Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Batch Cooking: Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt (ok... and a Chocolate Version)

So, I mentioned in my last blog post that one of my "snowed-in activities" during Blizzard Nemo was to try a new recipe.  I found a really SIMPLE recipe for homemade fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt (fittingly, from Simple Bites which, btw, is an awesome blog with great recipes so check it out!).

I grew up eating fruit on the bottom yogurt so I was psyched to discover a much healthier (and tastier) version than the store-bought versions that I used to eat.

Not only do I see this becoming a nice complement to my breakfast BUT I quickly realized that throwing it in the freezer for a couple of hours turns it into yummy after-dinner slushy goodness and helps curb my "I-need-something-sweet-and-frozen-right-NOW" cravings.

So far, I've only tried this recipe with raspberries and strawberries (2 separate batches) and they were dee-lish.  Next time I may get a little crazy and whip up a mixed berries batch.

Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt

Ingredients
  • ½ lb fruit, peeled and chopped if needed
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp cold water
  • 1 ¾ cups plain Greek yogurt (so far my personal fave is Fage but still taste-tasting!)
  1. Make compote:
    1. Place fruit, honey and salt in a medium-sized saucepan.
    2. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently.
    3. Stir together cornstarch and water until cornstarch is dissolved. Pour into fruit mixture.
    4. Simmer 3-5 minutes, stirring often, until thickened and no longer cloudy.
    5. Allow to cool before layering with yogurt.


  1. Make yogurt:
    1. Add 2 Tbsp fruit compote to a jar or plastic container.
    2. Top with ¼ cup yogurt.
    3. Refrigerate, covered, for up to one week.
(Makes 7 servings)

or, um, 3 servings in my case...


Substitutes:
  • Go green… great way to recycle small jars!
  • Experiment with the fruit-to-yogurt ratio; the amounts in the recipe are probably perfect for kids but I needed to increase them a bit for myself.
  • Try different fruits based on preference and what’s in season.
  • Alternate layering fruit and yogurt with granola to create a parfait!
  • Greek yogurt has a higher protein content than most other yogurts, and personally I just like it better, but this would definitely work with your favorite regular plain yogurt too.
Recipe adapted from SimpleBites.net


Ok... so no time to make fruit compote (even though it seriously takes minutes) but not in love with plain yogurt?

OR in need of a chocolate fix...?

I give you...

The Chocolate Yogurt Version

  • Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt to a bowl
  • Add 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Stir yogurt and cocoa powder together until blended
  • Add Truvia to taste (or sweetener of your choice)
  • Top with 1 Tbsp shredded coconut 

You're welcome :)

There are so many options when it comes to making plain Greek yogurt a little more fun to eat... what are some of your tried and true recipes??

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