DIY Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups are a convenient grab and go breakfast or snack. Easy to make and delicious to eat, this make-ahead breakfast recipe is made with Greek yogurt and frozen berries. Combine yogurt and granola for satisfying crunch, or top with quinoa to add even more protein.
Due to circumstances completely beyond my control (bonkers loud construction noise) I’ve found myself in the unusual (for me) position of grabbing breakfast in a local café several times of late. This cafe has a very delicious – but, oh my gosh, so sugary – fruit on the bottom yogurt cup that I’ve tended to reach for each time.
It’s some sort of fruit preserves on the bottom, sweetened yogurt in the middle, and a crunchy granola that practically glistens with sugar on the top. It’s delicious, but it’s just too much.
A few days of these overly sweet and shamefully overpriced café yogurt cups did yield a positive result, however, since it reminded me of these easy and delicious DIY Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups that I used to make on the reg.
What goes into homemade Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups?
This is one of those “recipes” that really has no business being on a food blog, but I’m going to hit you with it anyways. I hope you’re sitting down for this one, because you’re going to need some:
- Yogurt –> My preference is for thick, full-fat yogurt, but you do you.
- Fruit –> Choose your favourite. It goes on the bottom.
Wait, are these yogurt cups or yoghurt cups?
Depends where you live! Americans, you’re having yogurt cups and Brits, you’re having yoghurt cups. They’re the same thing, but the H adds a bit of extra fiber… no, just kidding.
(I had to train my Canadian fingers to type the word yogurt without the H because I realized that more people were searching for yogurt than yoghurt. I have sold my soul. Now you know. Can we just make some fruit on the bottom yogurt cups already?!)
How do you make fruit on the bottom yogurt cups?
You’re going to want to start with a jar of some sort. I love these Weck jars for keeping in my frige at home, but if I was packing these to work I would want a jar with a more secure lid, like these little Ball jars.
Once you’ve got your jars sorted, add a layer of your fruit of choice to the bottom. Top with yogurt and you’re good to go!
What’s the best kind of yogurt for these cups?
Totally up to you, but I do recommend you use a thick and creamy (and satisfying!) full fat Greek yogurt or another Balkan-style yogurt. If you can get your hands on some Icelandic skyr, that would also be delightful here. In general I prefer something that’s full fat, with a good amount of protein, and that doesn’t contain any weird thickeners.
What kind of fruit works best?
My preference – especially if I’m making these in advance – is to use frozen berries. I love how they thaw and get all juicy and you get a real jammy fruit on the bottom thing going on without added sugar.
If you’re going to make and eat these yogurt cups right away, use whatever fruit you like. If you’re planning to make them in advance, I think frozen berries work best. Here are some suggestions for you:
- Frozen blueberries (my personal fave)
- Chopped fresh strawberries
- Chopped banana (use right away)
- Chopped kiwi fruit
- Fresh raspberries
- Chopped prunes
- Diced mango
- A spoonful of strawberry chia jam
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- Cinnamon Roasted Apples
- Instant Pot Apple Butter
Should we discuss toppings?
We totally should.
DIY Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups are delicious and satisfying with just fruit and yogurt, however, if you want to spruce things up a bit or make a more satisfying meal, add crunch, or add more protein, the toppings are where it’s at.
Yogurt and granola is a match made in heaven. I love topping my yogurt with this Coconut Banana Granola, which is my current favourite. I’ve also been known to top my yogurt with cooked quinoa. Yes, quinoa! If you’re looking to add a bit more protein to your breakfast this is a great way to do it.
Pro tip: if you’re making your yogurt cups in advance, you can pre-top with quinoa, but I recommend adding granola at the last minute otherwise it will get soggy.
Can I made my yogurt cups in advance?
You sure can! DIY Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups are a great make ahead breakfast or snack. Line up your jars and make a bunch on Sunday, and depending on the type of fruit you choose they’ll last you several days in the fridge.
Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries or fruit of your choice
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- quinoa, granola, or chopped nuts optional toppings
- Add frozen berries (or other fruit) to the bottom of a glass jar.
- Top with yoghurt.
- Put a lid on the jar and place in the fridge until you're ready to eat.
- Serve with toppings (quinoa, granola, chopped nuts) if desired.
- Nutrition values are an estimate only.
- Nutrition calculation was done without any toppings.
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This recipe was originally published Sept 17, 2015. It was retested, rephotographed, and updated April 30, 2019.
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