G loves those dehydrated yogurt drops you can buy at the store. My issue with them is that they’re expensive and the grocery store I frequent doesn’t carry a cheaper, store brand version. Then I saw a pin on Pinterest for making your own version using real yogurt, so I decided to give it a shot. The source of the pin can be found here.
- 1 container of yogurt, any flavor you choose
- 1 zip lock bag
- 1 cookie sheet
- Silicone baking mat, parchment paper, or wax paper
For easier clean-up, line your cookie sheet with your silicone baking mat or parchment or wax paper. I have used both a silicone baking sheet and parchment paper. The frozen dots just peeled right off in both cases.
Spoon the yogurt into a zip lock bag. Snip a tiny corner off the bag and pipe the yogurt into dots onto the baking sheets. If you’re using yogurt with the fruit in it, you may need to smoosh the fruit pieces up a little with your fingers for them to fit through the hole in the bag.
Put the baking sheet into the freezer. I don’t know how long it actually takes for yogurt to freeze; I actually put them in and forget about them for several hours (or in one case, a couple of days), so if you’re in a hurry you could probably do a touch test in an hour or so.
One container of yogurt yielded an entire (smallish) cookie sheet of yogurt dots. Once frozen, I peeled them off and put them into a freezeable container.
It took G a couple of tries before he got excited about these. I think it was because they were cold. These have been a great way for him to get more calcium since he doesn’t always go for milk. A word of note: these do melt into their original form. Not a problem for G, as he like to smear the melted stuff around on his tray, but I’d rather these get into his mouth so I give him a few at a time. The melt factor is this snack’s only downfall to me. Since the store-bought ones don’t melt, they’re great for travel. But they are still a great, healthy go-to snack that is easy for G to eat since he has yet to use a spoon properly.