I’ve been craving ice cream lately. I think it’s my mind’s subconscious screaming “Let it be summer already!” (Especially considering we got ANOTHER 8 inches of snow this morning). So I wanted to make something that would fulfill my ice cream/summer craving, but still be healthy and nutritious, and maybe also versatile. That’s one of the great things about this recipe; you can eat it for breakfast, post-workout, or for a late-night snack. You can also tailor the ingredients to your liking or whatever you have in the house (you’ll see what I mean in a bit).
Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
2 cups Greek yogurt (I used plain, but use your favorite flavor. Vanilla would be great for this recipe).
1-1/2 cup chopped fruit (I used a triple berry frozen fruit blend of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. I chopped the blackberries and raspberries in half to make them slightly smaller).
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used a mix of pecans and almonds).
3/4 cup granola (Use whatever you have on hand, or your favorite blend. I used a vanilla almond granola).
1/2 tbsp. honey, for sweetness (optional)
1/4 cup dark chocolate mini chips
- Using a large bowl, place all ingredients into bowl and mix.
- Line a 9×13” pan with foil.
- Evenly spread yogurt mixture into pan.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer for at least 3 hours.
- Remove from freezer, let thaw for a few minutes. Remove from pan; remove foil and place on cutting board. Cut into “normal” granola bar size bars (1.5in x 5in, roughly).
- Store in an airtight container in the freezer, separated by wax paper or foil.
So here’s the deal: as I said above you can use whatever you want in making these. For example, maybe you feel like pineapple mango instead of the berries I used. Maybe you really like strawberries and almonds. Or maybe you want banana strawberry with walnuts and chocolate chips. Whatever you have in your freezer and cupboard will work! Just stick to the portion size so the consistency is there and you’re set. I also recommend letting these set overnight in the freezer to fully absorb the flavor, and let them thaw for about 5 minutes before you try and bite into them…you’ve been warned, they are rock hard otherwise. These bars make a perfect snack, healthy and delicious, and will help your ice cream cravings. Enjoy!