I posted a lemon yogurt recipe back in 2013, and it’s been one of my personal favorites, and yours too! It’s one of the most popular recipes on my blog. And for good reason.
It tastes like a little slice of lemon heaven…a mix between pudding and lemonade pie.
If you’re getting used to Greek yogurt, or to the taste of stevia, this recipe is the perfect place to start. The tart yogurt & tangy lemon mask any aftertastes effectively.
When I first started learning more about healthy eating with the Trim Healthy Mama plan, I learned about all of the wonderful benefits of eating high protein Greek yogurt. And then I tried it.
It was th…icky. Like eating sour cream straight. I had trouble adjusting my taste buds until my son and I came up with THIS amazing luscious lemon yogurt recipe. It’s a nice boost of protein all wrapped up in a sugar free snack that tastes just like a dessert! So you can see why it’s become a favorite.
In fact, I’ve started just saving myself some steps and turning a whole large tub of 0% Greek Yogurt into lemon yogurt, so my favorite snack or breakfast is on hand any time I want it. I say it’s the “family size” version, but really it’s just the “me size” recipe, and it lasts me the week as toppings on my muffins, mixed with berries, or just straight out of the carton.
I’ll show you how!
To Make Lemon Yogurt
You’ll need a big bowl that hold at least 6 cups…
2 lemons, a quart of your favorite 0% plain Greek yogurt (unsweetened), your favorite sweetener, and optionally turmeric and a good quality cold pressed pure lemon essential oil.
I start by adding my yogurt and lemon juice to a bowl. Please use fresh lemons. Bottled juice can never compare. Thank you. If you don’t have fresh lemons and want to try this, please just try it in the single serving size and don’t waste a whole quart of yogurt.
I admit it…I’m a fresh lemon snob. And I have a friend who lives in Alaska who rarely can get fresh lemons. If that’s the case, this is the next best thing for when you can get your hands on them.
Next, I sweeten. My favorite sweetener is the Trim Healthy Mama Super Sweet Blend. You can get it here at the Trim Healthy Mama store (affiliate link).
It’s really economical, since you use about half the amount of Truvia or similar sweeteners. And I really like the flavor of their stevia. Another favorite is their Gentle Sweet- it’s powdered and tastes and measures more like regular sugar. I’ll give measurements for all three options in the printable below.
Don’t forget the salt! Your yogurt won’t be salty tasting, but it will not taste as dynamic without it…I think salt really helps to round out the hollow sweetness of stevia sweetened dishes.
If you’re a lover of intense lemon flavor, you can use a drop of pure lemon essential oil to boost the flavor. I am a fan of the NOW brand of cold pressed lemon essential oil. If you’re concerned about either the brand or the practice of using essential oils in foods, then please check out my essential oil safety as food flavorings post here.
I love to add turmeric, not just because of its superfood status, but because it adds the most lovely subtle lemon color to my yogurt. I highly recommend.
Just so you can see the before/after, I took out a spoon of the untinted yogurt just before stirring in the turmeric. Then I swirled in the spoon of untinted yogurt right in the center- can see the difference in the swirl in the middle? Maybe it’s just me, but I really think the color adds something.
And that’s it! You’re done. It literally just takes a minute to mix this up.
I usually dish up a bowl to enjoy, and then scoop the rest back into the yogurt container…and label it!
If you live with teens or sneaky lemon loving spouses and kids, you may want to use this label instead:
And that’s it! It keeps in my fridge for up to 2 weeks, but mine never sits around that long.
Printable Lemon Yogurt Recipe & Pin
- 1 quart (4 cups) 0% plain Greek yogurt- unsweetened
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 2 Tablespoons THM Super Sweet Blend, OR 3-4 Tablespoons gentle sweet, OR equivalent sweetener of your choice to taste*
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon turmeric, optional
- 4-6 drops pure lemon essential oil, optional**
- ¼ cup heavy cream, optional for "S" recipes- see recipe notes
- Dump yogurt into a mixing bowl.
- Add lemon juice, sweetener, salt, and turmeric.
- Stir to blend, and taste.
- Add essential oils if desired to boost flavors.
- If I want to use my yogurt only in "S" mode, then I will sometimes add cream. But usually I leave the carton fat free, and stir in a Tablespoon of cream when I serve it to create an S treat.
- Keeps in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
**This is well within the safe guidelines for using cold pressed lemon oil in food and beverage products. Please see my post for additional information and references on this if you're concerned.
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