If you think yogurt is only for the breakfast table, think again! We’ve rounded up some scrumptious yogurt recipes that includes everything from the sweet to the savoury – and everything in between!
In addition to some elevated breakfast staples, we’ll go over a few ways to incorporate yogurt into baking, lunch, and dinner. Warning, reading this may increase hunger levels and cause yogurt cravings! Let’s start cooking.
1. Breakfast, Only Better!
Natural yogurt can be anything but plain. For a delicious start to your morning, try adorning your yogurt with a few simple toppings. One great option is to bake fruit such as apples and pears topped with cinnamon – you can store these in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them.
When you’re ready to eat, scoop out your natural yogurt into a cup or bowl, top it with the baked fruit and drizzle with honey. Or, if baked fruit isn’t your thing, try sprinkling your favourite breakfast cereal on top of your yogurt. Add chocolate chips or berries and give yourself a delicious breakfast with a twist!
2. Yogurt for Dessert
Yogurt doesn’t have to be confined to the breakfast table – it’s also a great addition to desserts! You can use it in cakes, biscuits and cookies to replace milk, or add as a topping for decadent brownies. Cakes made with yogurt can have a beautifully moist and spongy texture – you’ll thank us later!
If you’re looking for an easy dessert that’s lighter in calories but still bursting with flavour, try a flavoured yogurt instead of ice cream. You could top vanilla and honey yogurt with dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips – don’t forget chopped nuts as well! Top with some shredded coconut and enjoy a lighter take on dessert. Or, for a quick and easy fix, pour your favourite flavoured yogurt into a shallow dish and place in the freezer topped with a sprinkling of fruit for your own take on frozen yogurt!
3. Protein Smoothie Recipe with Yogurt
Who needs fancy protein powder when you’ve got all the ingredients at home? With 250ml of natural, flavoured, or Greek yogurt, you can whip yourself up a delicious and filling smoothie, great for post-workouts, breakfast, or an afternoon pick-me-up. Mix your yogurt with a handful of frozen or fresh berries, strawberries work well but you can also use raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries.
Add a whole, peeled banana, and two scoops of uncooked oatmeal. Mix in a spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter for added protein. Add in a drizzle of honey and water or almond milk as needed. Squeeze in lemon juice or an orange slice for a splash of citrus.
This smoothie is packed with protein and fibre, so you’ll see a nice boost of energy after enjoying it. Your kids may also love it – a great way to sneak in lots of lovely nutrition!
4. Savoury Uses for Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a great substitute for milk or cream in many recipes. It adds a great taste, thickness, and even more of the nutrients you need.
Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese
Use a box or bag of elbow pasta, 2 cups of grated cheese, and ¾ cup of plain Greek yogurt. Add two handfuls of fresh spinach if you’re looking to boost the taste and nutrition. Add a pinch of onion powder as well as a pinch of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
Cook the pasta as directed. Put the fresh spinach at the bottom of the strainer and pour the boiling pasta water into it. Save a little pasta water in a cup as well. Put the spinach and pasta back into the pot.
Next stir in a little of the hot pasta water with the grated cheese. Stir in the water and cheese until melted. Next, add in your Greek yogurt, garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Serve right away and enjoy!
Or, try this recipe for a tasty twist on Greek yogurt mac & cheese with additions of fresh herbs and zesty lemon.
Avocado Quinoa Bowl
Take a few spoonfuls of plain Greek yogurt to line a medium-sized bowl. Cut one medium or large avocado into slices. Prepare a cup of quinoa as directed, and pour the cooked quinoa on top of the Greek yogurt.
Place the avocado slices on top and squeeze a lemon slice over the bowl. Drizzle some olive oil over the plate and season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Easy Lunch Pick-Me-Ups
Yogurt is a delicious addition to any lunch. For a nutritious and filling lunch option, start with a plain bowl of natural yogurt, add cooked chickpeas, carrots and fresh spinach. Squeeze a hint of lemon on top and sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste.
Depending on your flavour preferences you can also roast the carrots in spices to add a little heat! And you can’t forget the garlic. If heat is your thing, roasted cauliflower seasoned with chilli powder and cumin adds a delicious, spicy twist.
6. Yogurt Dips
Yogurt is a great base for many types of dips. From fruit to pita bread, the possibilities are endless when it comes to delicious yogurt dip ideas! We’ve rounded up one on the sweet side and one on the savoury side, but don’t be afraid to experiment and find the perfect flavour for your tastes!
Vanilla or blueberry yogurt is great for fruit dips. You can keep it as is or add in some whipping cream or cream cheese for variety. Dip apple slices, grapes, or berries into yogurt for a quick snack or breakfast. This is great for brunch parties, and the kids will love it!
Greek Pita Dip
For a tasty dip with pita bread, mix plain yogurt with minced garlic and salt. Stir the garlic and salt into 250ml of plain yogurt. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh chopped parsley, and roasted pine nuts.
For the pita, toast pita bread with brushed olive oil, salt, and pepper on top. This is a great appetizer or side dish with Mediterranean cuisine.
7. Yogurt Parfait
This is a super-easy way to create a delicious yogurt parfait straight from your pantry… for a twist on the traditional yogurt parfait, just look at your favourite breakfast cereal! Layer yogurt on the bottom of a cup or small jar. Next, put fresh banana slices on top. Sprinkle more of your favourite breakfast cereal or granola on top of the banana, and drizzle with honey.
Repeat each layer until you reach the top of the parfait. To mix it up a little, you can add your favourite berries or jam – the possibilities are endless!
8. Time Crunch Yogurt
If you’re pressed for time, there are a few simple mix-ins to turn natural yogurt into a delicious snack in the blink of an eye! One of the easiest is fruit jam – the fresher the better. Top a cup or bowl of your favourite yogurt with a spoon of jam for a simple take on fruit yogurt. Apricot, strawberry, or raspberry are all delicious additions.
Granola, cereal, fruit, and honey are also easy add-ons that only take a minute to prepare. Fresh, chopped nuts are also easy toppings that pack a little protein into your snack or breakfast.
9. Yogurt Curry
Everybody loves a good curry, and curries that include yogurt offer an extra boost of protein along with a rich texture and slightly tangy taste. Adding yogurt can elevate the flavour profile and depth of a curry, mellowing out harsh spices if present.
Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)
If you’re a curry fan and want to try your hand at preparing a spicy Indian chicken curry from scratch, this is a great place to start! Don’t be scared by the long list of ingredients, just like the yogurt, they’re all important to achieving that delicious and authentic curry flavour – take one reviewer’s advice: “measure all the ingredients before turning on the burner!”
10. Yogurt Recipes for the Kids
Yogurt is great for kids – it’s nutritious, packed full of calcium, and with naturally-sweet fruit flavours, kids love it! For a couple of ways to get kids even more excited about eating yogurt, try out these out-of-the-box yogurt ideas … and nobody’s watching if you just want to eat them yourself!
Frozen Yogurt Pops
For your own take on frozen yogurt, this simple recipe combines low-fat Greek yogurt with your choice of fruit, and sugar – which you could easily substitute with a natural alternative such as maple syrup or honey for an even healthier option.
Homemade Yogurt Fruit Roll-Ups
For this one, you’ll want a dehydrator, or an oven and a little patience. Much like the frozen yogurt above, all this recipe takes is a bit of fruit, and a bit of plain Greek or natural yogurt. You’ll end up with your very own dehydrated yogurt and fruit roll-ups, which the kids will adore, and you’ll love too!
If you’re feeling inspired after reading these yogurt recipes, it’s time to get cooking! From baking to breakfast, and savoury meals, yogurt is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen.
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