12 Yogurt Recipes That Go Way Beyond Your Basic Parfait, Because This Ingredient Is More Versatile Than You Think

Yogurt has become a kitchen staple that helps us add oomph to our healthy breakfasts and keeps us satisfied with an afternoon snack — but this food is good for much more than just fruit salads and frozen desserts. Recipes that use yogurt are immediately more delicious. With its light texture, yogurt can be used to make baked goods healthier and fluffier, give a creamy touch to pasta, and make the best base ever for dips and spreads. It's time to think outside the parfait.

These 12 unique yogurt recipes go to show that this dairy staple can do so much more than you think. Flip through to find out how to put that tub of Greek yogurt to good use.

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Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake

Greek yogurt gives this coffee cake by A Beautiful Mess a decadently creamy consistency. Topped with pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon, this recipe makes a sweet treat.

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Veggie & Moroccan Chicken Skewers With Minted Goat Cheese Yogurt

Mixing Greek yogurt with goat cheese, fresh mint, lemon juice, and pepper makes for a Moroccan-inspired sauce. Half Baked Harvest uses it to liven up healthy chicken and veggie skewers.

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Banana Yogurt Muffins

Mashed banana and Greek yogurt makes Averie Cooks’ sprinkle-topped muffins a surprisingly healthy snack.

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Beets And Chickpeas With Jalapeño Yogurt

Ginger, jalapeños, and lime juice transform plain yogurt into a zesty topping for Love and Lemons’ wholesome beet and chickpea bowl.

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Tomato, Olive, & Chickpea Quesadillas With Dill Yogurt Dip

A Mediterranean-inspired quesadilla gets extra oomph with some dill and mint-spiced yogurt. Thanks Cookie and Kate!

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Herbed Yogurt Biscuits

Greek yogurt makes The Kitchn’s herbed biscuits extra fluffy without making them too butter-loaded.

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Broccoli Pasta Salad

For a healthy, creamy pasta salad, A Beautiful Mess tops spiral noodles and broccoli with Greek yogurt, red wine vinegar, and cheddar cheese.

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Veggie Curry With Cardamom Yogurt

Adding cardamom and brown mustard seed to plain yogurt gives Love and Lemons’ veggie curry an aromatic boost.

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Easy Sourdough Bread

There’s no need to get a sourdough starter to make your own bread. Averie Cooks simply mixes in some sour cream and Greek yogurt for that traditional sourdough taste.

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French Onion Dip With Caramelized Onions & Greek Yogurt

Can’t get enough French onion soup? The Kitchn mixes Greek yogurt with Worcestershire sauce and caramelized onions for an easy-to-make dip.

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Spiced Parsnip Fries With Roasted Garlic Yogurt

Here’s the healthier version of your favorite French fries and garlic aioli. A Cozy Kitchen turns parsnips into the most delectable snack while Greek yogurt becomes a garlicky dip.

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Creamy Miso Chicken Pasta

Here’s your new favorite easy pasta dinner: Steamy Kitchen mixes miso with butter and yogurt to make a creamy pasta sauce.

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