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PB Froyo

Homemade Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt

This frozen peanut butter dessert is exactly what I need right now.

Here is some advice I wish I’d taken: If you ever get braces, and if they ever give you that permanent metal bar behind your front teeth after the braces come off, and if that metal bar ever happens to break sometime in the next eight years…

Get it fixed immediately. Otherwise, you’ll be out hundreds of extra dollars and one very sore mouth.

I’m learning this the hard way. When I finally did drag myself to the orthodontist, it was a much bigger issue than simply fixing a broken metal bar.

The orthodontist gave me an Invisalign-like guard to wear 24/7 for the next two months. It’s completely unnoticeable, but it is painful as it shifts the teeth back into place. And when the teeth shift back? Then I will still have to pay for a new metal bar.

Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt

So it’s not been a fun past few days… except for all the frozen-yogurt eating! Winking smile

The retainer is not unbearably painful, but it’s uncomfortable enough that frozen yogurt is very welcome.

Frozen yogurt, and smoothies, Chocolate Protein Milkshakes, and oatmeal… how I miss crunchy apples, or even chocolate bars.

I am going to eat them with a vengeance when this soreness subsides.

Really, though, what I hate most about the retainer isn’t the discomfort; it’s the fact I don’t have free rein to snack whenever I want. I’m accustomed to grabbing something to eat every time I walk through the kitchen or while I’m cooking, but the retainer inhibits that.

It’s also apparently made me a very grouchy person. I’ve sure complained a lot in this post! Time for more frozen yogurt to shut me up.

Homemade Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt:

PB Froyo

  • 2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt (such as So Delicious) (440g)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (120g)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter or allergy-friendly alternative) (120g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla yogurt) (6g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pure stevia extract to taste, or 1/3 cup sugar of choice (more if using an unsweetened yogurt)
  • optional: homemade peanut butter chips


Blend all ingredients except optional chips (or stir very well by hand) until completely smooth. If you have an ice cream maker, transfer mixture to the machine and churn according to manufacturer’s directions. My Cuisinart took 9 minutes. Add chips if desired. Eat immediately as soft-serve, or freeze in an airtight container for a half hour if you want a firmer texture. (If you don’t have an ice cream machine: simply transfer the blended mixture to an airtight container, freeze, and stir well every half hour for 2-3 hours. The texture won’t be as creamy, but it still works.)

Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt

And to everyone who asked earlier this week about the bangs… here is a picture of me with bangs and braces:

girl with bangs             Chocolate Covered Katie

Then and now.  See? I told you I still look crazy similar to how I looked back then. I kind of miss the bangs.

But definitely NOT the braces!!

Published on May 22, 2013

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  1. Erica { } says

    I just went to the dentist to get an estimate on some work I needed done and they also told me I need braces again. I reallllly don’t think that’s going to happen.
    At least now I can console myself with a bowl of homemade peanut butter frozen yogurt 🙂

  2. Olivia@ OmNom Love says

    Complain all you want, Katie- retainers are the worst! I have one now and the orthodontist said I’m going to need it for the rest of my life. >:( But I can tell you now, I will NOT be wearing it forever.
    The frozen yogurt looks delicious! I’m definitely going to the store today to get some yogurt. 🙂

  3. Claire Elizabeth says

    So weird! I have Invisalign and I literally JUST changed my set last night! Now my mouth hurts so bad, too! It really does move your teeth, so cool! I first got the Invisalign a little over a year ago. What’s a bummer, though, is that I has on my 30th set out of 39, and something went wrong and we had to re-send in my impressions and get new sets. :\ Thankfully only 16 sets this time! So funny you posted this today!
    Really fantastic recipe! I love PB! Your post always make my day better! Thanks, Katie! 😀

  4. themagicviolinist says

    Ugh, braces. ;P I still have mine. My retainer will be my FOURTH orthodontic appliance. I’ll be glad to be rid of these sometime near the end of summer.

