When you Hate the Kitchen and Have a Daughter Who Loves to Cook

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When I tell my daughter to start taking out ingredients and bake ware she looks an awful like that emoji with giant star eyes.

It’s sad that a girl who loves cooking so much has a mom who is seriously lacking in that department. But I don’t want to deter her from learning her way around the kitchen if that’s what she loves. I’m trying to be more intentional about spending time with her doing things she enjoys. Before long I may have missed my chance to join in on those opportunities. And maybe some day she’ll look back at these moments as days we grew closer.

I’ve been trying to come up with easy grab and go snacks. You’d be surprised how busy a homeschool schedule can be. Most days we’re rushing from our own studies to tutoring, to piano, or a private lesson for cheer. There’s been more than a time or two that we’ve forgotten a buffer for lunch.

A friend of mine suggested yogurt bark as a fun recipe we could try together and it hit my criteria of 1. Not too complicated… There’s no 2. That’s the only requirement.

We wound up making Texas-style yogurt bark. Meaning everything is bigger in Texas. So it’s thick and chunky like an ice cream bar. We used four containers of Yoplait original yogurt but next time we’ll just use three to make it more of a thin bark.

Yogurt Bark Recipe



Three cups (or single serving containers) of Yoplait Original Vanilla Yogurt
Your preference of fruit (sliced bananas, kiwi, or in our case strawberries and blueberries)
1-2 Cups of granola (optional)


    • Step 1: Line a 13×9 in cake pan with parchment paper.
    • Step 2: Pour the yogurt inside, spread thinly just across the bottom of the pan. It’s ok if you can see through it a little. It doesn’t need to be super thick.
    • Step 3: Add desired amount of sliced fruit and granola.
  • Step 4: Freeze for 4-5 hours
  • Step 5: Pop out the snack by pulling up the parchment paper. Slice and enjoy! Keep the leftovers in the freezer.


If they come out thick like ours you can make the slices smaller, add toothpicks or popsicle sticks for mini frozen yogurt fruit pops on a warm afternoon.

Though I supervised and encouraged her, I let my daughter pretty much make these entirely by herself. I asked her how much yogurt was in one Yoplait container and she figure out how she could do that without wasting the food. Science and cooking, win win!

Seeing how capable she is and how much she loves creating in the kitchen I’m thinking I’ll help her pick out some more simple recipes and put her to work have some fun together.

Think you’ll give these a try? Let us know how they turn out!

This post today is sponsored by Yoplait. The story, and opinions are my own.

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One Comment

  1. My boys would love this for sure, Jennifer! 🙂 They love yoghurt as much as I do. we’ll definitely give this a try and see how it turns out. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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