Raspberry Lemon Frozen Yogurt

Raspberry Lemon Frozen Yogurt
When you hear ‘frozen yogurt,’ what comes to mind?

Do you think of those self-serve yogurt places where you pull the handles to fill up as much as you want in your cup?

Yeah, that stuff isn’t bad, but try this recipe, and you may just like this Raspberry Lemon Frozen Yogurt more than ice cream.


Frozen Yogurt

This frozen yogurt reminds me of the world-famous Berthillon ice cream I ate every day in Paris.

They give you 3 golfball-sized scoops for $8 and you give them the death stare for ripping you off, but then you taste it, forgive, and go right back for 3 more scoops.


Because every teaspoon is bursting with intense, fireworks-on-the-palette flavor, and it’s mind blowing.

Frozen-concoction queen Jeni Britton, the original creator of this recipe, hits the nail on the head when she says, “I never make frozen yogurt as a low-fat replacement for ice cream.”

And well, I couldn’t agree more.

Yogurt deserves more than being labeled as diet food, because it adds such a wonderful tanginess and creaminess to this scoopable frozen dessert.

To start building that intense flavor, you start by squeezing a whole lot of lemons, and scraping off tons of that flavorful lemon zest.

Lemon Frozen Yogurt

Take some of that freshly squeezed lemon juice, pour in a packet of gelatin, and let it bloom (the gelatin will absorb the liquid, and this is ensures a smooth texture in your end product).

Gelatin is a standard ingredient for frozen yogurt. It stabilizes the frozen yogurt’s texture and reduces crystallization.

Jeni's Raspberry Lemon Frozen Yogurt

Add the bloomed gelatin to a boiled mixture of sugar, corn syrup, and lemon juice, then add yogurt, lemon zest, and cream.

After chilling it for 20 minutes in an ice bath, it’s ready to be spun in an ice cream machine:

Creamy Frozen Yogurt

Alternate scoops of the frozen yogurt with raspberry blueberry sauce, and give it a good swirl with a knife. Pop in the freezer for 2-4 hours until completely frozen. Here’s the recipe:

Raspberry Lemon Frozen Yogurt

Yield: 5 cups

Raspberry Lemon Frozen Yogurt


  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 oz package unflavored gelatin
  • 2/3 cup sugar + 6 tbsp
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup raspberries or blueberries (I often do a mix)


  1. Pour 5 tbsp of the lemon juice into a bowl, and sprinkle in the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the rest of the lemon juice, 2/3 cup sugar, and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat, and cook for a minute or two until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon gelatin.
  3. Mix together the yogurt, lemon zest, and cream in a large bowl, and add the saucepan mixture. Whisk until smooth, then place this mixture in an ice bath for 20 minutes, until chilled.
  4. In the meantime, boil the berries with 6 tbsp sugar over medium high heat until dissolved and saucy (this should take about 5 minutes). Let cool.
  5. Spin the frozen yogurt in an ice cream machine for about 20 minutes, then place the frozen yogurt and cooled berry sauce in alternate scoops into a container, and swirl with a knife to your liking. Place in the freezer for an additional 2-4 hours until completely frozen. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Jeni's Ice Cream on Food & Wine.


Copyright Notice: Fifteen Spatulas images and original content are copyright protected. Please do not publish these materials without prior permission.

More recipes you might enjoy:

15 comments… add one

Leave a Comment

  • avatar Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 7, 2012, 11:18 am

    I enjoy frozen yogurt out at places, but the few times I have tried to make it at home, it has been a mess! This looks amazing, and sounds delicious, so I am going to have to try this!

  • avatar Meg May 7, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Sounds tangy, creamy and delicious! I actually love frozen yogurt, though I haven’t had any in way too long. Must correct that.

  • avatar CJ at Food Stories May 7, 2012, 1:00 pm

    This does look like a recipe that can stand on it’s own instead of being a replacement for ice cream. Excellent.

  • avatar Angie May 7, 2012, 5:00 pm

    This looks incredible, Jo! I love the pairing of Raspberry and Lemon. Summer in a dish =D

  • avatar Martyna@WholesomeCook May 7, 2012, 5:06 pm

    Sorbets are some of my favourite cold treats in summer so having them combined with the wholesomeness of yoghurt is just perfect!

  • avatar Ann May 7, 2012, 8:13 pm

    Sounds delish and your description is pure poetry!

  • avatar Tommy May 8, 2012, 8:28 am

    Wowwwww. This looks like pure taste bud fireworks. I really need to get an ice cream maker this year!

  • avatar daisy May 8, 2012, 12:05 pm

    Love Jeni’s recipes and this one looks like another winner.


  • avatar Mi Vida en un Dulce May 8, 2012, 12:17 pm

    I like frozen yogurt, you know, it has a kind of acid flavor when you eat that makes me enjoyed until the last spoon.

  • avatar SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen May 16, 2012, 6:41 pm

    This looks wonderful! My question is… what container do you use to store your ice cream? Looks like it’s the perfect size for the Cuisinart maker :)

    • avatar Joanne Ozug May 16, 2012, 6:49 pm

      Hi! You know, it’s just a simple pyrex container! It’s the largest one in this set, I LOVE them…I have about 20 of these Pyrex containers. It’s what I store everything in!

  • avatar CJ @ Morsels of Life May 20, 2012, 9:00 pm

    This yogurt looks like some tasty eats! I’m definitely a fan of the slightly tangier froyo made with real yogurt. :)

    • avatar Joanne Ozug May 20, 2012, 9:25 pm

      Thanks CJ!I love the tang, yogurt is great!

  • avatar Sara June 9, 2012, 1:53 pm

    This post is amazing. We have frozen yougurt everywhere in Europe and I miss it so much. Can you make it without an ice cream machine?

    Thank you.

    • avatar Joanne Ozug June 9, 2012, 8:13 pm

      Hi Sara! You know, I’m not sure of a way you can do frozen yogurt without an ice cream machine. I googled “frozen yogurt no ice cream machine” but the results looked kind of..well, I didn’t find any I thought I could recommend based off pictures (the yogurt looked really…like in jagged pieces instead of creamy and smooth). Sorry I don’t have a better answer!


Popular Posts

peanut butter cups
rocky road
grilled artichoke zucchini bites