Wednesday, June 8, 2016

You scream, I scream, we all scream for...frozen yogurt???

 It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that NOTHING makes me gain weight faster than ice cream.

Cue the wails and hair-pulling.

Confession time - I have zero will power.

Can we see where this is going?

Weight-producing food + no will power = DISASTER

I keep saying I will buy no more ice cream or gelato. But then Talenti comes out with yet another new flavor that begs to be sampled and then added to the repertoire.

Alas, an intervention is called for.

A few days ago, I saw a Pinterest link with frozen yogurt ice cream sandwiches.
I wanted to post the gorgeous photo, but I wasn'tt exactly sure what the regs are about putting Pinterest pins on Blogger, so I Googled and found out it actually came from this website.

Frozen Strawberry yogurt sandwiches.

She has a recipe on the site if you want to go for a more traditional treat.

I did mine a little differently. I didn't want ice cream sandwiches. I just wanted something like gelato or ice cream that didn't have a week's worth of sugar in one serving or a calorie count to rival the national debt.

I decided on two varieties.

 First the less healthier choice (But OH SO GOOD!)
I bought Chobani Coconut Greek Yogurt.
150 calories
13 grams of sugar
12 grams of protein

I mixed in sliced almonds (1 g of sugar), unsweetened coconut  (< 1g of sugar) and Ghirardelli's chocolate chips (6 g sugar/ 1 g protein).

For the second one, I used Siggi's vanilla yogurt and Chobani Plain Greek.

Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt.

90 calories
4 grams of sugar
15 grams of protein


100 calories
9 grams of sugar
14 grams of protein

So because I combined them, per serving I had
95 calories
6.5 grams of sugar
14.5 grams of protein

 I added fresh strawberries and Girardelli dark chocolate chips.

Compare that to my favorite gelato:
For the same size serving:

360 calories
46 grams of sugar
6 grams of protein


The homemade frozen yogurt concoction had sort of a soft serve consistency that was really delicious. But it was also really delicious before it made it to the freezer! ;)

I know, I know - I should have just had the strawberries or even the strawberries and chocolate chips. But it's summery weather (finally) and it is a truth universally acknowledged that in summer, ice cream is a necessary evil.

Thought? Encouragement? Condemnations for my weak-willed spirit?


  1. I'm in. That's all I want to say. I am in. I have been living on sugar free fudgesicles and Weight Watcher Caramel Sea Salt ice cream bars. THANK YOU FOR THIS GREAT IDEA.

  2. (I am no longer allowed to bring Talenti into the house. My inner critic said so.)

  3. No condemnation here, Mary Cate. You saw me with those cocoa encrusted almonds at RWA last year. Eesh.

    I wonder if these recipes would work with Oikos 000 yogurt. They are nonfat and have little to no sugar as they are sweetened with stevia. What say you?

    1. I'm pretty sure it would, Mindy. The only thing I've discovered to be a problem is the freezing. Mine were a nice frozen custard type consistency when our weather was hot and the freezer had to work hard. Regular ice cream was mush. But this morning, after our temps dropped into the 60's, they were rock solid. I just had to leave it out a bit to soften.

    2. Seriously, Mindy?? Cocoa almonds is the most evil you can do? You need lessons. On a scale of one to ten cocoa almonds are a 1 on the evil scale. Try some Talenti Sea Salt Caramel. Right up to 10+

    3. Tina, I just used that because it's something Mary Cate saw me do. But trust me, if there are cupcakes, cookies or ice cream in the house... Well, let's just say that I'm not happy until they're gone.

    4. LOL Tina, I had the same thought. I would consider cocoa almonds to be health food!

    5. Oh, good. I am not alone.

  4. I'And my daughter nw works at the best ice cream store in the country! When she moves out on Saturday, will I be more tempted to stop by for ice cream just to see her? Probably. But they do sell "baby" cones. Just enough ice cream to get the flavor. :)

    I'm going to have to try the Triple zero version of this. It looks easy and delicious!

    1. Typing on my tablet, and the whole first sentence of my post got deleted!

      what I wanted to say is that I'm right there with you on the ice cream!

    2. Uh oh, Jan. That's all I've got to say. Uh oh.

      Maybe she could give you samples???

    3. I really like the Triple Zero!

  5. Thank You! I've been thinking about looking up a way to make regular greek yogurt into frozen yogurt but just haven't taken the time to pinterest it yet! (Yes, Pinterest is a verb in my world!)
    This is going to be Delicious!!

    1. I loved it, Jana. The Pinterest recipe included a cool whip type addition, but I wanted to keep it as natural as possible. It probably would have been a little softer if I had.

      Thanks for visiting today.

  6. Oh, my.... I posted once and it disappeared, let's try this again! CATE!!!! I love how simple and wonderful this is! Thank you so much for sharing it! It's a great way to treat myself when running to Abbott's Frozen Custard isn't fitting either the budget or my waistline! (although I love their custard almost more than my grand-urchins!!!! Key word: almost!)

    This looks marvelous!

    I'm copying this time so I can paste if necessary...

    1. That disappearing post happened to me too. It never happens when you remember to save.

      Yes - there need to be Abbott's breaks some times - just not as often as I stock up on Talenti.

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    1. LOL, this is what I get for reading backwards. I thought the frozen yogurt worked for you! Hope it does. ;)

  8. Would you believe I've never frozen regular yogurt! I'll have to try this. We usually do buy frozen yogurt, though. Or light ice cream. And sometimes I'll buy the one with no sugar added.

    1. Okay, the weird lost post just happened to me. It vanished as I was typing.

      So, I'll try again.

      Missy, a few times I've just tossed a container of yogurt in the freezer for a bit before I eat it. That works too and doesn't require much advance thought.