Make Your Own: Dark Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

by in Healthy Recipes, August 10, 2011
chocolate frozen yogurt
You asked for it: dark chocolate frozen yogurt. Customize it with your favorite mix-ins.

We’ve got frozen yogurt on our minds, so we polled our Facebook fans to find out what flavor they wanted to dive into. Introducing Dark Chocolate Frozen Yogurt (plus some fun ways to jazz it up).

Why Chocolate?
Why not – who doesn’t love a little chocolatey goodness?! It can be a tricky fro yo flavor to tackle because tart and tangy yogurt doesn’t always mingle with rich and smooth chocolate. The solution — use real chocolate and plus some whole milk to mellow things out.

Dark Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
Makes 1 quart

2 1/2 cups low fat plain yogurt
1 cup whole milk
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 ounces (about a ½ cup) semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt (optional)

Pour yogurt into a strainer lined with paper towel and place over a bowl to drain; set aside. In a small saucepan whisk together milk, sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture just begins to bubble and thicken. Add chocolate chips, vanilla, and salt; continue to whisk and cook until chocolate is melted. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove any lumps; set aside to cool. Once cool, whisk with strained yogurt and place in the bowl of an ice cream maker. Mix according to the manufacturer’s suggestions until thick and frosty (about 30 minutes). Enjoy immediately or for more a scoopable yogurt, transfer to a freezer-safe container and allow to harden in the freezer. Store in the freezer for up to one week.

Nutrition Info Per Serving ( ½ cup)

Calories: 171
Total Fat: 5 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 27 grams
Sugar: 25 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Sodium: 103 milligrams
Cholesterol: 7 milligrams
Fiber: 1 gram

Mix-In Ideas

Add any of these ingredients to the machine during the last few minutes of churning. Or gently swirl in with a spoon after you turn off the machine. Each of the portions below will add about 50 calories per serving.

  • Chocolate PB – Add 4-tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • Chocolate Raspberry – Add ½ cup of raspberry sauce (only adds 25 calories per serving)
  • Chocolate Almond – Add ½ cup chopped toasted almonds, plus a splash of almond extract
  • Chocolate Brownie – Add 1 medium brownie, chopped
  • Chocolate Mint Chip- Add 1/3 cup chocolate chips plus a splash of peppermint extract

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (34)

  1. Claire says:

    I'm going to make chocolate-peanut butter frozen yogurt this weekend!!

  2. @Chef_Laurie says:

    Recipe looks great , But too high in sugar I am afraid

    • Cat Robare says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. Being a type one diabetic ,I thought I would use equal or one of those other sweeteners: Equal or Splenda. AND definitely 2% milk instead of whole. OMG chocolate and peanut butter is one of my fave! Mint and choc would also be good for those Mint Chocolate-Chip ice cream lovers!
      Catherine :-D

    • K Thompson says:

      Try using Truvia to sweeten or another stevia sweetner. Good especially for diabetics from what I hear.

  3. Lisa says:

    Wow, the calorie count is actually pretty high at 170 for 1/2 cup for those of us that might be watching that! Just be aware of how much you are eating…especially with add-ins like peanut butter, brownies, etc!
    Also, have you ever used Geek yogurt? I use a nonfat plain yogurt, (Zoi)) that is very thick on it's own. When you mix some sweetener and put in an ice cream machine, no one ever knows it is fat-free! It's DELISH!! :D

  4. Stacey says:

    sugar is okay sometimes. if you want to eat something sweet like frozen yogurt, it's going to contain sugar. you just have to monitor your intake elsewhere. so don't eat sugary snacks that day and eat a salad for dinner.

  5. kelly says:

    I would add fresh berries on top.

  6. Patty says:

    Nothing beats chocolate anything…..for diabetics(or weight watchers), use Splenda instead of sugar and use sugar-free chocolate chips. I also used 2% milk and plain yogurt. It was delicious!!!!

  7. jsassy97 says:

    im getting fat looking at it and listening to akll of your comments I HATE DIETS but i am on one :-(

  8. @mici64 says:

    I would use Stevia and I would use Greek Yogurt as well. If your on a new eating plan it would be better for u! You would not get the Sugar highs anymore!!

  9. sydney says:

    I've heard bad things about stevia

  10. Susan says:

    Could you use non fat milk do you think, and another artificial sweetener

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