This post is generously sponsored by Stonyfield Organic, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This easy yogurt fruit dip uses only 3 simple ingredients and is made in about 2 minutes. It’s creamy and perfectly sweet with plenty of vanilla, making it taste a bit like frosting! Great for dessert, a snack, or to serve guests with a fruit tray. No refined sugar.
I really think you’ll be super fascinated by the information about organic dairy farming and my personal experience in Vermont with Stonyfield Organic, but if you’re just here for the awesome easy yogurt fruit dip recipe, simply click the Jump to Recipe button at the very top of the page to get right to it!
Recently, I had the opportunity to traipse about Vermont dairy country, exploring organic dairy farms, petting cows, being petted by cows, and learning more about the organic dairy industry, and one of its leaders and innovators, Stonyfield.
So… I didn’t tell them this ahead, because like, adventures traipsing through Vermont ^, but I’ve been a Stonyfield yogurt for decades. I’ve always opted for organic, full-fat, crazy thick, creamy, rich yogurt, and for way too long, they were the only option I could readily find.
I ate it pregnant, give it to my kids, use it to up the creamy factor in savory recipes, and spoon out bowls for myself daily, topped with a handful of granola and fresh berries.
And you know? I had this idea of where my yogurt came from. Happy cows! Blue skies! Green Vermont hills! That’s what on all the banners in the dairy aisle at the store anyway, right? But part of me was like, “Ha ha, that’s cute, but like, not likely.”
The Reality of Organic Dairy Farms
And then I discovered just how real that image is at organic dairy farms, specifically those that Stonyfield chooses to work with.
The farmers know the cows. They have nicknames for the cows. The young son of the farmers at Wonder Why Farm rattled off their names to me off the top of his head, telling me which were his favorites and why, the tempers of each… I mean, they really know their cows. And damn, it might be cheesy, but they love these cows.
The difference in the treatment of the animals at organic dairy farms is clear. In fact, it’s required.
To be certified as organic…
- Cows must be on pasture for pasture season and they must have access to pasture every day.
- There are animal welfare requirements.
- GMOs, growth hormones, antibiotics, toxic persistent pesticides and herbicides, and sludge and irradiation are not allowed.
- These standards are inspected on a regular basis. We even met an inspector on our tour!
Health Impact of Organic Dairy vs. Conventional
So, you might’ve guess with all of the dangerous pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics and more that are out of your organic dairy, the cleaner the food is. And, in fact…
- Pesticides in food have been linked to behavioral and neurological issues in children, including disorders like ADHD.
- It’s important for pregnant and breastfeeding women to eat organic when possible, too. Consumption of pesticides during these periods in children’s lives has been linked to lower IQ.
- Organic dairy farming reduces the prevalence of antibiotics in livestock, reducing antibiotic resistance, a major (serious, and scary) public health threat.
On the positive side,
- Studies have shown that organic dairy actually contains 62% more omega3s than conventional dairy. Omega3s are responsible for reducing inflammation, balancing out the consumption of omega6s, and dozens of other crazy health benefits.
- Organic dairy contains more CLAs, which actually increases your metabolism and reduces abdominal fat (I KNOW), boosts immunity, supports muscle growth, and more. Your body cannot make CLA on its own, so serve up that organic yogurt, girlfriend!
- Organic milk has higher antioxidants than conventional.
The Environment + Organic Dairy
One of our biggest concerns when it comes to dairy is the environmental impact of the cows themselves (Hello methane belching!). What I found absolutely fascinating, though, is the fact that
- The holistic systems approach to organic dairy farming produces a significantly lower environmental impact overall, just by being holistic and organic!
- The focus on the grass brings CO2 out of the atmosphere and back into the soil.
- Grass-fed cows produce 30% less methane than grain-fed cows. Whoa.
- There’s less dangerous runoff into nearby water sources.
- The cows graze outside every day for some amount of time, and they rotate the areas they graze on. This means there’s plenty of time for the grass to regrow naturally and organically, and hey, the cows fertilize the area as they graze, bringing needed nutrients back into the grass.
