35+ Greek Yogurt Toppings and Breakfast Bowl Ideas
Yogurt can feel boring or bland if you don’t mix it up with delicious yogurt toppings. But once you know how to build a tasty yogurt bowl, it will become your go-to high protein snack.
Not all brands of Greek yogurt have the same taste or texture, so make sure to experiment with different brands to find your favorite. While I often opt for the store brand, Fage is my favorite brand name Greek yogurt because of it’s creamy taste and silky texture.
The Benefits of Greek Yogurt
One of the reasons I love Greek yogurt is because it’s high in protein — it has about 15 grams per serving! It’s relatively low in calories (about 90-100 per serving), low in carbs (about 5 grams per serving), and low in fat. The amount of fat can vary depending on the type of yogurt you choose, but I typically get 0% milkfat. Even better, plain Greek yogurt only has about 5 grams of sugar compared to the 15+ grams regular yogurt typically has.
Greek yogurt is also rich in probiotics and calcium. I like to mix protein powder into my yogurt bowl for a post workout snack, or top it with berries for a mid-morning pick me up.
If you’re still on the “yogurt is boring, but healthy” train, try some of these yogurt topping ideas and see if they change your mind!
How to Make Greek Yogurt Bowls
It’s as easy as one, two, three, literally.
- Add a serving of yogurt to your bowl. I usually measure out half a cup to a cup.
- Choose your toppings. Arrange them on top of the yogurt.
- Eat up!
While making the bowl itself may be easy, knowing how to keep your yogurt toppings fresh may not be as intuitive. Here are a few ways I like to keep it interesting:
- Cook your fruit. Sometimes a warm topping is just what’s needed. I like to saute apples or peaches with spices. Pro tip: You can freeze apples if they’re about to go bad and make a compote-like topping later.
- Make a sauce. To create a low sugar sauce, simmer berries with a few spoonfuls of water until they become soft. Add in lemon or orange zest for extra flavor.
- Freeze your fruit. Cold fruit on a summer’s day is always refreshing. Depending on the texture fruit, you can either thaw slightly or top your yogurt with fruit straight from the freezer. Plus, it’s a good way to keep from wasting food. I throw my fresh berries in the freezer right before they’re about to go bad. My favorite yogurt topping is frozen cherries!
- Add more protein. For a high-protein (and delicious) snack, I like to mix one scoop of protein powder into my yogurt. If you don’t use protein powder, you can add a spoonful of cocoa powder for a chocolatey boost.
- Limit dried fruit and added sugar. Dried fruit and toppings like granola can be high in sugar. Use in moderation if you’re trying to limit your sugar intake.
Yogurt Topping Ideas
Keep it simple with one to two yogurt toppings, or get fancy and choose from each category! You can drizzle sweetener on top, but it’s not always necessary if you pick naturally sweet fruit.
- Strawberries (1/4 cup): 12 calories, 0.3 grams protein, 2.9 grams carbs, 0.1 grams fat
- Banana slices (1/2 banana): 53 calories, 0.6 grams protein, 13.5 grams carbs, 0.2 grams fat
- Blueberries (1/4 cup): 21 calories, 0.3 grams protein, 5.4 grams protein, 0.1 grams fat
- Figs (1 small fig): 30 calories, 0.3 grams protein, 7.7 grams carbs, 0.1 grams fat
- Peach slices (1/2 peach): 29 calories, 0.7 grams protein, 7.2 grams carbs, 0.2 grams fat
- Medjool dates (3 dates): 199 calories, 1.3 grams protein, 54 grams carbs, 0.1 grams fat
- Cherries (10 cherries): 52 calories, 0.9 grams protein, 13.1 grams carbs, 0.2 grams fat
- Pineapple (1/4 cup): 21 calories, 0.2 grams protein, 5.4 grams carbs, 0.0 grams fat
- Mangoes (1/4 cup): 25 calories, 0.3 grams protein, 6.2 grams carbs, 0.2 grams fat
- Raspberries (1/4 cup): 16 calories, 0.4 grams protein, 3.7 grams carbs, 0.2 grams fat
- Kiwi slices (1/2 kiwi): 16 calories, 0.4 grams protein, 3.7 grams carbs, 0.2 grams fat
- Blackberries (1/4 cup): 15 calories, 0.5 grams protein, 3.5 grams carbs, 0.2 grams fat
