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Friday, September 16, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt

I just posted on how we make our own homemade yogurt, and since it's almost fall, we've been making some "Pumpkin Pie" Yogurt that the boys are in love with... I made some for my 12-year-old the other morning at breakfast. He literally licked the bowl clean. Then, the second he got home from school, he asked me to make more for his snack. And I caught him using his fingers to get every single last bit out of that bowl, too! The other day at lunchtime, I gave some to the little girl I watch, and I even saw her eat it all and then bring the bowl to her mouth to try to pour any that was left into her mouth. So, yeah, it's a bit of a hit over here...

I tried to measure everything the other day so I could actually say how much I used because I was just dumping stuff in before that. This is great with regular yogurt, but it's even better with greek yogurt because it's a bit thicker, especially with the added ingredients. If you want to try it, here it is...

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt
1 cup yogurt
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Stir and enjoy.

You can change up the amounts of added ingredients to make it work for you. We also tried it with a bit of vanilla extract. Camden even taste tested with that, comparing without vanilla and with different amounts. He could not tell which he liked better - after several tastes of each and lots of contemplating. So, we just decided to leave it out. You could always add it, add some more cinnamon or ginger. Make it your own! Let me know if you find something that really makes it awesome!

Made with regular yogurt.
Made with greek yogurt. You can tell it's thicker. (No idea why
the color is so different. I took the pictures on different days,
but they really do not look this different. ???)

See that empty bowl in the front of the picture... Camden had insisted I leave it out so he scrape whatever was left in it after he was done with his own yogurt. Yeah, he kind of likes it.


Brittany @ The Pistachio Project said...

I'll definitely have to try this! My boys do fruit smoothies (currently with carrot juice) every morning but I bet they'd love a Pumpkin Pie one! I'm assuming that with homemade yogurt it's still runny even with the pumpkin? We make homemade yogurt to and while it's decently thick the first day or two it gets pretty runny by the end so we tend to do smoothies.

Daisy and Ryan said...

It is thinner with regular yogurt, but today I strained some to make greek yogurt, and it was much better, especially after adding the pumpkin and maple syrup. :) Our yogurt doesn't seem to get runnier after a few days - it seems to stay pretty much the same. Or maybe I just haven't been paying attention. Haha! I do sometimes strain it if we want it thicker, though. I prefer it thicker, like greek yogurt. Sometimes I just hate that it means there is then *less* yogurt. ;)

For some reason I'm not a huge fan of yogurt in smoothies. I don't know why! We have it in them about a quarter of the time, but we usually just eat yogurt with lunch or snacks.