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How to Make Frosting from Greek Yogurt

Posted by ReganJonesRD
November 27, 2013
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A healthier version of cream cheese frosting for your cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Learn how to make frosting from greek yogurt

A healthier version of "cream cheese" frosting for your cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Learn how to make frosting from greek yogurt with a step-by-step video tutorial.

 

"Cream Cheese" Frosting -- You know the stuff right? In just days, you'll see start seeing recipes all over the blogosphere for cream cheese frosted cakes, cupcakes, breakfast rolls... I mean anything good becomes great with cream cheese frosting. Am I right? 

I've known for years that you could make a fantastic cream cheese alternative just by straining regular yogurt. We used this approach at Cooking Light when we wanted a cream cheese that was lower in fat than Neufchatel. But now, with the addition of Greek yogurt to the marketplace, it's even easier to get a thick, rich creamy strained "cream cheese" that's a perfect substitute over bagels, in tiramisu, as veggie dip or my personal favorite -- frosting.

It's not that cream cheese frosting is exceptionally difficult to make on its own. In fact, this method is a little more prolonged due to the draining step. But I love that you're getting a higher-protein, lower-calorie frosting. Here's how:

 

 

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A healthier version of cream cheese frosting for your cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Learn how to make frosting from greek yogurt


A healthier version of cream cheese frosting for your cakes, cupcakes and cookies - made with Greek yogurt
A healthier version of cream cheese frosting for your cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Learn how to make frosting from greek yogurt

Greek Yogurt Frosting

Yield

Makes 2 cups (servings size 1/4 cup)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt (may use plain or vanilla, depending on how sweet you want your frosting)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Line a small sieve with coffee filters (I suggest 1 filter per 1 cup of yogurt). Spoon yogurt over coffee filter and smooth evenly. Place over a large bowl. Refrigerate overnight, allowing yogurt to drain into bowl.
  2. Discard draining liquid. Spoon drained yogurt into a medium bowl; beat in powdered sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.

Note: We recommend refrigerating cakes/cupcakes after topping with this frosting.

 

Click for nutritional information
Calories 136
Carbohydrates 18g
Fiber 0g
Sugar 15.9g
Fat 5.5g
Protein 4g
Sodium 27.8mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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