Easy Homemade Petit Suisse Recipe – Without Sugar
Excited to share with you a super easy homemade petit suisse recipe! This is super easy to make at home as a healthy petit suisse strawberry substitute for the store-bought ones.
We call it mama suisse at home because my husband came up with the idea since it’s made by mama.:)
I started making it in February and made it several times now with different flavors because my boys are crazy about it.
Petit suisse is one of the common desserts sold here in Spain. It’s made of fresh cheese with fruit flavor (strawberry is the most common) and it’s of French origin.
This homemade petit suisse recipe is based on the recipe of Fit Happy Sisters (Spanish bloggers/vloggers). Their recipe is the easiest to follow among all the videos I watched before I finally made it for the first time.
I made my own version of it by using our own raw honey instead of sugar, and homemade yogurt instead of cream cheese.
Super Easy Homemade Petit Suisse Recipe
- 300 gr fresh, clean strawberries
- 70 gr honey
- 50 ml water
- 2 gelatin sheets
- 200 gr yogurt
- 200 ml whole milk
Step-by-step Instructional Video From Fit Happy Sisters
The video is in Spanish though. But it’s still easy to follow even if you don’t speak the language.
Lessons And Notes From Making Homemade Petit Suisse
- You can use frozen strawberries (and other fruits), too.
- You can make it with different flavors. I already tried making it with mango, banana, and orange.
- If you try it with orange, just make half of the recipe so it will be consumed within 2 days. The ones I made got a bitter taste after 2 days, so the kids didn’t eat them anymore. thankfully, only one jar was thrown away.
- Cream cheese can be used instead of yogurt (the original recipe used cream cheese).
- You can use other type of milk. But I always use whole milk.
- The original recipe used 20 gr. of sugar to be mixed with the puree, and another 50-70 gr. to be mixed with the yogurt and milk mixture. I only used a total of 70 gr. honey because I don’t want it to be very sweet. But I decided to mix all the honey in the puree mixture, so I only have to do it in one go. And this is good especially if the honey is crystallized (solid). It’s very difficult to mix crystallized honey into the yogurt and milk mixture.
- Transfer them to individual small jars (about 125 gr. capacity) for easy serving. Save small jars of tuna, olives, etc. so you don’t have to buy anymore. I saved several small jars from before for this purpose. And finally, I am able to use them now.
- You can put strawberries (or other fruits) on top before putting them in the refrigerator. The original video was doing it, but I don’t.
- There are also times when it amounts to 8 servings, depending on how full the individual containers are.
What Is Petit Suisse?
Petit suisse is a fresh cheese, an unripened, unsalted, smooth, and creamy cheese with a texture closer to a very thick yogurt than a typical cheese, according to Wikipedia.
It is made from cow’s milk and contains about 40% fat. Petit suisse may be consumed with sugar, as a dessert either on its own or with jam or honey, or salted and peppered with herbs.
The petit suisse very common in the grocery stores here in Spain tastes light cheese and yogurt with fruit mixed in (usually strawberry) in small plastic containers of 50-60 gr.
Why Make Your Own Petit Suisse?
My husband is into healthy eating most of the time, but he like industrial desserts, too. He’s the one who started buying, natillas, petit suisse, and gelatin desserts and eventually, started letting our firstborn eat them when he was around 2 years old.
I told him that they’re not good, but he always has the same argument: they’re good because he has eaten them his entire childhood and nothing bad happens to him.
Though they don’t eat them very often (I am not a fan, I find them too sweet) and I haven’t taken a good look at their ingredients.
I have a feeling that they’re loaded with sugar because they’re very sweet (for my taste) that’s why I prefer them eating something healthier and homemade.
Update: I have already taken a look at the ingredients of the store-bought petit suisse and sugar is listed as the 2nd ingredient which means that petit suisse is indeed loaded with sugar (I learned years ago that ingredients are listed according to percentage of composition starting from the highest to lowest).
