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Easy Yogurt Bark

Yogurt bark is a fun and easy frozen snack! Load up frozen yogurt with granola, fruit and toppings of your…

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Yogurt bark is a fun and easy frozen snack! Load up frozen yogurt with granola, fruit and toppings of your choice.

Yogurt Bark

Here’s a fun and easy snack no one can turn down: Yogurt Bark! This play on chocolate bark uses frozen yogurt as the base. Mix Greek yogurt with a little honey and vanilla, then sprinkle with toppings of your choice: fruit, granola, chocolate chips, and nuts. Freeze it up and break it into pieces, and each bite is creamy and refreshing: perfect for kids and adults. Our son Larson adores this treat and honestly: I can’t resist it myself!

How to make yogurt bark: a few tips

What is frozen yogurt bark? It’s essentially chocolate bark that uses frozen yogurt as a base for “healthy” toppings like fruit, granola, and nuts. Mixing Greek yogurt with honey and vanilla gives it a subtly sweet flavor. Freeze it with toppings, and they give a pop of sweet, fruity brilliance that makes this treat hard to resist. Here’s the basic concept and a few tips:

  • Use a jelly roll pan (half sheet pan), size 10″ x 15″. This way you can spread the yogurt to fit the entire sheet pan. If you don’t have one, just use a baking sheet and spread to your desired thickness.
  • Mix Greek yogurt, honey and vanilla. If all you have is vanilla yogurt, you can use that too: just omit the sweetener and vanilla. You can also use plain yogurt.
  • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or foil! This is key: otherwise the bark will freeze to the pan. Spread the yogurt onto the parchment paper in an even layer.
  • Top and freeze for 3 hours. This gets it good and frozen before digging in.
  • Break into pieces and serve! It does become melty after a few minutes, so eat it quickly.
Yogurt Bark

Frozen yogurt bark toppings

Frozen yogurt bark is fun because it works with just about any toppings you can imagine! Here’s what we chose (and why), and a few other ideas:

  • Sliced strawberries: You only need a few: slice them very thinly so they are easy to eat when frozen.
  • Granola: We used a purchased chocolate granola: use whatever you have on hand
  • Chopped pistachios: The fine dust of pistachios looks like all natural glitter!
  • Chocolate chips: Add a pop of richness with some mini chocolate chips
  • Crushed almonds or peanuts: Also add a nice flavor
  • Peanut butter: Drizzle a bit of peanut butter over the top for a creative twist
  • Other fruit: Blueberries are rather icy when frozen, so we tend to avoid them. Sliced bananas are great
  • Sprinkles: Why not?
Yogurt Bark

Storage info

Once the yogurt bark is frozen for 3 hours, you can cut or break it into pieces. Then store it in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks. After that, it becomes pretty icy and looks a little worn. Keep in mind it does melt immediately upon taking out of the freezer, so you’ll want to eat it fairy quickly (or encourage kids to do so).

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Yogurt Bark

Easy Yogurt Bark


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16

Description

Yogurt bark is a fun and easy frozen snack! Load up frozen yogurt with granola, fruit and toppings of your choice.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt ⁣
  • ⅓ cup honey⁣ (or ½ cup for a sweeter bark)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 strawberries, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, crushed
  • Other topping ideas: chocolate chips, peanut butter, crushed almonds or peanuts, sliced bananas, etc.

Instructions

  1. Line a jelly roll pan (aka half sheet pan, 10 x 15″)* with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, honey and vanilla extract. Pour it onto the sheet and spread into an even layer.
  3. Sprinkle the top with the thinly sliced strawberries, granola and crushed pistachios (or toppings of your choice).
  4. Freeze for 3 hours. Break or cut into pieces and serve. Store the pieces in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

*If you have a larger sheet pan, pour the yogurt to your desired thickness.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Snack
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Yogurt bark, frozen yogurt bark

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Taco Dip

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This taco dip recipe is fast and easy: the ideal party appetizer for a crowd! Scoop up this irresistible creamy mix with tortilla chips.

