Orange-Strawberry Yogurt Dessert Bowls are a quick, healthy dessert that you’ll feel good about eating.
This post is a landmark. Incredibly, it’s the first dessert recipe I’ve posted on the blog.
See, I’m not much of a dessert person: I’d much rather have a second helping of dinner. Since I DO enjoy my food, but I DO want to stay slim and healthy, I have to cut back in other areas (I talk more about my healthy living strategy in Healthy Living: Running & Veggies). So, to me, reducing dessert intake is the obvious answer.
But I realize that I’m alone among my family in this regard. 😛
Desserts also strike me as being more work than they’re worth. For a dessert to appear on Flipped-Out Food, it has to be easy in some way: maybe it’s made in advance. Maybe it involves only a few ingredients. With this in mind, I’ve been slowly accumulating a few go-to desserts that are simple enough for weeknights.
In coming months, I’ll be mixing in a few desserts with my usual recipes and easy dinner ideas. Some of these, like Orange-Strawberry Yogurt Dessert Bowls, will be light and healthy. But I expect that most will fall into the decadent and indulgent category. Stay tuned!
Ingredients in Orange-Strawberry Yogurt Dessert Bowls
A dear friend of mine inspired this dish. She had Greek yogurt, some macerated strawberries left over from a recent breakfast, a neglected orange, and some really good maple syrup. (Yes, maple syrup! I was surprised by this, but the addition was not overpowering.) This dessert was the delicious result.
Fat-free Greek yogurt makes this dessert very figure-friendly and doesn’t compromise the flavor.
Orange zest and strawberries are a match made in heaven. Although fresh strawberries are best, frozen berries will work in a pinch.
Top tip: did you know that you can store orange zest in the refrigerator indefinitely? It’s true! Just cover the zest in sugar in an airtight container. Then, whenever you want to use some, slightly reduce the amount of sugar in your recipe and add your zest-sugar mix!
Work-ahead: the macerated strawberries
Make up the strawberries the day before you plan to serve the dessert. The strawberries can keep in the fridge for a few days. Then, you can put this dessert together in a matter of minutes!
I like to use a rasp to grate a couple of teaspoons fresh zest over each serving. But since we’re making everything in advance (which includes juicing the orange we’re zesting!), I suggest simply mixing the zest into the macerated strawberries.
The strawberries mixed with orange zest also make a great topping for waffles and pancakes. I hope you love these Orange-Strawberry Yogurt Dessert Bowls as much as we do! Enjoy!
P.S. This light, healthy dessert makes a nice option for potlucks: just keep everything chilled until right before serving. Check out more ideas at my Virtual Memorial Day Potluck Recipes Roundup!
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Orange-Strawberry Yogurt Dessert Bowls
FOR THE MACERATED STRAWBERRIES
- 1 orange - zested and juiced (use 2 tbsp of juice; reserve remaining juice for another purpose)
- 16 oz strawberries - trimmed and cut into halves (or quarters, for large berries
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- ⅛ tsp coarse salt
FOR SERVING THE YOGURT
- 32 oz plain fat-free Greek yogurt
- maple syrup - (high quality)
FOR THE MACERATED STRAWBERRIES
- Combine ingredients for the strawberries in an airtight plastic container. Refrigerate until use.
- Add ¾ cup Greek yogurt to a bowl. Top with ½ cup of macerated strawberry mixture. Drizzle 1 tbsp of maple syrup over the top. Serve.