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Greek Yogurt Extravaganza!

Oh, weekends, how I love you so.  For me, weekends generally mean quality time with God, family, friends, and FOOD!  I love to cook and bake, and try to do so as often as possible during the week, but it is on the weekend that I have true time to experiment in the kitchen!

As many of you know, I am a true believer in eating whole, REAL foods.  I also harbor a true, deep addiction to frozen yogurt.  This weekend I witnessed the beauty of both worlds colliding.

And what a delicious collision it was.

I started on a quest of creating a healthy froyo version of my all-time favorite ice cream flavor combination: mint chocolate chip.  The results did not disappoint.

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Minty Goodness!

That green goodness you see isn’t from food coloring.  You should know me better than that.  Instead, that glorious green comes from a simple handful of spinach. 🙂

Of course, I couldn’t stop there.  This morning I decided I needed to explore another one of my addictions:  peanut butter.  Seriously, I think just about anything tastes better with nut butters.  So, when I woke up this morning, I put a sliced banana in the freezer and got to work on my usual Sunday to-do list.  A  few hours later…

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Chocolate Peanut Buttery Banana Froyo of Joy and Joyness!

Considering I was on a roll with Greek yogurt, I decided to take advantage of it and continue my winning streak through dinner.  I threw together one of my Mediterranean pasta inventions (i.e. whatever veggies you have on hand, sauteed with garlic, herbs, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar and then tossed with whole wheat pasta.).  Tonight’s combo consisted of broccoli, mushrooms, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and capers.  I often stir in some cottage cheese and/or sprinkle feta cheese on top.  However, tonight I decided to stir in a few dollops of Greek yogurt into each dish (followed by a sprinkle of feta for good measure, of course).  The result was a yummy, creamy protein-packed pasta sauce sans the heavy, buttery heart attack waiting to happen.

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*Nom, nom, nom*

For those of your out there also addicted to froyo, don’t worry, I’m not leaving you hanging without the recipes!  Be sure to let me know if you try them.  And, perhaps more importantly, let me know if you have a favorite frozen yogurt recipe to share with me! 😉

Mint Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 11 ounces nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 8 dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp peppermint extract*
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • handful of raw spinach
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks/chips
  • Dark chocolate squares
Directions:

Combine all the ingredients but the dark chocolate in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Place the mixture in your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.  Add the dark chocolate in the last five minutes of churning.  Allow to churn until desired consistency is met.  Divide the frozen yogurt into two dishes and garnish with dark chocolate squares.  Dig in!

*While this recipe was quite delicious, I would like to experiment with using fresh mint leaves in place of the peppermint extract.  I guess this just means I’ll have to make it again in the very near future. 🙂

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 to 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp nut butter of your choice
  • 11 ounces nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • Dark chocolate squares
  • Shredded coconut

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients, except the dark chocolate and coconut, in a food processor and process until smooth.

Place the mixture in your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.  Allow to churn until desired consistency is met.  Divide the frozen yogurt into two dishes and garnish with dark chocolate squares.  Sprinkle with shredded coconut.  Dig in!

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About tgilchrist

I'm a sixth grade language arts teacher...not to mention a health nut, world traveler, aspiring author, die-hard romantic, stay-at-home chef, and adoring wife. I also love British television (thanks to my brilliant husband), FRIENDS (I'm slightly [read: completely] obsessed), and all nut butters.

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  1. Pingback: Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Greek Frozen Yogurt — Take Two! « Meet the Gilchrists

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