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Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipes:
Fruit Dips Made with Yogurt

The yogurt fruit dip recipes you'll find here are perfect for appetizers, for desserts, for brunch.... or just because you're looking for a healthy snack for the kids.

There's lots of fruit dips out there, and lots of 'em you can but. After all, in an effort to save calories and improve our health we are eating more fresh fruit than ever! But why are we still dipping our fruit into that over processed overly sweet caramel stuff?

Why not try one of the great fruit dip made with yogurt that you can make at home instead? Yogurt is high in protein, usually low in fat, and is filled with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Not to mention its acidity compliments the sweetness of that fruit you are about to consume so beautifully that you and your guests (or your kiddos) will keep coming back for more.


Hawaiian Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe

Hawaiian fruit dip with crushed pineapple recipeYogurt fruit dip recipes aren't hard to create. It’s about matching your tastes to the fruit that you want to eat. The tanginess in the yogurt is going to enhance the fruit and the ginger in the above recipes only makes things even better. Ginger is a natural flavor enhancer and adds warmth to the flavors that can’t be beat.

This fruit dip (made with yogurt, of course) is a great example. It's got wonderful, unusual flavors (almost a Hawaiian fruit dip flavor!), a fabulous texture, and it tastes divine. Adults will appreciate the touch of ginger, while kids will love the sweet tang of the pineapple.

This is only 30 calories per spoonful, and makes 3 cups of very flavorful dip.

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Ingredients:
8 oz low fat cream cheese, softened
1 c. plain yogurt
1/4 c. dark honey
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
8 oz. crushed pineapple (drained)
Fruit, to dip, as needed

Directions: 1. Beat all your ingredients together except for the pineapple until they're well-creamed. Fold in pineapple.

2. Let it sit for an hour in the refrigerator for best texture. Use firm fruit to dip into this. Or leave out the pineapple, so that you can dip less firm fruit.


Fun Yogurt Facts

Yogurt was probably discovered thousands of years ago when people carried sheep's milk in sacks in hot climates. Nonetheless there is no singular culture that can lay claim to its origins. What we do know is that Turkish immigrants carried yogurt into the US in the late 1700s. In the 1940s a man by the name of Daniel Carasso opened Dannon in New York, making various types of yogurt.



Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Fruit Dip Made with Yogurt

Yogurt fruit dip recipes have come a long way from just the overly sweet, fluffy stuff they once were. By using different flavorings and textures you can create all kinds of new and interesting creations.

Another way to flavor a yogurt dip is to begin your recipe with an already flavored fruit yogurt. This yogurt fruit dip recipe has a wonderful punch of fresh lemon flavor from the lemon zest. It's also ultra creamy from the Greek yogurt.

This is a great healthy yogurt fruit dip for sweeter fruit like strawberry or watermelon. And if you're feeling experimental, you can also try it with lime yogurt and zest in place of the lemon! Or add a bit of vanilla to bring out the sweetness of the honey.

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Ingredients:
8 oz. lemon yogurt
8 oz. Greek yogurt
1 tsp. ginger or nutmeg
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
Fresh fruit cut in pieces, to dip

Directions: 1. As with all the yogurt fruit dip recipes on this page, you simply cream your ingredients together in a bowl. Chill them for about two hours before serving.

2. Top the bowl of dip with some freshly grated lemon zest for garnish. This blend works nicely with melon wedges, pear slices, bananas, and seedless grapes, pineapple chunks and, of course, strawberries.


Yogurt Orange Dream Fruit Dip Recipe

Now, there are a few recipes out there that aren't so waistline friendly. You'll see lots of yogurt fruit dip recipes with things like whipped cream, marshmallow fluff and pudding mix. The recipes are simple and the flavors are good, but the nutrition... not so much.

This recipe will give you similar kid-friendly flavors to other more fattening fruit dips made with yogurt and cream, but without all the added fat and overall badness. In fact, if you use low fat cream cheese and fat free whipped topping, this is a nicely low-calorie fruit dip recipe!

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Ingredients:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 c. vanilla yogurt
1/2 c. whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
2 tbsp. orange juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. confectioner's sugar

Directions: 1. For this recipe, you beat all the ingredients except for the whipped topping together.

2. Once those are mixed, fold in the whipped topping and chill.

Note: Again, it's all about the flavors that you want. You could add in a wide variety of fruit juices other than orange (try pomegranate or passion fruit) to change the flavor profile here. Or add some orange zest to up the freshness.


Grilled Fruit with Lime, Honey, and Mint Yogurt Dip

BBQ Grilled Fruit Dip with Mint
Try this wonderful fruit dip (made with yogurt, of course!) with grilled fruit, like grilled pineapple, plum, and peach (recipe below).

Don't have the time or feel like grilling fruit? Any rich and flavorful fruit will be wonderful with this tangy, refreshing summer fruit dip, such as bananas or ripe peaches.


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Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. plain yogurt
3 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tbsp. fresh mint, minced
Plum, peach, and pineapple wedges
Skewers soaked in white wine

Directions: 1. Mix together the yogurt, honey, lime juice, and mint. Put in the refrigerator to chill until the fruit is off the grill.

2. Mix different pieces of fruit on your skewers, and grill them over a medium-hot flame for about 2 minutes on each side. Note that your grate should be oiled. You can drizzle a little honey on the fruit at the last turn for more sweetness, if desired.

The more you make them, the more you'll find that yogurt fruit dip recipes are an indispensable part of your cooking repertoire... they're good for guests, for family BBQ's, or to give the kids a healthy snack they'll love. So have fun with them!


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