Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting

A creamy, thick, protein-packed frosting to use on top of all your favorite healthy (or not-so-healthy) treats.

Skinny Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting at

Good morning! How was your Labor Day? I spent the weekend in Chicago with my friend Marie and her sisters, celebrating her sister Kathleen’s bachelorette party. We ate cupcakes, deep dish pizza, sushi, tapas, Garrett’s famous caramel corn, apple pie, cinnamon rolls, and more. Let’s just say I think I’ll be full for the next few days…

I’m back home and it is back to reality!

I made this healthier frosting last week when I had an abundance of Greek yogurt in my refrigerator that I wanted to eat up before leaving for vacation. I spread the frosting onto a batch of Skinny Double Chocolate Chip Muffins. I love these chocolate muffins because they taste like dessert.Β Made from egg whites, yogurt, whole wheat flour, applesauce, cocoa powder, honey, and not much else.

I usually have a bunch of these skinny chocolate muffins in my freezer. I make a batch, eat what I can, and freeze the rest. They’re good for up to 3 months.Β A quick nuke in the microwave and you have yourself a melty chocolate muffin with half the guilt. By the way, when I say “muffin” I really mean cupcakes. These lightened up chocolate muffins are really just cupcakes without frosting.

Skinny Chocolate Cupcakes - no butter, no oil, and made with yogurt. Ready to be frosted!

Skinny Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting at

Let’s talk about this creamy dreamy frosting. It’s made from protein-packed Greek yogurt, peanut butter, a touch of maple syrup for sweetness, vanilla extract, and a bit of cream cheese. For my batch, I used 0% plain Chobani and reduced fat cream cheese.

Substitutions?Β You could use vanilla Greek yogurt (nonfat or low fat) or even honey flavored. As for sweetening the frosting? Honey, agave, stevia, sugar or whatever sweetener you prefer can be used instead of maple syrup. Almond butter, honey-roasted peanut butter, cookie butter, or even Nutella would be fabulous substitutions for regular peanut butter as well.

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My Greek yogurt frosting certainly doesn’t taste like buttercream. If you can make a healthy frosting taste like real buttercream, you’re my new best friend!!

Some other ideas for the frosting:

1) Use it as a protein-packed dip. Dip apples, bananas, pretzels, apple chips, graham crackers, celery, carrots, pita chips, and more. It makes a healthy after school/mid-workday snack.

2) Frost it onto treats like these healthy banana muffins, peanut butter oatmeal bars, breakfast cookies, toasted homemade honey-oat bread, healthy pumpkin bars, or sugar-free chocolate bars.

3) Eat it with a spoon.

Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting - creamy, thick, healthy, protein-packed

Look how thick it is!

Skinny Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting at

So now you know what I’ll be eating this week as I recover from a weekend full of treats. Detoxing with frosting.


Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Category: Frosting
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


A creamy, thick, protein-packed frosting to use on top of all your favorite healthy (or not-so-healthy) treats.


  • 8 oz Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla, nonfat or low fat)*
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cream cheese (low fat or full fat)
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (see above for substitutions)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 1 batch Skinny Double Chocolate Chip Muffins


  1. Add Greek yogurt and peanut butter to a medium bowl. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute until combined. Add the cream cheese and maple syrup, beat for 2 minutes until combined and creamy. Add the vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Taste the frosting and add more maple syrup if desired.
  2. Use as a frosting, dip, or enjoy it plain. Cover frosting tightly and store for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.


  1. Yogurt: Make sure the Greek yogurt you are using is very, very thick– otherwise your frosting will be thin. I like Chobani and Fage brands (not sponsored).

Keywords: peanut butter greek yogurt frosting


  1. Wow, I was trying to come up with a greek yogurt frosting recipe in my mind just this weekend! This looks awesome! I love the idea of using it for other things too. I think I would mostly end up using it for my spoon. πŸ˜‰ Glad you had such a fun weekend!

  2. I am totally not a frosting person because I usually find it way too sweet, but I think I would love this healthier version! A little bit of tang from the greek yogurt- yes. Perfect for spreading on absolutely anything.

  3. Sounds like such a fun weekend! I have to say, I am pretty jealous!! You and your girlfriends sound like so much fun!

    Now this frosting, wow! Such a genius creation! I would have never thought to use greek yogurt for a frosting! Amazed and I too always use Chobani 0% plain. I love the stuff! Can’t wait to give this a try!

    1. I AM IN LOVE with Chobani 0%. Tieghan, I eat it on and with everything. And it was such a great weekend. Back to reality this week πŸ™ πŸ™

      Hope you had a great long weekend!

  4. Amazing idea–this frosting looks so creamy and decadent, at first glance, you would never know that its made with Greek yogurt. I’ve used sour cream in a frosting and I wonder if this has a similar tangy-ness? I know I would love this!! πŸ™‚

    1. Though I’ve never tried sour cream in frosting before, I would think it would have the same tangy taste. But the peanut butter masks most of the tang here.

