Yogurt 101

This post is a part of a series of 101 ways to flavor plain yogurt. For more information about yogurt in general, go to my Yogurt page.

I’ve been starting to wonder lately if this list was really such a great idea. I mean, I love yogurt, but maybe not quite this much. 

It has been a terrific crash course in food photography. Being forced to take a lot of pictures at random times has led me to accidentally stumble upon some really good light/settings that I previously ignored. And looking at a lot of similar photos at the same time made me realize that some of my props were crap and it was time to clean up my act. So that’s good.

While part of me is getting a little tired, the other part is a little excited to see what the list will look like as it lumbers closer to 101. I’m already getting kind of sick of the whole fresh fruit and jam angle. But hopefully, I’ll be able to break through the barrier soon and a cornucopia of splendid yogurt snacks will spew forth! This sort of break through tends to happen when food is the last thing on my mind or when I’m trying to fall asleep. So excuse me while I either go take a nap or play a game of croquet.


17. Yogurt with Rhubarb Compote and Strawberries

This snack might be neck and neck with Blueberry Cinnamon Yogurt as my Most Favorite Yogurt Snack Ever. It’s a little tart for the kids, but I don’t mind being able to keep all the compote for myself.

For the Compote:

Adapted from the Joy of Cooking.

5 medium stalks rhubarb
3 tablespoons sugar

Wash the rhubarb and chop it into 1/2″ pieces. Place in medium sauce pan and cover with sugar. Allow to sit for 15 minutes while rhubarb releases its juices.

Set heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat once rhubarb has broken down completely. Allow compote to cool completely in covered pan. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Makes about one cup.

For the Final Product:

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup rhubarb compote
Fresh strawberries, chopped or sliced

In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, sugar, and vanilla until combined. Top with compote and strawberries. Serve.


18. Yogurt with Applesauce and Pumpkin Butter

Perfect for kids and adults alike, this snack is fabulous with a little granola on top as well.

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon pumpkin butter
Dash ground cinnamon (optional)

Put yogurt in a small bowl and top with applesauce, pumpkin butter, and cinnamon. Stir until well combined. Top with granola, if desired. Serve.


19. Jumbled Rainbow Fruit Yogurt

I tried to line up the fruit in concentric circles and make it all lovely. But it looked like a third grader did it. So I grabbed a handful of what was on the cutting board and threw it on. I have no patience for food presentation/art that requires such precision, especially when children are clamouring for their food.

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chopped fresh fruit:
Red: strawberries
Orange: oranges
Yellow: bananas
Green: kiwi
Blue: blueberries
Purple: red grapes

In a shallow bowl, stir together the yogurt, sugar, and vanilla until combined. Top with assorted fruits. Serve.


20. Raspberry Yogurt with White Chocolate Chips

This yogurt snack was inspired by one of our favorite summertime snacks: Raspberry Rockets.

1/2 cup plain yogurt
2-3 teaspoons seedless raspberry jam
White chocolate chips or shavings

In a small bowl, stir together yogurt and jam until combined. Top with a few chocolate chips. Serve.


21.Yogurt with Dulce de Leche

I could have topped this with mini chocolate chips and really sent my kids to the moon. As it was, this snack was a big hit. And after you “make” the dulce de leche, it’s oh-so-easy to pull this together.

1/3 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons Dulce de Leche

Place yogurt in a small bowl. Top with dulce de leche. Stir and enjoy!

Note: I’ve used the same ingredients to make a fruit dip (especially tasty with apples). Mix together 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon of dulce de leche.


22. Pink Lemonade Yogurt

1/2 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt,  jam, and lemon juice until well combined. Serve.


23.Chocolate Delight Yogurt

1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
Small pinch salt
1/3 cup unsweetened whipped cream, plus more for garnish

In a small bowl, stir yogurt, chocolate syrup, and salt until smooth. Gently fold in whipped cream until combined. Garnish with more whipped cream. Serve.



24. Mint Yogurt with Mango

The kids enjoyed this snack even though they are normally not fond of mint. Toothpaste has given them the wrong impression. In this case, the crisp taste of the mint plays well against the sweet mango.

1/2 teaspoon sugar
4-5 fresh mint leaves
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup chopped fresh mango

In a small bowl, crush the sugar and mint together with a muddler until it almost forms a paste (see #7 Mint Yogurt). Little bits of mint leaf here and there are fine. Add yogurt and stir until well combined making sure to scrape the bottom as you stir. Top with mango. Serve.


25. Blueberry Jam Yogurt

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon blueberry jam
Fresh blueberries for garnish

In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt and jam until combined. Top with fresh blueberries. Serve.

Author: Cindy

Born in Charleston. Raised in the Silicon Valley. Live near Hartford, Connecticut with my husband and two children. We have lots of tropical fish.

10 thoughts on “Yogurt 101”

  1. Keep going! I thought you were insane when you set out to do 101, but I want to see it happen. And we’re loving the ideas here. I’m trying to get the rest of the household to go along with only unsweetened yogurt, and it’s tough going. But these variations are keeping it lively.

  2. I love all your yogurt ideas! I make my yogurt in a crock pot but sometimes I run out of ideas for how to make it interesting (I myself am not a fan of the plain stuff). Thanks for the inspiration! I have your recipes bookmarked. :)

  3. I’m so glad to have come across your blog! I am determined to get my very picky eater to eat yogurt again. If chocolate and whipped cream won’t do it… we’ll just have to try some of your other great snack ideas. Thanks!

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