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Homemade Maple Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Everyone in our home loves Greek yogurt.  But we don't buy it often.  Why?  Because its freakin' expensive, for one, and two, unless you buy the plain varieties, most are loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners or goodness knows what other junk.  But here's the good news: it is ridiculously easy to make at home yourself!  Better yet, you can flavour it any way you like using healthy ingredients.  This version is sweetened with vanilla stevia and pure maple extract 'cause the kids don't go for plain yogurt, but really, you just need to use your imagination to come up with yummy ways to flavour it.  Or, just enjoy plain with some fresh berries...which, by the way, are now in season!

Maple Vanilla Greek Yogurt

750ml plain, gelatin-free yogurt (fat-free works just fine!)
2 droppers full of vanilla stevia liquid, or to taste
1/4 tsp pure maple extract

Take a wide bowl and spread cheesecloth over top, securing all sides to the bowl (I used duct tape!).  Carefully spoon yogurt on to cheesecloth and make an even layer. 


Place in fridge for at least 12 hours.  Scrape yogurt off of cheesecloth into a bowl, jar or container.  Discard liquid (or throw into a smoothie, hot cereal, etc., as it is full of nutrition).  Stir stevia and extract into yogurt.  Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

This recipe was submitted to Vegetarian Mamma's Gluten-Free Friday.


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