One of our goals as a family for 2015 is to eat more fruit daily. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, I can assure you, around here that’s much easier said than done. Given a choice, my kids are much more apt to snack on a carbohydrate-filled bagel with cream cheese or bowl of cereal with milk…
That is until I whipped up a bowl of this fabulous low fat cream cheese fruit dip. I’m not kidding when I say this stuff is pretty irresistible — I was soooooo tempted to eat it by the spoonful.
Tossing spoiled fruit? Never again… It’s a surefire way to make fruit disappear in a hurry!
My secret ingredient in this cream cheese fruit dip is this new Greek cream cheese made by Green Mountain Farms. Available in Walmart stores now, Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese is available in an 8-oz. bar for cooking and baking, as well as in convenient tubs for spreading in regular and a variety of other flavors.
A patented blend of Greek yogurt and cream cheese developed by Franklin Foods, Greek cream cheese delivers 4X the protein with half the fat of regular cream cheese, plus live and active cultures — AND it tastes amazing, too!
Because Greek cream cheese is naturally a little bit sweeter than regular cream cheese, I was able to cut the amount of brown sugar that this recipe normally calls for in half. I also used vanilla bean paste to add a little more depth of flavor (and because I adore those little flecks of vanilla), but you can absolutely substitute an equal amount of pure vanilla extract.
What all of this boils down to is that this healthy fruit dip contains only 3 grams of fat and 117 calories per 2-tablespoon serving!
I suspect that I’ll be making this low fat cream cheese fruit dip weekly (at a minimum) to pack in lunches and for after school snacks — it disappears FAST.
We’ve tried it on apples, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries so far, and it’s delicious on all, complementing the fruit rather than overpowering it. I’m dying to try it on some juicy red grapes!
Note that you need to make sure your cream cheese is sufficiently softened to achieve a smooth and creamy fruit dip. If you whip it and it’s still chunky, set it aside for a few more minutes and try again. Don’t add the half and half until the cream cheese is whipped completely smooth.
Pick up some Greek cream cheese at Walmart and try this yummy low fat fruit dip today!
Thursday 12th of March 2015
Oh - try it with thick slices of banana! I can't wait to try this version of fruit dip. Our usual is half marshmallow cream and half cream cheese... not healthy but really yummy!