Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pots without sugar

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pots without sugar

This is my valentine dish for this year. And we all want our valentines to be healthy and strong. So I refrained from baking cakes, brownies or muffins lathered with buttercream. I instead went for something so simple yet so delicious.

Strawberry Greek yogurt pots are super simple as they just involve very little work to create a strawberry compote. Rest is only assembling it. While you can buy the compote from the store as well, I highly recommend you prepare this yourself as you will be fully in control on what you are adding to it. Also I didn’t use any sugar. I specifically mentioned ‘Without sugar’ in the title and not ‘Sugar free’. Many people use an artificial sweetener in lieu of refined sugar in desserts and call it sugar free. But here we are just using a little honey and the natural fruit sugars.

So let’s dive in our little valentine treat.

Ingredients

  • 250 gms strawberries. Try getting bright red ones.
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 Lemon; we will need just a squeeze of it
  • 1 pot of greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp of cornflour dissolved in 1 tbsp of water
  • Any type of glass or bowl to arrange
  • Basil leaves, nuts, mixed seeds, strawberries for garnishing.

Method

Making the strawberry compote

  • Heat a saucepan or any pan. Check it doesn’t have any smell as it can get into your compote.
  • Chop the strawberries into small pieces
  • Add the strawberries with honey to the pan. On medium heat let the berries soften and get mushy. Keep the heat low. The berries as they cook will become almost like a thick slurry.
  • In a small cup mix cornflour and water so that there are no lumps. Add it to the berry mixture. Mix and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.  By now you would have a thick red mixture with some pieces of fruit. Remove from heat.
  • Now you have 2 options. Either you can blitz the cooled compote to make it a finer jam like consistency. Or you can keep it a little lumpy with fruit bits. I chose the latter.
  • Squeeze lemon just enough to cut the sweetness and have a very mild tangy flavour. So start with a small squeeze and taste before adding more.
  • Leave the compote to cool.

To assemble

  • In your glasses spoon greek yogurt few spoons. Now add the compote to create a white and red layer. Some of it will seep down the yogurt giving it a real dramatic look. Repeat this based on the size of your glass.
  • For garnishings you can be as creative as you like. I have added basil leaves and some small pieces of strawberry.
  • Chill, serve and enjoy

Recipe Variations

This is a very simple recipe. You can use other berries or any other fruit as well. Raspberries can be a great alternative. Even you can try blueberries, they are a little more acidic so may need more honey or addition of sugar. You can decide as you cook your fruit.

If your strawberries are not red enough and you are not happy with the colours, add a drop of red food colour to the berry compote when it has cooled down. Mine were definitely paler than what I wanted but I decided not to add colour.

Compote can be stored in the refrigerator for upto a week. Store it in an airtight container. You can use this compote on your oats or cereal as well.

Final thoughts

These berry pots can be a breakfast accompaniment or a snack or dessert. They are full of goodness and health. They are great to satisfy that sweet tooth and give you a touch of luxury too.

Celebrate your Valentine with less sugar and loads of love. Whether you are with someone or on your own, do not stop loving yourself.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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