TFRK – Tropical Fro-Yo (frozen yoghurt)

Here in Rivvy’s kitchen we’re big fans of Magic Mike, so we were super excited when XXL came out. We went along to the cinema and giggled with everyone else at the zany goings on (our personal favourite was the convenience store scene I think) of the troupe of strippers as they go on their last ride together. I’m still slightly obsessed with the fact that Matt Bomer really can sing and I know none of us can listen to Ginuwine without getting a fit of the giggles.

If you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why I couldn’t stop laughing when my mum asked me to make her some (artisanal) frozen yoghurt, hereafter referred to as ‘fro-yo’. It was an awkward conversation to have.

Anyway, this is a great recipe if you’re on a diet. I believe it was originally a Slimming World recipe, so credit to them if that is the case. It’s really simple to make, with very few ingredients, and absolutely bursts with flavour on the tongue. I’m lucky in that my mother has an industrial capacity ice cream machine, but I’ve been assured that my brother has done this in the freezer stirring by hand and it has still turned out really well, it just takes longer.

Serves 4 – 6

200g natural yoghurt
250ml Orange juice
6tbsp powdered sweetener
8 – 10 passion fruit, pulped (or 2 of the small tins if you can’t buy fresh)
4 – 5 large oranges, segmented


– In the bowl of your ice cream machine (or a freezer-safe dish with a lid if you don’t have an ice cream machine) combine the yoghurt, orange juice and sweetener and set to churn.

– When the cycle has finished (or when the fro-yo is at a mostly solid consistency) stir through half the passion fruit pulp. At this point it will look a bit sloppy but that’s okay.

– Return it to the freezer and leave it to sit for two hours.

– Serve with orange segments and the remainder of the passion fruit pulp.

– Enjoy.


This can be made with fat free yoghurt for those who are on a severely restricted diet. I don’t know if it would work with non-dairy. We haven’t tried it.

Don’t leave the fro-yo in the freezer for longer than 2 hours because it has a high water percentage so it will go very hard. The original recipe suggested taking it out an hour in advance of eating it if you’ve left it overnight, but on the few occasions that we haven’t eaten the entire tub in one sitting, even leaving it for an hour or two hasn’t softened it noticeably.

We tend to use the generic brand of sweetener that we buy from Lidl, so please check whichever brand you use for conversion amounts. The yoghurt and passion fruit can be quite sharp so it really does need sweetening.

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