Monday, August 12, 2013

The Many Uses of Greek Yogurt

I never used to like yogurt. It was too slimy, too watery, too milky. Then I met Greek yogurt. This stuff is thick, creamy, and rich. You can make just about anything with it, and the taste is amazing. Today's post is in honor of Greek yogurt and the many things you can make out of it.

1. Dips
Since Greek yogurt is so thick, it makes a great addition to tons of different dips. Sub it for sour cream or mayo in any of your regular dip recipes, or try it as a sweet fruit dip by adding peanut butter and honey. The options are endless.



Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Dip
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp honey

Mix together the yogurt, honey, and peanut butter until there are no more chunks. Enjoy with apple slices, bananas, pretzels, or grapes.
2. Pizza Crust
One of my least favorite things about making homemade pizza is waiting for the dough to rise. Making Greek yogurt pizza crust eliminates any waiting time, so you can have your pizza without the wait.

3. Coffee Cake
Coffee cake is a treat in itself, but adding Greek yogurt makes it lighter and fluffier with keeping a great taste. Who knew yogurt did so well with baked goods?
chocolate coffee cake with a peanut butter toppingcinnamon Greek yogurt coffee cake
So far I have tried both chocolate and apple cinnamon coffee cakes. We'll have to see what other flavors I concoct in the future. You can be sure that they will contain my not-so-secret ingredient: Greek yogurt!
4. Pancakes
Putting Greek yogurt into pancakes in place of milk adds protein and thickness. Try this recipe out just to see what I mean.
 Greek yogurt banana pancakes
5. Ice Cream
It might not be technically ice cream, but the chocolate and vanilla Greek yogurt ice cream I made the other day looked like real ice cream, tasted amazing, and required no ice cream machine at all. It was like a trip to Dairy Queen without even having to get in the car.
 chocolate frozen Greek yogurt (no ice cream machine required)
6. Cookies
These cookies aren't your typical chocolate chip or snickerdoodle, but they still hold their own. They are the perfect guilt free on the go breakfast or snack. Check out my yogurt oatmeal cookies or make the blueberry Greek yogurt cookies below.

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cookies
makes 24
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp honey
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
¼ tsp salt
¾ tsp baking powder
¼ cup blueberries

Mix together the sugar, salt, baking powder, and flour. Add the egg, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, honey, and milk. Stir in the blueberries last of all. (Be careful not to stir too much, or you’ll turn the cookies blue with the blueberry juice.) Scoop out 1 tbsp of the dough at a time onto a nonstick baking stone or a sprayed cookie sheet. Press the cookie balls flat. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks.
7. Smoothies
Greek yogurt makes any plain or boring smoothie so much better by turning it into a creamy treat. A lot of my smoothie recipes have Greek yogurt in them. Below is one of my favorite for a strawberry shortcake smoothie.
8. Sauces
Greek yogurt pasta sauce? I was skeptical at first too, but it proved to be very good. Yogurt is no longer just for fruit.
creamy yogurt pasta
9. Flatbread
Earlier I mentioned how good Greek yogurt is in baked goods. Well, believe it or not, it does a pretty good job when used in stovetop breads too. This flatbread is chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside with a nutty what taste.
Greek yogurt flatbread

Greek Yogurt Flatbread
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¾ cup Greek yogurt
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour

Combine all the ingredients and knead well. Make into smaller balls or keep as one big ball to make a giant flatbread. Roll out ½ inch thick. Fry both sides on a pan preheated to medium until browned.
10. Biscuits
Fluffy and flaky biscuits can now be made with none other than Greek yogurt! Whole wheat flour and the yogurt make this breakfast favorite very healthy.
Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Biscuits
11. Cheesecake
Make a delicious single serving cheesecake with just a handful of ingredients including Greek yogurt and an egg. Two of my favorite flavors are peanut butter banana and chocolate.
peanut butter banana Greek yogurt cheesecakechocolate Greek yogurt cheesecake
12. Oatmeal!
You can use Greek yogurt to make many different types of oatmeal from stove top to overnight oats. Try out my overnight zucchini bread oats, strawberry shortcake oatmeal topped with Greek yogurt, or the recipe below that uses yogurt to actually cook the oatmeal.

Super Thick and Creamy Banana and Blueberry Protein Oats
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 banana, mashed
1 egg white
handful of blueberries
cinnamon, to taste
Bring the milk to a boil in a small pot. Stir in the oats and reduce the heat to medium low. Once all the milk has been absorbed, stir in the yogurt and mashed banana. Cook for 1-2 minutes before whisking in the egg white. Remove the oats from the heat, stir in the blueberries and cinnamon, and enjoy.
13. Just to enjoy straight out of the container.
 Topped with fresh fruit and granola, Greek yogurt does not need much fuss to be delicious. People in other countries have been doing this for years! Check out Akrotiri and Dhekelia's Yiaourti Me Meli, or make Qatar's version of Greek yogurt called laban.
strawberry granola parfait
Believe it or not, these are not all my Greek yogurt recipes. Check out my Pinterest board or recipe tab to see even more ways to use this scrumptious ingredient of the day.
Harper really enjoyed stamp camp today. She made ten beautiful cards that I am a little more than jealous of. Who knew a six year old could make something so cute? I'll have to get her to share her secrets.

This is a card I made for Harper. I am going away to college in only 2 days. I can't believe it! I have been wrapping up my card making so I can pack up all my stuff and get ready to go. For more about making these kinds of cards click here.


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