Made with just three ingredients — Greek yogurt, sugar and vanilla — the base for this homemade frozen yogurt comes together in one minute, and after an hour of chilling, it’s ready to be churned. So simple, so delicious!

A bowl of frozen yogut.

I’ve been eating frozen yogurt for 15 years. My sister, who used to run to TCBY during high school cross country “practice,” introduced me to it; roommates in college fueled the addiction; California taught me to consider it a major food group.

Over these past 15 years, I’ve genuinely loved each and every bowl of frozen yogurt I’ve eaten, despite how sugary and artificial tasting and generally crappy most of them have been. There’s just something about the ritual of getting a fro-yo with friends that makes whatever’s squirted into the bowl inconsequential, for me at least.

But when I took one bite of this homemade version, a David Lebovitz recipe made with full-fat Greek yogurt, I thought, “Ohhh. This is what frozen yogurt should taste like.” I couldn’t believe it. It actually tasted like, wait for it, frozen yogurt. I know, I know, mind blowing.

How to Make Frozen Yogurt

Made with only three ingredients, this recipe comes together in a flash. Here’s how you make it:

  1. Whisk together Greek yogurt, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  2. Chill this mixture for at least 1 hour.
  3. Freeze in your ice cream machine according to the manufacture’s instructions, about 25 minutes.

I find this creamy treat to be irresistible, which makes it impossible to walk by the freezer without giving a spoon a little dip-a-roo into its storage container.

If you struggle with self-restraint, this is the sort of thing that should only be made while you have a houseful of guests prepared to tuck in immediately after it’s finished churning. Not a squirt will remain. I promise you.

PS: 3-Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet in Almond Cookie Cups

Fage yogurt.
A bowl of yogurt, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl.
A bowl of whisked yogurt, vanilla, and sugar.
Frozen yogurt in the machine.
An ice cream maker filled with just-churned frozen yogurt.
The Kitchen Aid Ice cream attachment filled with frozen yogurt freshly churned.
Freshly churned frozen yogurt.
Frozen yogurt in a container.
Scooping the frozen yogurt.
A bowl of frozen yogurt.
A bowl of real frozen yogurt.

A fun presentation: homemade cookie cups:

Real frozen yogurt scooped into homemade cookie cups.
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A bowl of frozen yogut.

Homemade 3-Ingredient Real Frozen Yogurt

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  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Total Time: 1 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Source: The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

If you want to make a homemade cookie cup, see this post for Strawberry Sorbet.


I prefer using 2/3 cup sugar — it’s just a touch less sweet — but you may want to adjust with more (or less) sugar after you make one batch. Take notes!


  • 3 cups plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Mix together the yogurt, sugar and vanilla. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Freeze in your ice cream machine according to the manufacture’s instructions.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Method: Freeze
  • Cuisine: American