This is reason enough for me to really do my best to eliminate the store-bought petit suisse in our home and make sure that the homemade “petit suisse substitute” is available everytime my boys want it for dessert.
I just started watching videos on how to make homemade petit suisse lately. I thought that it’s difficult to make, but I was wrong because it’s very easy.
How I wish I have started doing it a long time ago, just like our homemade yogurt that I have been making since 2018.
I love to learn homemade versions of what we are buying from the store to regulate the ingredients better and to lessen the sugar content, just like our super easy homemade marmalade recipe which has way less sugar than store-bought.
Now that I already know how to make homemade petit suisse, I’ll make sure that we have a constant stock of them in the refrigerator, so the husband won’t be triggered to buy from the store anymore. 🙂
Another Reason For Making Homemade Desserts
Another reason why I want to make a homemade version of those mentioned desserts is that they come in plastic containers. 🙁 We are trying to lessen our plastic waste since 2018. We are slowly making progress, and still a LOT of changes to be done.
The next goal is to learn how to make homemade natillas and gelatin. I already tried to make natillas 2 weeks ago, but it was a fail. So, I need to try again.
Update: I finally succeed in making homemade natillas and we call them mamatillas at home.
The gelatin I already made one time 2 years ago. It was good and I have to try doing it again, soon. But natillas and petit suisse are the priority because these are the desserts that the boys liked the most. And also ice cream!
Making homemade petit suisse at home is super easy and for sure healthier than buying from the store, and also less plastic packaging.
Though making it at home seems time-consuming, but it’s not, especially when you already get the hang of it, it will be super fast.
I already memorized the ingredients and their respective quantities after doing it 4 times.
Do you make homemade desserts at home, too? If you do, please share them in the comment section below, so I can try making it, too.
I understand your husband concerning needing a dessert. But I agree with you that we should always go the healthy route.
Homemade desserts, and in this case, homemade Petit Suisse will take away time. But I prefer it to take away time and not to end up taking away my health.
Hello Paolo, thanks for dropping by. Yes, I get my husband’s point, that’s why when he wants to pick up a store-bought dessert in the grocery, I say yes, even if I really don’t want to.:) There has to be balance.:)
Thank you for the yummy homemade petit suisse recipe. It looks exactly like what I would love to indulge on right now. I like homemade desserts for the reasons you have mentioned , they are cost effective, they are the healthier options and the liberty to determine the packaging. Will bookmark this to try it for my family soon
Thanks, Bogadi, let me know how it goes once you make it.
I had never heard of this dish but it is now going on my “make soon” list! It sounds delicious! Our family doesn’t use much sugar, either, although I do substitute using a natural substitute for some recipes.
As I was reading your post, I was thinking about normal foods for Spain. Do most people include desserts in their meals? And if they do, is this a common dessert? Is it ever used for a special breakfast? I can imagine it as part of a breakfast buffet, but not sure if they are a thing in Spain.
At any rate, thanks for sharing this delicious-sounding recipe. I hope my attempt turns out as scrumptious as this one sounds!
Hello Diane, let me know how it goes once you try it.
Yes, meals in Spain always have a dessert, something we don’t practice in the small village were I grew up in the Philippines. Petit suisse is a common dessert for kids here, but I am not sure if parents give them to their kids as breakfast. I think this is mostly for dessert. yogurt is more for breakfast. Breakfast buffet is common in accomodations. Every time we go to vacations within Spain there’s a free breakfast buffet every day.:)
This is definitely something I’m going to be trying out. I recently moved out of my parents house and now I live with my brother in the roommate. So basically I have to roommates and now I have to learn how to cook on my own so I have been researching some recipes to do on my own and I am so glad that I have ran into your site. I have bookmark your site for more recipes in the future
Hello Misael, God bless in your independent living and hope you learn a lot of things along the way, including cooking healthy meals! All the best!