Homemade Organic Full Fat Greek Yogurt

Morning, Sunshines! Glad ya’ll enjoyed Trainer Courtney’s day in the life of a personal trainer post! She mentioned some great tips if you haven’t had time to check it out Smile

Last night after dinner, I had a bit of time all to myself, so I did something I haven’t done in…years, and took a bath! I grabbed my iPod and set it to John Mayer, my Kindle, and a glass of wine, and just soaked until the water turned cool. I forgot how therapeutic a relaxing bath could be! I Definitely slept like a baby, too Open-mouthed smile

This morning I woke up hungry, so instead of going straight into a work out, I went for breakfast:


Lately, I’ve been loving cold oats for breakfast. When I first tried overnight oats, I hated them. I hated them the second and third times, too. But then I found the magical combination of ingredients:


Choc-o-lat-e is the key – and the yogurt.


The dry ingredients above, plus a wee bit of coconut milk (in a carton) and homemade Greek yogurt of the whole milk variety. Only homemade because you can’t buy it. Or if you can, then, well, it’s a unicorn here in the Midwest, because I’ve never seen it!

I’ve posted about making Greek yogurt before. I’m not reinventing the wheel or anything, but I feel the need to post about this for tow  four reasons:

a) Organic regular yogurt is a lot cheaper than organic Greek yogurt

b) Organic Greek yogurt is hard to find

c) Full fat Greek yogurt is the icing to my cake…the wind beneath my winds…the ok, I’ll stop

d) It’s EASY to make

After stopping out of my way at the grocery store the other day for the sole reason of picking up either 2% Fage or 2% Chobani, and seeing that Target carried neither, I threw up my hands in defeat. Until I saw this…


Oh screw it, I’ll just buy regular.

I used the regular stuff for a couple days, but still missed the thickness and creaminess (ew to that word) of the Greek stuff. Then I remembered, duh Paige, make it yourself.


You’ll need:

  • Yogurt
  • A colander
  • 2 damp paper towels
  • a bowl

To make, simply wet 2 paper towels, squeezing out any excess liquid, and place on the surface of the colander



Then dump the contents of your regular style yogurt into the colander, and cover with a lid or flat surface:


Then you can literally see the magic happening!


12 hours later…


Cool, right??

And you’re left with deliciously creamy full fat organic Greek yogurt.



A couple notes:

  • If you’ve never tried full fat Greek yogurt, DO IT NOW. You won’t regret it. It’s incredibly tasty and incredibly satiating.
  • The volume of your yogurt will be almost halved. Who knew how much volume that liquid held!?

All right, I’m off to do a little laundry while breakfast digests, then it’s yoga time!

When’s the last time you took a bath?

Have you ever made your own Greek yogurt?

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  1. Awesome! Totally doing this! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I used to do that with plain yogurt but add in seasonings to make it like a spreadable “cheese”. It’s soooooo good.

  3. I’m totally impressed! Not sure I would do this…but I’m impressed! 😉

  4. Last time I took a bath was probably college. I don’t think I’d take one in the apartment I’m at currently. The bathroom is ancient and not all the bleach in the world would make me comfortable sitting my tush down on the old tub…

  5. I love my baths! Take one almost every Saturday and Sunday morning.
    I have, but a long time ago… i used to eat 0% plain Greek yogurt but recently started going for the 2&7%’s to increase my fat consumption. So good!

  6. That finished product looks delicious! I am definitely going to try it, thanks for the idea.

  7. I love this! I’m totally going to try it out. Who knew it was so easy?!

    • SO easy. I’ve read a lot of places that you need a cheese cloth, but really two wet/damp paper towels works perfectly!

  8. oh my goodness, you’re genius! i’ve been trying to eat full fat dairy more lately, and you’re right, it is harder to find full fat greek yogurt. i DID find some at walmart of all places recently though. it’s the Greek Gods brand?

    • Oh really? I’ll have to check there! I’ve never tried that brand.

    • Hey guys

      I am sure the Greek Gods yoghurt (like many others) is actually Greek Style Yoghurt (i.e. thicker and creamier than ‘normal’ yoghurt so it gives an almost Greek Yoghurt texture). Always check the label – real Greek Yoghurt should have at least 17% protein content. Sadly, most of the Greek ‘Style’ yoghurts do not come anywhere near this basically making them a normal yoghurt with added thickeners. I reckon Fage is the best ‘real’ Greek Yoghurt available in the US and Canada.

  9. You know, I’ve done this before, and it works great. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. Greek yogurt is so freaking expensive.

    • It is! I don’t know if this is cheaper though, honestly, because it cuts the volume down so much!

  10. Isn’t a good attirbute of greek yogurt that it has more protein than regular yogurt? Does this have as much protein as store-bought?

    • Yep…the protein isn’t added to Greek yogurt. It’s just strained, so there’s more of the protein per volume.

  11. We didn’t have greek yogurt in Canada until about 1 year ago, so I always did this with my yogurt! It’s such a good idea. Now, I just find it a lot easier to buy the greek yogurt. Plus I find it adds up to about the same price since you get a small amount of yogurt from the big container. I do like the taste A LOT better when you strain your own though. I wonder why? I have never tried the full fat but love 2%, I can’t even have 0% anymore, because it tastes so bland! Gotta get those healthy CLA’s, right?

  12. I really enjoy taking baths but I rarely find the time. The last time I enjoyed a nice quiet bath was my birthday back in October. It was my birthday present to myself : )

  13. Am just trying this out right now! Do you leave the whole contraption in the fridge or on the counter for the 12-hour straining time? I’m erring on the side of caution and leaving it in the fridge, but I wonder if that slows the process?

  14. Geraldine says:

    I think I love you! Thank you for sharing :-) The nearest shop to me that stocks Greek yogurt is 45 min drive away and I can’t always buy in bulk. It’s expensive stuff!

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