No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie

This No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie blends Greek Yogurt, fresh or frozen berries & maple syrup for a pie that’s healthier than many recipes.  Shhhh! This No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie blends Greek Yogurt, fresh or frozen berries & maple syrup for a pie that's healthier than many on the internet.  Shhhh!

Do you ever feel caught between being healthy and enjoying life?  Ummm… like all the time?

I am still (still!!) trying to take off my holiday weight gain.  Every time I get close, I go out to dinner or make Key Lime Meringue Pie Tartlets and I have to start over.  Aarrgh!

This No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie blends Greek Yogurt, fresh or frozen berries & maple syrup for a pie that's healthier than many on the internet.  Shhhh!

A healthier alternative

Yes, that’s how this recipe got created.  I wondered if I could make a dessert that gave me some calcium, some fruit, and was relatively low in fat and sugar.  PLUS, it had to actually look like dessert.

You see, no one in my house is going to buy the suggestion that a smoothie is dessert.   

This No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie blends Greek Yogurt, fresh or frozen berries & maple syrup for a pie that's healthier than many on the internet.  Shhhh!

Would you serve this to your mom?

And with spring brunch season coming on, I decided to try to make something healthier that might even work for Easter or Mother’s Day.

Improved Strawberry Yogurt Pie

Now yogurt is always a go-to healthy dessert base and there are yogurt pies all over the internet.  Problem is, many of them are thickened with ingredients like cream cheese (tasty & natural, but mostly fat with little protein or calcium) or (breathe, Inger, breathe) commercial “whipped topping.”

Lately, I have started using gelatin as a thickener more.  It’s high in protein and does a good job of thickening without breaking the calorie or chemical bank.  

This No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie blends Greek Yogurt, fresh or frozen berries & maple syrup for a pie that's healthier than many on the internet.  Shhhh!

Just a little maple syrup…

Now when it comes to yogurt, did you know that packaged fruit yogurts may have a fair bit of added sugar?  A healthier option can be starting with plain yogurt and adding your own fruit along with less sweetener.  This pie filling tasted truly sweet with a mere ¼ cup of maple syrup for eight servings.  You could even use stevia if you wanted. 

Of course here I must confess to a couple concessions to that whole dessert concept.  I lightened the mixture by folding in a little whipped cream.  And I stuck with a commercial graham cracker crust for ease of preparation.  (Brilliant pie crust makers, feel free to convert me in the comments section!) .

This No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie blends Greek Yogurt, fresh or frozen berries & maple syrup for a pie that's healthier than many on the internet.  Shhhh!

A slice of heaven!

Someday to really go healthy, I might perfect a super healthy homemade crust or increase the gelatin for a thicker crust-less pie.

But this was sooooo easy.  And for today, I’m good.

This No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie blends Greek Yogurt, fresh or frozen berries & maple syrup for a pie that's healthier than many on the internet.  Shhhh!

Ready to serve!

No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie

No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes

This No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie blends Greek Yogurt, fresh or frozen berries & maple syrup for a pie that's healthier than many recipes.  Shhhh!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 ¼ tsp powdered gelatin (1 packet)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 ½ cups plain nonfat Greek yogurt (see note)
  • ¾ cup roughly chopped fresh strawberries (see note 2)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • Graham cracker crust, commercial or your favorite homemade crust

Instructions

  1. Fill a small bowl with the milk. Sprinkle the gelatin over and soak for 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Heat the gelatin mixture in a microwave about 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until very warm. Do not allow the milk to boil. Stir until gelatin is dissolved, then set aside to cool slightly
  3. In a medium bowl beat cream until thick peaks form.
  4. Combine the yogurt, maple syrup and gelatin mixture and whisk until well mixed. Fold in the whipped cream trying not to deflate, then fold in the fruit.
  5. Pour the filling into the crust and smooth the top. Refrigerate 5 hours or overnight.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

I have done this successfully with regular yogurt as well, though not the very thin styles.

If using frozen berries, only thaw enough so they can be chopped, chop, then place back in freezer

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 7g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

And for more great Mother’s Day brunch ideas, check out these recipes from some of my blogging friends!

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11 thoughts on “No-Bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie

  1. Nancy L Wagner

    OMG, this looks sooooo yummy! And perfect for Easter. I’m going to an event where it would sit out (indoors) for a few hours. Do you think it would hold up? Or, is it a dessert that should come right out of the refrigerator.

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Wendy! I was wishing our violets were out so I could do some edible flowers with it. Which means for sure I’m making it again soon!

  2. Juliana

    Oh Inger, I love the sound and the look of this pie…like the idea of using Greek yogurt and strawberry…this is perfect for the season. Thanks for the recipe. Have a great week!

    1. Inger Post author

      You know I didn’t even think of the “light” factor Karen. That’s always big if dessert comes after a large meal, isn’t it!

  3. David

    Well, since no one has tried to convert you yet… it seems up to me! I would definitely make my own crumb crust. The use of real butter, freshly crushed graham crackers, and a little extra spice makes it very special. You can actually buy the graham crackers pre-crushed, did you know that?

    The pie looks absolutely amazing, and — yes — like a smoothie pie!

    Happy Easter!

    1. Inger Post author

      I did not know you could get the crackers pre-crushed David–what will they think of next! The idea of adding nuts is also appealing (nuts = health, um right?). Okay, putting it on the to-do list!

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