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!
Can you 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. I love this 3 ingredient no churn vanilla bean ice cream and these vanilla bean cookie bars!
Vanilla beans also lend great flavor to this simply delicious dip which is perfect for dipping fruit and cake into (or a spoon!).
I go fairly light on the sugar in this dip because I like to preserve the tanginess of the yogurt, providing 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 a little more sugar.
While we’re talking about sugar, I use brown sugar in this yogurt dip because it adds a hint of caramel flavor but if you want a bright white dip, feel free to use granulated sugar or powdered sugar in place of the brown sugar.
Craving more delightfully sweet dips? Try:
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
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to 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.
- For the skewers, skewer your strawberries, blueberries and white angel food, alternating colors.
- Serve immediately. If desired, prepare yogurt dip ahead and store covered in the fridge, but the rest should be prepared immediately prior to serving.
- I like my dip slightly tangy, but feel free to add more sugar to taste. Or use granulated or powder sugar for a whiter dip.
- Pound cake would work in place of angel food cake.
- Feel free to substitute any blue and red fruit you like — raspberries, blackberries and watermelon are great options.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons dip
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 46mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 4g Protein: 3g
Husband’s take: Ben, E and N all love this vanilla yogurt dip…and kids love to dip things so it is really a great way to get them to eat fruit.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
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 Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest