3 ingredients are all you need to make this vanilla yogurt that contains much less sugar than the store-bought yogurt. It's creamy, slightly sweet, and 100% vanilla-y!
Healthy Vanilla Yogurt
Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D, protein, and probiotics. The only concern is that most options contain high amounts of added sugar.
And that's why I always recommend purchasing plain yogurt and sweetening it yourself. It takes very minimal effort and tastes just as good, if not better because you have full control over what to add and how much.
Like this creamy vanilla yogurt!
2-3 minutes is all it takes to make, and I have a feeling you'll never purchase another vanilla-flavored yogurt from the grocery store again.
And you can certainly add these flavored yogurts to your smoothies to make them more creamy and filling.
Or turn them into the most delicious fruit yogurt dip!
- Yogurt - My family loves Greek yogurt so that's what we always have on hand, but you can use regular yogurt or dairy-free yogurt. Just be sure to get the PLAIN flavor. I also recommend getting whole milk yogurt (4% or 5%) especially for young kids. Fat plays a critical role in optimal brain development.
- Real Vanilla - be sure to use pure vanilla extract, NOT imitation, for best flavor.
- Honey - Just a little goes a long way in sweetening unsweetened plain yogurt! Leave it out if serving to your baby (honey before 1 year can lead to botulism) or if avoiding added sugar. You can also try adding date syrup.
- Cinnamon - this is optional but will complement and enhance the vanilla flavor.
This just may be the easiest recipe I've ever written!
Add yogurt in a bowl and combine with honey and vanilla. I find using a spoon is easier and quicker than a whisk.
Tips for Success
- If you want to turn a whole 32 ounce container of plain yogurt into vanilla yogurt, simply double the recipe.
- I've found that the perfect vanilla to yogurt ratio is ½ teaspoon of vanilla for 1 cup of yogurt. But if you like your yogurt more vanilla-y, then feel free to add more.
- Adjust the sweetness level - when making vanilla yogurt for the first time, start with just 2 teaspoons and add more depending on your preference. 1 tablespoons is the sweet spot for us. You can also leave it out entirely and enjoy with fresh, frozen, or dried fruits.
Ways to Use Vanilla Yogurt
While delicious as is, the creamy yogurt pairs so well with all kinds of flavors and textures!
- Fresh fruit
- Dried fruit
- Seeds (hemp, flax, chia)
- Granola (try this homemade no added sugar granola)
- Chocolate chips
- Coconut flakes
- Peanut butter (or nut/seed butter)
You can also add vanilla yogurt to your favorite recipes, like:
I like to store ½ cup portions in small airtight containers. That way I can easily grab one from the refrigerator in the morning along with various toppings.
It will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
You can also freeze for up to 3 months. Here's how to freeze yogurt.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! First cut off the end then slice through the bean lengthwise. Scrape the tiny black vanilla bean seeds from inside. Since they’re more potent than vanilla extract, start with ½ teaspoon. You can always add more, but you can't take away.
While it is a great source of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and probiotics, most store-bought vanilla yogurt and other flavored varieties contain high amounts of refined sugars.
That's why I recommend getting plain yogurt and adding a little bit of honey to sweeten it up. If you desire even more sweetness, you can top with your favorite fruit, granola, etc.
Store-bought vanilla yogurt contains high amounts of added sugar, which is recommended to be held until 2 years of age.
To make this recipe baby-friendly, I suggest just adding the vanilla and serving with super ripe, pureed, or mashed fruit, such as fresh berries or applesauce. This 2 ingredient Date syrup is a great no-added-sugar sweetener as well.
Yes! Any plain plant-based alternative will work well!
More Yogurt Recipes
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Easy Vanilla Yogurt
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt (460g)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or vanilla bean)
- 1 tablespoon honey, see note
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients until well incorporated. Taste and add more vanilla or honey as desired.
- For a no added sugar option, leave out the honey and enjoy with fresh, frozen, or dried fruits. You can also add date syrup.
- Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.