I prefer savory rather than sweet food. Though every once in a while, I do like to indulge in a creamy chocolaty dessert. When the weather is sizzling hot, I usually don’t want to add to the heat of the day by baking a pie. So here’s a summertime experiment of mine inspired by chocolate cream pie … perfect for this month’s Recipe Redux “pie love” theme. It’s actually a cross between a pie, milkshake, and martini. Yes, there’s vodka here! Multiply the recipe as needed. Cheers!
Calories saved: 280
Why it’s better for you? It no longer has over a day’s worth of “bad” fats!
- 1 cup organic or natural chocolate frozen yogurt
- 2 tablespoons plain unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk beverage
- 1 tablespoon vanilla-flavored vodka
- 2 tablespoons organic or natural chocolate graham crumbs
- 1 navel orange wedge
- 1 tablespoon plain organic grass-fed Greek yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon mild honey or coconut nectar
- 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 fresh sweet cherry
- Add the frozen yogurt, almond milk, and vodka to a blender. Cover and puree.
- Pour into a sturdy martini or other cocktail glass (not into crystal) and freeze at least 4 hours (or up to 24 hours in advance).
- When the beverage is frozen solid, pour the chocolate graham crumbs onto a small shallow dish. Rub the orange wedge around the edge of the martini glass. Dip the edge into the crumbs until the rim is well coated. (Note: Only a portion of the graham crumbs will adhere to the glass.)
- In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, honey and vanilla until well combined. Dollop onto the frozen beverage, top with a cherry, and enjoy with a small spoon.
Per serving: 300 calories, 7g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 25mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 45g total carbohydrate, 4g dietary fiber, 39g sugars, 7g protein
The “Before” Version
Per serving (if serves 8): 580 calories, 38g total fat, 22g saturated fat, 0.5g trans fat, 160mg cholesterol, 340mg sodium, 59g total carbohydrate, 4g dietary fiber, 41g sugars, 9g protein
- Focus on the filling, rather than the crust or topping, since that’s the main feature of a pie
- Use a perfectly portioned eating/drinking vessel, like a sturdy martini glass, to add whimsy while keeping serving size just right
- Plain Greek yogurt whipped with honey or coconut nectar and pure vanilla extract creates a delightfully luscious topping in lieu of whipped cream