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Let me tell you the story of how I created the best fruit salad, or “pie,” that my family has ever tasted. They request it every night, but I make it about once a week. This dish is fantastic and beautiful enough to serve to company or take to a potluck, but easy enough to serve it regularly to your own family. Enjoy!
One night we were expecting dinner guests – two missionaries. I was having last minute doubts about the QUANTITY of food I had planned. Had I taken into account into how much food two 20-year-old men eat?
I really didn’t want to run to the store for anything, and I like for the dishes to be a little nicer when guests come. (If it is a normal night with just my family and I think we need filler food with the meal, then I’ll grab a can of green beans, jar of applesauce, or a bag of carrots, whether it “goes” with the meal or not.)
Because the meal already had a meat entree (BBQ), rolls, corn, and salad, I wanted something that complemented it but didn’t compete with any of those things … the result was yogurt cup pie. That first night, my kids kept saying “we get a dessert with dinner!” But it is healthy enough for me to add it to meals. We’ve had it every week since it was created.
Yogurt Cup Pie
I called it yogurt cup pie, because a mix-in yogurt cup was my inspiration and I make it in a pie dish. You know how mix-in yogurt cups have fruit on the bottom and then you mix in the yogurt on top. Yeah, that’s pretty much it! Of course, I add a few ingredients to the fruit to make it taste fresh and melt in your mouth all at once.
- ~4 cups of mixed frozen fruit (what will fit in your pie/serving dish)
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Raw, unfiltered Honey
- ~ 2 cups or more Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or whatever flavor you want, but something thick like Greek yogurt will make for a creamier, melt-in-your-mouth result)
- Create your mix of frozen fruits by filling the pie dish with whatever combo you prefer. We've been enjoying a mix that has a lot of frozen mixed berries, with some peaches, pineapple and strawberries. Whatever you've got in the freezer will be great.
- Dump the fruit into a colander and rinse with warm-cold water.
- Let the colander drip dry on a paper towel or in the sink for a little bit until the water has had a good chance to get out.
- Put the fruit back into the pie dish.
- Mix in Lemon Juice and Honey, right in the pie dish with a spoon.
- Mix the yogurt in it's container until it is an even consistency. Pour over the fruit.
- Spread the yogurt over the fruit. Don't spread until you have it all out there, or it will start to mix with the fruit juices and change the color. It still may happen a little anyway, it won't hurt it.
- Top with a fruit garnish, like sliced strawberry, if desired.
- Keep refrigerated until serving.
Here was the fruit before we added the yogurt. I love frozen fruit because it is already chopped up and ready to go!!! I felt that needed to be emphasized, if you’re a busy mom like me. It doesn’t matter if frozen fruit isn’t the most beautiful, because it is hidden by the yogurt and then once it is served, it all mixes together into its heavenly form.
This is the yogurt I used. My kids fought over who got to lick the spoon I used to spread it out.
Add a little garnish on top if you want. Looks a little fancier, but it all just mixes in to the frozen fruit.
I hope your family loves this recipe as much as we do. All the good protein in that yogurt makes me feel good when some of my pickier eat it up. Yay, protein!
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