How Do I Make Creamy, Low-Fat Frozen Yogurt at Home?

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Q: I have tried and tried to make low-fat frozen yogurt and low-fat ice cream at home but the end result has always been a hard icy non-scoopable mass, albeit a delicious one. For the yogurt I used 2% Fage but after a few hours in the fridge, it was hard as rock.

My question is, is there such a thing as creamy homemade low fat ice cream or frozen yogurt and if yes, would you please care to share the recipe?

Sent by MEditor: M — we have a couple of thoughts. First of all, the difficulty with your request is, indeed, the low-fat specification. The more fat an ice cream has, the creamier it will be. Storebought frozen yogurts generally have more air whipped into them, as well as non-fat thickeners and emulsifiers to help keep them creamy.

Another thought, especially with frozen yogurt, is that it's often better to let ice cream warm up a bit before serving. Any frozen yogurt will be better when it has had the chance to soften slightly.

Having said that, we don't have the ultimate recipe for frozen yogurt, but we do have several that take different approaches to keeping the texture soft and not icy. One particularly low-fat approach is to add some alcohol to the recipe.

Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt with Only Four Ingredients - Very simple, and best eaten just after it is made.
Mango Ginger Frozen Yogurt - Includes coconut milk for creaminess.
Mango Lassi Frozen Yogurt with Pistachio Biscotti Bits - Has the yogurt tang, but includes cream.
Honeyed Blueberry Frozen Yogurt - Includes some alcohol to help keep the yogurt from freezing solid.

Readers, do you have a really good recipe for low-fat frozen yogurt?

Related: Recipe: Strawberry-Yogurt Popsicles

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