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Enjoy this healthy 3-ingredient Creamy Cheesecake Yogurt Fruit Dip dressed up with your favorite fruit and lightened up with Greek yogurt! You and the kids will love this “snack hack” as an easy after-school snack or gluten-free party appetizer.
Table of Contents
- An Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip with Yogurt
- What Makes This Fruit Dip Recipe So Good?
- What is Fruit Dip? Is it Healthy?
- Recipe Ingredients
- How to Make Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
- Tips for Success
- Substitutions & Recipe Variations
- Serving Suggestions
- How to Store Extras
- More Healthy Gluten-Free Snack Ideas
- Get the Recipe
An Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip with Yogurt
As a snack hack master, this three-ingredient fruit dip is a lifesaver whenever my day calls for a fast and healthy snack! Inspired by these Gluten-Free Peach Cheesecake Bars, this easy dip recipe is made with Greek yogurt and Dole canned or frozen fruit. It’s a super tasty and healthier way to enjoy all the delicious flavors of cheesecake!
I make this fruit dip in small batches when it’s just me and the family, or I whip up a crowd-sized version as a no-fuss party dip. I love that you can customize this yogurt fruit dip with your favorite fruit toppings and dippers, for a snack hack everyone will devour.
It’s a good thing that this cream cheese fruit dip is on the healthier side, because it’s so easy to whip together in just minutes, and it stores really well. Thus, I find myself making it all the time, and I think you will too!
(If you’re looking for another cheesecake fruit dip that the whole family will love, try this Strawberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Dip as well!)
What Makes This Fruit Dip Recipe So Good?
Why is this fruit dip recipe a smash-hit in my house? There are a couple of reasons that come to mind:
- Light and creamy. Greek yogurt and cream cheese combine to form a super smooth, ultra-creamy dip that tastes just like cheesecake filling.
- Quick and easy. It takes about 10 minutes to put this dip together, and you only need 3 ingredients, plus whatever you’re going to use as dippers.
- Adaptable. As noted above, you can adjust the quantities to make this fruit dip for a crowd or for a small group. Also, you can switch up the fruit toppings or throw in chocolate chips, nuts, etc.!
What is Fruit Dip? Is it Healthy?
Traditionally, a fruit dip is made with a combination of whipped marshmallow, cream cheese, and orange juice concentrate, for a taste similar to a cheesecake. Basically, a lot of processed ingredients that I’ll admit sound delicious, but don’t exactly make for a healthy, nutritious snack.
We love dipping fruit in yogurt, though. And we love cheesecake. So naturally, I turned to cheesecake as inspiration for a yummy, gluten-free, and healthy kid’s yogurt dip! This version is made with quality fruit, light cream cheese, and fresh Greek Yogurt, and tastes just as amazing.
This three-ingredient dip is full of juicy fruit and fresh, tangy yogurt. Here’s everything you’ll need (check the recipe card below for exact ingredient quantities):
- Light Cream Cheese: Make sure to bring this to room temperature before starting.
- Greek Yogurt: I use nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt for this recipe, as it really brings to mind that cheesecake flavor!
- Dole Fruit: Use your favorite Dole canned, jarred, or frozen fruit. Mine are blueberries, sliced strawberries, peaches, and pineapple, but anything goes!
You’ll also need to gather together your choice of dippers. Apple slices, strawberries, graham crackers, and pretzels are all awesome to pair with this fruit dip!
How to Make Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
You can make enough of this dip for one or two if all you need is a quick snack for yourself or the kids. Or, make a larger batch to set out at a party. I’ve included both methods in the recipe card!
Before beginning, get your cream cheese softened to room temperature. While not essential, having your yogurt at room temperature will ensure your dip has the smoothest, creamiest texture. Next, follow these steps for this super simple fruit dip:
- Mix the creamy ingredients. Stir together the cream cheese and the vanilla Greek yogurt.
- Top with fruit. Add your favorite fruit toppings. I like to use my favorite Dole thawed frozen fruit or drained canned or jarred fruit. Use one topping for the entire thing, or use a few different fruits so everyone can dip into their favorite section!
