Give yourself a dose of sunshine and vitamin C with this easy and delicious Greek yogurt bowl recipe.
Made with creamy yogurt, toasted nuts and juicy citrus segments, it's an easy and delicious breakfast for dreary winter days.
If citrus and yogurt seems like an odd pairing to you, you're not alone.
While I've often added fresh berries to yogurt in the summer months, the idea of combining Greek yogurt with orange segments had never occurred to me.
It was only when I found myself in the coffee shop at my previous job, starving at 8:30 am having left the house on an empty stomach 2 hours before, that I decided to give it a shot.
I bought an overpriced plastic cup of yogurt with 3 slices of clementines, a sprinkling of granola, and 2 pecan halves and took it back to my desk.
It turns out that citrus on yogurt is delicious!
That fresh burst of juice paired with creamy yogurt is so satisfying - especially when you pair it with crunchy toasted nuts.
🥣 Ingredients & Substitutions
I love yogurt bowls because they're so easy to make. Just layer your favourite fruit and nuts over your favourite yogurt, and you're ready to go!
This recipe is simple, and you can make substitutions to suit your own tastes and dietary needs.
Here's what I used:
- Citrus segments from 1 orange, 1 blood orange and 1 clementine.
Substitute: any combination of sweet citrus or other fruit.
- Greek yogurt, plain, 2%.
Substitute with your favourite dairy or non-dairy yogurt.
- Chopped pecans, toasted.
Substitute with other toasted nuts such as sliced almonds or chopped pistachios. Or omit the nuts and add toasted coconut flakes, granola, or pomegranate seeds for crunch instead.
I didn't add any sweeteners to this recipe, but you can add honey if you like your Greek yogurt bowls to be sweet.
🍊 Which Citrus Fruits Should You Use?
I used three common winter citrus fruits in my bowl: navel oranges, blood oranges and clementines.
However, any sweet citrus fruit would work well in this recipe. You can choose from:
- navel oranges (the most common type of orange)
- blood oranges (particularly nice because of their slight berry flavour)
- clementines (very sweet)
- mandarins (very sweet)
- kumquats (sweet-tart in flavour and they don't need to be peeled!)
- tangerines (sweet bright flavour)
- grapefruit (best if combined with a sweeter citrus)
You can use any combination of citrus fruits that you enjoy, or just pick one of your favourites.
🔪 How to Cut the Citrus Segments
I decided to cut my citrus into supremes because I don't like having the membranes on the fruit for this dish.
If you don't know how to supreme citrus fruits, there's a handy tutorial on Martha Stewart's website that you can follow.
Of course, if you'd rather not go through all the fuss you can just peel and segment the fruits instead.
Which Greek Yogurt Should You Use?
The "healthiness" of this Greek yogurt breakfast bowl recipe depends entirely on what yogurt you choose to use.
As much as I love full-fat flavoured yogurts, I've come to realize that they are too rich to be a part of my regular breakfast routine.
For example, one of my favourite yogurts is Liberté's Coconut 9% yogurt, which is made from milk and cream. It's super creamy and very sweet.
I shouldn't have been surprised when I finally read the nutrition label and discovered that I was eating 10g of saturated fat and 22g of sugar for a ¾ cup portion.
So instead I've switched to Liberté's plain sweetened 2% yogurt, which has 2g of saturated fat and 13g of sugar for the same portion size.
Oikos also has a low-sugar vanilla Greek yogurt with 0g of saturated fat and 12g of sugar which might be another good option.
You can use any yogurt you enjoy eating, but I personally think the citrus pairs best with thick yogurt, like Greek yogurt or Skyr yogurt. Plus, both of those options usually have more protein than regular yogurt.
You can use a flavoured yogurt if you want to (vanilla is a great option), or stick with plain. It's totally up to you!
Greek yogurt bowls with citrus are such a nice way to start your morning in the winter months. It's a bright pop of colour, a nice dose of vitamin C, and a delicious way to start your day.
I hope you'll give this recipe a try! If you do make it, let me know in the comments below!
🖨 Printable Recipe
Greek Yogurt Bowl with Winter Citrus
- 1 clementine
- 1 orange
- 1 blood orange
- 1 cup Greek yogurt, or your favourite yogurt
- 2 tablespoons toasted pecans, chopped
- 2 teaspoons honey, optional
- Peel and segment your citrus fruits. Remove as much of the white membranes on the segments as possible.
- Portion yogurt in two bowls, and top with citrus segments.
- Add 1 tablespoon of toasted nuts and 1 teaspoon of honey (if using) to each bowl. Serve immediately.
- use any yogurt you enjoy (Greek or Skyr yogurts work best)
- you can use almonds or pistachios instead of pecans, or omit the nuts entirely and use toasted coconut flakes, granola or pomegranate seeds for crunch
- you don't have to use 3 different kinds of citrus if you don't want to
- any sweet citrus fruit should work (avoid lemons and limes)
- the honey is optional but does add nice sweetness to the yogurt bowl
- maple syrup can be used instead of honey
Please read the blog post for detailed tips and explanations.
Nutrition Disclaimer: this nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this information cannot be guaranteed.
This recipe was originally posted on January 20, 2019. It has been updated and republished with new photos and additional information.