- Nectarine slices (1/2 nectarine): 31 calories, 0.8 grams protein, 7.5 grams carbs, 0.2 grams fat
- Pomegranate seeds (1/4 cup): 25 calories, 0.5 grams protein, 5.7 grams carbs, 0.4 grams fat
- Goji berries (1/4 cup): 45 calories, 1.8 grams protein, 8.9 grams carbs, 0.2 grams fat
- Apple slices (1/2 apple): 47 calories, 0.2 grams protein, 12.6 grams carbs, 0.2 grams fat
Nuts, Grains, and Seeds
- Sliced almonds (1/4 cup): 170 calories, 6.0 grams protein, 6 grams carbs, 15 grams fat
- Walnut halves (1/4 cup): 163 calories, 3.8 grams protein, 3.4 grams carbs, 16.3 grams fat
- Chopped pecans (1/4 cup): 188 calories, 2.5 grams protein, 3.8 grams carbs, 19.6 grams fat
- Hazelnuts (1/4 cup): 212 calories, 5.0 grams protein, 5.6 grams carbs, 20.5 grams fat
- Granola (1/4 cup): 130 calories, 2.9 grams protein, 16.5 grams carbs, 6.4 grams fat
- Chia seeds (2 Tbsp): 97 calories, 3.3 grams protein, 8.4 grams carbs, 6.1 grams fat
- Flax seeds (2 Tbsp): 75 calories, 2.6 grams protein, 4.0 grams carbs, 5.9 grams fat
- Hemp seeds (2 Tbsp): 111 calories, 6.3 grams protein, 1.7 grams carbs, 9.7 grams fat
- Oats (1/4 cup): 77 calories, 2.7 grams protein, 13.7 grams carbs, 1.3 grams fat
- Almond butter (2 Tbsp): 192 calories, 6.6 grams protein, 5.9 grams carbs, 17.3 grams fat
- Chocolate chips (1/4 cup): 218 calories, 1.9 grams protein, 29.1 grams carbs, 13.6 grams fat
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of cardamom
- Dried coconut, unsweetened (1/4 cup): 132 calories, 1.4 grams protein, 4.7 grams carbs, 12.9 grams fat
- Peanut butter (2 Tbsp): 193 calories, 7.2 grams protein, 7.2 grams carbs, 16.6 grams fat
- Crushed graham cracker (1 cracker): 60 calories, 0.9 grams protein, 10.9 grams carbs, 1.5 grams fat
- Orange or lemon zest
- Puffed rice (1/4 cup): 15 calories, 0.3 grams protein, 3.2 grams carbs, 0.1 grams fat
- Honey (2 Tbsp): 129 calories, 0.1 grams protein, 34.9 grams carbs, 0.0 grams fat
- Jam (2 Tbsp): 111 calories, 0.1 grams protein, 27.5 grams carbs, 0.0 grams fat
- Maple syrup (2 Tbsp): 102 calories, 0.0 grams protein, 26.4 grams carbs, 0.0 grams fat
- Melted chocolate: you can melt chocolate chips (see nutritional information above)
Yogurt Breakfast (or Snack) Bowl Ideas
Now it’s time to put it all together! These are some of my favorite yogurt bowl combinations. Depending on how many toppings you choose, you may want to use more or less than the amount recommended above.
Very Berry: Keep it classic with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, toasted almonds, and a drizzle of honey.
Pina Colada: Transport yourself to an island getaway by topping your yogurt with pineapple chunks and coconut flakes.
Peanut Butter Banana: Reminiscent of a favorite childhood sandwich, add sliced banana, crushed peanuts, and peanut butter drizzle. Pro tip: heat up the peanut butter before drizzling it on for a sauce-like texture.
Chocolate Banana: Mix a scoop of chocolate protein powder or cocoa powder into your yogurt. You may want to add a dash of milk or water to help it mix more easily. Top with sliced bananas and chocolate chunks.
Peach Cobbler: This combo will taste just like a dessert! Saute peach slices with cinnamon and oats for a warm and delicious yogurt bowl.
Tropical: This bowl is sure to refresh you! Add mango chunks, kiwi chunks, and coconut flakes.
Sweet Treat: Dates are a great way to add sweetness to your yogurt bowl. Dice up a date and add sliced figs for a sweet treat.
Apple Cinnamon: A classic, saute apple chunks in cinnamon and add to your bowl!
If you need even more high protein breakfast or snack recipes, here are a few or my favorites:
Greek Yogurt Bowl with 35+ Toppings Ideas
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- Goji berries
Nuts, Grains, and Seeds
- Sliced almonds
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Chocolate chips
- Dried coconut
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Crushed graham cracker
- Orange or lemon zest
- Puffed rice
- Melted chocolate
- Maple syrup
- Add a serving of yogurt to your bowl.
- Top your yogurt with fruit, nuts, and sweeteners of choice.
- Eat up!