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4 Ways to Turn Your Yogurt into a Sweet Indulgence

May 22, 2013 | Amelia Winslow

Just because yogurt is a health food doesn’t mean it can’t also be a decadent sweet treat. With yogurt as your base, you can create hundreds of desserts that satisfy even the hardiest sweet tooth without sacrificing health.

Below are four ways to turn your yogurt into a sweet indulgence. 

Turn plain yogurt into a dessert!

Plain whole-milk yogurt with fresh nectarines and toffee pieces.


Tip: Peaches and nectarines may contain higher levels of pesticides than other fruits, so be sure to buy organic versions whenever possible.

Great substitution ideas:

  • Use fresh peaches, plums or apricots in place of nectarines.
  • Use peanut brittle, caramel candies or butterscotch chips in place of toffee.
  • Add golden raisins or dried cranberries for a chewy addition to this dessert.


Look at this yogurt-filled indulgence!

Vanilla yogurt with creamy peanut butter, dark chocolate and graham cracker crumbs.


Tip: Warm one tablespoon peanut butter (in a separate small bowl) in the microwave for 10 seconds, so it’s easier to drizzle on top of the yogurt.

Great substitution ideas:

  • Use sunflower, cashew or almond butter in place of the peanut butter.
  • Add milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips in place of the dark chocolate chunks.
  • Use animal crackers or any other type of cookie instead of the graham cracker crumbs.


Yummy dessert toppings

Plain yogurt with fresh cherries and sea-salt caramel sauce.


Tip: Turn any jar of caramel sauce into salty caramel sauce by adding a pinch of salt to the sauce when it’s warm. Simply salt it to taste with sea salt or table salt.

Great substitution ideas:

  • Drizzle chocolate, hot fudge or butterscotch sauce instead of the caramel sauce.
  • Use frozen pitted cherries (either thawed or frozen) if the fresh fruit is not in season where you live.
  • Add chocolate sprinkles, mini chocolate chips or slivered almonds for a little crunch.


Brown sugar turns yogurt into a delicious indulgence

Vanilla yogurt with shredded carrots, raisins, walnuts and brown sugar.


Tip: Since this is essentially the yogurt version of carrot cake, experiment with all the ingredients you like best in a cake, such as crushed pineapple or coconut flakes.

Great substitution ideas:

  • Drizzle honey or maple syrup instead of sprinkling on the brown sugar.
  • Add shredded or flaked coconut instead of (or in addition to) the walnuts.
  • Use a spoonful of canned pumpkin in place of the carrots to get the flavor of pumpkin spice cake instead of carrot cake.


What are your favorite sweet ways to eat yogurt?

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