Taco Dip

Here’s a creamy, irresistibly spiced party dip you need in your life: our perfect Taco Dip Recipe! It comes together in minutes, and we can confidently say almost no one turns this one down. This one is even better than the standard: it’s got a quick homemade seasoning blend, Greek yogurt, and a colorful mix of fresh toppings for the absolute best flavor. Here’s how it’s done!

Ingredients in this taco dip recipe

Taco dip is a party dip that’s a creamy mix of cream cheese and taco seasonings, topped with crunchy toppings like lettuce, tomato, and often black olives. Don’t think there’s anything Mexican about it: this one is solidly American or Tex Mex. It’s different from 7 layer dip in that it’s got one layer of cream cheese and one layer of veggies. But you can definitely mix it up with more layers: see below! Here’s what you’ll need for the base recipe:

  • Cream cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Salsa
  • Spices: cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper
  • Mexican blend cheese
  • Toppings: lettuce, tomato, and black olives
  • Optional: red onion, cilantro, pickled jalapeños
Taco Dip recipe

What makes this the best layered taco dip

This recipe has a few innovations from the classic taco dip recipe that makes it even tastier! Here’s what make this the best taco dip, in our opinion:

  • Greek yogurt makes it taste fresh (and cuts calories). Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for a deliciously creamy, tangy flavor. It also cuts calories by 1/3: 1 cup of sour cream is 445 calories vs 1 cup of Greek yogurt is 100 calories.
  • Homemade seasonings keep it fresh and healthy! Packets of taco seasoning can have additives and preservatives, and lots of salt. Use a quick blend of spices for mega flavor: you probably already have them on hand.
  • Extra toppings add color and flavor. The standard taco dip just has lettuce, tomato, cheese, and black olives. But step it up with our extra toppings that add color and flavor: red onion, cilantro and pickled jalapenos.

Secrets to the homemade taco seasoning

Sure, you can buy taco seasoning to make this dip. But as we noted above, often the packets have additives and preservatives. Here we made a shortcut to taco seasoning using ingredients you likely already have on hand. You don’t even have to make a homemade taco seasoning blend: it’s even simpler! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and pepper

You’ll be surprised at how these seasonings work together to provide a big pop of flavor to the taco dip. Say goodbye to taco seasoning packets!

Taco Dip

Making a more layered taco dip

Were you looking for a dip with layers, more like a 7 layer dip? Don’t worry: you can do that too! Here’s what we’d consider adding on top of the cream cheese layer:

  • Refried beans seasoned with salt to taste (and/or cumin or chili powder)
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

A quick way to soften cream cheese

One trick to this taco dip recipe: most of the time we don’t think ahead when it comes to softening cream cheese. It’s important to soften it for this recipe, since it needs to be warmed up in order to mix with the other ingredients. Here are a few notes:

  • Use a microwave to quickly soften the cream cheese. Place it on a plate in the microwave. Microwave 5 seconds, then flip over the block of cheese and cook another 5 seconds. If it’s not room temperature and soft at this point, try another 5 seconds but air on the conservative side. You don’t want to overcook the cheese!
  • When you whisk the cheese with the ingredients, it starts out chunky. It takes a few minutes to whisk up, so be patient! We prefer mixing by hand than whipping it all with a stand mixer: but you could do that too if you prefer.

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this easy taco dip in the comments below. Grab your tortilla chips and start dipping!

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Taco Dip


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This taco dip recipe is fast and easy: the ideal party appetizer for a crowd! Scoop up this irresistible creamy mix with tortilla chips.


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened*
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • ¾ cup red salsa
  • 2 teaspoons each cumin and chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup sliced black olives
  • Optional toppings: minced red onion, chopped cilantro, pickled jalapeños

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the softened cream cheese, Greek yogurt, salsa and spices until it’s fully smooth. The mixture will start out chunky, but keep whisking until the cream cheese is fully smooth. (It takes a few minutes, so be patient!)
  2. Place the cheese mixture in the bottom of a circular glass pie plate or other circular dish. Smooth into an even layer.
  3. Top with the cheese, chopped lettuce, chopped tomato, black olives, and other optional toppings. Serve immediately with tortilla chips, or refrigerate until serving. (Leftovers last up to 3 days refrigerated.)

