I’m super excited to share this post with you, as I’ve finally solved a conundrum that’s been bothering me for quite a long time.
So, without further ado…
For years I’ve known three things:
- Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt
- Flavored yogurts are (generally) packed with added sugar
- Greek yogurt is freaking sour
So my position on Greek yogurt has been: It’s good for you, but tastes… ugh. Really ugh.
However, I recently decided that I needed to befriend this new dominator of the dairy aisle. Not because of it’s nutritional profile. Not because of it’s thick and creamy texture. But simply because I was determined to solve this puzzle.
When I Googled “How to make Greek yogurt taste good”, most of the suggestions were about adding fruit to it. So I chopped up an apple, mixed it in with some Greek yogurt, and excitedly shoveled a large spoonful into my mouth. Ugh.
I quickly learned that you really need to add a juicy fruit. Partially thawed frozen berries are also a good option (plus, they turn the yogurt purple!). All of this brings me to my first suggestion:
1. Add Some Sweet and Juicy Fruit
Whatever you do, don’t add grapefruit. Instead, opt for some fresh mango or my all-time favorite, the humble orange.
Maybe add some almonds for a little crunchiness…
Or maybe forget about the whole “trying to be healthy” thing and add some chopped cookie bars!
Pictured below is a little “Zillionaire’s Shortbread”, which will be in my eBook Cookies for Breakfast (when I finally finish it!).
Oooh, now we’re talking!
My second suggestion to make Greek yogurt yummy is:
2. Add It to a Smoothie!
This may surprise you, but I’ve recently been drinking smoothies like crazy! Ever since I finally my fear of cleaning the blender (read: extreme laziness), I’ve finally managed to appreciate the joy of smoothies. The Greek yogurt adds a ton of creaminess and it’s sourness is more than offset by the sweet fruit.
Coming up next week on the blog: Funky ‘n’ Fabulous Smoothies! They’re actually strawberry, banana, mango and spinach smoothies – but all smoothies need corny names, right?
Finally, I have one last suggestion (for today, anyway):
3. Add Peanut Butter and Honey
There are few things in life that can’t be improved by peanut butter. And peanut butter and honey totally love each other.
If you just happen to have a ridiculous amount of PB2, then this is the recipe for you! While PB2 can taste a little weird on bread and often makes baked goods a little dry (or leaves you with cakey cookies), it’s perfect with Greek yogurt.
Would you like to know something truly ridiculous? I have more PB2 than in the above picture!
Moving on from my odd shopping habits, I wrote out the recipe below for convenience, but this is really far to easy to warrant a recipe.
All you need is some Greek yogurt, PB2 (or regular peanut butter) and honey.
If using PB2, mix it with some water. Whenever I’ve added PB2 directly into a recipe (i.e. without mixing it with a liquid first), it always tastes floury to me. And no one likes eating a bag of flour.
Next, add the honey and yogurt and you’re done!
If you have any tips and tricks for improving the taste of Greek yogurt, I’m all ears – it doesn’t matter if it’s simple or complicated, I’d love to hear it!
- 3 tablespoons PB2 (or regular peanut butter)
- 2 tablespoons water (omit if using regular peanut butter)
- 2 teaspoons honey, or more
- 6 oz. (170g) Greek yogurt
- If using PB2, whisk together the PB2 powder and water. Otherwise, just add the regular peanut butter to a bowl/dish.
- Add the honey and yogurt, and mix until completely combined.
- Serve with fruit, nuts, granola or eat it by itself. Enjoy!