Kids everywhere LOVE Danimal drinkable yogurt. These yogurt drinks come in short-size bottles that kids seems to go through before you can say “Dannon Danimal Drinkable Yogurt!”. Wow… that’s quite a mouthful. But seriously… my kids would go through the jumbo pack within a couple of days. When you realize how little is in each bottle you realize how expensive they are. Then you look at the nutrition label and OMG…But there’s an alternative! My copy cat recipe!
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I had to put a stop to these but I loved that they were basically drinking healthy protein packed drinks. I set out to find out how to make them at home and was pleasantly surprised to find out that my very first attempt at a “copy cat” hit the nail on the head! My kids LOVED it and my 7-year-old even said “Mom, I like this even better!”.
What’s better about my drinkable yogurt recipe?
Seriously though… You can use any yogurt you like to make it, which means that you control the nutritional value. Personally, I like to use greek yogurt with a bit of honey because it packs it full of protein, but you could use just about any type.
What about the convenience factor?
Those little Danimal bottles are quite convenient. My kids would help themselves to the drinks constantly – which was nice (sometimes).
I have a perfect work around though! I fill little glass bottles (that I have around the house anyway) with the drink and leave about 6 in the fridge at any given time. This way, the kids can grab one whenever they like.
As a bonus… this type of bottle doesn’t break even if you drop them! I guess you probably COULD break them if you were on a mission to do that, but my 3 and 7-year-old have yet to break one.
As for storing large batches… I even have a cute solution for that! If you haven’t noticed, I adore glass bottles and mason jars. So… I store the large batch I make in a LARGER glass bottle 🙂
So what’s my Drinkable Yogurt Recipe?
It’s so simple that it’s funny!
Half Yogurt + Half Milk.
That’s it! Put one part milk, one part yogurt, and maybe a bit of honey in a bowl. Mix it and then pour into containers. That’s it!
Depending on what yogurt you choose and what milk you choose, you can control the nutritional make-up. I love using greek yogurt best, but any will work.
Just a note about yogurt though…
That yellow-ish liquid that you sometimes see in the yogurt container… Do you know what that is? Have you ever thrown it out? Don’t! It’s WHEY! Seriously. It’s practically liquid protein. So make sure to stir it in and use it!
This simple mixture of yogurt, milk, and maybe honey can sit in a fridge until the ingredients expire WITHOUT separating! Unlike a smoothie that you need to drink shortly after making it, this mixture is ready to drink right out of the fridge! Super simple healthy and easy to grab and go!
Well… Will you be trying this? Let me know how you like it!