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Clean Eating Cherry Yogurt

When I lived in Germany, I was always impressed by how the Germans eat and approach their food.

I was 18 when I moved to there to be an au pair to 4 amazing children. The experience changed me. It opened my eyes to a whole other world of people, cultures, and especially food.

Europeans have a very different approach to food. But then, I think most of the world approaches its food differently than we Americans do.

We seem to have this sacrilegiously ravenous hunger that stops at nothing, offers no real comfort and often even less nourishment. Thankfully, as clean eaters, we at least have the “nourishment” part down pretty well. But true reverence and respect for food is severely lacking in our culture. It’s a sad thing, and I often miss that about living in Germany. Germans have rituals surrounding foods that many Americans couldn’t being to understand. Little things that are commonplace to them, but odd to a naïve American. It’s very different from the way we eat it here. But food rituals and traditions aside, the food itself and how it is prepared is also very different. Even at a basic level.

Take flavored yogurt for example. The flavor of the yogurt itself is actually meant to be part of the enjoyment of it, instead of being covered up by high amounts of sugar and something that is supposed to pass for fruit. In Germany, the flavor of the yogurt is part of the whole experience, and it’s good!

Most often, yogurt is simply mixed with a bit of honey and enjoyed as a light dessert. But sometimes, for special occasions, guests aren’t the only ones that get to be fancy. Simple dishes like yogurt and honey get whole, real fruits blended into them. The flavors that ensue are nothing but simple and spectacular all at one time. And with that in mind….

The recipe I’d like to share with you today is one that I did as a guest post for So I’m going to send you there for the recipe. I promise, it’s worth the click to get it!

Clean Eating Cherry Yogurt

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  1. Where does one find bourbon vanilla extract?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – I get mine at Trader Joe’s. But in a pinch, regular vanilla extract works just fine.

  2. I love the vanilla bean yogurt from Trader Joes!

    I’ve been thinking of making my own yogurt using goat milk (also from Trader Joe’s) and Tart Cherries. I’d add cranberries, but they’re aren’t so palatable by themselves!

    I’m wondering however, if using Stevia (instead of sugar) will kill off the active cultures.

    Any suggestions on making yogurt at home with a yogurt making machine?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ben – Oh boy. You’ve got me there. Making yogurt is not something I’ve ever tried. The closest thing I’ve ever made is yogurt cheese. Not quite the same I’m afraid. I would say you should do a small test batch. I would also stir the stevia in last. I doubt very much that that would kill the cultures. I could be wrong, but there are a ton of yogurts out there that are sweetened with something and still have their active cultures in tact. So while I can’t give you a definitive answer, my own logic tells me you should be okay with using it.

      Wish I could be more help!

  3. I was excited to see the Cherry yogurt as a snack option because I like flavored yogurt. However, after reading the story about Germany, when I clicked on the recipe it said I was unauthorized. Do I have to join smash to get access to it?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Pam – Her web site went down and she is in the process of restoring it. I just spoke with her recently and it should be back up soon.

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