Honey Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Having ice cream in my house to make this pie was super dangerous.  I love ice cream, and don't really stop at regular portion sizes.  In an attempt to not limit myself, I looked into healthier alternatives to ice cream, but was shocked at the amount of sugar and fat in the so called "healthy" frozen yogurts, and yogurt in general... I felt like I might as well be eating ice cream.
Then I got a reality check when I did some research online.  Plain yogurt contains no added sugars, but there are natural milk sugars in the yogurt- about 11.5 grams per 8oz of regular yogurt.  Because they're natural, I forgive them, we're not talking about added spoonfuls just to sell a product.  Greek yogurt has even less sugar per serving, the Cabot greek yogurt I used only had 6g per serving.  Greek yogurt also has more protein, but sadly less calcium than regular.  If you're a yogurt fiend, I suggest alternating between the two types to balance things out.  Perhaps I incorrectly judged those frozen yogurts for their insane amount of sugar?  No, I stand by my decision to make my own.

Sadly, I am not a yogurt fiend.  It's just goop, and I can't stand it.  When I attempt to eat yogurt for the health benefits, I end up adding so much granola for crunch and texture that it ends up being a calorie bomb and not worth it.  But I always hear that I should be eating this goop, and I think this frozen yogurt recipe is a wonderful way to reap some benefits, while making me think I'm eating ice cream!

Our ingredients are simple: Greek lowfat yogurt, honey, whole milk, and vanilla extract.  We don't even need to heat anything up to create this base, so you can have homemade frozen yogurt in 30 minutes flat!
I even mixed everything in my handy dandy Pyrex measuring cup, which made pouring it into the ice cream maker super easy, and clean-up a breeze.  You could see the honey on the bottom when mixing it with the milk, and it made things so much easier.
If you're looking for a wonderful sweet treat, I think you'll love this frozen yogurt!

Honey Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups lowfat greek yogurt

**Follow the manufacturer recommendations for your ice cream maker.  Mine requires the bowl to be frozen for at least 24 hours before using, so make sure yours is ready to go!**

In a glass measuring cup with a spout, or medium bowl, whisk the honey and whole milk until combined.  It'll seem impossible at first, but just keep whisking, and they'll incorporate soon!  Make sure to scrape up all the honey from the bottom (this is where a glass measuring cup or bowl will help).  Once combined, whisk in the vanilla extract.  Add the greek yogurt, 1 cup at a time, to make whisking everything together easier.

Pour this yogurt base into your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions.  Mine took about 20 minutes to freeze to a wonderful consistency, and I use the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment. Pour into tupperware and place in freezer for later, or make yourself a bowl of soft-serve now!  Some additional toppings don't hurt...
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