No need to buy flavored yogurt. Make your own! Blueberry or cherry yogurt are a cinch with just a few simple ingredients and none of the bad stuff.
Yogurt is one of my favorite foods! But if you gave me a container of store-bought flavored yogurt I probably wouldn’t touch it.
Most yogurt contains artificial flavor and color in addition to fillers and chemical sweeteners. Regardless of the health status of most yogurts, I think they are just way too sweet. Anybody else?
My family’s palates have definitely changed when it comes to how sweet our food is. So I’ve been making yogurt at home for years. Sometimes I make it from our raw milk. When we don’t have enough milk to spare I just buy plain, whole milk yogurt and add our own flavor.
When flavoring your own yogurt the possibilities are endless! I come up with all sorts of creations, depending on what we have in the house. It’s fun to have variety.
I like to make cookies ‘n’ cream yogurt when we have homemade cocoa puffs, oreos® or brownies on hand. I’ve even been known to make caramel apple, strawberry swirl, cherry pie and a few other crazy flavors.
But two of our favorites (and two of the easiest) are blueberry and cherry. Just a few simple ingredients and you have the best yogurt you’ve ever tasted. No overpowering sweetness. No artificial flavor. Just pure, simple ingredients.
With blueberries and cherries in season this yogurt makes the perfect breakfast or snack any time of day. When the fresh fruit isn’t in season any more you can still enjoy delicious yogurt using frozen fruit.
If the flavor and health benefits aren’t enough, making your own flavored yogurt from large containers of plain yogurt really saves money. A single serving yogurt is about $1.00. You can buy a tub of plain yogurt for about $2.00 and make six servings out of it. That is a huge savings.
I like to take five minutes in the evening to prepare individual yogurts. Then breakfast is ready when we get up in the morning. You can even take it on the go.
If you like fruit on the bottom yogurt you’ll love my versions of blueberry and cherry yogurt. Stir in some homemade granola for a complete breakfast treat. What is your favorite yogurt flavor?
This post is linked to From The Archives Friday.
- 1 cup whole milk yogurt or coconut milk yogurt
- 2 Tbsp. pure blueberry juice or cherry juice
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries or cherries
- Combine the yogurt, juice, syrup and fruit.
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
- If using frozen fruit it is best to let the yogurt sit for at least one hour to let the fruit thaw.
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