Spring has finally sprung here in the midwest and, after surviving nearly two feet of new snow last week, the sun is out and I just went for a run in shorts and a tee shirt. My gratitude for the warm weather knows no bounds after this doozy of a winter! In addition to warmer temps, one of my favorite things about this time of year is that spring means berry season. My kids, who would probably live on berries if I let them, are especially excited about the rapidly increasing abundance of fresh fruit. While we typically just eat berries plain (by the handful or pint!), sometimes I love to serve them with this Creamy Vanilla Fruit Dip. It’s a simple recipe, perfect for parties and really makes your average berry feel like a special dessert.
I think my favorite thing about our Creamy Vanilla Fruit Dip is just how easy it is to make. It requires only a few simple ingredients, a mixer, and less than 5 minutes of your time. Simply plop a softened block of cream cheese and six ounces of greek yogurt into the bowl of a mixer. Add a generous tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and whip it up until smooth and slightly fluffy. This is a thick, creamy dip so if you want it a little thinner, try adding a small splash of almond milk.
A quick note about vanilla bean paste. It is definitely one of those ingredients that can be a bit of a kitchen investment. I love and use Nielsen-Massey (affiliate links) but here is another option available on Amazon for less! That being said, a little bit goes a long way and it adds the best vanilla flavor and those gorgeous flecks of bean that I love. I use it in this dip, homemade ice cream, and lots of baked goods! That all being said, you can absolutely make this dip with vanilla extract (1:1 substitution) and it will taste great! You will lose the beautiful bean flecks and may get a minor yellowish tint, but it will still be delicious.
It’s absolutely delicious with fresh fruits but also works well as a dip for graham or animal crackers for the kids in your life. I actually love to spread the dip on graham crackers and top them with fresh berries for a quick and easy treat that tastes just like cheesecake, minus about a thousand calories!
Creamy Vanilla Fruit Dip
A simple, creamy fruit dip made with cream cheese, greek yogurt, and a hint of vanilla bean.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (I recommend either full fat or low fat; avoid non-fat)
- 6 ounces plain greek yogurt
- 1.5 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Combine all of the ingredients in a stand mixer and beat on medium until light and fluffy.
Serve immediately or refrigerate (covered) for up to 3 days.