- Chill. Pop your dip into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Tips for Success
There are a couple of easy tips and tricks that you can use to make this fruit dip even better:
- Let the ingredients come to room temperature. If the cream cheese does not reach room temperature, it will clump. While these little lumps won’t impact the taste at all, the dip also won’t have that super creamy and smooth texture of a cheesecake.
- How to get rid of any lumps in the dip. Try letting your fruit dip sit out at room temperature for about 20 minutes before beating it through again with your mixer or whisk.
- Make the dip ahead. Sometimes I make and refrigerate this dip the night before a party because it saves time the next day, and is one less thing to worry about.
Substitutions & Recipe Variations
Between the batch size and low maintenance ingredients, this fruit dip is really easy to customize! Here are some of the ways you can change up this yogurt dip:
- Substitute the cream cheese. You can substitute the cream cheese 1:1 with mascarpone.
- Mix in a sweetener. Sweeten the dip a bit with maple syrup or honey.
- Add spices. Spice things up with nutmeg, mixed spice, or cinnamon.
- Squeeze in some citrus. Add in a couple spoonfuls of orange juice (freshly squeezed!) for a burst of citrus.
- Add some pumpkin. Stir in two spoonfuls of pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice for a healthy pumpkin cheesecake-inspired variation!
- Switch up the toppings. While this cheesecake dip is certainly delicious on its own, the fruit on top is really what takes it up a level. I always have some Dole fruit on hand in my freezer or pantry, which makes preparing this dip a breeze. You can make it with thawed frozen fruit, canned fruit, jarred fruit, etc.
What can you dip into cheesecake dip? Here are some of our family favorites:
- Fresh fruit. To keep this in healthy snack territory, I like to serve this as a dip with fresh cut fruit. Sliced apples or pears, strawberries, and even banana slices are a perfect choice. (Bonus tip: Save any drained pineapple juice to coat your apple slices and bananas, which will keep them from browning!)
- Dried fruit. This dip is tasty with dried fruit, like Whole Pitted Dates.
- Pretzels. Pretzels are perfect if you love the sweet and salty combination. You can even try Gluten Free Pretzel Bites.
- Graham crackers. To really get the full cheesecake effect, serve this dip with Gluten Free Graham Crackers to mimic the flavors of a Graham cracker crust! Ot try Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers.
How to Store Extras
Leftover yogurt fruit dip will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Just store it in an airtight container, and enjoy it whenever hunger strikes!
More Healthy Gluten-Free Snack Ideas
Ready to try some more sweet gluten-free snacks? Check out these ones!
- Four-Ingredient Fruit Yogurt Snack Hack
- Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese
- Pineapple Coconut Energy Balls
- Pistachio Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates
Creamy Cheesecake Yogurt Fruit Dip
For the snack-size
- 1 ounce light cream cheese (2 Tablespoons) at room temperature
- 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup of your favorite Dole canned or jarred fruit, drained, or thawed Dole frozen fruit (blueberries, sliced strawberries, peaches, pineapple tidbits, or your preference)
- apple slices, strawberries, graham crackers, pretzels, etc. for dipping
For the party size:
- 4 ounces light cream cheese (8 Tablespoons) at room temperature
- 2 cups nonvat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 cup of your favorite Dole canned or jarred fruit, drained, or thawed Dole frozen fruit (blueberries, sliced strawberries, peaches, pineapple tidbits, or your preference)
- apple slices, strawberries, graham crackers, pretzels, etc. for dipping
- In a bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and Greek yogurt until smooth.
- Transfer to a desired bowl, custard cup, or pie plate for serving, and spread evenly.
- Top with jarred, canned, or thawed frozen fruit. If making the party-size, you can use multiple types of fruit and top each section with a different type.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Then serve with apple slices, strawberries, graham crackers, pretzels, etc. for dipping.
- Yield: Makes 2 servings in the snack-size, and 8 servings in the party-size.
- To Store: Leftover yogurt fruit dip will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Just store it in an airtight container, and enjoy it whenever hunger strikes!