STONYFIELD FARM. I'm sure all of you have heard about this dairy brand. They make great yogurt. Organic, ofcourse. Stonyfield Farm now also makes Oikos Organic Greek yogurt which can be used in a variety of ways while cooking – in baking, as a substitute for sour cream, and mayonnaise, and to create tasty low-fat dishes. Greek yogurt is strained, making it thicker and more versatile in recipes than regular yogurt. Oikos is organic, which means it's made without artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, and it's made from organic milk produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, or artificial growth hormones (rBST). Now, that, in itself, is a winner winner all the way.
So, 3 weeks ago, I received a very friendly mail from Kristina of STONYFIELD FARM. She came across my blog and sent me coupons for Oikos along with a complimentary reusable eco-friendly tote. She requested that I try out the Oikos product and and let all my readers know what I thought about it. So that's what I'm going to do. I was really thrilled when I received her mail, as this is my first ever offer of the kind. Thanks for the opportunity Kristina.
Over the weekend, I made a tea cake and came up with my own recipe for it. I used the fat-free Oikos Greek yogurt in the recipe. I cut down on the quantity of butter as well. Used only half of what is normally required for a cake.The result........I got a very very moist cake and I absolutely was pleased with myself and with Oikos Greek yogurt. I made a moist cake with half the amount of fat. I felt no guilt when I gobbled-up a piece.
Oikos has flavored yogurts too, like blueberry, vanilla and honey. I tried the Vanilla yogurt. The pure vanilla used in it really came through. These will be great for lassi.
Other than the cake recipe,I have other recipes, in my blog, in which you can substitute some ingredients with Oikos yogurt.
To check out more recipes from the Oikos website click here .
THE VERDICT: I absolutely loved OIKOS and I'm sure I'll come up with many other ways to use this product. So, for me, Oikos will be a staple in my household. I love that it's zero fat and organic and can help me come up with more low fat recipes.
So, if any of you want are thinking twice about trying this product, just go right ahead. It's worth it. It's available in the diary section of most grocery stores.
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup Oikos Greek yogurt( substitute with sour cream)
- 3/4 cup of apple sauce
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs
- 2-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 C)
- Grease and flour 2 loaf pans
- Sift the baking powder and flour together and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add eggs, beating well after each addition.
- Add the flour mixture and beat until everything is well incorporated.
- Add the vanilla and mix well.
- Now add the Oikos and apple sauce and mix.
- Pour the mixture into the 2 greased and floured loaf pans.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes.