FOR BEST RESULTS WITH HOMEMADE FROZEN YOGURT For best results, thoroughly chill your batter in fridge before adding it to the ice cream maker tub
3 Simple Ingredients
- Mango (or other fruit of choice)
- Greek Yogurt
Mango is expensive if you don’t live in a tropical climate where it’s abundant. So you may not have enough mango on hand to increase your fruit quantity. But if you do, adding more mango will make for a richer flavor, you can increase according to your preferences, but do not exceed 7 cups liquid batter for a 2 quart machine.
- For more intense flavor, increase fruit ratio and decrease yogurt ratio
Yogurt Substitutes for Homemade Ice Cream
If you don’t have enough yogurt, you can make up the difference with:
- nut milks
- oat milk
- half & half
- whipping cream
- condensed milk
Nut milks are awesome, especially for vegans or those with dairy intolerance. You can find every kind of nut milk these days, from chia seed nut milk, to hemp, macadamia nut to oat milk (not a nut, but still an awesome replacement milk).
We favor the healthier and creamier Greek yogurt but it’s good to have options in a pinch.
This recipe is very forgiving and easily adaptable to your personal preferences and to whatever fruit and other ingredients you may have on hand.
3 Simple Steps to Easy Homemade Frozen Yogurt With Mango
If you’re using the automatic, ice cream makers that don’t require ice and salt, be sure your ice cream maker freezer tub is pre-frozen according to manufacturer’s instructions. Our Cuisinart maker instructions say to pre-freeze from 6-22 hours.
- Peel and rough cut mango, (or use frozen mango). It can be in big chunks since you’re going to puree it in the blender anyway. But you may want to let mango sit at room temperature if you don’t have a strong blender.
- Add all 3 ingredients to a blender and blend. Blend less if you prefer some fruit chunks; longer if you want it smooth.
- Pour into a pre-frozen ice cream maker tub, (or according to manufacturer’s instructions if using an old fashioned ice cream maker that requires ice and salt).
This homemade mango frozen yogurt recipe makes 4 medium portions at about 1 ⅔ cup each serving (so the equivalent of about 3 scoops per serving). So depending on your appetite, you’ll get more or fewer servings.
2 Qt. ice cream makers can’t hold 2 quarts of liquid because you need to allow room for expansion when it freezes.
To Make a Larger Ice Cream Batter
For more, you can double the recipe, however you’ll need a 4 quart ice cream maker, or else divide it into two batches.
You can also purchase extra freezer tubs for making more at one time, however, these are bulky and take up a lot of freezer space. So if you will usually need to make larger quantities, then go for the 4-6 quart ice cream machines. You can use:
- a4 Qt. capacity ice cream machine.
- An additional 2 quart ice cream tub
- If only one tub, place extra batter in fridge for next day use (most tubs require 6-22 hours to freeze completely for reuse).
We try to use less sweetener whenever possible. When making homemade frozen yogurt with tarter berries, you can add up to ⅔ cup honey, or to taste. However, for sweeter fruits like mangoes, we find that ⅓ – ½ cup is best.
- Sugar (we use organic cane sugar when using sugar)
We prefer to use honey because it’s healthier with more nutrients and other health benefits, but you can use sugar or other healthier options you prefer. We tried it with maple syrup which we often use for baking and sweetening herbal teas, but it never froze fully to a creamy texture in the ice cream maker, so honey (or sugar) is better to work with for a more solid consistency.
Keep in mind that your frozen yogurt will taste slightly less sweet then your batter because something about being frozen mutes the flavors slightly.
Homemade frozen yogurt tends to freeze hard if left in the freezer overnight. However, you can always set it out on counter for about 10 minutes before serving to help soften it up. You can also cut slices out of the hard frozen batter and serve as slices into a shallow bowl instead of scoops.
Popsicles & Ice Cubes
If you have leftover batter, a great way to store it for future enjoyment is to make popsicles or ice cubes.
Miniature ice cube trays make it easy to spoon up from a bowl and nibble on them, but you can use regular sized cube trays if you don’t have miniature ones.
Leftover frozen yogurt is good for spooning out of bowls, or making into popsicles, with many types of popsicle molds.
Which Automatic Ice Cream Maker is Best?
We have an older Cuisinart automatic counter top ice cream freezer and and it works just fine. It has an inner 2 quart tub that removes for freezing, so you don’t need to mess with ice and ice cream salt. But, if you need to make ice cream for a larger family or group, you’ll need a 4 quart or 6 quart automatic ice cream maker that uses salt and ice.
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Easy 3-Ingredient Mango Frozen Yogurt Recipe
- 3 cups Greek yogurt
- 3 cups mango chunks fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup honey taste at 1/3 c. add more if more sweetness is preferred
- Pre-freeze your ice cream maker freezer tub if you’re using the automatic, ice cream makers that don’t require ice and salt.
- Add all 3 ingredients to a blender and blend. Blend less if you prefer some fruit chunks; longer if you want it smooth, (or you can blend smooth and stir in some fruit chunks as you pour liquid batter into freezer tub.
- Pour into a pre-frozen ice cream maker tub, (or according to mfg instructions if using an old fashioned ice cream maker that requires ice and salt).
QuantityThis makes 4 portions at about 1 ⅔ cups each serving (~3 scoops), which fills one 2 qt. ice cream maker freezer tub. For more, simply double the recipe, however, you’ll need to make it in 2 batches if using a 2 qt. machine, of use a 4 qt. ice cream maker that utilizes salt and ice.
Ratios and Proportionate AdjustmentsFor more intense flavor, use more fruit (or less yogurt).
HoneyWe try to use less sweetener whenever possible. When making homemade frozen yogurt with tarter berries, you can add up to ⅔ cup honey or to taste. However, for sweeter fruits like mangoes, we find that ⅓ – ½ cup is best
Other SweetenersWe prefer honey but you can use sugar or stevia if you prefer. We tried it with maple syrup, but it never froze fully to a creamy texture in the ice cream so it then froze hard in the freezer, so honey is better to work with.
StorageHomemade frozen yogurt tends to freeze hard if left in the freezer overnight. However, you can always set it out on counter for about 10 minutes before serving to help soften it up. You can also cut slices out of the hard frozen batter and serve as slices into a shallow bowl instead of scoops.
Which Automatic Ice Cream Maker is Best?We have this Cuisinart automatic counter top ice cream freezer model and and it works just fine. It has an inner 2 quart tub that removes for freezing, so you don’t need to mess with ice and ice cream salt.
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