Also, not sure if you’re aware, but Vermont is like super beautiful.
So, I had this idea in my head of what my food is and where it came from, right? You want to think you’re feeding your kids good stuff from happy farmers and happy cows, and what I found was that the farms and folks at Stonyfield way surpassed my expectations.
But beyond that, Stonyfield Organic is just such a badass company. Not only are they a Certified B Corp, but they support their local organic farmers financially and with amazing relationships. They invest in their farmers, and there’s even a huge waiting list to get to work with them! Sign me up, too. I’ll wait!
Another super cool thing they’re working on is StonyFIELDS, or the conversion of playing and park fields to organic. My mind was blown by just how many chemicals are on fields that our kids run and play on and roll around in. And the skin being the largest organ? It’s scary, honestly.
StonyFIELDS is converting fields one at a time to organic, meaning no harmful pesticides. You can learn more about the initiative here and nominate your town to join the movement here, too!
As a mom, I feel constantly like I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. What’s the best thing to feed them? Should they go to daycare or should we figure out some weird, proprietary blend of parents’ day out programs, grandma’s house, and me bargaining with the universe that they nap so I can work? Can I survive another episode of Pinkalicious?
I might not have the answer to most parenting questions, but I certainly feel good about my food choices for the kiddos now, having witnessed the difference with organic farming with my own two eyes. I highly, highly recommend you make the switch; it’s just so worth it to me. And please, if you have any questions about my experience or the benefits, shoot me a DM on Instagram!
Easy Yogurt Fruit Dip
Inspired by my experience with Stonyfield Organic and my new organic cow family, I whipped up this simple and easy recipe that truly lets good-quality yogurt shine.
I serve it to my family for dessert and snack regularly, and I’m pretty sure we’ll now have a bowl of the stuff in the fridge at all times. It only takes 3 ingredients and about 2 minutes to make, and it’s insanely good on fresh fruit, like strawberries or pineapple.
In the words of my toddler, my harshest critic,
“I LOVE strawberries and I LOVE this stuff to dip it in. I’m gonna have it EVERY DAY. It’s soooo yummy.”
And he begs for it daily. Considering there’s no refined sugar, and it’s all organic, I call that a crazy win.
Why This Yogurt Fruit Dip Is So Good
- It’s simple and easy: 3 ingredients, made in 2 minutes.
- This yogurt dip is perfect served with fresh fruit for dessert, a snack, or when entertaining and feeding a crowd.
- It’s made with maple syrup, so there’s no refined sugar.
- The flavor is rich, creamy, sweet, with a gorgeous touch of vanilla, and it reminds me a bit of vanilla icing!
How to Make Yogurt Fruit Dip
Start with Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk Plain Yogurt. Probiotic, rich and creamy, and organic – there’s no beating it.
Stir in 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup and 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract. Whisk until totally smooth.
That’s it! Serve alongside fresh fruit as desired or keep in an airtight container up to 1 week.
Want to switch things up a bit? I’m into it.
- Stir in 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder for a chocolate yogurt fruit dip.
- Sprinkle the dip with a couple shakes of cinnamon for a spiced take.
- Use honey instead of maple syrup.
- Add in the zest of 1 lemon or the zest of 2 limes for a citrus flair.
- Whisk in 1-2 tablespoons peanut, almond, or hazelnut butter for a creamy, nutty take.
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- Chocolate Mousse Dip for Strawberries
- Shredded Chicken Salad (Costco Style)
- Avocado Crema with Greek Yogurt
- Tarragon Chicken Salad with Almonds
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Easy Yogurt Fruit Dip
- 1 cup Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey or other sweetener
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Stir together all ingredients until very smooth. Serve with fruit for dipping.
Keep in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days. Variations
Try stirring in
- cocoa powder
- a dash of cinnamon
- 1-2 tablespoons of peanut or nut butter
- 1-2 teaspoons of lemon or lime zest