    Ooh, frozen yogurt! 😀 A place called “Top It!” opened up just across the street from my house. We go there almost every week!

  5. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says

    You know, sometimes I hate teeth! I put off getting a chipped tooth fixed (and just getting back to the dentist in general) and I ended up needing to get 3 fillings done and a cleaning between 2 visits. And currently fighting insurance to get it covered…hopefully we BOTH learned our lessons! Meanwhile, I think I’ll join you in eating frozen yogurt, we earned it! 😉

  6. Courtney says

    Oh braces are always the worst, I had mine for a year and a half and I have many of my own awkward photos with them! :/ and my bar in the back of my teeth came off once when I was eating chips one day so I immediately got it replaced so I could avoid the troubles!

    Oh and can i make this in my vitamix? I’ve made your spinach ice cream with my vitamix and it came out great but would it be the same texture and cold temperature if I eat it straight out of the vitamix container like I did with the spinach ice cream?

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Yes, definitely. As a general rule, I think you can make any ice cream recipe (all of mine, anyway) in a Vita-Mix. The ice cream maker is used to add air and to churn, which the Vita does as well… to be honest, I think the texture of Vita-Mix ice cream is even better than that made in an ice cream maker.

      You just need to wait a little longer, as you should freeze it before re-blending.

        • Grace says

          I have a Blendtech (Omg shocker… enemy alert! Abort, abort… Ahhh!) and I was wondering if you’d get the same texture as an ice cream maker… I haven’t had actual ice cream in such a long time! Just homemade that I make in my Blendtech. I don’t know if you’d happen to know? But do you think I should invest in an ice cream maker? Because I love the Blendtech, but I always see ice cream makers and I’m like OMG, I WANT!!! 🙂

          Haha sorry! Thanks!

          And I’m so sorry to hear about having to use invisalign and stuff! I had braces too, but funny thing was that I LOVED them! They were so fun! At least to me! Hahah but now I just wear retainers… Not as fun :/ LOL, only at night though! Weird thing was that I never got a metal bar! Hmmm :/

          I totally understand the whole I’m in the kitchen, gonna grab some food thing Katie! I do that as well! Hehe 😛

          Sorry for the long reply!

          -Grace 🙂

  7. Ruta says

    I’m sorry to hear all that, Katie. I recently got braces (for the first time), and I totally understand what you’re going through. It stinks not to be able to eat what you want when you want! Being a food blogger, it’s twice as hard. Hope things get better soon. Maybe lots and lots of frozen yogurt will help 🙂

  8. Anonymous says

    Thanks for the advice! I’ve had one of those metal bars behind my lower teeth for years now, and I’m the kind of person who would put off getting it replaced if it ever broke. 😡 So I’ll keep this in mind…

  9. Natalie says

    Question: How long can I store the frozen yogurt in the freezer for (after stirring?) – is it a make and eat right away type of thing, or can I keep it for several days? Thanks!

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      You can keep it frozen a month or so. Thaw before serving, though. The texture is best the day it’s made, because it has no stabilizers, but you can still eat it days after as long as you thaw it first.

  10. Carey says

    Hey Katie! I’m 36 yrs old and in metal braces for the first time…never had them as a kid despite needing them. I understand the soreness you’re feeling. Also, I’m grateful every day for my VitaMix. 🙂 I’m also grateful for so many of your recipes that help keep me healthy and happy…and are easy on my teeth!

    Thanks for the head’s up about the metal bar (that’s considered a “permanent retainer”) as I’m hoping to have that when the braces come off as opposed to the plastic/metal/removable kind. You’re lucky you only needed Invisalign to straighten you out.

  11. Carey says

    Oh yes, also, your 5-minute chocolate truffles are THE BEST indulgence when your teeth hurt and you need chocolate. I suggest you make a batch right now to console yourself.

