Reimagining Yogurt: Yogurt-Dipped Frozen Grapes & Bananas

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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By Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN

I have partnered with Dannon® Light & Fit® to help promote Light & Fit yogurt with Zero Artificial Sweeteners. I have been compensated for my time commitment. However, my opinions are my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

For me, yogurt has never been about spooning it out of a cup. Don’t get me wrong, I adore creamy spoonfuls of yogurt but I love to get creative with it too. As the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen, I showcased the versatility of Greek yogurt in over 130 recipes but the same can be done with traditional yogurt.

Plus, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend increasing intake of nutrient-dense foods, such as fat-free or low-fat dairy products, like yogurt. Yogurt is nutrient-dense and many yogurts are a good source of protein, calcium and Vitamin D. Light & Fit Regular Nonfat Yogurt with Zero Artificial Sweeteners contains 80 calories and 5 grams of protein per 5.3 oz.

For my latest yogurt recipe, I decided to combine two of my favorite foods: yogurt and fruit. Instead of the usual topping fruit over yogurt, I decided to combine and freeze them for a refreshing snack.

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First, I gathered my ingredients. I added a sprinkle of chocolate and cinnamon for those delicious fall flavors.

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Next, I sliced my bananas into bite-size pieces.

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Using a fork, I picked up each piece of fruit and dipped it into my bowl of yogurt, shaking off the excess yogurt before placing it on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

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I then sprinkled the dipped fruit with ground cinnamon and chocolate shavings. Then I placed the tray in the freezer.

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After a few hours in the freezer, I got these gorgeous pieces of frozen fruit.

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Yogurt-Dipped Frozen Grapes & Bananas
Prep time: 15 minutes, plus at least 2 hours to freeze
Cook time: 0 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
3 (5.3 ounce) containers Dannon® Light & Fit® Nonfat Yogurt with Zero Artificial Sweeteners, vanilla
2 bananas, sliced into 1-inch rounds
12 seedless green grapes
Pinch ground cinnamon
¼ ounce 60% dark chocolate, grated

Instructions:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, add the vanilla yogurt.
3. Use a fork or toothpick to pick up one slice of banana and dip into the yogurt. Shake off excess yogurt and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bananas and the grapes leaving space between each of the yogurt-covered fruit.
4. Sprinkle the fruit with cinnamon and grated chocolate.
5. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 4 hours, until fruit and frozen through.

Serving size: 7 pieces
Nutrition Information per serving: Calories: 122; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Protein: 4g; Carbs: 26g; Fiber: 2g; Sodium 54mg

For more delicious dishes with Dannon Light & Fit Nonfat Yogurt with Zero Artificial Sweeteners, follow them on Instagram @Lightandfit and use the hashtag #DoWhatFitsYou #LightandFitRD

 

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