Sugar Free Dates Yogurt/Homemade Yogurt Flavored with Dates

 


Super easy Dates Flavored Yogurt is a sugar free, Yogurt maker free, thermometer free homemade creamy yogurt, flavored just with sweet, natural dates. If you are a lover of fruit flavored yogurt, but abhor all the sugars in them, this is the one for you!

Yogurt is one dairy product I have been making every day to have with our lunch. Normally, it is a bowl of plain yogurt made with 2% milk or toned milk. Yogurt made from this makes for a slightly runny and soft yogurt which we love; none of the gelatin or added thickeners in them!

Whenever we go abroad, I am boggled by the variety of fruit-flavored yogurts available over there. You can find strawberry, cherry, blueberry, raspberries, vanilla, and sometimes banana flavored too!

In earlier days, yogurt was a creamy, fruity and delicious carton of goodness with chunks of fruit at the bottom or just mixed in. Then came Greek yogurt; a much thicker, sturdier yogurt which you can literally cut into pieces!

My husband and I never became fond of that, although our millennial son loves it! He would get his Greek yogurt cartons and we, our soft and creamy fruit yogurts which are little bit flowing and more runny like a Yoplait or Dannon brand.

The downside of any such yogurt is the amount of sugar in them! If you read the list of ingredients and the percentage of sugar and other chemicals, it is mind boggling! It is best to limit consumption of these as much as possible, maybe once or twice a week.

I had a big packet of dates lying in my pantry and was tempted to try a fruit flavored yogurt but without all that added refined sugar. Being a blogger has rewired my brain to think of new ways to come up with new dishes.

This was one of those times. I decided to sweeten my yogurt with just date puree and then set it. It was an experiment I was willing to try.

So, I chucked the dates in the blender with some milk to form a smooth date paste. I had to sieve it to remove the hard skin dates sometimes have. In went the date paste into the hot milk.

The rest of the procedure was the same as making normal yogurt. The only added extra addition was some milk powder; just a tad. This helps in acquiring a thicker yogurt which sets like firm custard.

 I just heated the milk, added some milk powder, stirred in date paste and mixed in the culture (a couple of spoons of plain yogurt which I normally have in the refrigerator) at the right temperature (which is critical) and allowed it to set for about 6 hours.

That is it! Naturally sweetened date flavored yogurt, full of the nutrients you get from dates as well as healthy yogurt, with no additives, gelatin, chemicals or refined sugars was ready! One scoop and the creamy, smooth, satiny yogurt with the mild sweetness and subtle aroma of dates seemed like a winner to me!

No need to rush out and get a yogurt maker or thermometer to gauge the right temperature! All you need is your stove top, milk, milk powder (optional) and some dates. Homemade sweet yogurt flavored with “the food of paradise”, dates, can now be made in the comforts of your own home easily.

Let’s get to the recipe now shall we?

Sugar Free Date Flavored Homemade Yogurt
Serves 3
Smooth, creamy and delicious homemade yogurt, flavored just with naturally sweetened dates; no added sugar, no preservatives, no gelatin; just pure and decadent healthy yogurt.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
158 calories
27 g
14 g
4 g
6 g
2 g
203 g
84 g
25 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
203g
Servings
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158
Calories from Fat 33
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 14mg
5%
Sodium 84mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 27g
9%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 25g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
23%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 500 ml full cream milk (boiled and cooled)
  2. 2 tsp milk powder
  3. Β½ cup dates, pitted
  4. 2 teaspoons plain, unflavored yogurt
Instructions
  1. Blend dates with just enough milk to make a fine paste.
  2. Run the date paste through a sieve with small holes to remove all the skin. Keep the smooth date paste aside.
  3. Heat the rest of the milk in a saucepan; stir in powdered milk and mix well.
  4. Reduce heat and stir in the date paste; whisk until well incorporated and smooth. Heat the whole mixture until it is very hot but not boiling.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool until it is still lukewarm (you should be able to hold a clean finger in it for at least 10 seconds without feeling uncomfortable). Do not let it cool too much. It should be hot, but cool enough for the finger test.
  6. Once it reaches that temperature, gently stir in the starter culture; plain yogurt and whisk until smooth.
  7. Gently decant the date flavored mixture into containers in which you want the yogurt to set.
  8. There are various ways you can incubate the mixture to form yogurt. I normally place the bowls in an insulated container which has a lid and leave it aside for 6 to 8 hours or until the yogurt has set completely; it all depends upon the culture used, the temperature of the yogurt, and whether you want it sweet or sour.
  9. If you have an oven, you can turn the oven on and heat it until it reaches 120 degrees F; turn it off, place the yogurt container in the oven, close the door but leave the oven light on.
  10. Incubate for 4 to 6 hours or more if you want a tarter yogurt. Check in between to see if it has set.
  11. Once set, refrigerate until serving time.
  12. Enjoy sugar free date yogurt topped with more dates!
Notes
  1. If you want a thick and creamy yogurt, it is best to use whole milk or full cream milk. Anything less creamy will produce a runny yogurt.
  2. For a thicker yogurt which sets like firm custard, stir in milk powder (totally optional)
  3. The date yogurt I made was just the right sweetness; you can reduce or increase the number of dates according to how sweet you want it.
  4. For added texture, you can layer the bottom of the bowl with chopped dates before pouring in the date mixture to set.
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calories
158
fat
4g
protein
6g
carbs
27g
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How to make Homemade Date Flavored Yogurt:

  • Blend dates with just enough milk to make a fine paste.

  • Run the date paste through a sieve with small holes to remove all the skin. Keep the smooth date paste aside.

  • Heat the rest of the milk in a saucepan; stir in powdered milk and mix well.

  • Reduce heat and stir in the date paste; whisk until well incorporated and smooth. Heat the whole mixture until it is very hot but not boiling.

  • Remove from heat and let cool until it is still lukewarm (you should be able to hold a clean finger in it for at least 10 seconds without feeling uncomfortable). Do not let it cool too much. It should be hot, but cool enough for the finger test.
  • Once it reaches that temperature, gently stir in the starter culture; plain yogurt and whisk until smooth.
  • Gently decant the date flavored mixture into containers in which you want the yogurt to set.
  • There are various ways you can incubate the mixture to form yogurt. I normally place the bowls in an insulated container which has a lid and leave it aside for 6 to 8 hours or until the yogurt has set completely; it all depends upon the culture used, the temperature of the yogurt, and whether you want it sweet or sour.

  • If you have an oven, you can turn the oven on and heat it until it reaches 120 degrees F; turn it off, place the yogurt container in the oven, close the door but leave the oven light on.
  • Incubate for 4 to 6 hours or more if you want a tarter yogurt. Check in between to see if it has set.
  • Once set, refrigerate until serving time.

  • Enjoy sugar free date yogurt topped with more dates!

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10 comments

  1. spiceaffairs2016 says:

    We Bengalis make the same thing with khejur gud(palm jaggery), and your recipe with purΓ©ed dates is just awesome I can just feel the taste reading this post, awsome share πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ‘

    • Vanitha says:

      I have tasted Khejur gud some time back when I was in Delhi and made kheer with it; awesome; needed no other flavor like cardamom etc.! Pureed dates do give a similar taste but without all the sugar added πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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