I’ve found that after becoming accustomed to an unprocessed diet, it’s now hard to eat the artificially flavored foods I once used to. Case in point – yogurt. The flavors I used to be able to handle now seem flat and overly sugary. So I was glad to find that plain yogurt can be used as a base to flavor to your own liking!
Fresh squeezed orange juice and zest adds an amazing, refreshing flavor to this yogurt, along with a slight sweetness from the honey. Try it as specified below (courtesy of Ina Garten), or use it as a basis for customizing your own flavors – with spices, other citrus, and so forth. You also can add any toppings of your choice – dried or fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, or granola.
This recipe could work for any meal or snack…I’d even serve it for dessert, maybe topped with sugared nuts, a fruit compote, or even some shaved chocolate!
- 32 ounces (4 cups) plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 orange
- Toppings: raisins, cranberries, walnuts, pecans, granola, fresh fruit, etc.
- Thicken the yogurt: Place a paper towel or cheesecloth in a sieve (or strainer), and place the sieve over a bowl. Pour the yogurt into the sieve and allow it to drain for 3 hours or overnight, in the refrigerator. (Note: If you’re short on time, you could skip the thickening step without compromising the overall flavor! You also could use Greek yogurt to achieve the thickened consistency.)
- Flavor the yogurt: After the yogurt has thickened, pour it into a bowl. Zest and juice the orange, and add both the orange zest and juice to the yogurt, to taste. Then add the 2 teaspoons vanilla and ¼ cup honey, adjusting the quantities to your own taste.
- Top the yogurt: Garnish with toppings of your choice – we used raisins and pecans, but the sky is the limit!