Sometimes the simplest recipes end up being our favorite. This yogurt fruit dip is one of those recipes. It’s so easy to make that it seems a little crazy to even call it a recipe. And since I make my own yogurt, making this yogurt dip was extra easy.
Straining Yogurt: Whey and Greek Yogurt
Have you ever noticed that when you open a container of yogurt, there’s usually a yellowish clear liquid on top? That’s called whey. It separates naturally from the yogurt and can be stirred right back in again.
However, if you intentionally strain the whey off you get Greek yogurt. Yup, that’s really the only difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has been strained. The result is a thicker creamier yogurt.
Whey contains quite a bit of lactose as well as calcium and a little protein and also some probiotics. It has a lot of uses, so don’t throw it out! Because it is full of beneficial probiotics I use it for all my lacto-fermentation recipes. Here are some of the ways I use it:
- Beet kvass
- Fermented salsa
- Probiotic lemonade – a summertime favorite in our house
- As part of the liquid in many smoothies
- Here’s a more complete list as well as a little more info on fermentation
Also, it can be used to acidify the soil around acid-loving plants like blueberry bushes! Read more about acid whey and its uses here.
Making Yogurt Fruit Dip
Why the essay on straining yogurt, you ask? Well, because it’s important for making this fruit dip. I thought a little background info would be helpful.
When I want to strain yogurt, I usually put the yogurt into a nut milk bag and hang it from a kitchen cabinet. Make sure you put a bowl under it to catch the dripping whey! You can also like a mesh strainer with a cheesecloth or nut milk bag and place the strainer over a bowl.
The amount of time I strain it for varies and there’s really no way to get it wrong. I just strain it until it’s as thick as I like. Usually, I strain it overnight, because that way I can just let it do its thing while I’m sleeping. I don’t worry about making it too thick, because I can always just stir a little whey back in again to thin it out if need be.
Once the yogurt is strained, I whisk in some honey and vanilla extract and it’s done. I serve it with whatever fresh fruits we have on hand. The kids are always thrilled. For some reason, telling them to grab an apple to snack on doesn’t appeal to them nearly as much as sliced apples and a bowl of yogurt dip.
The straining time for this dip is a little long, I know. But the hands-on time is really less than 10 minutes. It’s a healthy and delicious snack that’s sure to excite everyone.
Creamy Yogurt Fruit Dip
- Line a mesh strainer with a cheesecloth or nut milk bag and place the strainer over a bowl.
- Pour the 2 cups of yogurt into the cheesecloth and allow it to strain for 2-12 hours. The longer you strain it, the thicker it will be.
- After straining, pour the thickened yogurt into a bowl and whisk in the honey and vanilla extract.
- Serve with fruit and enjoy!
Does your family like to dip fruit? What’s their favorite?