Seven Cool Recipes to Flavour Natural Yoghurt for Kids

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This article ‘Seven cool recipes to favour natural yoghurt for kids’ is a collaboration between Sinchies and Little Peeps Eats.

One of the first and most convenient snack foods we can give our kids is yoghurt. Starting from six months of age, the yummy flavour and easy texture make it a simple and healthy option. Here are some of my favourite recipes to flavour  natural yoghurt for kids, from baby and beyond!

Seven Cool Recipes to Flavour Natural Yoghurt for Kids

Yoghurt is a fabulous snack for little ones, right from the early days of weaning.  Even as kids get older and head off to school, they still need a lot of calcium and love to snack on yoghurt.

There can be a couple of traps to be aware of when giving your children yoghurt, however. One of these is the amount of sugar in some of the products, especially the ones marketed directly to kids. Often there is little fruit in these to give them their flavour, and more artificial colourings and added sweeteners.

The other problem is cost. Buying little, convenient portions can get expensive, as well as creating a lot of rubbish.

It is more economical to buy a larger tub and then make smalls portions to grab and go.  Thankfully there are products on the market to help you prepare super-cute, nutritious portions of yoghurt that your kids will love.

Sinchies – every Mum’s best friend

litter free flavour natural yoghurt

We started using Sinchies at home earlier this year, and they are a massive hit! These little reusable pouches reduce cost and waste, and remove the need for a bowl and spoon, so are awesome for when you are heading out.

Little ones can eat from them with a minimum of mess. They can feed themselves from their car seat or stroller, or the school playground.  You just take the pouches home when empty and wash them ready to go again.

They make yoghurt a super-easy snack for school lunch boxes. You can freeze them for popping in the lunchbox in summer, or fill them with fruit and vegetable purees as well. They stack well in the freezer, and beautifully keep the rest of the lunchbox cool for the whole day.  They are awesome for smoothies as well!

We use them in conjunction with other Sinchies snap lock bags which has meant we no longer need to buy the disposable snap locks.  Winning!

How much Calcium does my child need?

Your child needs a lot of calcium as they grow to build the strongest bones they can.  From the time you stop breastfeeding or formula and move onto solid foods, your child will need calcium every day to make sure he is healthy.

Children aged between 1 and 8 need around 2-3 services of calcium a day, while this increases to 4 serves a day for older kids and teens.

The easiest way to get calcium is from dairy such as milk, yoghurt and cheese. You can also get some from leafy greens, soybeans, almonds, sesame seeds and some beans and legumes.

How to flavour Natural Yoghurt

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I love yoghurt as a snack for my kids. It gives them the calcium they need and the healthy gut bacteria is also good for their digestive systems. They love the taste and it fills them up till dinner.

Plain, unsweetened yoghurt is the best kind of yoghurt for your child. It has no sweeteners and is high in calcium.  We like to add a bit of flavour and fun to our natural yoghurt – and it’s easier then you think!

Through a little extra planning, you can use the recipes below to flavour yoghurt for kids. These recipes add natural sweetness from fruit or honey, as well as additional vitamins and minerals to boot.

You will need a blender or stick blender for these, but to be honest, every single parent of small children can benefit from owning one of these, so if you haven’t got one I would recommend getting it.

Seven Cool Recipes to Flavour Natural Yoghurt for Kids

sinchies flavour natural yoghurt

These recipes all use full fat plain greek or natural yoghurt as the base. You can also make your own plain yoghurt with a yoghurt maker and use that as the base.  The EasiYo Yoghurt maker is a great, simple way of doing this, making it super cost effective of only $1.50 per litre!

The recipes are a great way to use up fruit that is starting to go smushy and those fruits that your kids won’t eat if presented as is. Bananas, pears, grapes, berries and watermelon are great to blend up and add to yoghurt if they are getting past the fresh stage.

The process to making these below is easy!

Method if using pouches (eg. Sinchies)

  • Puree the fruit and yoghurt together in the blender.  Blending the yoghurt will thin the consistency, making it easier to pour into the pouch.
  • Pour into your pouch.

TIP – make up a batch!  We love to keep a freezer stash of pouches of yummy yoghurts.  We take them out of the freezer in the morning before school, and its defrosted beautifully by morning tea time.  It is the one thing that always gets eaten from the lunchbox!

Method if not using pouches

flavour natural yoghurt

  • Puree the fruit only
  • Stir the puree fruit into the yoghurt, and enjoy!

Are you making this for a baby?  Remember to omit the honey for babies under 1 year of age.

1. Berrylicious

berrylicious flavour natural yoghurt

  • 1/2 cup natural/greek yoghurt
  • 10 blueberries
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

2. Tutti Fruity

tutti fruity flavour kids yoghurt

  • 1/2 cup natural/greek yoghurt
  •  ½ peach
  • ½ pear (softer ones work better for this)
  • 1/4 banana

3. Bananarama

bananarama flavour natural yoghurt

  • 1/2 cup natural/greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 of a large chopped banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nut butter
  • One teaspoon of honey

Tip: You can omit the peanut butter if you need to for school.

4. Sweet Apple

sweet apple flavour kids yoghurt

  • 1/2 cup natural/greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup apple puree
    • You can use store purchased puree (I find it super handy to have a few of these in the pantry!)
    • Alternatively – chop up one apple, boil in a small saucepan with the apple just covered with with water for approx 7 minutes until soft.  Drain, allow to cool, and process until smooth.
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Stewed rhubarb a delicious alternative to the apple!

5. Mango Passion

mango passion flavour natural yoghurt

  • 1.2 cup natural/greek yoghurt
  • 1 mango cheek
  • 1/2 passionfruit (do not blend the passionfruit seeds!!!)

6. Vanilla Dreams

vanilla dreams flavour natural yoghurt

  • 1/2 cup natural/greek yoghurt
  • 3 drops vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

7. Choc Nut Delight

choc nut flavour natural yoghurt

Our favourite for a deliciously chocolatey dessert!

  • 1/2 cup natural/greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut spread

Reduce food waste!

leftover yoghurt flavour natural yoghurt

If you have a little leftover yoghurt, pop it into an ice cube tray and throw it into the freezer!

Pop a few out with some fresh fruit and it will make a deliciously cool (and tasty) dessert!

If you like our yoghurt recipes then you’ll love our smoothie recipes too!  Check them out here.

Rachel Cassidy - Owner, Little Peeps Eats

Rachel Cassidy is the author of this article and the founder of Little Peeps Eats.  She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum!  

Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.

 

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