Sometimes the simplest recipes end up being our favorites. 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 very easy.
Filter yogurt: whey and Greek yogurt
Have you ever noticed that when you open a container of yogurt there is usually a clear yellowish liquid on the top? It’s called whey. It separates naturally from yogurt and can be stirred right away.
However, if you filter the whey you get Greek yogurt. Yes, that is really the only difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt. The Greek yogurt has been filtered. The result is a thicker, creamier yogurt.
Whey contains a little lactose as well as calcium and a little protein and also probiotics. It has many uses, so don’t throw it away! Because it is packed with beneficial probiotics, I use it for all my lacto-fermentation recipes. Here are some of the ways I use it:
Additionally, it can be used to acidify the soil around acid-loving plants like blueberries!
Learn more about acidic whey and its uses here.
Make Yogurt Fruit Dip
To strain the yogurt, put it in a bag of nut milk and hang it on a kitchen cabinet. Make sure you put a bowl underneath to catch the dripping whey! You may also like a mesh colander with cheesecloth or a bag of nut milk and place the colander on a bowl.
The time needed to put in the effort and there really is no way to go wrong. I just strained it until it’s as thick as I want it to be, even if that means leaving it on overnight. Don’t worry about making it too thick, as you can always just stir in some whey to thin it out if needed.
Once the yogurt is filtered, add honey and vanilla extract and it’s done! Serve with the fresh fruit you have on hand and the children will be delighted! For some reason tell them to take an apple nibble they don’t like sliced apples and a bowl of yogurt dip!
Creamy Yogurt Fruit Dip
This creamy yogurt based fruit dip is so easy to make. A little tart with a touch of sweetness, it’s full of probiotics.
Line a mesh colander with cheesecloth or a bag of nut milk.
Place the colander on a bowl.
Pour the 2 cups of yogurt into the cheesecloth and allow to filter for 2 to 12 hours.
After straining, pour the thickened yogurt into a bowl and stir in the honey and vanilla extract.
Serve with fruit and enjoy!
The filtered liquid in yogurt is whey. It’s high in calcium and can be used in lacto-fermentation to make recipes like salsa, beet kvass, probiotic lemonade, and more!