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Yiaourtoglyko (Greek Yoghurt Dessert)

Yiaourtoglyko also written giaourtoglyko (pronounced yia-our-TO-glee-ko) is a compound word from two words “yiaourti”, which means yoghurt and “glyko” which means sweet (or dessert).  It is a light dessert made with fruit preserves or compote.

yiaourtoglyko with compote image


Above picture served with Peach Compote.

If you want to make it even much lighter and healthier, you can change the ratio of yoghurt to heavy cream 2:1 and add yoghurt with 2% fat.  You can also substitute the heavy cream with vegetable whipping cream.  As vegetable cream is sweeter than heavy cream you can skip the icing sugar.

yiaourtoglyko with compote

This is one of the easiest desserts you can make in less than fifteen minutes and it is very delicious.  All you need to do is whip the heavy cream and combine it with Greek yoghurt and mix in other ingredients, such as compote or “glyka tou koutaliou” which are called “spoon sweets” or Greek fruit preserves.


Above picture served with Caramelized Apricots.

Yiaourtoglyko from a cooking class image

Yiaourtoglyko from a cooking class


Yiaourtoglyko from a cooking class

Yiaourtoglyko from a cooking class

See also a different approach to this dessert, Yiaourtoglyko me Portokali (Greek Yoghourt  with Orange Preserve) which I made with glyka tou koutaliou.

giaourtoglyko with compote and biscuit

Yiaourtoglyko with tinned tutti frutti or other compote

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Serves:  10


  • 750 ml of Greek full fat strained yoghurt
  • 750 ml of heavy cream*
  • 1 cup of sugar or Greek honey (or adjust according to your taste)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 can (500 gr.) of drained tutti frutti (assortment of fruit in syrup or any other fruit compote you like) or homemade compote
  • 8 biscuits or cookies of your choice (I used digestive)
  • Cinnamon or cocoa powder, to sprinkle on top (optional)


  1. Whip the cream  until soft peaks are formed.  Add vanilla and mix.  Add sugar or honey and mix.
  2. Combine yoghurt with whipped cream.
  3. Drain the fruit.  Add the fruit and mix in with a spoon.
  4. Cover with cling film and refrigerate until ready  to serve.
  5. Crumble some biscuit in a bowl or glass and alternate adding some yiaourtoglyko and biscuit.

If you are on a diet, skip the heavy cream and add more yoghurt with 2% fat and combine it with fresh fruit.  You can eat it for breakfast, as a snack or for a light dinner.  My favourite combination is with juicy pears and peaches which are juicy and make it sweet and delicious without the extra calories.

Diet Yiaourtoglyko with Fresh Fruit and Honey 

Serves:  4 – 5


  • 500 ml of Greek strained yoghurt 2% fat
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of Greek honey (taste and add more if you want it sweeter)
  • 2 pears
  • 2 peaches
  • 2 apricots
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • A pinch of cinnamon


  • Put the yoghurt in a bowl, add the fruit and remaining ingredients and mix.
  • Sprinkle with some cinnamon on top.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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1 Response

  1. George

    It was a very nice light dessert.