Monday, May 6, 2013

Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars, with Oat and Peanut Butter Crust

If you ever sit in on a personal consultation with me, you'll know my secret to helping people lose weight is always Greek Yogurt.  In truth, when people tell me they don't really like yogurt (regular or Greek), I cry inside.  I do so many things with yogurt; add it to oatmeal, use it for ice cream or milkshakes, make it into parfaits, eat it with PB2, the list goes on for hours.  When I saw these frozen Greek yogurt bars on Lindsay's Blog last year I just knew I had to make them.  Let's face it, other than Greek yogurt my two other food loves in life are chocolate and peanut butter (oh, and scallops, yeah, random, but I really want to try a peanut sauce with scallops sometimes, I think it would be Maybe mix in some Greek yogurt? haha, jk, maybe....) and this recipe combines all of those ingredients, into one, and it's still pretty healthy.  It's a win-win.

Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars 
Modified Slightly from a Recipe found on The Lean Green Bean's Blog 
Makes ~12

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!).
8.  ENJOY!

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. 

Nutrition Highlights:  Under 200 calories, low sodium, not much added sugar (for a dessert under 10 grams is pretty stellar!), almost 6 grams of protein (which makes it a good source).

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!!!

Thanks for reading.  

The Candid Rd


  1. oh these look great! I am a huge greek yogurt fan!

  2. So jealous you get to meet Alton Brown! How exciting! I got to me Curtis Stone a few years was awesome:) These bars look like ones I made last week - but I didn't put them in the freezer, may need to try that instead!

    1. I met Curtis too :) not as cute in person, haha!! But super nice
      Let me know what you think of the bars, frozen!

  3. The bars look great!

    How exciting that you get to meet Alton Brown!

  4. I had to laugh when you said you cry inside when people don't like Greek yogurt because I'm the SAME way. It's just such a great source of protein and Ca, especially for BF and snacks, that I'm always sad when people don't like it. I don't know how someone couldn't like these bars, though - they looks so delicious, especially with PB! Our fav foods are almost the same, by the way, although I usually list them as chocolate, PB, and cheese (Greek yogurt would be next, though!).

    That's awesome that you get to meet Alton Brown! :)

    1. It's the worst! Always makes me stop for awkward pause....hmmm...what will I recommend for protein?! Lol

  5. Hi there,
    I'm from NZ where we don't have cool whip - what is it exactly?! Any ideas for a replacement? These look yummy and I'd like to give them a go :-)

    1. Hi Nicola, Cool Whip is just whipped cream. So, a combination of heavy cream and sugar. Cool Whip is just a brand that I like because it's dense.