Every summer, the same thing happens. It starts out with excitement – warmer weather is finally here! It’s time to pack away those heavy, winter sweaters and hang out outside again. Then, as the months progress, reality sets in. Summer’s thick, humid air is just as oppressive as winter’s frigid temperatures. After a long day, I really need something light and refreshing to cool me down – and to remind me that I love this time of year! These FroYo berry bites do just the trick.
A frozen refreshment is sort of necessary on a hot day, helping you cool down while also recapturing your summer excitement. Unfortunately, store-bought ice cream is full of excess fat, cholesterol, and calories. And, I don’t know about you, but I tend to load-up on all those crunchy, sugary toppings at the local frozen yogurt spot. Luckily, these healthy FroYo berry bites are a breeze to make. They don’t have a lot of added sugar but they work to satisfy your sweet tooth while also cooling you down.
A Healthy and Refreshing Dessert
The only thing that’s better than a cooling, refreshing dessert on a hot day? A guilt-free one! These FroYo berry bites are 100% gluten-free, thanks to the use of crushed almonds as the base. In addition to their amazing flavor (which, kind of makes these frozen treats taste like cheesecake bites), they add a bit of protein to the dessert, too.
Then, there’s that healthy Greek yogurt. Instead of using heavy cream (with all its saturated-fat), we lighten things up with low-fat Greek yogurt. It brings the perfect amount of tang to this bite-sized dessert. Sweeten the yogurt up with honey and some coconut sugar to create a perfect balance of flavors to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’re feeling brave, go one step further and make your own Greek yogurt instead of buying the store-bought kind.
Top it all off with strawberries or raspberries. Talk about the perfect way to sneak a serving of fruit into your life! They bring a fresh element to the dessert, along with a naturally sweet flavor. If you don’t have any strawberries on hand, feel free to use blueberries or blackberries! A combination of berries will make these FroYo berry bites look beautiful.
Easier Than Pie
People always say things are easy as pie, but these FroYo berry bites are actually much easier! All you need to do is mix everything together and pop them into a muffin tin. I love using a muffin tins, even if I’m not baking muffins. From baking eggs to freezing bite-sized desserts, the muffin cup makes everything perfectly portion-sized.
After a few short hours in the freezer, you’ll be ready to enjoy these light-and-refreshing treats. They make a great after dinner dessert, but they’re also well-suited as a midday snack after sweating it out in the yard. Since they store easily in the freezer, they’ll always be ready when you are!
Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 129 | Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 5 mg | Sodium: 17 mg | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 8 g | Protein: 4 g | SmartPoints: 6
- 1/4 cup crushed almonds or almond meal
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, (more for a sweeter FroYo Bite)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, low-fat
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 cups fresh chopped strawberries and/or raspberries
- 6-cup muffin tin and liners
- Line a 6-cup muffin tin with silicone or parchment cupcake liners, or add directly to nonstick muffin tin.
- In a small bowl, stir together crushed almonds, coconut sugar, and coconut oil. Spoon a small amount into the bottom of each muffin cup.
- In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt and honey. Spoon 2 tablespoons into each muffin cup, covering the crust.
- Top with fresh chopped berries. Freeze until firm, about 6 hours. To serve, remove from silicone wrapper and allow to set at room temperature for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!
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