You might be wondering why I seem to be on a healthy sweets recipe-kick as of late. About two weeks ago, I stumbled upon this blog called Chocolate-Covered Katie, and ever since, I’ve been testing out recipes that satisfy my sweet-tooth without giving me a potbelly (this logic doesn’t work so well when you end up eating three “healthy” pies). Katie’s blog has delicious recipes that are secretly healthy, like cookie dough made with chickpeas and banana-split cheesecake bites. Anyway, her blog inspired me to start making some of my own creations. I realized that a lot of her recipes make good use of vanilla extract (for example, the chickpea cookie dough recipe requires a lot of vanilla to mask the taste of the chickpeas) so I tried something similar, but with almond extract. The almond extract is what gives this delicious yogurt treat that “Pop-Tart” taste.
What you need:
1 cup vanilla or plain yogurt (I think vanilla greek yogurt would probably taste best, but I used vanilla fat free Activia because I was feeling like Jamie Lee Curtis)
1 cup frozen berries (half raspberries and half blueberries works marvellously… I used mostly blueberries in the dessert pictured above, but I thought it could have used a bit more razzmatazz)
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tbsp chia seeds (and some extra to sprinkle on top)
15 drops SweetLeaf liquid stevia sweetener
1 tsp agave syrup
Mix everything together in a bowl and let sit for about ten minutes so the chia seeds can soak up some liquid and become fun and squishy (don’t worry, the frozen fruit will keep everything chilled). After ten minutes, give it another stir and garnish with a sprinkle of chia seeds and some decorative fruit. Shazam! It’s ready.
I’d play around with some of the proportions, namely the sweetener. I might skip out on the stevia/agave syrup, and just use honey; perhaps a bit more calorie-dense, but probably a lot tastier. You could also try adding some protein powder for a nice post-workout snack. Perhaps add some vanilla extract too? Also, I think this would be delicious as a parfait with some oatmeal or cereal layered in between. Get fancy and let me know how your creations turn out!
As an alternative, you could just blend a bunch of Pop-Tarts and some ice cream in a Magic Bullet.