Isn’t summer time THE very best? I can’t get enough sunshine and outdoor play. We’re all constantly coming and going I can barely keep track of schedules. So I make meals that are versatile, simple and creative, just like this high protein yogurt bowl. We tested this out at our bariatric cooking class a while back and everyone loved it. Eaten as a meal or snack, it’s an all-ages palette pleaser.
Familiar ingredients remind me of how much I love that beloved peanut butter and jelly combination with an added crunch from the chopped peanuts and high protein from the Greek yogurt. I feel more like a kid when I eat this…that’s a fun thing for a “young-at-heart” gal like me.
I really like using defatted peanut butter powder like PB2 or the new Jif product that mixes with water to create a low fat peanut butter that tastes just like the real stuff. Really! I use it for apple dipping or in smoothies like my Chocolate PB2 Banana Protein Shake. The Jif product is now located right next to the regular peanut butters so it’s easier to find. Three tablespoons provides 8 grams protein with only 2 grams fat compared to 7 grams protein and 16 grams fat in regular creamy peanut butter. That’s a huge 85% difference. Granted peanut oil fat is a very healthy omega-3 type fat, but when it comes to overall calories, it’s best to keep them in control so a defatted peanut butter powder makes great sense.
Use Greek plain yogurt for a more sour taste or try a vanilla no sugar added yogurt like Triple Zero or Dannon Light ‘n Fit. Both are tasty low carb options. I prefer using Greek yogurt for not only it’s high protein content, but also it’s super creamy texture which works great in this recipe. If you can’t find sugar free grape jelly, then I like using Smucker’s Simply Fruit Spreadable Fruit. It’s big on flavor without all the sugar. Your kids will love this creative concoction and you’re going to feel like a kid again.
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- PB and J Greek Yogurt Bowl
- 6 oz fat free plain or no sugar added vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp sugar-free grape or low-sugar jelly
- 2 Tbsp defatted peanut butter powder mixed with 1 Tbsp water (or 1 Tbsp reduced-fat peanut butter)
- 2 Tbsp red seedless grapes, cut in half
- 1 tsp chopped peanuts
- Place the yogurt in a bowl. Top with jelly, then hydrated peanut butter powder or peanut butter. Sprinkle grapes and peanuts over top.
Per serving: 192 calories, 18 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams fat, 22 grams protein (I used PB2 for calculations)
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