  12. Jenna Ponraj says

    Katie, your website isn’t opening up like usual. I think somethings wrong. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Sherri Herring says

    I am praying for you. I know it is hard with mouth pain. My daughter has braces and head gear. The cold food items really helps her.

    I love yogurt but my family dislikes it. Does the pb hide the taste? Thank you so much for your hard work. You have really helped our family with your recipes.

  14. Maxine says

    Ouch, I know how you feel, my metal bar is superglued to my teeth, but once one of the glue blobs broke, and I took my time getting it reglued, so the tooth moved and they had to force it back in position and glue it in place…..did I ever regret my procrastination!
    BTW the website looks strange when I open it, is it just me seeing this?

      • J says

        I think it’s just a problem for people using Safari – I’m using Safari now and your blog doesn’t look right, but I just tried switching to Firefox and everything looks totally normal!

  15. Lisa says

    Loving the bangs 😉 I always wanted braces SO bad when I was a kid, since all my friends had them sadly I never got my request.
    But, I guess I’m kind of glad I never had to wear braces.

  16. Ceilia Smith says

    Hi Sweet Katie! I remember that face!
    And Emory did the exact same thing and will probably face the same problem – didn’t like the answer of Johnson & Collins!

      • Ceilia Smith says

        Hi Katie! We are all ok – Robert just had a hip replacement but is good other than that, and Emory moved to LA so we miss her lots! I’m just working and hanging out….I’m really fortunate because I have a job that let’s me work from home, travel occasionally, etc so that’s a good thing! How is everyone in the HIggins family? Your mom told me that Michelle moved to NYC – ironically just as Emory was leaving last fall. I hope you are well…we miss you all, too! Would love to see you all sometime! My regular email is in the form above and I am on FB – friends with your mom!


  17. Kim @ Cooking in the City says

    I have that metal bar… top and bottom. I was always super grateful because most of my friends had the removable kind that was more visible. Also… I had that same denim hat that you’re wearing in your picture 🙂 So stylish!

    • Sunnie says

      I don’t know if it’s just my computer, but your website is displaying quite oddly. :/ It could be a problem on my end, but I just wanted to let you know, just in case! Either way, your recipe looks YUMMY – I love peanut butter (I eat it – or cashew butter – nearly every day!)!! 🙂

    • Sunnie says

      Oops! Kim, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to post as a reply to your comment – for some reason there’s no “speak your mind” button displaying right now – oh no! :/

  18. Erica says

    OH MY GOSH!! katie what’s wrong with your blog?? yesterday it was working normally but now.. its just plain! i’m sorry if i upset you, but why doesnt this look normal?? there’s no archives, no search button(exept for the ctrl f thingy), and half of ur title it cut off!!! i hope this is just temporary! SOMEONE TELL ME WHATS GOING ON!!!! btw,i might be the only 1 having this problem because im in canada.

  19. Jenni says

    I had braces for a lot of my childhood; it was NOT fun. Orthodontics are a bitch. Good thing there’s always frozen, creamy goodness to sooth an aching mouth. 🙂

  20. Amber says

    Wow! I can’t believe the number of people here who also have a permanent lower retainer! I love it, because I have had one for 22 years and no one else I know has one! I was always lucky enough that when the composite would crack and make it loose that my mom worked for a dentist and I would just pop in and have it fixed quick. I no longer have that luxury, so I will keep your dilemma in kind. I also wear a night guard because of grinding my teeth which I have noticed works like a retainer because if I skip wearing it for 2 nights my teeth have already started to shift!

    Anyway, can’t wait to try this recipe and I really should probably invest in a vitamix!

  21. Ellen says

    I’m sorry for your tooth pain, but I’m enjoying the recipes that are the result of you needing smooth food!

  22. Maddie says

    First, this looks delicious. Second, I had my retainer snap off of one or two teeth on my right and also neglected to show up for an orthodontist appointment. :/ It’s still mostly there, but now I’m feeling paranoid!

