Dessert For Breakfast: Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

Photo: Christine Chitnis

It’s nice to have a simple vanilla frozen yogurt recipe. Whether serving a slice of fruit pie à la mode or creating the perfect brownie sundae, vanilla yogurt can be just the thing.

Because of its simple flavor profile, this frozen treat lends itself well to a playful assortment of toppings. I like a bit of crunch, so I load mine with toasted coconut, toasted chopped pecans, and cacao nibs. If I’m feeling extra decadent, I’ll drizzle a hefty spoonful of vegan salted caramel sauce on top.

I let my boys eat this fro-yo for breakfast topped with chopped nuts and a sprinkle of toasted coconut or a handful of berries in the summer months. They think they’re getting away with something, but really we’re just talking about eating slightly sweetened yogurt here!

Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

Makes 2 pints


  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 cups plain whole milk yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


1. Pour the milk into a small saucepan. Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape the seeds into the milk, then add the bean. Place over medium heat, bring to a simmer, stirring to avoid scalding the milk, then add the honey and simmer, stirring until the honey is well incorporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool, then remove and compost the vanilla bean.

2. In a large bowl, combine the milk mixture with the yogurt and salt. Cover and place the bowl in the refrigerator for a few hours to chill thoroughly.

3. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can eat the frozen yogurt right away for a softer version, or freeze it for about 2 hours for a firmer consistency. When served right from the ice cream mixer, the frozen yogurt closely mimics the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.

From Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet by Christine Chitnis © 2016 by Christine Chitnis. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boulder, CO,

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