I love ice cream, as do most of my New England friends. I think I read somewhere that we eat more than any other geographic region in the USA. Yay, us!
This summer my daughter is working at a local ice cream stand. Visiting her there could become a very bad habit. Lots of ice cream, although delicious, also equals lots of useless calories. So, I’m keeping trips to her ice cream stand to a special occasion basis. (Although every other Sunday seems to be a special occasion at this point.)
Of course, that doesn’t mean that I can’t indulge in a sweet, frozen treat more often than a biweekly basis. With this recipe, it is conceivable that you could even have it a few times a week, as long as you eat only a single serving. Reading that, you might be wondering if this really is a recipe for peanut butter frozen yogurt. How could I possibly make a dessert that is delicious but still healthy enough to be eaten a few times a week?
Let me explain. First, you need to choose the right type of yogurt as your base. I always use plain Greek yogurt. Check the labels carefully at your grocery store. You should be able to find a brand that has about 130 calories in a one-cup serving. Again, you need to check carefully. Many brands have 220 calories for that serving size.
Second, you will need to purchase peanut butter powder. This stuff is amazing! It has all of the flavor of regular peanut butter but none of the fat and far fewer calories. Two tablespoons of it have only 45 calories. Are you doing the math here? This is a low calorie dessert!
I personally need a sprinkle of sugar, but it’s only a teaspoon, which is 16 calories more. Compare the 191 calories for this bowl of frozen yogurt to almost any other dessert, and it’s a win. Plus, it tastes completely indulgent.
Remember, I’m not saying this is a diet food, but for a splurge without too many calories, this is a win. And it’s delicious to boot. I’d highly recommend giving it a try.
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 4 Tb. peanut butter powder
- 2 tsp. sugar
- Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Transfer to ice cream machine and process according to directions (about 10 minutes for mine)
- If you don’t have an ice cream machine, you can eat as really soft, soft serve, or you can place it in the freezer for 30-60 minutes