  23. Amy says

    Oh no!! That sounds awful. I never had a metal bar, but I was supposed to wear a retainer every night. I was really good about it up until I had my wisdom teeth removed. It was too painful to wear, and by 2 months later, my top teeth had shifted. I’m afraid to go to the orthodontist and get yelled at, but it sounds like I should do that soon…

    And HOORAY!!! I forgot to put “peanut butter” on my long list of favorite frozen yogurt flavors. So glad you read my mind!! 😀

  24. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen says

    I would not be able to deal with not snacking on whatever I want! Hopefully you can enjoy some yummy chocolate bars soon. I love frozen yogurt, peanut butter is the perfect flavour!

  25. nadia says

    Love this recipe. Your blog makes me happy. Even if I don’t make the recipe, knowing that it exists for further use really brightens my day. I also enjoy that you have both single serve, and bigger scale recipes. 🙂

  26. emma says

    oh my gosh!! this looks soooo delicious!! I am most definitely goin to have to try this!! thanks so much for sharing Katie!
    …and I have found that the removable retainer is annoying but I don’t even notice the bars/wires now… 😉

  27. Francis says

    What a delightful concoction. Frozen peanut butter yogurt will be a treat anytime, but when needing the soothing cold, it cures as well! I hope all is going well with your orthodontist.

  28. Jennifer says

    The yogurt looks divine. I had my wire removed six years and have been lucky my teeth have not shifted! I bet your mouth is sore!

  29. Ashley says

    I was just saying to my boyfriend the other day that I wanted to make frozen yogurt! Peanut butter is his favorite, so I know I’ll be making either that or the avocado one sometime this weekend.

    • Kira says

      I eat greek yogurt and almond or peanut butter almost every morning for breakfast. I chop up a little frozen fruit and add in some Fiber One cereal. Stick it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. It’s like having fro-yo for breakfast 🙂

  30. Maddie says

    Hi, Katie, I love all of your recipes! One problem I’ve run into though when making your ice creams and frozen yogurts is that a hard icy layer ends up coating the bottom and sides of the ice cream machine, probably because there is no alcohol in the recipes. I was wondering if you have the same problem and how you fix it? Thanks!

  31. Susan says

    Would love to try the PB frozen yogurt. Question about the nutritional facts. Is the 130g serving size the entire recipe? If not, how many servings does it make?

    Thanks – Susan

      • Jen says

        Just add up all the grams in the recipe to know how much something makes, and divide by the number of grams on the nutrition label. In this case divide by 130.

  32. Julie says

    Ok, I feel your pain. I got my braces off ummm, about 27 years ago and have to get them again in 2 weeks…ouch! My bar didn’t break and my teeth still moved and now I keep chipping them on each other so time for more metal mouth. I am looking forward to trying out this recipe when my mouth gets sore too. I am hoping that I stop wanting to snack too and it becomes a sort of diet for me 😉

  33. Tanya says

    I just made this. I sweetened it with 5 dates instead of the sugar and it turned out great. My 4 and 5 year old loved it. Thanks.

  34. Susan says

    You poor thing! You have pretty much made me glad that my parents gave my sisters braces but not me 🙂 I’m sorry you’re going through all this pain and/or discomfort, but it sure provides nice recipes for us to try! Hope your mouth calms down soon.

  35. MightyMighty says

    Hi Katie,

    I just found your website last week and I LOVE it! You are ingenius with making vegan desserts that *don’t* rely on a bunch of weird, expensive vegan substitutes. One of the reasons I stopped being vegan at one point (I’m getting back on the wagon) was because it seemed crazy to be eating so many artificial things in order to avoid something that was at least natural (ala most store-bought vegan desserts). I love being able to cook with stuff that I know is real food.

    The cookie dough dip is awesome–I love letting my son think that I’m spoiling him. 🙂 I found you via your Starbucks frapp recipe, and that has made Starbucks obsolete to me. Between the savings and not having to leave the house with three kids in tow…why not make them at home?

