Raise your hand if you love a cool creamy taste treat filled with delicious fresh fruit.
Oh my goodness! This healthy recipe is SO creamy and good we’re enjoying it twice a day. In fact, it’s taking the place of ice cream in our home. And there’s no cooking or whipping involved.
What it’s the main ingredient? Plain Greek whole milk yogurt. Before you click away… stop a minute to discover why we are so in love with the new treats we’re whipping up with this yogurt. I’ve discovered a delicious and healthy way to enjoy it that I just know you’ll want too.
Yogurt is something you either like or dislike. There’s no in between. My husband has never been a big fan. Unless it was super duper sweet, because he has a real sweet tooth. He even likes hard candy. Yup… pure sugar. Recently we were grocery shopping and saw that Greek yogurt was on sale in the small cartons at our supermarket. We picked up a couple of little vanilla tubs because I suggested that it would be good with blueberries that were also on sale that week, for breakfast.
Most of the yogurts in the dairy aisle are filled with additives to make them creamy and increase their shelf life. Even some of the organic versions have added carrageenan. It was the first time we’ve had Greek yogurt. (I know… you’re wondering if I’ve been living under a stone somewhere WAY outside the grid.) We both liked the creamy texture… but it was nonfat and we’re whole milk fans. Whole milk is just plain better for you. I could go on listing all the reasons why, but will just say the nutrient value is much higher. Who wants to put empty calories into their mouth if nutrient dense options are available? Not me.
The next time I went shopping, my goal was to see if the store carried a “fat” version of the yogurt and they did. Yay! Actually, it’s made with nonfat milk and cream, plus cultures. It’s only available in the quart size container… but that works great for us.
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Here’s my recipe…
- Scoop as much yogurt into a small bowl as you’ll need for the number of people you’ll be serving.
- Drizzle some good vanilla extract into the bowl.
- Add Stevia to taste. You could use sugar or honey or maple syrup. I’m trying to keep my added sugar down to a minimum.
- Stir really well.
- Turn into little dessert dishes for serving and add fruit.
You’ll need to taste this as you go along, but after you make it 2 or 3 times, you’ll get the taste you want.
I know you’ll love this delicious creamy goodness.
I have an itty bitty hunch that you might be thinking I’m making a big deal about something that’s been around for a long time. I get that! Though this isn’t organic, or pastured, or raw milk… it isn’t full of junk and I can sweeten it with Stevia or maple syrup. Sweetened, it can take the place of whipped cream on berries and maybe other things, as I cannot find heavy cream without unnecessary extra ingredients.
That’s why are we enjoying it instead of ice cream, too Lately, we’ve been disappointed with the ice creams available at the store. They just aren’t very creamy. And if they are… they have a kazillion additives. Actually, it’s rare that any include cream unless they cost as much as dinner at a fancy restaurant. Plus, if someone leaves their dish in the sink overnight, in the morning the unfinished portion has not melted away into a puddle. That is just not right.
That wonderful creamy texture inspired me to begin creating a chocolate version. When we lived in New York, there were several frozen custard shops that started in the 1940’s that had the best chocolate frozen custard. I’m a huge fan of Droste’s Cocoa and so I’m attempting to make my version of frozen custard. Only made with Dutch cocoa and no eggs and no cooking and no freezing. Still cold and creamy and chocolatey. Who wants my recipe once I perfect it?
This morning we enjoyed our delicious vanilla yogurt with blueberries and raspberries. Yesterday I had really ripe bananas and blueberries in my bowl of yogurt. And we’ve got some strawberries just waiting in the fridge to be smothered in this awesome vanilla creamy goodness.
Next on my list is to conjure up a delicious and creamy veggie dip. I can almost taste it now.
Since Greek yogurt is new to our table, I’d love to hear your healthy recipe ideas too. Okay… the not-so-healthy but amazingly good ones will get my attention, too. Seriously, we try to be a low sugar, whole foods family… but we’re far from 100 percent. 😉
I can’t wait to hear how you like this creamy goodness paired with fruit.
I think it’s worthy of 5 emojis. Yup! Five!
Over time I’m sure to come up with other ideas and recipes… but today… enjoying a small bowl of creamy vanilla yogurt covered in berries. Oh, my! It doesn’t get much better than this, does it?
Here are a few more breakfast ideas…
Thanks for stopping by today… I can’t wait to hear your lovely thoughts!
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