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Drizzle This Sweet Yogurt Sauce on Pancakes, Waffles, and More

A sweet and easy way to dress up your favorite breakfasts and desserts.
By Published July 21, 2022

You’ve probably had Tzatziki Sauce or a Yogurt-Herb Sauce as a cooling accompaniment to vegetables, kebabs, and seafood. These yogurt sauces add a refreshing acidity and pleasant bite that complement herbs and warming spices.

But yogurt sauces dont always have to be savory.

A sweet yogurt sauce can replace ice cream, butter, and other rich dairy products in your favorite breakfasts, breads, and desserts. This three-ingredient alternative requires zero prep and is ready to use as soon as you stir it together. (You can even make it ahead of time for a zingy sauce to go with fruit platters and charcuterie boards.)

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It’s not too sweet, making it the perfect addition to foods needing just a bit more flavor. Plus, you probably have these ingredients in your pantry. (And if you have a plant-based yogurt kicking around in your fridge, this recipe works with that too.) 

Heres how to make it:

Sweet Yogurt Sauce

Makes about 1½ cups | Total Time: 5 minutes

  • 1¼ cups plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Whisk yogurt, sugar, and vanilla together in small bowl. Serve.

Thats it—just stir and serve. Your imagination is the limit, but here are some of our favorite ways to use this sweet yogurt sauce.

1. Drizzle it on waffles, pancakes, and oatmeal.

If you’re looking for something to add a cooling freshness to offset the richness of your favorite breakfast breads, this sauce is it. 

Or, instead of cream and butter in your oatmeal, drizzle on a little sweet yogurt sauce for a pleasant tartness. With a few berries or sliced stone fruit on top, it may become your new go-to breakfast.

2. Pour it over cake.

Buttercreams and other icings are delicious, but maybe you’re looking for something with a little more tang to elevate your dessert. Why not dollop a few spoonfuls of this yogurt sauce on your cake instead? This Olive Oil–Yogurt Cake features a tangier lemon version of the sweet yogurt sauce.

3. Turn it into a deconstructed parfait.

Add seasonal fruit, nuts, and granola on top of (or underneath) this tasty sauce for an easy snack that’s perfect for dessert any time of day. No need to drizzle with honey; the yogurt sauce is already sweet (but not too sweet).

Bonus: It also makes a great dip.