Banana Yogurt is a staple of the baby food yogurt section, but it’s easy to make at home with less added sugars—and all of the flavors! This easy recipe requires just a few ingredients and 5 minutes so you can serve it up in no time.
Yogurt is one of my favorite foods for babies and toddlers since it’s packed with nutrients including protein, healthy fats, calcium and probiotics. And since I know first hand that some littles one like it plain more than others, having a few easy ways to add flavor to it can be super helpful. This Banana Yogurt has been a staple snack for my one year old…though I always have to make enough for my three year old too since she’s a fan as well!
TIP: This recipe makes enough for a few servings so you can store them in the fridge and serve them a few days in a row, though you can also cut the recipe in half to make a smaller portion.
Ingredients in Banana Yogurt
To make this easy yogurt recipe, you’ll need:
- Ripe banana (with brown spots to ensure it has good flavor)
- Plain whole milk Greek yogurt
- Lemon or orange juice
- Optional add-ins: Cinnamon, peanut or almond butter, and/or chia seeds
TIP: This is a great baby yogurt since it’s flavorful, yet free from added sugars.
How to Make Banana Yogurt Step-by-Step
This recipe is super simple. I prefer to use a blender to make it very smooth, but you can also do it by hand.
- Peel the banana.
- Add it to the blender with the yogurt.
- Blend smooth, adding any optional add-ins.
- Serve or portion into storage containers.
TIP: To make this without a blender, mash the banana as smooth as you can with a fork. The smoother you can mash it, the better the final texture. Stir it into the yogurt until very smooth.
Can I make this Banana Yogurt ahead of time?
Yes, you can portion it into storage containers and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze in an ice cube tray and thaw 2-4 for a portion at a time in a bowl in the fridge. Stir after the mixture is thawed as it will likely separate a bit.
Will my yogurt turn brown?
The lemon or orange juice should help it from getting very brown, but it may brown a smidge. (In my experience, it doesn’t brown much even after 24 hours in the fridge in a storage container.) It’s safe to eat, no matter the color, but if the color bothers you or your child, you can make a smaller batch and eat it right after serving when the color will be lighter.
Banana Yogurt as a Simple Bedtime Snack
This yogurt is currently one of our go-to bedtime snacks, especially for my one year old. (P.S. Find more info on the sleep gummies that we occasionally use with our middle kiddo to help her wind down from Joyspring here. You can use the code YTF25 to take 25% off your order.)
Tips for Making the Best Banana Yogurt
- The blended mixture will be a bit brown, but the lemon or orange juice will help it from becoming too brown. (It’s safe to eat even if it browns though.)
- Use bananas with brown spots for the best natural sweetness and flavor.
- Choose whole milk yogurt to ensure it’s creamy and flavorful, and also has the fat that little kids need for proper development.
- Serve in a small bowl, in a reusable pouch, or topped with granola or diced berries.
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This recipe make enough for 2-4 servings of yogurt, depending on the appetite of your child. See the Notes at the bottom for storage tips if you have leftovers. You can also cut the recipe in half to make a smaller amount.
- Place the banana, yogurt, and lemon or orange juice into a blender. Add any optional add-ins. Blend smooth.
- Serve or portion into storage containers and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze in an ice cube tray and thaw 2-4 for a portion at a time in a bowl in the fridge. Stir after the mixture is thawed as it will separate a bit.
The blended mixture will be a bit browner than regular plain yogurt, but the lemon or orange juice will help it from becoming too brown. (It’s safe to eat even if it browns though.)
Use bananas with brown spots for the best natural sweetness and flavor.
Choose whole milk yogurt to ensure it’s creamy and flavorful, and also has the fat that little kids need for proper development.