Plain Greek Yogurt: 10 Recipes for a Sweet Treat

By Neghar Fonooni

Growing up Middle Eastern was...different.

I went to a small private school where my sister and I were the only Iranian kids, and the bullying over all things—from race to my frizzy-haired, bushy-browed appearance—was a daily struggle. But no matter what, I always felt this sense of pride in being Persian; I loved my culture and the deep roots of my heritage.

greek-yogurt-450x340Since my parents are immigrants, I spent a great deal of my childhood speaking Farsi, listening to Persian music and eating traditional Middle Eastern food—on the floor.

One thing you could always be sure to have at family meals was plain yogurt, or mahst, as it's called in Farsi. I loved plain yogurt. In fact, it wasn't until I was in the Air Force that I actually had fruit-flavored yogurt in the chow hall for the very first time!

Interestingly, I find that most Americans have very little use for plain yogurt. Now that Greek yogurt has (thankfully) gained popularity and is easy to find in major food stores, you can purchase just about any flavor, from pomegranate to lemon and more. Still, I find myself gravitating towards the plain variety. I see it as a blank canvas for my culinary creativity. I'll often mix it with spices to use as dip for raw veggies, or blend with chicken and sweet peppers for an easy chicken salad.

With plain Greek yogurt you get tons of protein, very little sugar and an opportunity to add fresh fruit, more protein, healthy fats—or really whatever you have on hand in the kitchen.

I love having a bowl of yogurt, as opposed to a shake, as an evening or post-workout snack when I am craving something sweet. These are a few of my favorite sweet recipes for plain Greek yogurt, most of which are excellent for a treat or a post-workout snack.

All of these yogurt variations use a seven-ounce container of 0% or 2% plain Greek yogurt, but if you are dairy-free, you can sub coconut milk or almond milk Greek yogurt such as this one. Also, all of the recipes can be mixed and frozen for about 20 minutes if you prefer a cold treat.

 10 Greek Yogurt Sweet Treats

1. Chocolate Treat

2. Pumpkin Spice

  • Mix 2-3 tablespoons organic pumpkin puree, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice and 1 packet Stevia or your favorite sweetener.
  • (Optional) Add a handful of pecans.

3. Plain Jane

greek-yogurt-fruit-nut-450x3404. Fruit and Nut Parfait

  • Add a handful of fresh berries, slivered almonds, and a tsp of pure vanilla extract.
  • Top with a dash of cinnamon.

5. High-Protein Lemon Treat

6. Honey Nut Crunch

  • Mix 1-2 tablespoons organic honey and a handful or raisins and walnuts.

7. Peach Cobbler

greek-yogurt-banana-crunch-450x3408.Banana Nut

  • Mix a small diced banana and a handful of pecans.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon.
  • (Optional) Mix in a tsp of pure maple syrup.

9. Apple Pie

  • Mix a small diced apple (granny smith is best!) and a tablespoon almond butter.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon.
  • (Optional) Add a 1/2 cup your favorite granola.

10. High-Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter

  • Mix 1-2 scoops of chocolate protein powder and 1 tablespoon organic peanut butter.
  • (Optional) Add a handful of peanuts, or super charge it with a tablespoon of Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams. No joke, this turns it a very special treat.

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About the author:  Neghar Fonooni

Girls Gone Strong co-founder Neghar Fonooni is a fitness and lifestyle coach, writer, entrepreneur, veteran, wife, and mom. Neghar’s mission is to help women all over the world live fit, happy, empowered lives without stress and shame. Learn more about Neghar on her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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