I’ve discovered something beautiful about fermented foods. Not only are they a great source of nutrients and probiotics, but they are often multi-purpose foods that you can use in a number of different ways.
Chances are, if you get in the habit of making yogurt yourself (here’s our tutorial), you might end up with a lot more yogurt than you’re used to. And while you can certainly eat it all by itself (or topped with some berries and homemade granola – yum!), there are other ways to use yogurt that you might want to try out.
As the mom of four small children, it’s sometimes challenging to get all the fresh fruits and veggies and fermented dairy into my kids’ diet that they need (they prefer some combination of bread and cheese) without some complaining. So I rely on smoothies to feed them all these goodies in one fell swoop.
I don’t even sweeten the plain yogurt for this and will put between ½ – 1 cup of yogurt in a smoothie, depending on how much other stuff I’m trying to cram in our blender.
Yogurt is a great dip to serve all by itself with things like sliced apples or hard pretzels. To do this, I mix ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (here’s our tutorial) and 2 tablespoons raw honey or evaporated cane juice in 1 cup of yogurt.
You can also use yogurt as a substitute in dip recipes that call for sour cream or even mayonnaise (use equal amounts yogurt for whichever you choose to substitute).
3. Frozen Yogurt
This option excites me the most as I love frozen yogurt but hate how much sugar and other junk is typically in the stuff at the store. To make your own frozen yogurt, you only need yogurt and a few other ingredients. An ice cream maker is helpful, too.
I highly recommend the Honey Lemon frozen yogurt here (it’s near the bottom of the page).
My family loves crepes and will eat them up faster than I can make them. Their favorite filling? Yogurt. Though I could easily serve them the same each time, I like to mix it up a bit by mixing the yogurt with different things:
- Raw honey – This sweetens the yogurt up just a bit. We love raspberry honey.
- Jam – Use your homemade jam to sweeten and flavor the yogurt at the same time.
- Orange curd – The citrus with the yogurt is so good and makes for a very filling … filling.
- Fruit – Use whatever fresh or frozen fruit you prefer (thaw the frozen stuff first, of course). Or use any fruit you canned over the summer.
I typically start with a cup of yogurt and mix in a tablespoon of whatever I’m combining it with. I mix and add more if it tastes like it needs it.
Use yogurt for quick breads, muffins and scones for a moist, delicious treat. In my experience, if a recipe calls for milk, I can add a little less yogurt with no ill effects. However, if you want a specific recipe to try on, how about this one?
6. Buttermilk Pancakes
After we make butter, we usually have a good amount of buttermilk left over to make pancakes with. However, sometimes we decide to use our cream to make whipped cream instead, so we don’t have that yummy buttermilk. But we still want pancakes. So instead, we use yogurt.
Our recipe calls for 1 cup of buttermilk, so we use ⅔ cup yogurt and ⅓ cup milk.
I had no idea you could make cheese with yogurt until my friend wrote a post about it. But you can use this rich, creamy cheese as a substitute for things like cream cheese, sour cream or even whipping cream. It’s really easy to make and you can find her tutorial here.
What are your favorite ways to use yogurt?