Yogurt is great, but drinkable yogurt is even better mom! Said my oldest son Alex. What is not to love in the creamy fruity drink sold in bright colored packaging? If you’ve been wanting to make your own homemade yogurt drinks with fewer ingredients and real fruit, you are in luck!
I’m a big fan of yogurt since it’s high in protein, calcium, and milk provides many of the minerals my kids need. There are two of us who are dairy free in the house, so if you are looking for the dairy free recipe, you’ll find it over at MOMables.
Back to the yogurts. I used to buy them but for starters, most don’t contain that much real fruit (if any) and then there is the issue that with 3 kids they are gone before I can put them away in the refrigerator from the grocery! I like convenience just like everyone else, but between the price tag, the added sugar and ingredients that are not really needed… I decided to make my own.
I mostly come up with recipes out of necessity, because I want to make versions of store bought favorites with real ingredients, or a combination of both. My grocery store trips are a great way for me to come up with recipe ideas. My kids point out their favorite snacks, maybe they tried it at a friend, or maybe they think it looks so delicious. Unfortunately, I often reply to requests with “I have a recipe for those.”
That’s about how it went with these Homemade Yogurt Drinks and 60+ recipes in the Best Snacks Book. I either get inspired by something I see at the grocery or it’s something my kids beg for. In the end, I try to simplify a recipe so it’s easy for anyone to recreate at home. Just like these yogurt drinks. And for my dairy-free kiddo, I serve these up with homemade dairy-free yogurt. So easy. Just watch how easily these drinks come together.
The best part about making a recipe, like this one, at home is that you save money and you have control over the ingredients and flavor of the recipe. Many drinkable yogurts are filled with extra sugar and ingredients that are easily omitted when made at home. Some of the store-bought drinks have added thickeners, corn syrup, and preservatives to keep it last on the shelf.
The advantage of making it at home is that I can use any fruit I want to use up! I have a freezer full of ripe bananas, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, peaches… and the list goes on!
You can use fresh or frozen fruit. Feel free to mix, your favorite fruit together to make a blend! Get creative! If you have leftovers, freeze it in popsicles for later.
Homemade Yogurt Drinks
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 2 cups (475 ml) milk
- 1/2 cup (115 g) yogurt
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) maple syrup or honey (optional)
- 1 cup (145 g) chopped fruit
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium-low until everything is smooth and evenly combined.
- Pour yogurt drinks in 4-ounce (120 ml) drink containers and refrigerate for 1 hour prior to serving.
The maple syrup or honey is completely optional and the need to use it will depend on the type of yogurt you use and the fruit. Some fruits are naturally sweeter.
You can skip refrigeration by using frozen fruit.