Say Yes to Yogurt: 6 Lightened-Up Desserts That Went Greek

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Greek yogurt isn’t only for breakfast — it’s for dessert, too. Packed with protein, the thick, creamy dairy product has become a popular substitute in desserts, standing in for fats and creams to lighten up brownies, cakes, breads, and cookies. Subbing in yogurt for cream, mayonnaise, and other high-fat options can bring down the fat and calorie content of our favorite baked goods, and it can also boost their nutritional profiles. No wonder the tubs and cups are frequently sold out in grocery stores. Here are six recipes that many people are enlisting to incorporate yogurt into their desserts.


1. Greek Key Lime Pie

Greek yogurt is the star ingredient in Oikos’s recipe for Greek Key Lime Pie, calling for one full cup of the dairy product, with no mention of any butter or cream. Now that warmer temperatures are blowing in, key lime pie is the perfect dessert to serve to guests and family members, and this version, with Greek yogurt, makes it even more bikini season-friendly. What’s more, the pie requires no baking time, so you don’t even have to worry about warming up your kitchen when the last thing you need is more heat. Do everyone a favor: skip the butter and cream in your next dessert and whip up this Greek Key Lime Pie instead. No one has to know they’re that much closer to hitting their protein requirement for the day.


  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup Oikos Greek yogurt, vanilla
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup lime juice or key lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 9-inch prepared graham cracker crust
  • low-fat whipped cream for topping

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend or whisk together the egg yolks, Greek yogurt, condensed milk, lime juice, and zest. Pour filling into graham cracker crust and bake for 15-18 minutes until set. Cool in refrigerator for at least one hour before topping with whipped cream and a slice of lime.

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