How To Make Freeze Dried Yogurt

Here I show you how to make freeze dried yogurt at home in less than 10 minutes. All you need are the 4 ingredients that I mention (plain yogurt works best), a freezer, one cookie sheet, and some wax paper. Make sure that the yogurt has no added whole fruits or it will not turn out. And when you freeze the water, place wax paper inside so you can easily remove the ice once it’s frozen.

At first, it took me weeks to perfect this, but soon, I was making it better than the Gerber Graduates Yogurt Melts I was originally buying at the store. The first thing I noticed when I tried my own recipe, was that it was not nearly as sweet, but that was because it was plain yogurt. You can always add a little sugar or some kind of sweetener to make it taste to your liking. I found that if I use a flavored yogurt, then it usually is sweet enough after it’s freeze dried.

Another thing to mention is use small amounts at first because you will make mistakes but once you figure it out, you’ll be able to make larger batches and do it even quicker. Just make sure you give some space in your freezer to fit the cookie sheet.

Now, once you’ve learned how to make your own freeze dried yogurt snack, just sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor, and pop one of these in your mouth Picture of my icon smile


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Janice Michaels March 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Oh my, what an amazing treat! I was bored one day and decided to gave this recipe a try and wow, just incredible! After the second time, I pretty much had it down pat (I’ve been cooking for a long time, over 40 years ;) ). The first time I forgot the wax paper, hehehe.

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I am now my grandson’s favorite grandma!!!!

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Crystal Armstrong April 5, 2011 at 2:44 am

Superb!! I used some of your recommendations and added 1 tsp of vanilla and an extra 3 tsps of brown sugar. I served with an ice cream dessert and it was a hit.

Thanks,
Crystal A.

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Carol Jenkins September 30, 2011 at 3:04 am

I agree… the vanilla and extra brown sugar (not white) give it an amazing taste.

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Jennifer Braorkes April 10, 2011 at 1:42 am

This recipe worked out great when my sister and her kids came over, everyone loved it. I highly recommend you do not use any large fruit for this, try and blend it down or chop it up.

Great recipe. Thank you.

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Tiana G. April 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I tried the Gerber Melts and I think these are much better. I make mine with only a little sugar and it just melts in your mouth. A perfect light calorie snack.

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April L. May 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I had some family come over on the weekend and wanted to make something they hadn’t tried before. I gave them each a bowl of these little yogurt melts and they just couldn’t stop. The kids were even fighting over the last one. Everyone raved about how light and delicious they were. I will most certainly make this again and again.

Thanks,
April L.

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Amanda Simms May 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Thank you! Your recipe was a HUGE hit at my school bake sale :)

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Karen May 31, 2011 at 12:04 am

:( I don’t know what I did wrong, but it didn’t seem to turn out. It was just a big frozen puddle. I followed the instructions step by step and still don’t know where I went wrong. Maybe the yogurt was too watery? I’ll try a different kind next, hopefully I’ll have some success.

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Rebecca Roberts June 15, 2011 at 3:54 am

Awesome!! I’ve been looking for a freeze dried yogurt recipe forever. Can’t afford to buy this stuff at the store anymore. This is all my kids eat for a snack.

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Linda M. June 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I’m still trying to figure out a good sweetener for these. I tried splenda but it had a terrible after taste. I don’t like using white sugar, but brown sugar makes it too sweet. Has any body else had some success with other sweeteners?

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Gentry June 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Try real maple syrup. It is all natural and has essential B vitamins in it.

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Dianna G. June 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thanks. I think this is the reason why I put on 5 pounds in the last few weeks, lol. :( :( I just can’t stop. They’re better than chocolate.

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Amanda Gall June 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

My 3 year old keeps asking me to make these now. He loves them.

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Linda Mysner June 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Tip: I used a small cookie cutter to hold the shapes together during the freezing stage and it works really well. They look like tiny cookies. I’m sure you could even use different shapes as long as they aren’t too big.

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April S. September 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Thanks, I’ll try your idea. This will make it fun for the kids too :)

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diane hotchkins September 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I tried different cookie cutters at home and found that the only ones that would work are the round ones. Anything that has intricate shapes tend to be just make a mess.

