Are you tired of fighting those cookie dough cravings, but hesitant to indulge in raw, calorie-laden treats?
Look no further!
This cookie dough Greek yogurt recipe is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without the guilt.
Ideal for busy moms, health-conscious snackers, or anyone looking for a lighter dessert option, this delicious treat is sure to become your go-to fix.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- It takes less than 5 minutes to make, and all you need to do is a bit of stirring. It couldn’t be simpler.
- It’s protein-packed to keep you fuller for longer. And you get probiotics from the yogurt.
- It’s a healthy treat that kids will LOVE because of the chocolate chips.
Let’s take a closer look at the main components that make this Cookie Dough Greek Yoghurt so irresistible:
- Greek yogurt: The base of our healthier cookie dough, it’s thick, creamy, and packed with protein and probiotics. I used 2% fat plain Greek yogurt but you can go for a flavored one if you want, just be aware of any added sugar and use less honey. Vanilla is nice (and then you can skip the vanilla extract).
- Peanut butter: A heaping tablespoon of your favorite (or homemade) peanut butter adds richness and depth to the dessert, and replicates the color of cookie dough. Crunchy or smooth works!
- Maple syrup: This natural sweetener brings just the right amount of sweetness while enhancing the overall taste of the recipe. You can also use honey or a sprinkle of brown sugar.
- Vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste: Choose either of these to add a lovely, subtle vanilla flavor to your Greek yogurt.
- Sea salt (optional): A pinch of sea salt can bring out the flavors and help balance the sweetness in the dessert. I always add it.
- Mini chocolate chips: The perfect finishing touch, these little gems add a delightful burst of chocolatey goodness in every bite.
- Protein powder (optional): To make this dish even more protein heavy, consider adding a spoonful of protein powder. Imagine tucking into this after a heavy gym session… yum!
Make the base: Combine the Greek yogurt, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Mix well and add in the sea salt and protein powder if using.
Add the tasty bit: Fold in the mini chocolate chips, stirring until they’re well spread out.
Enjoy! Serve your healthy Greek yogurt cookie dough as a dessert, breakfast, or simply any time you’re craving a sweet treat!
Psst… see, I told you it couldn’t be easier.
Variations and substitutions
Not only is this recipe really easy to follow, but it’s also easy to customize. Allergic to peanuts? No problem.
Not a fan of chocolate chips? No problem.
Vegan? No problem.
- Nut butter swap: Replace peanut butter with almond, cashew, or even sunflower seed butter to cater to different tastes or allergies.
- Dairy-free option: Use a dairy-free yogurt, such as coconut or almond yogurt, to make this recipe vegan and lactose-free (you’ll also need to use dairy free chocolate chips).
- Chocolate alternatives: Swap mini chocolate chips for cacao nibs, raisins, or even chopped nuts for more crunch. For a fresher approach, try freshy fruit like strawberries, raspberries, or bananas, for a fruity twist. Or go tropical with shredded coconut.
- Flavor additions: Stir in a dash of cinnamon or a few drops of almond extract for an extra layer of flavor.
This cookie dough yogurt can be enjoyed as a dessert after a meal, as part of a snack spread, or as a breakfast treat.
Here are some delicious serving suggestions to go alongside your cookie dough yogurt:
- Fruit: A colorful, refreshing fruit salad will add a burst of natural sweetness and color to the dish. Or you used sliced fruit as dippers.
- Granola: Serve your cookie dough Greek yogurt alongside some crunchy granola for a satisfying, wholesome snack.
- Pancakes or waffles: Use the yogurt as a topping for pancakes or waffles for a tasty Sunday brunch. You can even substitute this yogurt for milk when making waffles!
- Graham crackers or shortbread: Dip some graham crackers, shortbread, or whatever your favorite cookies are into the yogurt for an indulgent evening snack.
This cook even adds sprinkles to their Greek yogurt cookie dough!
To store any leftover cookie dough Greek yogurt, follow these simple steps.
Keep any leftover yogurt in an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid in the fridge. It will stay good for 3-4 days.
The lid will stop it from absorbing other flavors (who wants curry-flavored cooked dough?!).
You can also freeze the yogurt for up to two months and turn it into a frozen yogurt treat.
Divide the yogurt into portion-sized servings and freeze them in an ice cube tray, freezer bag, or even a popsicle mold.
Enjoy it frozen, or thaw it in the fridge for 24 hours. You’ll need to stir the mixture before to re-blend it.
Cookie Dough Greek Yoghurt
- 1 small container 6 oz, or 170g of plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- pinch of sea salt optional
- 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
- Combine the Greek yoghurt with peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Mix until smooth and completely incorporated. Mix in chocolate chips. Enjoy!