This fruit on the bottom yogurt only requires a few simple ingredients but is full of flavor and nutrients. It’s perfect for summer when fresh fruits are everywhere and you want something cold for breakfast.
Growing up we only got one kind of yogurt – fruit on the bottom. As kids sometimes we would eat the plain yogurt first and then eat the fruit part last. It was fun.
These days most yogurts are blended and overly sweet. Many of them also contain artificial flavors and colors. Then there is one of my biggest critiques…low fat or worse, no fat. Why would I want yogurt that has had the healthy fat taken out and artificial ingredients added in?
My solution is always homemade. We eat yogurt a lot for breakfast. I usually just add whatever fruit we have fresh or frozen to plain, whole milk yogurt (kids need lots of healthy fat!!).
But I came up with a fun, fruit on the bottom yogurt so my kids could enjoy it just like I did when I was little. Even if they don’t have to my kids always stir their yogurt before eating it. So when I set a fruit on the bottom yogurt in front of them for breakfast they were very excited! My son enjoyed helping me make it too.
I like using a see through container to serve this so the kids can see the bright fruit at the bottom. Or you could use something opaque and tell them the flavor is a surprise. Then as they stir kids see the yogurt change color.
I keep the sweetness level pretty low in our yogurt. My husband and kids enjoyed this as is. But if you are used to store bought flavored yogurts you might want to add a little extra sweetener. I divided one batch of fruit among three containers of yogurt. You can split it between two to boost the flavor.
One thing I love about making my own fruit-filled yogurt is no addition of thickeners, particularly corn starch! My son is allergic to corn, so we have to avoid it.
As fresh fruit comes in season (strawberries are here!!!) just use whatever is available. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches – they all work well. If using blueberries you’ll have to mash them a little to get the juices flowing.
Fruit on the bottom yogurt is simple to make, uses quality ingredients and is fun for kids. It takes three minutes to cut up a few pieces of fruit and add honey. Then in the morning top it with plain, whole milk yogurt. Serve it with homemade granola, granola bars, quinoa bars or cereal.
This also makes a great addition to a picnic lunch.
Fresh fruit works well in this yogurt, but you can just as easily use frozen. Simply let it thaw a bit before cutting up the fruit.
- 1/2 cup strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries or peaches
- 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup (add more if you like it sweeter)
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups plain, whole milk yogurt or coconut yogurt
- Cut up the fruit into small pieces or mash the blueberries.
- Add the honey/syrup.
- Refrigerator for 1 hour or over night.
- Divide the fruit into two or three cups.
- Top with 1/2 - 3/4 cups yogurt.
- Stir when serving.
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