Easy Homemade Greek Yogurt Recipes
There is no denying the fact that the craze for Greek yogurt has reached its peak in the recent years. We are obsessed with this rich, creamy, protein-packed variety of yogurt. But do you really know what exactly Greek yogurt is and how you can make it at home? Yes, to enjoy this delicious variety of yogurt, you need not go all the way to Greece, after all.
We all know how to make yogurt at home. It’s easy. Well, making Greek yogurt at home is equally easy! You don’t need anything more than an old clean t-shirt, some space in your refrigerator, and a couple of hours to sit back, relax, and catch your favorite movie. Just take a quart of homemade yogurt or plain store-bought yogurt, and pour it onto a clean tight-knit t-shirt or strainer placed over a bowl. Put this straining apparatus in the refrigerator and let it sit for a couple of hours. What you’ll get is thick, creamy Greek yogurt in the strainer and watery whey in the bowl.
So, Greek yogurt is simply any yogurt that has been strained to separate the whey. It is highly rich in protein, apart from being a great source of calcium, iodine, potassium and vitamin B12. It makes for a healthy and satisfying treat, especially after a tough workout. Substituting Greek yogurt for mayonnaise, cream, and other high-fat options saves big in the calorie department. The distinct texture and taste of Greek yogurt is amazing and it’s a welcome ingredient in a whole bunch of wonderfully quick and healthy recipes.
Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
This thick, creamy and filling banana smoothie will have you addicted to it.
- Banana(sliced and frozen) 2
- Greek yogurt 1/3 cup
- Vanilla extract 2 tsp
- Milk 1 cup
- Vanilla wafer cookies 4
- Honey 1 ½ tbsp
- Freshly grated nutmeg ¼ tsp
- Ground cinnamon ½ tsp
- Ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in the blender. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Serve at once.
Greek Yogurt Popsicles
This dairy-licious recipe made with Greek yogurt is a perfect summer treat.
- Plain Greek yogurt 1 cup
- Agave nectar 3-4 tbsp
- Strawberries, plums, etc. Handful
- Neutral-flavored oil 2 tsp
- Granulated sugar 2 tsp
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 degree Celsius. Place the fruits on a small sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Drizzle the oil and sugar over the fruit, and roast for 20-25 minutes, just until the juices oozing from the fruit start to thicken.
- In a small bowl, stir together the Greek yogurt and agave nectar.
- In a Popsicle mold, layer pieces of roasted fruit with the yogurt mixture. Freeze.
Skinny French Onion Dip
Who says you got to have heavy cream, cream cheese, or sour cream to make dips? The secret to this light and creamy dip is Greek yogurt.
- Butter 2 tbsp
- Onions (peeled and diced) 3
- Garlic (minced) 2
- Greek yogurt 1 ½ cups
- Worchestershire sauce 2 tsp
- Salt 1 tsp
- Black Pepper ½ tsp
- Melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until well browned and caramelized. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Remove from heat.
- At this point, set aside 1/4 cup caramelized onions, if you would like to use them as a topping.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl with the caramelized onions, and stir until the mixture is evenly combined. Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper and extra Worcestershire, if need be.
- Serve immediately, topped with the reserved caramelized onions if desired. You can refrigerate it for up to 3 days, and enjoy with chips, nachos, fries, etc.
Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins
These no flour, no oil muffins make for a deliciously healthy snack.
- Greek Yogurt 1 cup
- Ripe bananas 2
- Eggs 2
- Rolled oats 2 cups
- Brown sugar ¼ cup
- Baking powder 1 ½ tsp
- Baking soda ½ tsp
- Chocolate chips ½ cup
- Preheat oven to 200 degree Celsius and prepare a muffin pan by lining them with paper liners.
- Add all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a blender and process on high until the oats are broken down and batter is smooth and creamy. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
- Pour batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each cavity until it is about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops of your muffins are set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Allow muffins to cool before removing. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
Iced lemonade with whipped yogurt
This summer, chill out with this cool drink that will take all your worries away.
- Greek yogurt 1cup
- Lemonade 2 cups
- Honey 1tsp
- Mixed berries 1cup
- Lemon zest and mint (for garnish)
- Freeze the lemonade in glass baking dish until edges becomes icy and center is slushy.
- Using the fork, stir the icy edges into the middle repeating this step after every 30 minutes until lemonade is completely frozen.
- In a small bowl, combine yogurt and honey and whisk until soft peaks form. Chill until ready to serve.
- Once icy lemonade is ready, crush it and spoon it into bowls
- Top it with whipped yogurt-honey mix and berries.
- Garnish with lemon zest and mint!
Greek Yogurt Egg Salad Sandwich
Now enjoy a hearty meal in just a matter of minutes!
- Eggs 8
- Greek yogurt 2/3 cup
- Mayonnaise 1 tbsp
- Dried dill 1 tsp
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Toasted baguette/ bread 1
- Arugula 2 cups
- Tomatoes (thinly sliced) 2
- Avocado (thinly sliced) 1
- Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover eggs with a lid and remove from heat. Set aside for 8-10 minutes. Peel and dice.
- In a large bowl, roughly mash eggs with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, dill, salt and pepper, to taste.
- Stuff the baguette or bread with arugula, tomatoes, avocado and egg salad mixture, and serve as a sandwich.
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