So our last stop on the yogurt train this week is flavoring yogurt. Not only does it literally take a few minutes to do, but the flavors are so much more real (with real ingredients) and tastier compared to store bought, long-ingredient-statement, flavored yogurts. Yes, my kids enjoy plain yogurt and toppings but when I scoop some of their favorite flavored yogurt out of a jar that they helped mix, they are thrilled!
Here are two simple recipes to try in beginning to flavor your own yogurt. And I bet you have all of the ingredients...
Since we make our own yogurt, I simply divide the 2 homemade quarts: 1 quart to be made into strawberry banana yogurt and 1 quart to be made into chocolate yogurt. If you're using store bought, just use one quart of yogurt per flavor.
Just to compare: Yoplait's Original Strawberry Banana yogurt has 15 ingredients with the second ingredient being sugar. Our strawberry banana yogurt has three: plain yogurt, strawberry preserves, and mashed banana.
strawberry banana yogurt
1 quart plain whole milk yogurt* (Here is how we make our own yogurt)
1.5-2 ripe bananas, depending on their size and ripeness
3-5 TBSP low sugar strawberry preserves
*These flavored yogurt recipes like all of my yogurt recipes on this blog call for whole milk yogurt. Why? Because children, even more than adults, need the fat for their growth and brains. Always use whole milk products for children.
Pour quart of yogurt into a bowl. Set aside.
Have your kids help mash the bananas.
Add the mashed banana to the yogurt. Add strawberry preserves by the tablespoon to the yogurt based on your liking. Mix well.
If your family can wait, chill the yogurt for a few hours for the flavors to intensify. If not, spoon it up and enjoy!
1 quart plain whole milk yogurt*
2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp vanilla extract
a few TBSP of your choice of sweetener (honey, coconut sugar, or natural sugar free sweetener like stevia, ZSweet, etc.)
a pinch of salt
Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and mix well. Chill for a few hours or serve.
Whether you are serving up these two new flavors of yogurt to the kiddos for breakfast or a snack, it is always fun to turn it into a Yogurt Bar. Or simply offer some quick grain-free yogurt topper (see below) to top their choice of flavored yogurt.
Our standard quick grain-free yogurt topper is simple:
- a variety of nuts, chopped
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- a variety of seeds
Throw on a baking sheet (tossed with a little melted coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt) and roast in the oven for 7-10 minutes, until you can begin to smell the nuts' roasted goodness.
Then simply throw in your kids' favorite chopped dried fruit and there you have it! A quick and easy yogurt topper. Store it in an air-tight container to always have on hand.
Could you guess that the daughters of this particular mother prefer the chocolate yogurt to any other flavor?? We definitely have happy snacking times around here when our flavored yogurts are around.
I'd love to hear: What are your favorite flavors of yogurt? What combinations would you combine to flavor yogurt??
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