Easy Homemade Yogurt Drinks

by Eat Well with Lex

Homemade yogurt drinks are nutritious and delicious beverages made with simple ingredients like yogurt, fresh fruits, and a sweetener like honey. They are not only a breeze to make but also incredibly healthier and budget-friendly compared to the store-bought ones. With just 3 simple ingredients and 15 minutes, you’ll have a delicious treat that your kids will love.

If you like these yogurt drinks, here is another homemade toddler snack you will love: Homemade Fruit Cups for Kids

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Let me tell you, these yogurt drinks have become a staple in our household. My toddler, who’s always been a yogurt fan, can’t get enough. She asks me to make them every week. Plus, they’re incredibly versatile. While I love adding strawberries for a burst of flavor, you can customize them with any fruit your child loves.

I often serve these drinkable yogurt in pouches for convenient and mess-free snacking on the go.

Reasons Why Homemade Yogurt Drinks are Better Than Store-Bought

  • No Added Sugar: Unlike many store-bought yogurt drinks packed with sugar, our homemade version is completely free of added sugars. You have the option to omit the sweeteners all together or use natural sweeteners like honey.
  • Pure Ingredients: With just yogurt, fruit, and a touch of honey (if desired), you’re giving your child wholesome, natural ingredients that are devoid of any artificial additives or preservatives commonly found in commercial products.
  • Budget-Friendly: Let’s face it, buying individual servings of yogurt drinks can quickly add up. By making them at home, you’re not only saving money but also reducing unnecessary packaging waste. It’s a win-win! I like to serve these in toddler cups or reusable pouches.
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Ingredients for Yogurt Drinks

  • Yogurt: I like to use plain, greek or whole milk yogurt as the base. Greek yogurt has a thicker and creamier consistency plus more protein.
  • Fruits: Fresh or frozen fruits works well with this yogurt drink recipe. Choose your toddler’s favorite fruit. These add natural sweetness and flavor to the drink.
  • Optional Sweetener: If desired, you can add a small amount of honey or maple syrup for additional sweetness.

How to Make Yogurt Drinks at Home

In a blender, combine the yogurt and the chopped fruit. If using a sweetener, add it to the blender.

Blend the ingredients until smooth and well combined. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a splash of milk to thin it out. Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness or consistency as needed.

Once you’re satisfied with the flavor and texture, pour the yogurt drink into serving cups or reusable pouches for easy snacking.

DIY Yogurt Drinks Ideas

Now, let’s talk about the fun part – variations! While I adore the classic strawberry version, you can get creative with your flavors. From blueberries to mangoes or even a combination of fruits, the possibilities are endless. Encourage your child to pick their favorite fruits and get them involved in the kitchen – it’s a fantastic way to foster their love for healthy eating.

Nutritious Additions

Both hemp seeds and flax meal are nutritious additions that can boost the nutritional value of the drink without significantly altering the taste or texture. Here’s how you can incorporate them into the recipe:

Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as protein and other essential nutrients. Simply add a tablespoon or two of hemp seeds to the blender along with the yogurt and fruit, and blend until smooth.

Flax Meal: Flax meal, made from ground flaxseeds, is an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and lignans. Add a tablespoon of flax meal to the blender along with the other ingredients and blend until well incorporated.

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Are Yogurt Drinks Healthy

You might be wondering, are yogurt drinks healthy? Absolutely! When made at home with wholesome ingredients like fresh fruit and yogurt, these drinks are a fantastic source of calcium, protein and probiotics. All of which are great for your child’s growth and digestion.

And here’s a bonus tip: I love pouring these yogurt drinks into reusable pouches for on-the-go snacking. Whether we’re headed to the park or running errands, having these handy pouches makes snack time a breeze – and cleanup is a snap!

How to Store Yogurt Drinks

Homemade yogurt drinks can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. After preparing the yogurt drinks, transfer them to airtight containers or bottles.

If you prefer a portable option for on-the-go snacking, consider using reusable pouches designed for storing and serving liquid foods. Pour the yogurt drinks into the pouches, seal them securely, and then place them in the refrigerator.

Kids Reusable pouches filled with homemade yogurt smoothie for toddlers.

More Healthy Toddler Snacks to Try

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Easy-to-Make Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies for Kids

Strawberry Popsicles for Kids

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Homemade Yogurt Drinks

Homemade yogurt drinks are nutritious and delicious beverages made with simple ingredients like yogurt, fresh fruit, and optionally, a sweetener like honey. They are not only a breeze to make but also incredibly healthier and budget-friendly compared to the store-bought ones. With just 3 simple ingredients and 15 minutes, you'll have a delicious treat that your kids will love.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 32 oz

Ingredients
  

  • 32 oz plain yogurt whole milk, greek, or dairy-free
  • 1 cup strawberries fresh or frozen (or fruit of your choice)
  • 1-2 tbsp honey optional, depending on sweetness preference

Instructions
 

  • In a blender, combine the yogurt and strawberries. If using honey for added sweetness, add it to the blender as well.
  • Blend the ingredients on high speed until smooth and well combined. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a splash of milk to adjust the consistency to your liking.
  • Once blended, taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness or consistency as needed. You can add more honey for a sweeter taste or more milk for a thinner consistency.
  • Pour the homemade yogurt drink into toddler serving cups or reusable pouches for easy snacking. If not serving immediately, store the drinks in the refrigerator in airtight containers for up to 3 days.

Notes

Add Nutritional Boosts: Consider adding a tablespoon of hemp seeds or flax meal for additional nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
If you prefer a portable option for on-the-go snacking, consider using reusable pouches designed for storing and serving liquid foods. Pour the yogurt drinks into the pouches, seal them securely, and then place them in the refrigerator.
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