25 Tempting Ideas for How To Make Greek Yogurt Taste Good

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Sneak Preview: This post will show you how to make Greek yogurt taste good. Here are suggestions for a plethora of add-ins and a few ideas that take slightly more effort.

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My FAVORITE way to dress up Greek yogurt

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If you aren’t crazy about the taste of plain Greek yogurt, maybe I can help. Although I make my yogurt, any type of yogurt, homemade or store-bought, traditional, Greek-style, or Icelandic yogurt is eligible for these upgrades.

What to add to Greek yogurt to make it taste better:

  1. A spoonful of heavy cream or half-and-half (especially good if you want a creamier texture)
  2. Vanilla, almond, or lemon extract
  3. Vanilla bean paste (when you’re feeling extravagant)
  4. A spoonful of sugar or sweetener
  5. Honey
  6. Maple syrup
  7. Spicy, sugared, or toasted pecans
  8. Fresh, roasted, or cooked fruit –try this balsamic strawberry sauce
  9. Pureéd fruit (blend fresh fruit in season, strain out the seeds if desired, and freeze in small portions)
  10. Add finely chopped or pureéd fruit to yogurt and freeze in popsicle molds–pure refreshment on a hot day
  11. Mix in granola (try this chocolate olive oil granola)
  12. Cookie crumbs including vanilla wafers, graham crackers, and chocolate chip cookies
  13. Fruit juice concentrate (make “purple cow” with grape juice concentrate as seen in this post about cold start yogurt)
  14. A couple of spoonfuls of crème fraîche
  15. Crumbled leftover yogurt pie crust scraps baked with cinnamon and sugar on top
  16. Coconut Creme syrup sweetens and flavors plain yogurt–a coconut lover’s dream
  17. Combine yogurt with ice cream. Read more about this idea below.
  18. Make Pumpkin Greek Yogurt with Cookie Crumbles.
  19. Add lemon or orange microwave curd to your yogurt.
  20. Do you have leftover pie in the house? Stir a spoonful into your Greek yogurt for a protein-filled treat. My personal favorite is a traditional pumpin pie. You only need a small spoonful.
  21. A bit of espresso powder and a touch of sugar with yogurt is good for coffee lovers

Skip down below for 6 more ideas you don’t want to miss.

Have you tried yogurt mixed with ice cream?

My current fave is this yogurt/ice cream combo made by combining plain yogurt with ice cream. The tang of the yogurt plays nicely with the sweetness of ice cream. Stirring them together makes a creamier mixture than either yogurt or ice cream have by themselves.

At the moment, we like Halo Ice Cream. Of course, they aren’t paying me to say this, but it’s a low-carb ice cream we enjoy.

Halo is not overly creamy on its own. Consequently, adding yogurt ramps up the creaminess factor. Try it and see if the texture of the combination doesn’t remind you of soft-serve yogurt.

Alternatively, try adding plain yogurt to your favorite vanilla ice cream of any brand. It’s an excellent way to get more protein. (wink, wink)

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If you haven’t tried making yogurt at home, check out the video in this post to get you started.

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  1. Pyewacket says:

    I use extracts and powdered drink mixes. The powdered drink mixes go a long long way. For example, I have some True Lemon packets that are 0.8g each (like sweet ‘n low packet size) which flavor one full quart of yogurt after straining (eg I strain 1 qt of newly made yogurt and then flavor the result with just one of these packets).

    When I flavor yogurt I always start with some vanilla extract – it seems to enhance the flavor no matter what flavor you choose. I sweeten with liquid sucralose. I have type 2 diabetes and hanging the yogurt, using artificial sweetener, and unsweetened drink mixes or extracts means I can pretty much indulge in sinfully creamy hung yogurt at will.

    The extracts are pretty expensive if you’re buying them by the 1 oz or 2 oz small bottles at the grocery store but they can be had for considerably less in larger quantities online. You can also pretty easily make many extracts using vodka as the carrier. I’ve been making my own lemon extract from microplaned lemon peel and Everclear for about a decade. Avoid getting the pith in it as much as possible.

    1. Hello Pyewacket,
      What an informative comment!!! I love it. I’m not familiar with True Lemon packets but will look for them the next time I go to Krogers. These are great ideas. Thanks for taking the time to share with my readers.