Experience pure vanilla indulgence with our Classic Homemade Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt. Rich, creamy, and bursting with pure vanilla.
Our Vanilla Bean homemade frozen yoghurt is made with attention to detail and captures the true taste of vanilla in every delicious, creamy bite.
Each spoonful is filled with the distinct scent of high-quality vanilla beans, providing a comforting and familiar taste that people of all ages love.
Whether you eat it plain or add your favourite toppings, this frozen yoghurt flavour is a timeless classic that delights taste buds through the generations.
In this article, we’ll discuss the cute nickname frozen yoghurts have become known as, the combination of flavours, the health benefits of vanilla and of course, we’ll take you through a step-by-step guide to show you how you can make your own homemade frozen yoghurt.
If you’d prefer, you can scroll down to the bottom of the article, straight to the recipe.
Froyo’s, aka Frozen Yoghurts
Frozen yoghurt, often referred to as “froyo,” has a history that dates back several decades and has evolved into a popular frozen treat enjoyed worldwide. The origins of frozen yoghurt can be traced to the 1970s when it was first introduced as a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream.
The concept of frozen yoghurt gained momentum in the 1980s when it was marketed as a low-fat and probiotic-rich dessert option. The inclusion of live bacterial cultures, similar to those found in regular yoghurt, became a selling point for frozen yoghurt, highlighting its potential digestive health benefits.
Over the years, frozen yoghurt shops began to appear, offering a self-serve model where customers could choose from various flavours and an array of toppings. This approach allowed for customisation and contributed to the dessert’s popularity, particularly among health-conscious consumers.
Frozen yoghurt’s appeal continued to grow in the 1990s and early 2000s, as innovative flavours and a wide range of topping options were introduced. The frozen yoghurt industry also saw a surge in popularity with the rise of “froyo” chains and franchises.
Today, frozen yoghurt remains a beloved dessert choice for many, known for its creamy texture, tangy flavour, and versatility. It has become a canvas for various flavour combinations and creative toppings, making it a delightful treat that appeals to a wide range of tastes and preferences.
Beyond its delectable taste
Classic Vanilla Bean Frozen Yoghurt offers a range of health benefits that align with your desire for a balanced lifestyle. Made with real yoghurt, it packs a probiotic punch, promoting gut health and digestion. The live cultures in yoghurt contribute to a thriving gut microbiome, which in turn can bolster your immune system and support overall well-being.
The use of natural vanilla beans adds more than just exquisite flavour; vanilla is known for its potential antioxidant properties and its ability to uplift moods. This frozen yoghurt variant strikes a harmonious balance between guilt-free indulgence and nourishment, making it a delightful choice for those seeking a healthier dessert option.
Experience the joy of Classic Vanilla Bean Frozen Yoghurt, where every spoonful is a tribute to the timeless allure of vanilla, and where your taste buds and well-being unite in harmony.
Vanilla Beans – are not only about Flavour!
Vanilla beans not only add a delicious and aromatic flavour to foods and beverages, but they also offer a range of potential health benefits:
- Antioxidant Properties: Vanilla beans are rich in antioxidants, such as vanillin, which can help protect the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants play a role in reducing oxidative stress and supporting overall health.
- Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Some compounds found in vanilla beans, including vanillin and vanillic acid, have demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties. These properties may contribute to reducing inflammation in the body and supporting joint health.
- Calming and Relaxing: The aroma of vanilla has been associated with feelings of relaxation and stress reduction. In aromatherapy, vanilla essential oil is often used to create a calming atmosphere and promote a sense of tranquility.
- Gastrointestinal Health: Vanilla contains certain compounds that may support digestive health. It can help soothe an upset stomach, reduce nausea, and aid in digestion.
- Mood Enhancement: The pleasant scent of vanilla has been linked to mood enhancement and a potential reduction in anxiety and depression. The aroma can create a comforting and uplifting atmosphere.
- Aphrodisiac Properties: Vanilla has been traditionally regarded as an aphrodisiac, believed to enhance romantic and sensual feelings. Its alluring scent is often used to set a romantic mood.
- Heart Health: Vanilla beans contain small amounts of certain minerals, such as potassium, which is important for maintaining heart health. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and supports proper cardiovascular function.