    When your cookbook is out, I am buying a copy for my dessert-loving-but-diabetic sister. It’s so neat to see someone with your passion doing something that helps other people eat better and live better.

    And I still have the bar in behind my teeth from my second round of braces in 2005. I have resolved to keep it in forever, even if I have to get it replaced every ten years for the rest of my life. Good luck!

  36. Zu says

    We drink rice milk…. I have been wanting to try your frozen dessert recipes but wonder if you recommend a different type of milk in order for the consistency to be creamier and for the proper “set up” of it.

  37. Arielle says

    I just wanted to say that a similar thing happened to me, but I ended up wearing invisalign for a year (my teeth move really easily D:) You’ll be happy when it’s off!

  38. Britt says

    Made this yesterday and it is UUUUH-MAZING!
    I made it with unsweetened almond milk, sweetened soy vanilla yogurt, and Jif PB and it was absolutely perfect with only 3 ingredients. Make a double batch because it is too good to share!

  39. Thomas | Madd Finances says

    This looks great! Glad you gave options stevia/sugar etc. Im more with the sugar and wifey likes the non sugars. WIll it taste okay with almond soy milk?

  40. Julianne says

    How did you manage to get your frozen yogurt made in only 9 minutes?! I have a Cuisinart ice cream machine too (the one with the built-in freezing unit so you don’t have to pre-freeze a bowl) and after 10 minutes it was still completely liquid. My yogurt and milk came straight from the fridge; I didn’t do anything silly like heat up the ingredients first!

  41. Anne Lipman says

    You are a genius! I make your items for my kids all the time. Some of our favorites are the homemade Luna Bars, German Chocolate Bites, and the Oreo Cookie Pie. For the Oreo pie, I now delete the Oreos (not something I usually have around) and add 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. I use the dates to sweeten and a squirt of agave. Love it!!!

    Anne Lipman

  42. Julia @ hungryandconfused says

    Wow, you really do look similar to twelve years ago! And avocado and now peanut butter? You’re on a roll with these tasty frozen yogurts. Now that the weather’s hotting up, I’m definitely going to be making these and some of my own ice cream to help cool me down. Never would have thought to use avocado, but seeing as how I add it to everything else I may as well give it a go 😉

  43. Courtney says

    I just made the frozen PB yogurt and it is soooooooo good! I love so many of your recipes! Thank you!

  44. Sheila Stevenson says

    Yum! I used powdered sugar to prevent any grainy texture. I also omitted the vanilla because it tends to give an alcohol flavor to unbaked items. My new hand mixer seemed to work just fine for mixing this up. I added some shaved chocolate too. Can’t wait to get home tonight and try it frozen!

  45. Alanna says

    This is SO good! I was feeling sorry for myself on the way home today from a dentist appt that I thought would be a simple 30 min recementing of a loose crown and instead turned into a 3.5 hr prying off and replacing it with a new temporary crown. I’d missed lunch and wanted something satisfying that didn’t require chewing when I remembered this post. Thank you, Katie, for salvaging my evening! 🙂

  46. Ice Cream Lover says

    I tried this recipe and it turned out great… on the first day it was made. I put it in my ice cream machine and it came out creamy, but along the sides of the machine it was frozen solid. Then, after I put the leftovers in the freezer it became a solid block! Help! I love the taste but I need to fix the texture!

  47. Dylan says

    I just made this, and OMG, I’m in heaven! I did make a couple of modifications: added about 2 TB of cocoa powder, and I melted, than added, about 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips. So freakin’ good! It was delicious eating some freshly blended-soupy, but that’s my fave. I did stick it in the freezer to firm up, so we’ll see what it’s like later. This recipe will definitely be made many more times this summer. Thanks Katie and great job!!! I make MANY of your recipes.

  48. Lourdes says

    Wow… It’s all I can say. Thank you! I just made this recipe and tastes great. i didn’t even want to wait to put it in freezer and wanted to eat it all at room temperature.
    Btw, I am looooving your recipes.