Notes

*To quickly soften cream cheese, place it on a plate in the microwave. Microwave 5 seconds, then flip over the block of cheese and cook another 5 seconds. If it’s not room temperature and soft at this point, try another 5 seconds but air on the conservative side.

**You can also add more layers to the taco dip to make it like a 7 layer dip: consider topping with a layer of refried beans (seasoned with salt), guacamole, and salsa before adding veggie toppings.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Taco dip, taco dip recipe

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Yogurt Parfaits

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Yogurt Parfait

Looking for an easy breakfast or brunch idea? Try this Berry & Yogurt Parfait! Layer Greek yogurt, berries and peanut butter granola in a glass, and looks loads fancier than it actually is. We’ve been making these for years, but here’s our latest favorite spin. It’s like an elevated spin on the MacDonald’s version that tastes more pure and real (and less sugary). Try this Greek yogurt parfait for a fancy brunch, or a quick make-ahead breakfast!

Ingredients in this yogurt parfait

This yogurt parfait is quick and easy to layer up: ideal for simple breakfasts. But it looks so stunning, it’s great for brunches too! Here’s what you’ll need for the ingredients:

  • Peanut Butter Granola, Crispy Homemade Granola, or other purchased granola (as high quality as you can find)
  • Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Fresh berries: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc
Yogurt Parfait

Why use frozen berries?

Why use frozen strawberries here? Can you use all fresh berries, or all frozen berries? Here’s what to know:

  • Frozen berries help to make a sauce. Defrosting the frozen berries makes a nice fruity sauce to mix with maple syrup to flavor the berries. Again, it’s got a vibe of that McDonald’s fruit and yogurt parfait.
  • Frozen are also cheaper. It’s a little cheaper than buying 2 cups of fresh berries.
  • But you can use all fresh berries or all frozen! Whatever works for you! You can also make a fruit compote with frozen berries: see below.

Greek yogurt vs plain yogurt

Our favorite yogurt to use in general is Greek yogurt, but you can use plain yogurt too! Here are a few notes on making a Greek yogurt parfait:

  • Greek yogurt is thick and creamy, with a delicious tang. The flavor really is superior to plain yogurt.
  • Greek yogurt has lots of health benefits: it’s high in protein and can aid in gut health.
  • Substitute plain yogurt if you like. Then follow the recipe below to add maple syrup and cinnamon to flavor it.
Yogurt Parfait

Variations on a yogurt parfait

You can use many different options for the fruit in this yogurt parfait! We love it with berries, but the sky’s the limit here. Here a few ideas for mixing it up:

Granola to use

The granola in these yogurt parfaits is important. Because it’s such a simple recipe, it’s important to use the best quality granola you can find. If you purchase the granola, find a high quality, artisan-style granola. Or make it homemade! Here’s what to know:

Make ahead instructions for a yogurt parfait

Want to make yogurt parfaits as a make-ahead breakfast? It’s a great option for making ahead, but there’s one important thing to know:

  • You can make yogurt parfaits ahead up to 4 days in advance.
  • The granola becomes soggy after a few hours. If you’re making for make ahead breakfasts, layer the parfait without the granola. Then add it right before serving!
Yogurt Parfait

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Yogurt parfait

Yogurt Parfaits


Description

Here’s a deliciously easy breakfast and brunch idea: the Yogurt Parfait! This layered cup looks fancy but takes minutes to make.


Ingredients

  • ½ cup Peanut Butter Granola, Crispy Homemade Granola, or purchased granola
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (or plain yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries*
  • 1 cup fresh berries like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or a mix
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix the Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and the vanilla.
  2. Defrost the strawberries in the microwave, keeping the juice that releases as they thaw (optional if using frozen). Stir together with the fresh berries, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, and 1 pinch cinnamon.
  3. In each glass, layer ½ cup yogurt, a sprinkle berries and granola, ½ cup yogurt, and another sprinkle berries and granola. Serve immediately. Make ahead instructions: You can also store for up to 4 days, but the granola becomes soggy. If you’re making for make ahead breakfasts, layer it without the granola and add it right before serving.

Notes

*Defrosting the frozen berries helps to make a juicy sauce for all of the berries. But substitute fresh strawberries if you like!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: Yogurt parfait

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