2–4 tablespoons of sweetener, preferably maple syrup, but sugar, agave, or honey will also work
1 (0.8) oz package of RUVI (see notes)
In a medium-size bowl, mix yogurt, sweetener, and RUVI.
Pour mixture into reusable or disposable pouches or molds (I do about ¼ – ⅓ cup in the disposable pouches, which makes 7-8 tubes). Freeze until firm, about 6 hours.
Yogurt tubes are best when eaten frozen, but they can be stored in the fridge and be eaten cold as well.
From my experience, young toddlers are happy with the yogurt unsweetened or with only 2 tablespoons. Kids (or adults) that are used to Gogurts and other store-bought yogurt tubes prefer them sweetened with 3-4 tablespoons of sweetener.
RUVI is a powdered form of freeze dried fruit and vegetables. They come in 4 different flavors. Our favorites are Orange (tastes like banana mango) and Purple (tastes like blueberry grape). See more details about RUVI in the blog post.
Plain yogurt (vs greek) isn’t as thick, which makes it much easier to pour into the tubes. I prefer to use my homemade Instant Pot yogurt. When I make yogurt, I only strain it for about an hour so it’s about the thickness of plain yogurt.
My favorite way to get the yogurt into tubes is to use a funnel. I scoop about ¼ – ⅓ cup of yogurt into the funnel, then tap the funnel to help the yogurt fall into the tube. This makes it a pretty clean, easy job.