- Respiratory Health: In some traditional practices, vanilla has been used to alleviate respiratory issues, such as coughs and congestion. The soothing properties of vanilla may provide relief for irritated airways.
- Potential Anti-Cancer Properties: Some preliminary studies suggest that certain compounds in vanilla may have anti-cancer effects, particularly in terms of inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. However, more research is needed to fully understand these potential benefits.
It’s important to note that while vanilla beans offer potential health benefits, they are typically consumed in small quantities and are often used to enhance the flavour of foods and beverages. As with any dietary consideration, moderation is key.
Making Frozen Yogurt is much easier than you think
The best part about making your own frozen Yoghurt is that you can customise it to suit your taste preferences. With just a few simple ingredients and a bit of creativity, you can whip up a batch of this creamy and refreshing treat right in your own kitchen.
Start by selecting a high-quality yoghurt base, whether its traditional dairy or a dairy-free alternative like coconut or almond yoghurt. Then, choose your sweetener – options like honey, maple syrup, or agave can add a touch of natural sweetness.
To infuse your frozen yoghurt with enticing flavours, consider adding fresh fruits, extracts, or even a swirl of rich sauces. From tangy berry swirls to velvety chocolate ribbons, the possibilities are endless. Blend your chosen ingredients until smooth and creamy, then pour the mixture into an ice cream maker. Let the machine work its magic, churning the mixture to the perfect consistency. The result? A luscious frozen yoghurt ready to be devoured.
Whether you’re looking for a healthier dessert alternative or a fun activity to enjoy with your family, making Frozen Yoghurt at home allows you to take control of your ingredients while treating yourself to a delightful and guilt-free indulgence. So, why not embark on this culinary adventure and create your own customized frozen yoghurt flavours that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight?
Classic Vanilla Bean Frozen Yoghurt.
Here’s a simple recipe, using just 4 ingredients and an easy-to-follow method for making homemade Vanilla Bean Frozen Yoghurt:
- 250ml plain Greek Yoghurt (full fat or low-fat, depending on preference)
- 80g granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
- 1 vanilla bean pod or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Prepare the Vanilla Bean: If using a vanilla bean pod, split it lengthwise and scrape out the seeds using a sharp knife. The seeds contain the rich vanilla flavour that will infuse your frozen yoghurt. Please see our post How to Make Delicious, Indulgent, Homemade Ice Cream to learn how to extract vanilla seeds from a Vanilla pod.
- Mix the Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the Greek yoghurt, granulated sugar, vanilla bean seeds (or vanilla extract), and a pinch of salt. Mix well until the sugar is fully dissolved and the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Chill the Mixture: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the mixture for at least 1-2 hours. Chilling the mixture helps the flavours meld and allows the yoghurt base to develop a smooth texture.
- Churn the Mixture: Once the mixture is thoroughly chilled, pour it into your ice cream maker. Churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions until the mixture reaches a soft, creamy consistency. This usually takes about 20-25 minutes.
- NB: If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe. Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze. Every 30 minutes, stir the mixture vigorously with a fork to break up ice crystals, repeating this process for about 3-4 hours or until the ice cream is firm. Please also check out our post – Homemade Ice Cream: Without an Ice Cream Maker to learn more.
- Transfer and Freeze: Transfer the churned frozen yoghurt to an airtight container. If you prefer a firmer texture, you can place the container in the freezer for an additional 2-3 hours. Be sure to cover the container with plastic wrap or wax paper to prevent ice crystals from forming on the surface.
- Serve and Enjoy: When ready to serve, scoop the Vanilla Bean Frozen Yoghurt into bowls or cones. You can enjoy it as is, or top it with fresh berries, nuts, or a drizzle of honey for added flavour and texture.
- Store: If you have any leftover frozen yoghurt, store it in the freezer in an airtight container. Remember to let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before scooping, as homemade frozen yoghurt can become quite firm when frozen.
Homemade Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt is a delicious and healthy treat that captures the classic essence of vanilla while offering the creamy goodness of yoghurt. Enjoy its smooth and velvety texture, whether on a sunny afternoon or as a sweet ending to any meal.
We hope you have enjoyed our article about Classic Vanilla Bean Frozen Yoghurt. Please drop us a comment below if you have any questions and we’d especially love to hear about your favourite frozen yoghurt recipes or how you get on making our suggested recipe above.