  5. I never would’ve thought to use Greek yoghurt in frosting! What a great idea Sally! Looks delicious (mmm, if it’s yoghurt I could eat it for breakfast, right?). Glad that you had a fantastic time away in Chicago. Ah, a bachelorette party… did it make you excited for your own wedding? πŸ™‚ Also, I love your new blog makeover. It’s been a little while since I visited so I’m not sure when it went live, but it’s a gorgeous template to show off your beautiful food photos! xx

  6. I don’t know how you do it, but you always make me want to eat food with skinny in the title! Haha! Usually I’m all, nah, calories are delicious!

    This looks SO good, especially with those muffins!

    1. Haha! Well Karly, I think you’d love this. I know you always like the real thing, so it’s a compliment that I persuade with the skinnier stuff!!

  7. I tried these muffins the other day and thought they wouldn’t get any better, because wow, they were ever so amazing! But this frosting would take tham over the top, it looks delish and I love that you used greek yogurt, which is like my favourite ingredient ever. Pinning this so I can make it soon!
    P.S: glad to see you had a lovely weekend, it sounded so fun! πŸ˜€

  8. Okay, so I’ve been wanting to make Greek yogurt frosting foreeeevvvveerrr, but I was always sure I could never get it to be the right consistency, and that it would end up thin and watery. I am SO GLAD you proved me wrong, and over-the-top obsessed with this frosting. You better believe the next time I make cupcakes, this stuff is going on top. Well, if it even makes it that far. πŸ˜‰ Well done, my friend!

    1. This stuff is thick, creamy, and anything but watery. πŸ™‚ Thanks for tweeting about it Ari! And I know you’re going to looove it.

  9. I better not make this… I will be putting it on absolutely EVERYTHING!!!! Love the pb in it as well as the cream cheese. What a great combo!

  10. Back to reality is always tough, but sounds like you had a great weekend! I’d love to visit Chicago sometime πŸ™‚ Love the use of Greek yogurt in this frosting!

  11. Welcome back to reality, Sally! πŸ™‚ This frosting looks absolutely incredible. A total game changer as far as frostings go! I LOVE inventive takes on it without butter. Great recipe, I’ll be trying it for sure!

  12. I’ve been trying out different ways to use yogurt in place of butter in frosting. This looks incredible! Definitely will have to try your variation!

  13. This sounds absolutely amazing!! I am not a fan of buttercream frosting, especially the store-bought king (I find it too fat and sweet for my taste), and I love the idea that it can be used as a dip!! Sounds delicious with apples, can’t wait to try this! πŸ™‚

      1. Eeeek store bought frosting is SO sweet. I used ot love it when I was little, but not so much anymore. Oh this stuff is SO good with apples, Sonia!

  14. I am SO glad you had a great time in Chicago – it seems like you hit (and ate!) all of the highlights! πŸ™‚ And I’m loving this idea for frosting. Healthy but still super tasty with the PB and maple syrup – I am totally going to give it a try the next time I make cupcakes!

    1. Becky, you’re so sweet. It was so much fun. I love Chicago, it’s so beautiful and there is just SO much to do. You have to try this frosting! xo

  15. Always looking for new ways to lighten up my baking – this frosting looks so tasty! I’m not even a fan of peanut butter… but peanut butter frosting? I’m totally there.

  16. Detoxing with frosting sounds like the best idea ever. πŸ™‚ So does greek yogurt in frosting. I’m very interested in how this tastes, plus all the variations you listed. Can’t wait to try it!

  17. I don’t feel too bad that you are back to reality if this is what reality brings :p Love the addition of greek yogurt to the frosting!

  18. Love the pic of you with your friend! And I’ve missed all your IG posts. Too busy packing to look up! But I used to live downtown Chicago years ago and oh, the fun we would have had in that city together! πŸ™‚

    Love this frosting/dip/spread. Anything with PB is going to be good, and then with the creamy Greek yog, a little cream cheese and maple, mmmm, good stuff! Thanks for the reminder about those muffins, too! You make the best little muffins! Healthy or not, they look incredible! And a perfect size for a snack! Not jumbo, which is nice and all, but you know:)

    1. Oh my goodness. Packing is probably taking over your life right now! Thinking of you. And you would love this frosting/dip/whatever Averie!

  19. Glad you had fun in Chicago! I love it there!

    What a great idea to use greek yogurt in icing! I’m going to have to try it. And I love your grey plate in the first picture! I totally almost bought that at Anthropologie this weekend but got a couple others instead. πŸ™‚

  20. Detoxing with frosting! Sounds like a dream! Fantastic post as always, can’t wait to give this a try πŸ™‚ x

  21. Looks like you had a blast in Chicago! (I’ve never been.) You’re pretty creative with this greek yogurt…and pb. (=

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