It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day which means many of us are baking or picking up some sweet treats! I’ll be doing both ?..hello Jenna Rae Cakes! I have a big sweet tooth and the recipe I am sharing today is a great healthier alternative to most desserts. I say (or type I guess?) “healthier” because there is still a good amount of sugar however it is mostly natural sugars and contains a lot less processed ingredients than most treats. As much as I love some sugary/creamy filled treats now and then, these dark chocolate and yogurt covered goodies are great to have on hand when you have a craving for something sweet.
The best part about this recipe is that there is SO much variation. I used strawberries, banana slices and pretzels but you could use basically any fruit, popcorn, whatever -get creative!
For the coatings I like yogurt, greek yogurt and/or dark chocolate. For yogurt/greek yogurt I always choose 0% milk fat. A lot of yogurt brands now carry different flavours (strawberry, blueberry, cherry, etc.) in the 0% MF. This is great for this recipe because it will give colour (strawberry yogurt=soft pink) to the coating. If using regular yogurt, I recommend re-dipping (see instructions) to create and opaque coating. You will not need to do this with greek yogurt or the dark chocolate. Once is enough for these options.
- Choose your base:
- Or basically any fruit!
- Choose your coating:
- Yogurt (strawberry will give a nice pink coating!)
- Greek yogurt (this will provide a thicker coating!)
- Dark Chocolate Chips
- Optional Toppings:
- Almonds, chopped
- Walnuts, chopped
- Coconut flakes
- Strawberries: Wash and pat dry. Make sure strawberries are dried as much as possible.
- Banana: Slice banana in about half inch pieces
- Yogurt: Dip strawberries/banana/pretzel 3-4 times in yogurt and then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. NOTE: For an opaque coating I recommend dipping, freezing and then dipping again (this will not need to be done with greek yogurt as it is thick enough already). If using greek yogurt you will only need to dip 1-2 times, then place on baking sheet.
- Chocolate Bring water in a saucepan to a simmer and place a heatproof bowl overtop with about ½-1 cup of dark chocolate chips. Stir often and remove from element when all chocolate is melted. Then dip fruit/pretzels 2-3 times and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Toppings - Optional
- If you are not re-dipping yogurt covered strawberries, sprinkle with toppings of your choice! If you are re-dipping in yogurt wait to add toppings.
- Yogurt/Greek Yogurt: Place yogurt covered fruit/pretzels in freezer for about 20 minutes. If using yogurt (not greek yogurt), you can re-dip fruit/pretzels 2-3 times in yogurt so that it gives an opaque coating. Then place in fridge and enjoy! You can keep these in your freezer and then pull them out about 1-2 hours before planning to eat.
- Chocolate: Place chocolate covered fruit/pretzels in refrigerator for about 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading!