Orange Yogurt with Almonds

3 cups

Giving the yogurt time to drain takes a little advance planning, but this dessert only takes a few minutes to make. Add any kind of dried fruit or nuts you like to give it a little crunch.


  • Sliced blanched almonds, for garnish

  • 1 quart plain low-fat yogurt

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, scraped of seeds

  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup (about 1 orange) freshly squeezed orange juice

  • ¼ cups honey


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the blanched almonds in a baking pan; bake until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  2. Pour the yogurt into a sieve lined with a paper towel or cheesecloth, and suspend it over a bowl. Place in the refrigerator, and let drain for at least 3 hours or overnight.

  3. Place drained yogurt in a medium bowl. Add vanilla extract or vanilla seeds, orange juice, and honey; stir to combine. If necessary, add orange juice to adjust consistency. Serve garnished with toasted almonds.

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