Peanut Butter & Mixed Berry FroYo Bites

FroYo

I think I’ve had FroYo once. I believe it was years ago, in Los Angeles, at a mall, right before the FroYo revolution really started; at least for us here in Iowa. Now we have a couple FroYo places and I see friends post pictures of their kiddos devouring what would be a semi-healthy treat but is topped with gummy worms, sprinkles, chocolate, and other fun treats – which is completely acceptable for the kiddos. For my waistline? Not so much.

I’ve never been to the FroYo places in town because I’m pretty sure I’d have the same willpower as my friends 6 year old. My simple treat would be derailed by chunks of Butterfingers and gummy bears.

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I decided to jump on the FroYo bandwagon, but I’m doing it in the homemade/healthy way. I save myself a few dollars, a ton of calories, and have quick treats that I can grab on the fly when that random sweets craving hits.

As for the particular ingredients I used in this recipe…

I made a stop at Trader Joe’s during a drive through Madison, WI a month ago and I bought their Flax & Chia Seed Peanut Butter to try. I felt like the little kid whose parents have to hide the vegetables in the meal to get them to eat their vegetables, except mine was hiding the superfoods in the peanut butter. I’m not exactly 8 and don’t need my superfoods hidden, but good lord they’re expensive and I can’t bring myself to buy them as a separate ingredient, so having them blended into something I’m already eating is perfect.

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I also used organic coconut oil to help soften the peanut butter a bit when mixing with the granola. Coconut oil isn’t the cheapest, but I found this 54 oz. jar on Amazon for just over $16, which is a steal. 54 oz. will not only last you awhile, but that’s the typical price for 32 oz.

My advice with these bites is to take them from the freezer and don’t delay too long before eating. It’s yogurt after all, and just like ice cream it’s going to begin melting at some point not long after you’ve taken it out of the freezer.

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The textures here are on point – the crunchiness of the granola, the smoothness of the PB and yogurt, and the tart flavors of the berries. You really do feel like you’re indulging, but you’re doing it at a healthy nutritional rate if you’re mindful of the ingredients you’re using.

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FroYo

Serves 1 bite

Peanut Butter & Raspberry FroYo Bites

15 minPrep Time

4 hrCook Time

4 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1c. granola
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1c. Vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/2 c. mixed berries

Instructions

  1. Line each muffin tin with wrappers
  2. In a small bowl mix the granola and coconut oil, then fold in the peanut butter.
  3. Layer the bottom of each muffin wrapper with a small layer of granola.
  4. Top with vanilla yogurt, leaving 1/4" at the top of each muffin wrapper.
  5. Top with fresh berries and freeze for 4 hours or until firm. Enjoy!
Recipe Type: Appetizer, Snack
6.6.15
http://creativelifeexplored.com/peanut-butter-mixed-berry-froyo-bites/

Cheers!
Heather


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