In my world, this Tasty Greek Yogurt Treat is a winner.
Why, you ask? Because it’s delicious, pretty nutritious, lower in calories than many treats – and it’s easy to make. Plus it sticks with us for the night, where other past treats left us feeling hungry 10 minutes after eating them.
We credit the Greek Yogurt Treat with helping us keep our weight in check, while allowing us a nightly snack that never bores us.
If you’re all about the Recipe, feel free to skip to that section. Otherwise, here’s a bit of backstory first.
Bad Habits and Other Treats that Didn’t Work Out
When you live a mobile lifestyle bad habits can show up big time, since you start out feeling like you can eat in ‘vacation mode.’
But if you want to be healthy, it’s obviously not the best practice to overeat – wherever you are, right?
Like most people, Rich and I love desserts. Ice cream was always a favorite. It didn’t matter what form it came in…pints of Ben & Jerry’s, Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato, Reese’s Peanut Butter ice cream bars, and sundaes were some of our more fattening faves.
Problem is, we’ve always had a self-control issue around anything ice cream. We would buy a small container and it would be gone that night. Same thing with a BIG container of lower fat ice cream, which we originally bought for the so-called lower price.
Once we bought a 6 pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars and ate the entire box in a day or two. Hmmm…it was time to find something more cost-effective for our waistlines AND our food budget:)
We then tried ‘slimming’ up the ice cream, testing out Coconut Bars and lower fat varieties. The results were pretty much the same. If it was in the freezer, it would be gone in two days!
Problem is, both of my parents were diabetic, so I’ve been told to keep my sugar consumption to under 20 grams per day. I even went to a hypnotist, who recommended I keep all ice cream out of the house.
So we went cold turkey for a few weeks, skipping our nightly treat entirely. But we LOVE food and after the short trial we decided to simply find something that would work.
So we went on another mission. We looked everywhere for a treat that was nutritionally dense, low in sugars, and would feed our sweet tooth at night… rather than fuel it.
We tested out Lara Bars. The chocolate peanut butter bar was an obvious winner since that’s my favorite flavor combo. Plus it was gluten free and lower in sugar. However, after a few weeks I found I was still hungry after one bar, and was eating two per night. (Yes, I have a sweet tooth!) At 200 calories per bar that wasn’t the answer!
Finally, we tried a combination of 1 piece of dark chocolate, combined with 1 oz. of peanuts. An entire chocolate bar later…THAT didn’t work, either. But we’re tenacious so we kept looking.
Enter the Greek Yogurt Treat
One day I read up on Greek Yogurt, and how good it is for you. Web MD says, “All yogurts are excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. What distinguishes Greek yogurt is its thicker, creamier texture because the liquid whey is strained out. Also, it contains probiotic cultures and is lower in lactose and has twice the protein content of regular yogurts.”
A lightbulb went on and an idea was born for the Greek Yogurt Treat. We thought, why can’t we combine our love for cold, creamy treats, with chocolate and peanut butter! So the experiment began and we eventually zoned in on this great recipe.
Tasty Greek Yogurt Treat
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: None
Nutrition: 166 calories; 8 grams fat (4 grams saturated); 7 grams sugars (some are natural from the yogurt); 10 grams carbs; 13 grams protein.
- 1 t – Peanut Butter, Powdered. We use PB2 →
- 1 t – Hershey’s Powdered Special Dark Baking Chocolate or similar
- 0.50 cup – 2% Plain (the 0% works well too), Unsweetened Fage Greek Yogurt
- 1 t – Unsweetened Shredded Organic Coconut
- 0.25 oz (28g) – Unsalted Dry Roasted Peanuts (about 8 peanuts)
- 2 T – Whipped Cream
- 1 Maraschino Cherry
- Stevia, or other sweetener to taste (use caution, if you use Stevia concentrate like we do)
- Option: Add fresh or frozen berries, pineapple to mix things up (not included in calorie count)
- Measure yogurt into bowl.
- Add Stevia, Hershey’s, PB2, and coconut to yogurt. Mix together with a spoon.
- Add whip cream.
- Top off with peanuts and cherry
Substitutions, Alternatives, and Options
Yogurt: We recognize that Fage yogurt is very expensive compared to some. That said, we love the texture! Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt is creamy and delicious, and costs less. Chobani is in’t quite as tasty but we’ll use it in a pinch.
Also, to lower the fat content, obviously you can use Zero % or 1% Greek Yogurt. Or mix half 1% with half 2% yogurt and it’s even creamier than the 2%.
Sweeteners: I use Stevia because it keeps my sugars down and is a natural herb, but you’ll need to acquire a taste for it. Other healthy alternatives are agave, honey, or a dab of maple syrup.
Of course, you can skip any of the toppings for a skinnier option. Or mix it up by adding berries, pineapple, or anything you like.
Note the size of my bowl. I make sure to only use my small white dessert bowl! Rich has a larger serving, which includes fresh fruit.
That’s it….now just sit and enjoy!
Our Greek Yogurt Treat packs in 13 grams of protein per serving! Since it’s high in protein and lower in sugars that explains why is satisfies our snack craving and stays with us all night.
Rich and I have been eating these treats most every night for the past few years now, and are rarely hungry afterwards. We love it so much that when we pass by ice cream in the stores we barely even notice them…or the old sugar cravings!
Instead, we look forward to our Greek Yogurt treat every night. In a word, YUM.
Check it out if you like, and we’d love to hear what you think of it!