Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
Modified Slightly from a Recipe found on The Lean Green Bean's Blog
16-ounces plain Greek Yogurt (2% would freeze best, but fat-free is what I used)
1.5 cups light or low-fat cool whip
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips, chopped
1.5 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup creamy, smooth peanut butter
** NOTE: If you are following a low FODMAPs diet you'll be happy to know that this is FODMAPs-free!! Well, kind of. I mean it does contain lactose, but most people following a low FODMAPs diet can handle a little yogurt, especially Greek, which has less lactose than regular yogurt. Also, peanuts do contain FODMAPs, but only when eaten in excess (ie: more than about an ounce in a sitting) so you should be fine with this recipe.
1. After your cool whip has thawed, mix it with the Greek yogurt until it's well combined.
2. Add the chopped chocolate chips to the yogurt and cool whip mixture.
3. Pour the oats into a food processor and pulse until ground into a course powder.
4. Transfer the oats to a bowl and mix with the peanut butter (use a clean pair of hands, as a spoon will not work. You really have to work the oats into the peanut butter to get it blended).
5. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a square pan.
6. Top the crust with the yogurt/cool whip/chocolate mixture, then spread evenly to cover the crust.
7. Freeze for at least 10 hours if you want them to be solid (after about 2 hours they will be frozen, but not solid. This might be a good time to cut them, as they do get very hard after 10 hours!).
NOTE: The crust will be very crumbly, but that's ok, it's still delicious. It holds together better once it's frozen. As Lindsay noted in the original recipe, you can always add more peanut butter to hold it together better.
Spreading the yogurt/cool whip/chocolate on top of the crust is definitely my favorite part. I make sure to always get plenty of excess on the spatula that I use, so I can lick it off. Come on, you do that too, admit it.
My mom and I became addicted to these wonderful bars after I first made them last year. Nick, on the other hand, hated and still hates them. But to be fair he hates yogurt, period. In his own words; "I would eat them if they had more chocolate and less yogurt". HA! Classic Nick line.
I haven't made these for quite a long time, since it's been well....winter for maybe half a year?! They are on my "to-make-pronto-this-season" list.
|Estimated Nutrition Facts for 1/12th of recipe.|
Have you ever had a dessert with 6 grams of protein, and such little sugar?! And let's not forget these are almost a "good source" of fiber (they would be considered a "good source" of fiber if they contained 10% of the Daily Value of fiber). Do you have a favorite recipe for a healthier dessert? If so, share it in the comment section! Meanwhile, enjoy your Monday.
Oh wait, before I go, did I tell you I get to meet Alton Brown in June???? Yeah, I just found out he's coming to the supermarket where I work!! Seriously, I might die, he is my ULTIMATE celebrity chef crush. He's cute (in an old way), smart as a whistle, and can probably cook better than any chef on the Food Network or anywhere, period. I'm counting down the days ....June 26th!!!
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