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Yogurt Cheese

Low Fat Recipe

Not really a true cheese, yogurt cheese is merely thickened yogurt with the whey drained away. Yogurt cheese is used throughout the Mediterranean as a spread for breakfast breads. When you add minced fresh herbs, you get a great low-fat substitute for French Boursin cheese. You can buy a yogurt cheese drainer at a specialty cookware shop, or a coffee filter or a double thickness of cheesecloth inside a fine sieve works just as well.

Ingredients

2 cups plain low fat or nonfat yogurt

Yogurt Cheese


Recipe Directions

Line a sieve with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Suspend the sieve over a deep bowl. Place the yogurt in the filter and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to allow the whey to drain out. When the yogurt has the consistency of a soft cream cheese, scrape the yogurt away from the filter and transfer it to a plastic container.

Discard the liquid in the bowl and refrigerate the yogurt cheese. Use within 1 week, discarding any accumulated liquid before using. Recipe makes about 1-cup.

Recipe Note

You'll want to experiment with different brands of yogurt until you find one that pleases you. Be sure that the yogurt you use does not contain any added gelatin or other thickener.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 16 servings
Serving size: 1-tablespoon
Calories 12; Fat: Less than 1g; Saturated fat: 0.1g; Protein: 1g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Carbohydrates: 1g; Sodium: 10mg; Fiber: 0g

Diabetic exchanges:  Free Food

Raw Coconut Yogurt

Coconut

Don't eat dairy? Try this luscious yogurt. Smooth and creamy, easy and quick to prepare. Have a serving for breakfast or as an accompaniment to your favorite cold cereal.

1 to 2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup dried (desiccated) coconut
1 cup fresh filtered water or coconut water (more or less to your preference)
1 tablespoon raw agave, maple syrup, honey, or a shake of Stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon hazelnut or almond extract (optional)
Pinch of sea salt
Optional topping: Fresh fruits or berries and honey or raw agave syrup

Place all the ingredients, except optional fruit topping, in blender or food processor. Process until the yogurt is smooth and creamy. Add more water or coconut if necessary to make more of a yogurt consistency.

Serve in a bowl and top with fresh berries or fruit of choice. Decorate with a swirl of honey or raw agave syrup and enjoy! Store leftover yogurt in the refrigerator and simply add more water if a creamier texture is desired later on.

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