Friday, March 30, 2012

Cinnamon Toast Greek Yogurt Dip

Tell me what your favorite cereal is.  I mean your favorite ever.  But I’m talking about the one that you lived on as a kid.  Or the one that your mom wouldn’t buy because it had too much sugar.  Or the one that you won’t buy as an adult because you have no self-control and you would eat the whole box in one sitting.  Oh, just I do that?

I should really get some self-control.

Because here’s mine:

I bet you hadn’t guessed it.  I (again!) fell victim to Target and the strategic way they place their goods.  They just knew that I was going to walk right by the display of cereal.  And they just knew that I had been dreaming up a dip that dreams of tasting like my favorite cereal.  They just knew that I never buy cereal.

They knew all of that.  So what did I do?  I bought a box anyway, because, well, I really needed to make this dip.  Remember when I dreamed up this one?  Right.  You just don’t ignore dreams like this.  Right?!?

Paul and I were at my mom and dad’s house one weekend where there is always a plethora of cereal.  And I literally woke up thinking about how I could make a dip that tasted like cinnamon toast crunch.

And here it is.  A dip that is, surprisingly, healthy.  Thank you, Oikos.  A dip that will give the fruit at any baby shower, bridal shower, Bunko night or picnic a cinnamon-y sweet twist.  A dip that tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, my friends!

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Cinnamon Toast Greek Yogurt Dip

Yield: 1-1/2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Healthy, creamy fruit dip made with Greek yogurt that hopes to emulate the flavors of Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Ingredients:

1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (I used fat-free)
2 Tbs. 1/3-less fat cream cheese
3 Tbs. powdered sugar
2 Tbs. light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Mix yogurt and cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Stir in powdered sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and mix until well-blended.

Transfer to a serving bowl and chill for at least one hour.

When ready to serve, garnish with cereal on top, if desired. Serve with fruit, graham crackers, marshmallows, etc.

Cassie's Notes:
I made this twice: once with some cereal stirred in and once without. I liked without much better as the cereal got very soggy the longer it sat. If you served this, and planned for it to be eaten quickly, I would recommend stirring in some cereal, the added crunch was good while it lasted!

 

49 Responses to “Cinnamon Toast Greek Yogurt Dip”

  1. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — March 30, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    Awesome. I’m not a big cereal eating fan (although I used to love Golden Grahams). But this is my kids favorite cereal, hands down. LOVE THIS!!!

  2. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 30, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    cinnamon toast crunch’s #1 fan here. you can guess how much i’m drooling over this healthy dip Cassie!

  3. #

    Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my favorite! I need to make this ASAP!

  4. #
    Courtney — March 30, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    Ooh my hubby would love this!! :) Me too ;-)

  5. #
    Cookbook Queen — March 30, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    You have the best ideas EVER!!!!!

  6. #
    ErinCroutons — March 30, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    HOW did you come up with this. This will be perfect for our beach trip this weekend! I’m packin’ it up and takin’ it with me!

  7. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — March 30, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    CTC was my brother’s, I was all about Lucky Charms (still am). When I’m traveling for work if the hotel breakfast has that in it’s cereal rotation, it inevitably ends up in my bowl.
    This is an awesome idea!

  8. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — March 30, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Yum!! Alpha Bits were my favorite. Did you ever see those? They were little alphabet-shaped cereal pieces, and there was a marshmallow variety too. So yummy!

    This dip looks faaabulous. Maybe almost just as good as eating the cereal straight out of the box. ;)

  9. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 30, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Love those cinnamon crunchy bites….they are great to eat with smoothies too.

  10. #
    Liz — March 30, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    I felt so deprived…my parents never bought us any presweetened cereals till my 3rd sister was born. I was a huge fan of Life…and it would be wonderful dipped in this :)

  11. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 30, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    wow this is amazing!! cinnamon toast crunch is one of my all time childhood favorites and the fact that you used greek yogurt to make it taste like cinnamon toast is so smart and creative!! healthy and sweet at the same time is a great combination!

  12. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — March 30, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    I love cinnamon toast crunch! This is awesome!!!!! :D

  13. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 30, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Oh momma! This would be hard to use self-control around.

  14. #
    Katherine Martinelli — March 30, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Cinnamon toast crunch was totally my favorite cereal in middle school! I love this creative yogurt dip. What great flavors.

  15. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 30, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    C.T. Crunch is one of my fave cereals ever. This dip is perfect!

  16. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — March 30, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    oh yum! this sounds awesome. now, if you can come up with a creative use of my favorite cereal, lucky charms, i’ll love you forever!

  17. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 30, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    My absolute favorite cereal when I was growing up was honey nut cheerios. That stuff tasted good with milk and also by itself as I would take a handful of it in a ziploc baggie to school.

