Healthy Sugared-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip

~ A delicious, healthy and incredibly simple fruit dip with just four ingredients you probably have on hand! A hit at parties yet easy enough for everyday snacks! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Make Ahead    Vegetarian    Gluten Free  

Healthy Sugared-Vanilla Fruit Dip Recipe {Two Healthy Kitchens}

I could live on fruit. As in, no other foods in my diet. Ok, fine … I could maybe add in some ice cream from time to time – just to balance things out! But REALLY, I love fruit!

Lucky for me, summertime is overflowing with amazing and delicious fruits – melons and berries and cherries and pineapple and … I can’t get enough!

When I was growing up, my mom and I used to go to Walt Disney World every summer. While in Florida, we always visited with a friend who had been a home-ec teacher with my mom.

And as you may have guessed, we always had really delicious meals. And desserts. And snacks.

With all of the amazing foods we shared together, I’m not sure why I remember this one particular fruit dip so well. Actually, maybe it’s because I clearly remember that I had to refrain from licking the bowl. (I had to use my good manners, after all.)

When I complimented our friend on the most-scrumptious-fruit-dip-I-have-ever-eaten, she laughed at me! Laughed, I tell you! “Oh, Gretchen! This really isn’t even a recipe – it’s just thrown together! It’s so easy to make!”

I did finally write down the ingredients (so I would know what to “throw together”). Over the years, I’ve made it more times than I can count, and I’ve done my best to make it as healthy as can be. (Her original version was made with sour cream, but I’ve made mine with Greek yogurt, I’ve reduced the amount of brown sugar … )

She served it with fresh blueberries and it was deeee-lish. I love it with other berries, as well. You could make it as a dip, or even as a drizzle over a bowl of fresh, gorgeous fruit.

Healthy Sugared-Vanilla Fruit Dip Recipe {Two Healthy Kitchens}

And for your Fourth of July parties? Easy – just serve it with red, white and blue fruits! Watermelon, strawberries or raspberries. Blueberries, of course. White peaches or white melon (we found a golden honeydew – it’s practically white!). Apples or bananas could work well, too – just be sure to slice them right before serving. Yeah, I know what you’re probably thinking: white fruits can be tricky to find and finicky to work with, right? No worries! If you’re in a pinch, you could even substitute some chunks of purchased angel food cake! Not quite so many antioxidants, sure, but it’ll taste great with this dip and make your star-spangled holiday fruit platter look fabulous!

Wanna make a fruit bouquet and fruit cut-outs to really jazz it all up? So simple! Just check out our quick and easy directions for DIY fruit bouquets!

Hey, you might just want to tuck this easy little idea away for Labor Day and Memorial Day, too!

Happy Fourth of July!

THK by Gretchen

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Healthy Sugared-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip

Preparation 3 min. 2017-04-27T00:03:00+00:00 Cook Time 0 min. 2017-04-27T00:00:00+00:00
Serves Approximately 1 cup     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • a scant 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Chill for half an hour (if time permits).
  3. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon just before serving, if desired.
  4. Serve with assorted fresh fruit.

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Healthy Sugared-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip — 26 Comments

  1. I had friends over for brunch last weekend and this delicious dip with fresh fruit was my starter. Everyone loved it. So fresh. Then we moved on to spanish baked eggs with fresh bread and ended with “not so healthy but oh so scrupmtous” waffles and a good cup of coffee.

    • Do you use some of the brown sugar & cinnamon that is listed or is it in additional to amounts listed? I assume mix 4 ingredients & then additional sugar/cinnamon if desired. Sounds good!

      • Hi, Nancy! We make the recipe with exactly the amounts listed. However, you should always feel free to change things up to suit your tastes! Different brands of vanilla Greek yogurt have varying levels of sugar and slightly different flavor profiles, so taste your fruit dip once you’ve made it and then add a bit more brown sugar if you’d like, or bump up the honey or cinnamon if you want to highlight those flavors more specifically, too! Make it your way! Have fun and enjoy! We’re so glad you stopped by! 🙂 ~Shelley

    • Josephina, thank you so much for taking a moment to let us know how much you and your friends liked this fruit dip! That’s means so much to us, and we love that we were a little part of your fun morning! 🙂 ~Shelley

    • Hi Mary! We often get asked about nutrition information, but because we don’t recommend specific brand names of ingredients, we just don’t feel comfortable sharing this type of data on our site.