  49. Wilmer says

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. appreciate it

  50. Linda Wilson says


    Your website with all its fabulous desserts is incredible, and a great service to the community of sweet addicts who are craving something sweet but good for the body! I really can’t thank you enough, from the bottom of my heart, for your blog. I love, love, love it! I welcome every posted recipe you so freely share with your fans!

    Love, Linda

  51. Jacquie says

    It was like a party in my mouth and everyone was invited! I had no idea peanut butter frozen yoghurt existed! Amazing, thank you!

  52. Marcia says

    As a writing teacher and a chocoholic, I am giggling through your delicious writing, savoring every recipe. It takes awhile to get my kitchen jojo in gear, but when I do, then dancing begins. Cheers to chocolate! Write on!

  53. Sarah says

    Okay – I know I’m reading this really late, but I’m with you on the metal bar. I broke mine too (I told them from day one that it would break – I kept breaking my braces when I had them, so I didn’t see how the bar was going to stick) but I went in right away because the broken bit was stabbing me. You can ask for a clear retainer (not invisalign, more like a mouth guard) to wear at night instead, they just don’t want to give you one unless you ask a million times.

    PS – l love your site, I’ve been following forever and have yet to come across a recipe that doesn’t work just like you say it will. Thanks!

  54. Katie says

    Just wanted to say I completely understand the pain of not being able to eat real food! I had major jaw surgery for my sleep apnea several years ago (they literally moved my entire jaw forward) and could not talk or chew for a solid 4-6 weeks. I essentially lived off of frozen yogurt protein shakes and eventually watered-down oatmeal. Eating froyo all day sounds amazing in theory, but after a few weeks I was seriously fantasizing about being able to eat real food (to the extent I put together an entire recipe book without even realizing why I was doing it, lol). All of that aside, I love your site and this recipe looks delicious – I am planning on giving it a try tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

  55. Grace says

    tried this out yesterday! amazing texture and taste is awesome- great way to get my daily peanut butter fix! perfect with chocolate sauce and chopped banana for dessert!

  56. Lauren says

    Hi! I tried this recipe, and it was just ok. It tasted really like the sour yogurt taste and not enough like the peanut butter frozen yogurt like you would get at a frozen yogurt place (what I was hoping for). Is there any way to fix this? Better to use vanilla yogurt? Better to use plain? (I used half and half of both). Add more sugar? (I added more PB than recipe called for to try to address this.) Not sure what these frozen yogurt places do to make the flavors you add come out more in the frozen yogurt and cover up more of the sour breakfasty yogurt taste you get with regular yogurt. Any tips?? Thanks!!!

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      Sounds like you used a bad brand of yogurt. The one Katie says she uses and the one I also use and love above all others is Wholesoy. Try this!

  57. kathleen mchale says

    8/4/2014 where are the recipes on katie’s website? a few have nutritional information,i’m intested in food,and that includes recipes[fudge,cheesballs ,holiday recipe’s]I hardley ever get the chance to try new foods or recipe’s,but I collect cookbooks and copy recipe’s anyway.kathy mchale geneva ny

  58. Ryan says

    thanks for recipe! Assuming this will work with Greek yogurt as well…

    Based on what you said with how you snack I was a lite suprised by your picture, did not think you’d be so cute! Lol

  59. Beth says

    I have the metal bar on my bottom teeth! I’ve always wondered what it’d be like if it detached or broke. Now I know! You poor thing! Oh, and that frozen yogurt sounds so yummy. 🙂 Thanks for the advice and the recipe!

  60. jeremiah says

    oh my stars!!!! i am so trying this i love soft serve and peanut butter is the BOMB. Wow i think you look way different in the pictures, i think u look great without the bangs.

  61. Anna says

    Just a quick question! When you use peanut butter in your recipes, is it all natural peanut butter that’s only ingredient is peanuts? Or does it also have salt, etc.

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