March 21, 2012
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Did you know that you can make fresh fruit yogurt at home?
This recipe is so simple and gives you the ability to make your own flavored yogurt with real fruit and none of that high fructose corn syrup or mystery ingredients found in the store-bought yogurts.
I’ve never been a big fan of yogurt, especially those filled with sugar and artificial colorings. Recently though, I needed to buy a container of Greek yogurt for some baking. I decided to add some fresh fruit to the leftovers and have it for an afternoon snack with my boys.
We were immediately sold and once you give this recipe a try, plain yogurt will never be the same.
Ingredients for Fruit Yogurt
All you need are three simple ingredients to make this homemade fruit yogurt:
- Berries, strawberries or blueberries
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Honey or maple syrup, optional
You could always swap the berries for another fruit that’s easy to mash like sliced peaches or ripe mango. I don’t recommend bananas since they are likely to brown when stored in the ridge and make this snack a little unappealing.
How to Make Fruit Yogurt
Got your ingredients? Good! Let’s assemble.
- Mash the berries in a large bowl.
- Add the yogurt and stir to combine.
- Taste test for sweetness, and add honey or maple syrup if needed. Stir once more.
- Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
So far, our favorite way to enjoy it has been by adding fresh fruit, but you could also top the yogurt with natural almond butter, granola, cereal, or nuts.
If you want to turn this into individual yogurt cups, instead of mixing everything in one large bowl, add the mashed fruit to the bottom of an 8-ounce jar, top with yogurt, and seal. When ready to serve, drizzle with the honey, and enjoy!
Homemade Fruit Yogurt
- 5 strawberries mashed
- ¾ cup plain greek yogurt
- Drizzle of honey or maple syrup optional
- toasted almonds or pecans
- In a bowl mash berries with a fork to release their natural juice and sweetness. Add in greek yogurt and stir until combine. Test for sweetness and add in a drizzle of honey or maple syrup to your desired sweetness. Stir and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Add in a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness and you have a wonderful afternoon snack and packed lunch option.
Another option for enjoying this yogurt is to put it in a small container and freeze overnight. Pop it into your packed lunch the next day and it will be cold and thawed by lunch time. We found these molds on Amazon, but any small container does the trick.
Tried this the other night and it was amazing!
I’m new to home made yogurt which I especially enjoy with fresh berries. Is it OK to add fresh unsweetened berries to the bottom of of jars, then add yogurt and cap to store in the fridge?
MOMables - Laura
Hi Nora, absolutely. Fresh fruit is perfectly acceptable. Make sure to consume the yogurt within 4 days.
Thank you SO much! I’ve been searching the web for hours! Also, I’ve been jumping from website to website and I thought I would NEVER find something. But then I come across you and I find that it’s PERFECT! Thank you so much, you are a blessing
Yay! Let us know how you like them. :)
Thank you for sharing !
I just strain plain yogurt and ouila! Greek yogurt! I think it might even be cheaper that way? Or go even cheaper and make your own plain yogurt, then strain it to make Greek. This blog has a great how to: http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/homemade-greek-yogurt-and-cucumber-yogurt-salsa-raita-printer-friendly-version/
I make my own and then strain. I love the convenience of being able to just buy one sometimes… But I do what Alison wrote make my own fruit flavored bc I don’t want all the extra sugars thanks for the link!
Homemade yogurt? Can you share how?
Hi Tammy! I have a small yogurt maker. It’s not that expensive.. I think around $30 on Amazon. I am able to make delicious plain yogurt in a few minutes and then I let it culture overnight. To this yogurt I add fresh fruit, honey, maple syrup…the possibilities are endless.
Do you use the yogurt packets available online or how do you actually make it, what ingredients do I need. I looked it up and would be interested in getting one, just not sure how to use it. Sorry for all the questions, homemade yogurt is just new to me?
Kerry—We’ve been using Fage greek yogurt in the 2% or total. It’s so thick and creamy.
What brand greek yogurt do you buy? I’m still trying to find a good one.