      For example, this recipe calls for vanilla Greek yogurt. Depending on what brand you would choose, there would be a variance in the amount of sugars (and overall carbohydrates) in the final recipe. Different brands use various ingredients to achieve their ‘perfect’ vanilla flavor, and these differences affect the final nutritional makeup of that food.

      When testing this recipe, we actually happened to have two different name brands on hand that we find readily available here in Ohio. Shelley and I were actually quite surprised to find that one had quite a bit more sugar than the other! Both tasted great in the recipe, but the actual amount of sugars was different.

      We’ve also chosen not to mention brand names to because we realize that not all brands are accessible to everyone. We understand that not all brands are available in every store, or in every area. (And our international readers likely have an entirely different selection at their stores!)

      If you’d like to include this recipe in your support group, I have two suggestions … first, you could share this recipe with your dietitian and get their recommendation on if this would be good recipe to share with your group. Second, there are many free nutrition calculators online that you could utilize once you’ve chosen a particular recipe. These calculators are relatively easy to use and many even have brand-specific information to help aid in finding the nutrition facts of any food.

      I hope these suggestions help! 🙂 Have a wonderful day! ~Gretchen

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  7. OH my Goodness! This was soooo good! I actually made it waaay more rich my accident though. I don’t care much for the grittiness of brown sugar so I decided to put in in a double broiler but thought about adding a tiny bit of butter for some liquid and accidently dumped probably a Tbs of butter in there and just went with it. It is VERY good and very rich and I will make it without the butter added next time. I tasted it before even adding the brown sugar and it was really good then too! That’s for a recipe that’s not the typical yogurt and cool whip type dip. 🙂

    • Wow Mitzi!! Thank you for the great feedback! We are SO happy you tried it, and even adjusted it for your own tastebuds!

      As far as the brown sugar, we don’t find the grittiness to be an issue. It sort of dissolves into the yogurt and just leaves a sweet taste behind! (Bonus – you won’t have to break out the double broiler! 🙂 ) When you make it the next time – let us know how you like it!

      Thanks again for letting us know how much you liked it! We love that it’s healthier than most dips – and no … no cool whip here! ~G&S

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  10. This is so good. When I was a child my mom used sour cream. She would put the sour cream in one dish and brown sugar in the other. We would then take our strawberries and dip away. Double dipping allowed! Always a favorite!

  11. Okay, I’m gonna have to add this to my list of yummies. I’m a huge fan of greek yogurt and I love dips! Isn’t it funny how you can forget the simple “throw together” foods. I always think at the time, “I don’t need to write this down, how could I ever forget.” Sadly, I forget way too often. I’ve conceded to my poor memory and now just write everything down, no matter how simple. Ugh! I need to add more brain foods to my diet 😀

    • You know, Cindy, you’re just so right about forgetting how quick and easy it can be to make delicious foods! With all the food magazines and TV food shows, I think sometimes people feel like food has to be difficult or complicated to be delicious, and they just end up feeling overwhelmed. So, they give up and grab fast food or a pre-packaged snack. That’s totally part of why Gretchen and I started this blog – to help people find EASY, delicious and truly nutritious recipes that are fast enough to become go-to recipes for even the busiest days. Now if only we can remember to write them all down, too! ~Shelley

    • It really is sooooo good, whether you drizzle it over a gorgeous bowl of blueberries or serve it as a fruit dip for an easy party platter! We both took this dip to the various parties we attended on the Fourth, and while the kids were simply happy to eat it, the adults really appreciated that it was both delicious and also a HEALTHY treat among some of the other gut-busting indulgences on the buffet tables! ~G&S

    • Hey, Melissa! Yeah – kids definitely love this, and you’ll love that it’s so incredibly fast to make! Such an easy breakfast or snack idea! Make some fruit kebab “wands” to go with it, and the kids will be happily chowing loads of healthy fruit (although I’m pretty sure YOUR kiddos already do that)! ~Shelley

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