Homemade Frozen Yogurt with Blackberry Sauce

Such a simple summer treat, one best reserved for the sweetest, plumpest fresh blackberries. Just five ingredients for both the yogurt and the blackberry sauce!

This combination of frozen yogurt with blackberry sauce is so simple, so summery and refreshing. No blackberries? Try Peacherry Blues, the fruity sauce made with peaches, cherries and blueberries!

Homemade Frozen Yogurt with Blackberry Sauce

Happy National Ice Cream Day! Just who designates these fun 'holidays', who knows, but the good news is, making frozen yogurt at home is so easy, so tasty, no holiday or special occasion is required to churn up a fast batch.

It takes all of two ingredients - Greek yogurt and sugar - plus a little vanilla for anyone who's inspired that way but there's a special tang to yogurt that deserves its day (a holiday?!) in the sunshine.

The recipe for blackberry sauce, too, is extraordinarily simple, only three ingredients, coaxing the flavor out of the perfect berries showing up now at the farmers market.

ALANNA's TIPS No access to Greek yogurt? No problem though a little more time will be needed. Greek yogurt is especially thick and tangy but a close approximation can be achieved just by straining regular yogurt. For three cups of strained yogurt, start with six cups of regular yogurt. Line a colander with a couple layers of cheesecloth, then scoop in the yogurt. Draw up the cheesecloth to gently squeeze and also cover the yogurt. Place the colander over a large container and refrigerate until all the liquid has leeched out. In my experience, this takes several hours, usually overnight. Especially during the summer, my Cuisinart ice cream maker gets a regular workout. I'm testing variations of other simple ice cream and sorbet recipes, so if anyone's tempted to invest in an ice cream processor, now's a good time! The first berries turn soft and sweet after macerating so long. Adding the second berries just before serving lets them sweeten slightly but hold their shape. I like this technique because it mixes both soft and whole berries.
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Simple to make, simple to serve
Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time-to-table: 45 minutes
Makes 3 cups
  • 3 cups (24oz, 680g) Greek yogurt (see TIPS)
  • 3/4 cup (172g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Stir together the yogurt and sugar until the sugar dissolves. It's okay to leave a few lumps of yogurt, they'll get worked out during processing. Process in an ice cream processor until thick.

To my taste, the yogurt is best eaten immediately or within an hour or so when it's still soft but can also be frozen for later.

Adapted from Perfect Scoop by fellow food blogger David Lebovitz and inspired by Heidi from 101 Cookbooks.
NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per half cup: 228 Calories; 10g Tot Fat; 29g Carb; 0g Fiber; 0mg Sodium; 23 mg Cholesterol; 6g Protein; Weight Watchers Old Points 5, PointsPlus 6


Simple technique draws out natural berry flavor
Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time-to-table: 4 hours
Makes about 2 cups
  • 1/2 pint fresh blackberries (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1/4 cup (57g) sugar (more to taste)
  • zest of one or two lemons (don't skip)
  • 1/2 pint fresh blackberries (about 1/2 pound)

Sprinkle the first half pint of the berries (see TIPS) with sugar and lemon zest. Let rest on the counter for about three hours, stirring gently occasionally, to let the juices draw out. (This is called 'macerating the fruit'.) Taste along the way to see if more sugar is needed.

A half hour or so before serving, stir in the remaining half pint of berries.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per 1/3 cup: 65 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 16g Carb; 4g Fiber; 1mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol; 1g Protein; Weight Watchers Old Points .5, PointsPlus 2

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  1. Oh, how perfectly divine! Thank you for the most perfect entry for the event.
    I must say that this simple dessert has an impressive pedigree: 101 Cookbooks and David Lebovitz!

  2. Anonymous7/20/2008

    Hi! Just delurking a moment to say how much I love the site, and to sign up for updates (no, I haven't yet, I know, how awful!).

    I was also wondering if you thought that you could can the Blackberry Sauce fairly easily? I'm still sort of new to the whole thing, but we always have more blackberries than we can use, and one can only eat so much jam and jelly! :) The sauce sounds like it would be especially good for opening up in the winter for a taste of warmer months.

  3. Nupur ~ Perfect for you! (Yes, it's worth making room for an ice cream processor.)

    Adela ~ Thanks for making my day! I'm completely envious of having 'more blackberries than you can use'. You'll fall over to know that I paid $5 for a pint at the farmers market yesterday. YIKES. But yes, I do think the sauce would can well but when it comes to canning, even though I've done alot, I always err to a "real" recipe from a trusted souce, to make sure that food safety wise, the right balance of preservative is kept. This recipe might not have enough sugar for that -

  4. Your frozen yogurt & blackberry sauce look absolutely delicious!

  5. Can you substitute Splenda for sugar in this frozen yogurt recipe getting good results?

  6. I don't have experience with Splenda with yogurt, specifically, but do think it might work. It's easy enough to try -- let me know!

  7. I found out about your blog on The Baking Beauties(Jeanine is my Daughter)...who needs a holiday for icecream??If there isn't a holiday that day..we'll make one!! wonderful recipes and pics.

  8. Jeanine & Susan,

    There's an extra warm welcome to Manitobans on this site!

  9. This looks so good. The blackberries have been so sweet lately that I'll definitely have to try this. Makes me salivate just looking at it.


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