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dina williams July 2, 2011 at 4:42 am

my neighbor made these for us a few nights ago and i couldn’t stop thinking about them so i asked her where to find the recipe. she sent me here. i’ll give it try but it seems hard to do.

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Lana Triance July 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Lol. I made 3 batches of this freeze dried yogurt recipe for my boyfriend’s daughter and they both ended up eating them all at one sitting.

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Kimbery July 9, 2011 at 4:30 am

Thanks but kids weren’t too crazy about them. I don’t know if it was the sweetener or I didn’t sweeten it up enough. I’ll probably keep buying them at the store.

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Phyllis July 20, 2011 at 2:12 am

Husband spit it out but the kids loved them.

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Paula Green July 26, 2011 at 12:15 am

Anyone know how long they’ll keep for? I want to make a huge batch and keep them in the freezer, if that’s even possible. I was hoping for about one month or two.

You can answer here or email me back at paulagr33n@gmail.com

Thanks,
Paula G.

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Diana Hobson July 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I LOVE IT… so do the kids ;)

I’m going to try Linda’s idea and use the cookie cutter to keep the mold in place. I want to use large cookie cutters and make them almost look like cup cakes. If they turn out, I’m going to use them for my son’s birthday party. Thank you so much for sharing.

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linda saunders July 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm

i attempted this two times already and both times they turned out to be disasters. i wasted way too much yogurt. perhaps I’ll have to put this recipe on hold.

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emily gants August 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

all i can say is AWESOME!! i have been looking for a way to make these yogurt melts without having to always buy them at the store. I’m so happy. Thanx!!

emily g.

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bonny mills August 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm

The first time I tried this recipe it turned out pretty close to the store bought kind, just need to put less sugar and maybe some other kind of flavoring. So many possibilities with this thank you for posting.

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Cindy Jarkes August 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I thought they were just okay, nothing special. I never tried the kind you buy in the store so I’m not sure how they compare. It seemed like I was using too much yogurt for too little outcome.

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Sarah L. August 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Yes. I can confirm, these will not turn out if you have large chunks of fruit in the yogurt. I didn’t read all the reviews before starting this recipe :(

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Gina August 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

wowzaz! i think i put way too much sugar or something because these were extremely sweet… not for me.

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Anna Spence August 16, 2011 at 3:16 am

I’ve been buying the Walmart brand of yogurt melts and really like them. They’re much cheaper than the Gerber brand. Just in case you’re one of the unfortunate people who can’t cook :P

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mallery August 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

YUK!!! I tried this with plain yogurt and no sugar and it was horrible. If you value your taste buds, please add sugar…

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glenda j. August 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Thanks so much, makes a nice treat.

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Amy Wilkes September 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm

These make a perfect treat for when your traveling with kids. They don’t need to be refrigerated and keep for a long time and best of all the kids love ‘em.

Thanks!!

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Donna September 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Thank you.
I’ve bookmarked this recipe. I’ll wait till the grand kids come over. I’ll respond later with the results.

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Leanne R. September 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I’m still trying to figure out what the best yogurt to use. So far the plain is just horrible and some of the blended fruit flavors seem to change once they’re freeze dried. I haven’t tried vanilla yet, maybe this weekend I’ll try it. Has anyone had any success with that flavor?

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Brenda L. September 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

Believe it or not, but adding mint flavoring gives it a nice refreshing taste. I made some for my dinner guests as a dessert and they loved it. Wouldn’t tell them the secret recipe though ;)

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Becky Curtis September 30, 2011 at 2:04 am

My kids are big fans of the Gerber Melts. I’ve been on the lookout for a recipe to make my own so I can control the ingredients and the amount of sugar that’s added. I tried this a few times and each time they don’t look nearly as nice as how you’ve done them. Do you have any tricks you’re not showing us ;)

Thanks,
Becky Curtis

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Amber T. October 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Dang. I just tried this and couldn’t figure out why they were all stuck to the pan. It made such a mess and it was basically ruined. Now I see I need to put wax paper. Duhhhhh. Thanks

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Brenda Macintyre October 16, 2011 at 4:53 am

Here’s another tip for you guys :)
You can use food coloring to make all sorts of different colors. A while a go, I used orange and green for a Halloween theme. And for my daughter’s birthday princess theme, we used pink. The kids loved it.

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