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Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt Cups

 

 

Our current favorite snack is homemade fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt.  Since tubs of yogurt stay fresh in the fridge for quite a while, and the fruit is right there in the freezer, so this is a great  "anytime" snack.

First, I invested in a bunch of Ziploc (like Gladware) 1-cup containers.  (These were hard to find - I got them at Geunardis.)  If you need to do a lot of these, or want something cheaper/disposable, check out the souffle cups at www.wesellcoffee.com .

For mixed-berry yogurt cups, I use frozen berries (two 12 oz packages) and a tub of store-bought yogurt (vanilla if you like it sweet, non-fat plain for dieters).

I put out 8 containers, and distribute 1 bag of frozen mixed berries and one bag of blueberries between the containers (about 3/8 cup of fruit per container).  (Strawberries don't work as well because they're so big and
they don't defrost as quickly.)  I put 1/2 cup of yogurt in each cup.  (One 4-cup tub will fill 8 containers.)
Sometimes I top with 1 tbsp finely chopped walnuts.
If I do this the night before, the fruit will defrost in the fridge and it will be ready-to-eat (or put in lunchboxes) the next day.

For fresh peach yogurt cups, I used one fresh ripe peach per container.  I removed the stone and put the pieces (with the skin) in the food processor.  I processed them until they were pretty chopped up but not yet pureed.  I put to cup of the peach mixture in each cup.  Then I topped with cup yogurt.
I
t tasted *awsome*. 

For a Large Tub ‘o’ berries, nuts, and yogurt, put one bag of frozen mixed berries, half a tub of yogurt (2 cups), and, if you like, some walnuts (chopped fine or rough – your preference) into a 4-cup container.  Add a sliced bananna if you like.  Leave to defrost overnight in the fridge.  (This was inspired by my friend Carol, who brought me some of this in a crisis moment.  Yum!) 

 

Why bother when you can easily buy yogurt?  These are much tastier than the "fruit" yogurts you can buy, you can make them without sugar if you are dieting, you get the benefit of the fiber in the fruit, and doing a bunch at once is convenient.  My kids like the grab-and-eat convenience.  If you buy the berries on sale, it may also be cheaper than store-bought "fruit" yogurts.

Here’s some nutrition info on these ingredients – mix and match to suit your needs.

Ingredient

Amount

Calories

Protein

Fiber

Fat

Carbs

Vanilla lowfat yogurt

cup

100

5 g

0 g

1 g

16 g

Nonfat plain yogurt

cup

65

6 g

0 g

0 g

9 g

Mixed berries

3/8 cup
(1/4 12 oz pkg)

30

0 g

1 g

0 g

7.5 g

Blueberries

3/8 cup
(1/4 12 oz pkg)

35

0 g

2 g

0 g

9 g

Peaches

1 medium

40

1 g

2 g

0 g

10 g

Finely diced walnuts

1 tbsp.

50

1 g

g

5 g

1 g

 

Find nutrition information about other fruits by searching on the fruit name at here.