    This yogurt dip looks great. Maybe I’ll try something similar with my favorite cereal :)

  18. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — March 30, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    I loved me some CTC, but I also had a major love for Golden Grahams. But I had the mom who would always buy that nasty cereal, so kids loved to stay the night at my house to get all hopped up on Cookie Crisp in the morning :)

  19. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 30, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Seriously genius!!!

  20. #
    Bev Weidner — March 30, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    COCOA PEBBLES. COCOOOOAAAAAA PEEEBBBBLLLEESSS.

  21. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — March 30, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    I had cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast. LOL I looked at the shreddies and raisin bran next to the box but CTC won out! This looks delicious cassie!

  22. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — March 30, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    Reese’s Puffs, duh! It’s only like the BESTEST cereal ever!! This sounds fabulous!

  23. #
    Tina@flourtrader — March 30, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    I do love cinnamon and this dip looks delicious. I am thinking of all the things that you can dip in there, cinnamon does compliment a lot of food! Have a great weekend!

  24. #
    Reeni — March 30, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    This looks insanely delicious and is the perfect dip for apples! They were made for each other!

  25. #
    Chels R — March 30, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    This looks Yuuumy!

  26. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — March 30, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    Cereal is addicting is it not? Cinnamon Toast Crunch was definitely one of my faves…as was Fruity Pebbles…but the cereal that I was hooked on for YEARS was Oh’s…you know, with the clusters on the inside of the Oh’s…I’d eat it until the inside of my mouth was raw. All of this to say, your Greek yogurt dip looks fantastic. I’d love to shmear it all over toast like five times a day. Nice!

  27. #
    Suzi — March 30, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    This really looks delicious and healthy, I am saving the recipe, my 3 year old granddaughter is coming next week and this will be prfect for her to eat with apples. Very nice.

  28. #
    sarah — March 30, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    L O V E! I bet this tasted so, so gooood!

  29. #
    trisha — March 30, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    anything using cinnamon toast is a WINNER!

  30. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — March 30, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    what a great idea!

  31. #
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom — March 31, 2012 @ 12:36 am

    OH MY GOODNESS!! I need this!! Cassie you are so creative! Stunning recipe!! xx

  32. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — March 31, 2012 @ 2:56 am

    I actually never had this cereal until maybe a month ago. I won a giveaway of this cereal on someone’s blog and whole family had a chance to taste it. IT WAS DELICIOUS! I “had to” call it vacation cereal in front of the kids, so I can’t really eat it unless I hide it somewhere…. but it was yummy! This yogurt dip must be delicious with the cereal on top. I can imagine the taste!

  33. #
    Anna @ the shady pine — March 31, 2012 @ 4:02 am

    I have never been a cereal eater even as a kid. I’m not sure why but it just never appealed to me. I ave to say that this dip sounds utterly delicious!

  34. #
    Kathryn — March 31, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    You’re so amazingly clever! Love this idea!

  35. #
    Dee at Deelicious Sweets — March 31, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    What a great dream to reality recipe! My favorite cereal is Golden Grahams. I feel like Golden Grahams is a competitor to Cinnamon Toast Crunch. There’s the Golden Grahams fan and the Cinnamon Toast Crunch fan. Imagine my disappointment when my own son chose the Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Oh yes, we did have a cereal contest to see which was the best. I’m still a Golden Graham girl. :)

  36. #
    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — March 31, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    I think I was the only strange kid who didn’t like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. But I’m loving all the ingredients in this dip (especially the Greek yogurt) and I can’t wait to try it! :)

  37. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — March 31, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    Did you ever try the Peanut Butter Toast Crunch that was out for a short time? It was my favorite cereal ever! I also love the Cinnamon Toast variety and I’m sure I would inhale this dip!

  38. #
    Baking Serendipity — March 31, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    I fall victim to Target more than I should even admit too :) Love this cereal and this dip!

  39. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 31, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    I loveeee cinnamon toast crunch too! This dip looks amazing!!

  40. #
    Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — April 1, 2012 @ 6:08 am

    What a nifty dip! I can almost taste it. :)

  41. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 1, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    I could eat this entire bowl with just a spoon in one sitting! What a fabulous recipe! :)

  42. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 1, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    Wait a freakin’ tick… o.O

    You went there… THERE!!

    *thunk, drop, dead*

  43. #
    Anna — April 1, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    Mmmmmmm. I’m not a fan of cereal, except basic things like Cornflakes and Shreddies because mornings and stomaches…eugh. But this dip I could totally get behind. With the apple slices? Perfect!

  44. #
    Erin — April 5, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    Yes! I am totally in love with this.

  45. #
    Lauren — April 5, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    I could eat this with a spoon. YUM.

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