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Vanilla Bean Yogurt Dip and Patriotic Fruit Skewers

These red, white and blue patriotic fruit skewers are perfect with this flavorful and light vanilla bean yogurt dip. Perfect for a 4th of July picnic!

Vanilla Bean Yogurt Dip with Patriotic Fruit Skewers on RachelCooks.com

Can you all believe that Independence Day is next week? I know I’m a broken record and every time a holiday comes around I start in with the “can you believe ______ is around the corner!?!?”

But really….can you believe it?!?

As usual, I’m working at the hospital on the actual holiday. I swear, I do it every year. Speaking of things I can’t believe, I’ve been working as a physical therapist for five years now. Time flies when you’re having fun!

So although I’ll be at work on the 4th, I’m sure I’ll be whipping up batches of this vanilla bean yogurt dip all summer long and dipping anything I can find into it. You all know my long standing obsession with vanilla beans — those little black dots of love make everything they touch so much better.

Vanilla Bean Yogurt Dip with Patriotic Fruit Skewers on RachelCooks.com

They lend great flavor to this dip which is simply delicious and perfect for dipping fruit and cake into. I went fairly light on the sugar in this dip because I wanted to preserve the tanginess of the yogurt which is a good contrast to the sweet fruit and angel food cake. If you taste it and it seems too tart for you, feel free to add in a little more sugar. While we’re talking about sugar, I used brown sugar in this yogurt dip because I love the flavor it adds to yogurt but if you want a bright white dip, feel free to use granulated sugar or powdered sugar in place of the brown sugar.

Vanilla Bean Yogurt Dip with Patriotic Fruit Skewers on RachelCooks.com

Vanilla Bean Yogurt Dip and Patriotic Fruit Skewers

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups of dip

Prep Time: 15 minutes

These red, white and blue patriotic fruit skewers are perfect with this flavorful and light vanilla bean yogurt dip. Perfect for a 4th of July picnic!


For the dip:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (I used reduced-fat)
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • scrapings/seeds of one vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the skewers:

  • fresh blueberries
  • fresh strawberries
  • angel food cake cut into bite sized cubes (pound cake would also work)


  1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer and beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add yogurt, brown sugar, vanilla bean scrapings, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until combined and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
  2. For the skewers, skewer your strawberries, blueberries and white angel food, alternating colors.
  3. Serve immediately. If desired, prepare yogurt dip ahead and store covered in the fridge, but the rest should be prepared immediately prior to serving.

note: I like my dip slightly tangy, but feel free to add more sugar to taste.
note: pound cake would work in place of angel food cake
note: feel free to substitute and blue and red berries you like -- raspberries, blackberries and watermelon are great options.

Verdict: This stuff was so good! I might have even just spread it on a slice of angel food cake because I couldn’t be bothered with dipping.

Husband’s take: Ben, E and N all loved this vanilla yogurt dip…and kids love to dip things so it is really a fun treat for kids.

Changes I would make: None are necessary.

Difficulty: Easy.

Craving more delightful dips? Try raspberry cheesecake yogurt dip, pumpkin pie dip (great any time of the year!), peanut butter cream cheese dip, cookie dough dip from How Sweet It Is (this dip is one of my faves!), or S’more Dip from Bakeaholic Mama.


Disclosure: I am thrilled to be in an ongoing partnership with United Dairy Industry of Michigan.  I have been compensated by UDIM for my time to develop this recipe. All opinions are as always, my own. Find out more about why Milk Means More on TwitterFacebookYouTube and Pinterest

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30 Responses to “Vanilla Bean Yogurt Dip and Patriotic Fruit Skewers”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 23, 2014 at 6:43 am

    WAIT! How did I not know you were a physical therapist? That is SO cool girl!
    I am pretty much in love with this dessert. That dip sounds absolutely incredible, and I want to put it on ALL THE THINGS. pinned!

  2. Laura @ Raise Your Garden — June 23, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Hi Rachel!

    This must fall into the “cutest little desserts” ever category. Oh my, the little black dots in vanilla bean anything absolutely makes me weak in the knees! Yum.

    And I’ve been a big fan of fruit skewers for a long time but have never thought to put the angel food cake right onto the skewer. Adorable! Can’t wait for the 4th, the kiddy parade, all the summer fun!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — June 23, 2014 at 8:11 am

    This is the perfect dip for the 4th! Especially with those skewers! Pinned!

  4. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — June 23, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Love the red, white and blue! These are too cute!

  5. Kathryn — June 23, 2014 at 9:27 am

    So cute!

  6. Lauren — June 23, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Ooh I would take this to work for a snack! I suppose I could share too 😉

  7. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — June 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

    These are getting me excited for Fourth of July — one of my favorite holidays of the year!! Adorable.

  8. Cailee — June 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    This looks so cute!! And yummy! What a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July!! 🙂

  9. Danguole — June 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I’m dying over those perfect little vanilla bean specks! You’re right–there is no substitute. I want to faceplant into that dip.

  10. denise — June 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm


  11. Medha @ Whisk & Shout — June 23, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I love that you used angel food cake here! Yum! And using real vanilla bean is non negotiable, looks soooo good 🙂

  12. Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} — June 23, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    ohmygoodness! the vanilla bean specks..its loaded! We would love this, my kids would probably eat it with a spoon!
    Congrats on 5 years!! That’s amazing!

  13. Jessica @ Sweet Menu — June 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    What a fabulous idea! Love it!

  14. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — June 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    These fruit skewers are too fun!! And love the pairing with the vanilla bean yogurt dip!

    So perfect for Fourth of July parties.

  15. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen — June 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Love the colours and this yogurt dip looks awesome. Can’t wait to try it 😉

  16. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — June 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Love the little specks of vanilla bean in the dip! Delicious!

  17. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — June 24, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I can’t believe it’s the 4th already either. It was just January, wasn’t it? I love the dip and those strawberry skewers would put me in the holiday mood. Sorry you have to work!

  18. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — June 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    GIRL! This dip looks absolutely delicious-definitely pinned it for the 4th! LOVE the website update too! I just came back to your site and was like, wait, something’s different, I love it! And a biiiig congrats on 5 years 🙂

  19. steph@stephsbitebybite — June 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

    how fun are these!!! I need to start getting my Fourth menu ready!! And since I’ve got a kid that is all over the place these seem like the perfect, easy, yummy thing to make!

  20. Katie — June 25, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    This dip sounds divine.

  21. Cate @ Chez CateyLou — June 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I just wrote the exact same sentence about “Can you believe…” in a blog post for tomorrow, but it is just so true! Where does the time go?! I love love love these skewers! What a fun and festive recipe that is still light! Perfect for bikini season! Congrats on 5 years – that’s so great!

    • Rachel Gurk — June 26th, 2014 @ 8:07 am

      Time just flies by, doesn’t it?

  22. kristy @ the wicked noodle — June 26, 2014 at 9:28 am

    These are super cute, Rachel!! LOVE!! And how easy for a fun and healthy snack.

  23. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Seriously – how is it already the 4th of July next week!?! These look so good…I have a vanilla bean from my BlogHer swag that I’ve been meaning to use up!!

  24. Ami@NaiveCookCooks — June 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    These look so refreshing and a perfect party dip!

  25. DessertForTwo — June 26, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    These are so pretty! And congrats on your 5-year work anniversary 🙂


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