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Homemade Gogurts

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Whew!  It’s been a minute since I’ve dedicated time to writing.  I’d go on a long explanation, but anyone with kids, jobs, and all the stuff in-between understands!  I had a quick second while the girls were playing outside to share something SUPER easy that I’m kicking myself for not doing sooner.

I’m not sure about your kids, but mine are obsessed with prepackaged food marketed for kids.  They BEG for all of it when we go grocery shopping.  While I do make homemade pizza “lunchables” for school lunches, I refuse to buy any of those.  Read the ingredient list and you’ll see why (insert shudder here.)  One thing I did buy was a Greek yogurt tube (or a Gogurt, as we call them and as a brand markets them.)  My family is a huge yogurt family and we only eat Greek yogurt for the added protein and low(ish) sugar content.  My store recently stopped carrying the Greek yogurt gogurts and the girls had been missing them.  For me, they’re a convenience.  I stick them in the freezer and by the time lunch rolls around for my 6-year-old, they’re nicely defrosted.  I saw a post on Pinterest about homemade gogurts and knew I had to try!

What You Need

This can be as basic or as complicated as you want!

  • 32 ounce container of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Maple Syrup (ours is from hubs coworker)
  • Honey (bartered eggs with a local beekeeper)
  • Plastic tubes

I ordered my baggies on Amazon.  I did buy disposable ones.  Mae cannot be trusted to not throw away the tube in her flurry to get out to recess after lunch, so I opted for disposable. Here are some resuable silicone tubes if that’s what you’d prefer.

After I took this picture, I remembered I had a bag of Berry Medley in the freezer that needed to get used up.  You can do whatever flavor combination you’d like–get creative!

How to Make

Again, super easy! I put a third of the container of yogurt in a blender with a cup of frozen berries, probably three tablespoons of maple syrup, and a couple splashes of milk and whirred it up in the blender until it was smooth.  Use your judgement for consistency, especially when using frozen fruit.  I found I needed to add a splash or two more of milk to make it smooth.  For the maple and honey flavors, I put a third of the container of yogurt, a couple tablespoons of honey/maple syrup, and a splash of milk and whirred it up.

Open the tube.  I found it easiest to hold it open with my index finger and thumb.  I also blew into it before filling to make sure the whole tube was open.

CAREFULLY pour the mixture into the tube to the fill line.  This is the part that was the biggest learning curve for me.  After a few tubes, you get the hang of it!  Seal them up and move on to the next one.

I was able to make 19 tubes from my ingredients.  Considering the store-bought came with 10 and cost about as much as a container of yogurt, I’m happy!  They fit perfectly in the top shelf on the door of my freezer, which also happens to be JUST out of reach for the girls.  I always prefer to make what I can from scratch.  The ability to control the ingredients is important to me, especially with some of the stuff that my kids eat.  Most of it seems to have a crazy amount of sugar and dyes in it, which I don’t really want them ingesting on the regular.

Kid tested AND approved!

 

Enjoy and drop a comment with your favorite flavor!

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