Greek Yogurt & Peanut Butter Dip
There are times that I seriously feel like I live with a pack of vultures. Technically, thanks to Wikipedia, I can tell you that a group of vultures while feeding is actually called a wake, not a pack. Kind of creepy, but thanks Wikipedia for that random fun fact. Back to
vultures my kids…on the weekends, we are out of our routine and all I hear all day long is “Mom, I’m hungry!” “Mom, what can I have to eat?” “Mom, when are we eating lunch/dinner?” Even if I have literally just cleaned up breakfast, they turn around and five minutes later, they are starving to the point that you would think they haven’t eaten in the past week. Even if breakfast was a good stick-to-your bones meal like oatmeal, they burn through it in what seems like a matter of minutes. Does anyone else have this problem?
Apples and peanut butter are one of our go to snacks but if I’m being honest, my kids eat a whole lot of peanut butter. They are definitely peanut butter and jelly kids and while peanut butter can be okay to eat in moderation, I don’t know if I want it to constitute 1/2 of their diet. I started to fiddle around a bit with a peanut butter and yogurt dip that was mostly greek yogurt for calcium and protein, with a little bit of peanut butter thrown in for a familiar flavor. I sweeten it with maple syrup and I only add enough to mellow the sharp taste of the greek yogurt. I also add in vanilla and cinnamon because I add those two flavors to just about everything. I prefer the taste of maple syrup to honey and I think it has just a bit more sweetness per tablespoon, but if pure maple syrup isn’t something you stock in your pantry, honey or agave syrup will work just fine. I use regular old JIF peanut butter because that is the only kind that my husband will allow in our house. Using natural peanut butter will work too, the dip will just be slightly less creamy. You may also need to adjust the salt and sweetener to account for the lack of salt and sugar in the peanut butter.
The kids gobbled this up; I’ve never seen them eat an apple so fast! I’ve even been taking it to work as one of my snacks. You probably already have the ingredients, so mix some up! Your kids will thank you and you may have a whole half hour this weekend when no one is whining about being hungry. Imagine what you can do with that half hour — you could make a pot of tea and read a book, or fold a basket of wash, or go to the bathroom….in peace. It all sounds like bliss to me.
Makes approximately 2 cups
Per 2 tablespoons:
Calories: 83 Fat: 5.6g Protein: 4.3g Sugar: 3.3g Fiber: 0.6g Sodium: 8.8mg
- 2 5 oz. containers plain lowfat greek yogurt
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 6 T. pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- pinch of salt, to taste
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Serve with apples, bananas, pretzels, graham crackers, or anything else that would taste good with peanut butter!
- Makes approximately 2 cups.
- Calories: 83
- Fat: 5.6g
- Protein: 4.3g
- Sugar: 3.3g
- Fiber: 0.6g
- Sodium: 8.8mg