Fruit Dip

I was searching for a fruit dip to serve with fresh fruit in a Christmas buffet. I found lots of recipes using marshmallow cream, cream cheese, Cool Whip, or a combination of them. I wanted a healthier version, so I kept searching. Finally, I found a recipe in my own collection calling for sour cream and brown sugar. I low-fat plain yogurt in place of sour cream and added some of the favorite flavors of the season to taste. So dig in… er, dip in, and enjoy this tasty low-fat delight with a selection of your favorite fresh fruit. It’s particularly good with apple and orange slices.

2 cups plain yogurt (regular or low-fat), strained (see Note)
4 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4-1/2 tsp. cinnamon (to taste)
1/2 tsp. grated orange zest (to taste)
Finely chopped walnuts

Strain liquid from the yogurt by spooning it into a coffee filter placed in a strainer over a bowl or cup. Allow liquid to drain in the refrigerator for an hour or more until the yogurt is the desired consistency. (Note: If using Greek yogurt, there’s no need to strain!)

Mix the strained yogurt with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest. Adjust amounts to taste.

Pour dip into small serving bowl. Sprinkle finely chopped walnuts on top; sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon. Serve chilled, and enjoy!

Makes about 2 cups.

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