I discovered white chocolate peppermint bark when I was in the California last autumn doing my pilot's license, and I nearly finished the box at once. It was a true bite of heaven... A very high-calorie heaven, that is. So I decided to try a leaner, healthier version of this at home, using mint chocolate chip-flavoured protein powder and Greek yoghurt. Voila! What a fabulous idea, and what impressive-macro nutritional values!
The best thing about it (besides being a truly delicious, guilt-free dessert) is that it can be made without protein powder. So if you don't have/like protein powder, here's a delightful little recipe for you with protein powder substitutes at the bottom. Enjoy!
|g||low-fat Greek Yoghurt|
|scoop||Mint Chocolate Chip whey protein powder, or|
|scoop||any vanilla or chocolate-flavoured protein powder combined with a few drops peppermint essence|
|tbsp||Sweet Freedom natural liquid sweetener, or|
|tbsp||honey or agave syrup|
|pieces||sugar free peppermint patties, or|
|tbsp||semi-sweet dark chocolate baking chips|
|tbsp||organic shredded coconut|
|tbsp||raisins and/or cranberries|
One of my favourite things about winter is the celebration of chocolate and peppermint, which is, in my opinion, the world's best flavour-pairing. So imagine in your mind, ice cream + peppermint + chocolate, all rolled into one! Yup, a frozen bite of sweet, winter's heaven.
|Chop up the peppermint patties and set aside for last.|
|Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl, making sure the syrup is well-mixed with the yoghurt.|
|Pour into a rectangular Tupperware lined with aluminium foil.|
|Sprinkle chopped peppermint patties on top.|
|1||hour||Cover with Tupperware lid and freeze for at least an hour .|
|Remove frozen bark from freezer, cut into eight pieces and enjoy! (Careful not to get brain-freeze.)|
|1.2||hour||Refreeze left-overs and enjoy whenever you the craving hits you. (You might need to warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds.)|
For a creamier, more ice-cream like consistency, use regular Greek yoghurt instead of low-fat. This will also make the bark less crystalline.
Got no protein powder? No problem! Simply replace the protein powder with an extra tablespoon of shredded coconut or raw cacao powder, and use essences, extracts, or flavour drops instead to get the peppermint flavour. You can add a few drops of any or a combination of the following:
- Organic Peppermint Extract
- Chocolate liquid Stevia drops
- Peppermint liquid Stevia drops
- Chocolate flavdrops
Careful not to over-do it, just a few drops can add a lot of flavour, plus extra sweetness if using stevia drops!