9 Delicious Yogurt Dessert Recipes that are Great for Your Gut

yogurt dessert recipes

I dare you to think of one food that is more associated with gut health than good old yogurt. And for good reason, too – this fermented breakfast staple is brimming with probiotics cultures that strengthen the digestive tract.

But why limit this creamy, delicious probiotic food to the confines of the breakfast table? Especially when there are so, many brilliant ways to use it…like as the perfect base for some sweet, satisfying, gut-enriching dessert?

When I’m in need of a sweet pick-me-up, my lazy self usually eats it straight from the jar, with a few slices of ripe banana and a drizzle of raw honey, but if you have a few minutes – you can create a huge, delectable array of dessert alternatives using the creamy stuff.

To get you started dessert-ing healthier, here’s a roundup of some delish yogurt dessert recipes that satisfy cravings and come stocked with good gut bacteria!

Yogurt Fruit Parfait

Parfaits are a living testament to the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” I mean it’s just yogurt. And fruit. And crumbly grains. But together – oh, together, it is heavenly…

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Plus, it takes all of 5 minutes to whip up and is a smart, yummy way to eat a lot of healthy stuff you probably don’t want to eat on its own – say, ground flax seeds, wheat germ (both of which make for fantastic layers in a yogurt parfait). And there are just endless variations you can make – pineapples, mangos, berries, honey, jam, cocoa powder, seeds, nuts – the whole world is yours to experiment with and toss into that yogurt parfait you’re making!

But…here’s an awesome, simple, delicious recipe you can start with 🙂

…and a particularly ravishing apple pie parfait recipe.

Strawberry Yogurt Swirl Pops

As evidenced by fro-yo, yogurt tastes darn good frozen. This recipe takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to make (minus the freezing time) and you got yourself a lovely little batch of frozen yogurt fruit pops to snack on whenever, wherever.

Oh, I substitute the white sugar in this recipe with honey. And as for the fruit – bananas are great. So are pineapples. My lazy butt also totally skips the “squeeze bottle” business – I just scoop/pour the stuff in there. It does the swirly thing on its own. Get the recipe here!

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Walnuts & Honey

Okay, this one is not as easy as the last…but look at it!

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Is that not worth a little chunk of your day?

I haven’t tried out this recipe yet, but ’til then, I’ll keep salivating…Get the recipe at Smitten Kitchen!

Raspberry Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream. And sandwiches. Two of the most brilliant food inventions ever. And blended into one…oh, OH, they’re just so good.

I’ve loved ice cream sandwiches forever. In fact, they’re my first *real* ice cream love. Sure, there were other ice creams before, but none made me feel like how I felt when I held my very first ice cream sandwich. No cup! No cone! So self-sufficient. So brilliant. So perfect.

Anyway, this particular ice cream sandwich recipe made my stomach  all aflutter. I imagine it’ll do the same to yours…in a good way, of course, ’cause yogurt’s good for the gut 🙂

Get the recipe (and gorgeous photos) at Laura Fuentes.

Lemon-Yogurt Icebox Tart

Sometimes, when I’m bored, I hop on over to Yummly and perv on all the beautiful desserts. And then I go eat some yogurt.

This one’s my recent crush – incredible looking, no?

Get the recipe at Yummly!

Yogurt Jello

Haha, YoJo. Such a simple, yummy combination. Love it.

Get the recipe here.

Greek Yogurt Brulée

Is any list of desserts complete without some brulée? I think not…

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The girl who made this is my new hero. Yogurt brulée. It’s so brilliant I have nothing else to add. Just a picture…

…and a link to the recipe.

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

Oh, peanut butter. How I adore you. Especially with some yogurt…

I love this recipe. And the girl who made it. It’s so super simple and soooo yummy.

Get deets here.

30-Second Healthy Yogurt Frosting

Frosting just makes everything better. It is the only reason I eat cupcakes. And cake. And a lot of stuff I probably shouldn’t. So it is wonderful that yogurt can be used as a simple, healthy substitute for a whole lot of yummy frosting.

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Get the recipe here.

Yogurt’s clearly awesome as a dessert alternative – but did you know you can use it as a substitute for a lot of other dishes as well? Check out the Greatist’s 51 Healthy Yogurt Recipes for more ideas 🙂

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