Yogurt is a great alternative to mayonnaise, cream, butter, oil and even cheese. Don't believe us? Try these recipes …

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This is no ordinary cheesecake ... but it's just as good, if not better

Summer means one thing – it's time to lighten up. And from guacamole to chocolate truffles, yogurt is our new best friend.

 

Pancakes

Greek yogurt makes these pancakes extra thick and surprisingly fluffy, so there's no need for butter in the mix.

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Greek yogurt egg salad sandwich

Mix mayonnaise with yogurt in your usual sarnie for a lighter bite that almost tastes too good to be true.

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Lemon tart ...

… with no cream and a tempting almond and rosemary crust, this is the ultimate summer dessert.

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The best naan ever?

Soft, fluffy, deliciously chewy ... these homemade naan breads are just as good as the ones at your local takeaway, and it's all thanks to the yogurt in there. This recipe comes with step-by-step pictures so go on, give them a go.

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How'd you like them waffles?

Crisp on the outside. Fluffy on the inside and perfectly sweet. You'll need a waffle iron for this but if you've got the kitchen space, it's worth investing in one.

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Banana chocolate chip cookies

Chewy, crunchy, everything a cookie should be quite frankly ... and completely butter free! 

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Greek yogurt fruit tart

Hey there, good looking! If this isn't sunshine on a plate then we don't know what is.

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Yogurt cheese

As light as cottage cheese but with a much, much better texture. And seriously, you can make your own cheese – it's super simple and practically makes itself.

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Greek yogurt granola bars

Don't waste your money on those expensive, 'natural' energy bars. Rustle up a batch of these instead (with your very own moreish yogurt coating) and you'll be skipping your way to work.

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Greek yogurt soufflé

The lightest, fluffiest, airiest dessert there ever was ...

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Cheesecake

We actually prefer this yogurt creation to the original New Yorker version.

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Ice-cream

Yes, we've all heard of fro-yo, but this one looks so pretty. And it only takes five minutes of your time before you bung it in the freezer.

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Yogurt chocolate brownies

Much lighter than the original with no post-consumption sugar rush ... it's the yogurt and pumpkin puree that do all the work here.

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Yogurt mint dipping sauce

Tangy, refreshing and just the thing with fresh pea fritters or poached salmon.

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Guacamole

With a healthy secret ingredient ... (you can probably guess what!).

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Chicken pasta salad

With a tangy soured cream and yogurt dressing, tasty pine nuts and sprinkling of parmesan ... delish.

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Chocolate mousse

Rich, smooth and only a handful of ingredients required, this is a recipe to keep for any need-to-impress emergency.

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Guilt-free chocolate truffles

Chocolate, yogurt and almond butter ... and bam, you've made your own truffles.

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Creamy yogurt and spinach dip

Lighter than hummus and full marks for presentation!

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What have you been 'lightening-up' with yogurt recently? Let us know in the comments box below or tweet us @Homemade ...