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Fat-Free Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Recipes


Fruit sorbets and frozen yogurt are the perfect healthy treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. Naturally fat free, when made with whole fruit, they provide a delicious way to get in one of those 5-9 servings a day!

No Ice Cream Maker? No Problem.

Instead of transferring to an ice cream maker, pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and freeze, stirring with a fork every few hours until frozen hard around the edges.

Note: Sorbets especially tend to freeze harder than actually edible when kept in the freezer for any length of time. Just before serving, thaw slightly, break into chunks and beat with a mixer to a palatable texture.

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Lemon Sorbet


  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated lemon zest
  • pinch of salt


Stir together water and sugar in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat just until boiling, when all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, stir in lemon zest, cover, and let stand 10-15 minutes. Strain and stir in lemon juice and salt. Let cool, cover and chill overnight, or at least 4 hours. Pour into ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer's instructions OR see tips under "No Ice Cream Maker?"


  • For lime sorbet, substitute lime juice and zest for lemon.

Honeydew Sorbet


  • 4 ½ cups diced honeydew melon
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated lime zest


Add sugar and lime zest to small bowl. With the back of a spoon, press zest to release oils, and let sit 5-10 minutes before mixing in lime juice and straining out zest. Process until smooth in food processor with melon chunks, cover and chill until cool all the way through. Transfer to ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's directions, OR see "No Ice Cream Maker?"


  • Try various kinds of sweet, fragrant melon, altering sugar measurement as needed.

Tropical Fruit Sorbet


  • 2 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup frozen peach slices
  • 1 cup frozen papaya chunks
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened orange juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp dried coconut (optional)
  • pinch of salt


Combine lemon juice, orange juice, salt and sugar, stirring until all sugar is dissolved. Process until smooth with mango, peaches, papaya, and coconut (if desired) in food processor, then transfer to ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions OR see "No Ice Cream Maker?"

Chocolate-Chip Raspberry Frozen Yogurt


  • 3 cups unsweetened frozen raspberries
  • 2 cups fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips


Process raspberries, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla until smooth in food processor. Pour into ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer's instructions, adding chocolate chips in the last 5 minutes of freezing OR see tips under "No Ice Cream Maker?"


  • For chocolate-chip strawberry frozen yogurt, substitute unsweetened frozen strawberries.
  • For chocolate-chip banana frozen yogurt, slice and freeze 2-4 bananas, depending on size, and substitute 3 cups frozen banana slices for raspberries.


spacemanusa on March 03, 2014:

Great frozen yogurt and soft serve recipes and great information. Thank you for sharing. We are going to bookmark your page and review it often.

Thank you!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 14, 2012:

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These sound perfect for the summer. Sorbet has its own kind of refreshing way to satisfy that other desserts sometimes do not. My daughter will really like the lemon sorbet. She is all about lemons. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes.

Mary Cake from London, United Kingdom on December 12, 2011:


lollipop on March 21, 2011:

Really good recipes but next time can you put something on this website without sugar in it regards lollipop

Emma S on January 28, 2011:

Thanks very much - I'm on a health kick, but I'm not a huge fan of eating fresh fruit on it's own. I make my own smoothies with a smoothie maker my husband bought me years back, and now I have a healthy dessert reciept for when spring/summer eventually comes!

Ravi Rawat on June 11, 2010:

Lemon Serbot is easy to prepare and good for health and stomach. I think best to use salt (black salt) only instead of sugar.

SarahLambert on May 28, 2010:

I am so glad I found this hub just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. The lemon sorbet sounds like a great addition to our lunch menu! Thanks so much!

here ! on November 30, 2009:

these sound very nice 2 me !!!

TetonRose from Utah on June 20, 2008:

These sound delicious. It's got to be time to get out the old ice cream maker!

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on June 20, 2008:

girl on a diet:

Absolutely.  Substitute equal measurements Splenda for the granulated sugar.

girl on a diet on June 20, 2008:

Is it ok if we substitute the sugar for splenda or any other sweeteners? I'm dying for a treat like his but I cannot have any sugar or fat for health reasons...

About-The-Home on February 01, 2008:

These look delicious, but I think I'll wait 'til the weather warms up a bit.

I'm frozen myself now.

nicolane from London, UK on January 31, 2008:

Thank you - the tropical sorbet sounds delicious! I may even pull out my ice cream maker this weekend!

JerseyGirl from Jersey Shore on January 31, 2008:

Wow, I have never tried anything like this, but sounds so yummie that I will give it a shot. Thanks for the inspiration.

Marc David on January 31, 2008:

The potential for these mixes is unlimited! Love em' and especially for those who have a sweet tooth and are watching their calorie intakes but need a dessert that tastes good.

Whitney from Georgia on January 31, 2008:

I love fruit and cold desserts! The Tropical Fruit Sorbet sounds best to me. :-)

Hector Herrera from Dominican Republic on January 31, 2008:

Deliocious. My grand ma used to make it. I had to crank and crank the sorbet maker for hours. No fridge back them.

Pour ice around them.

What a taste and softness.

Nothing comparable.

I am going to try your recipe.



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