This recipe is exactly what you might imagine from its name: Greek yogurt, frozen into cubes in a ice cube tray! It sounds like a no-brainer, but I thought I would share it anyway! It’s so ridiculously simple and awesome, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it years ago!!!
You see, much as I hate to admit it, I have a major sweet tooth. This especially goes for anything involving creamy, rich, dairy products. (Think cheesecake, sour cream trifles, and cream cheese parfaits.) The only problem is, those dishes tend to be super-loaded with calories and fat. Yikes!
Enter the creamy, dreamy, yet healthy solution: Greek yogurt! Try substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream in sweet or savory dishes to lower calories and boost the protein level. Its natural tangy flavour mimics that of sour cream quite closely, and its consistency is also very similar. Greek yogurt could also be used in place of cream cheese if it is left to strain in the fridge overnight. The yogurt’s tart dairy flavour and creamy consistency pair well with fruit and make it the perfect addition to smoothies or desserts. Yogurt also makes a great base for any kind of dip, whether it be fruit dip, taco dip, buffalo chicken dip; you name it!
So I’m hoping that by now I have you swayed on the yogurt issue. In case I don’t, let me make myself clear: GREEK YOGURT IS FANTASTIC!!! There. Now that’s dealt with. The only problem left is how to keep a constant supply of fresh Greek yogurt available. Unfortunately, the only way to accomplish that is to make or buy Greek yogurt several times a week, which would be tragically inefficient and wasteful, because let’s face it: Greek yogurt is awesome stuff, but humanly speaking, we can only use so much of it at once! Yes, freezing yogurt works, but who wants to thaw a massive chunk, only to use half of it? What about the other cup of yogurt that you just thawed, but don’t need? Isn’t it too bad we can’t freeze yogurt in little chunks, just ready for the exact amount to be pulled out and thawed in a hurry? Well, that’s exactly what I was thinking, when the obvious solution suddenly hit me.
We CAN freeze yogurt in little chunks! Nowadays, we have these marvelous little containers called ice cube trays! (Actually, they may have been around for centuries, for all I know.) They freeze the yogurt into little chunks, just perfect for tossing into a smoothie, adding to oatmeal, or thawing in a hurry! Just fill each ice cube compartment with plain Greek yogurt (or whatever flavour you prefer) and freeze for several hours. Once the cubes are solid, pop them out and keep them in a bag in the freezer.
These frozen yogurt cubes are so simple, I’m shocked that I’ve never seen this idea online before! They are so versatile! My favourite ways to use them are in my Oatmeal Berry Breakfast Bowl, or in a breakfast smoothie. Some smoothie recipes ask for ice cubes and some call for yogurt, so I thought, “Why not kill two birds with one stone?” Greek yogurt cubes add icy coldness, as well as creamy thickness and a delicious yogurt flavour! They also boost the nutritional content of smoothies and help keep you full longer. Yay for Greek yogurt!
So go freeze some Greek yogurt, toss it in Oatmeal Berry Breakfast Bowl, or whip up a smoothie with it. Let me know what you think! How are your favourite ways to use Greek yogurt?