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Guest Blogger: Desserts with Benefits – Healthy Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt

Hey everybody!!  My name is Jessica and I blog over at Desserts with Benefits – a healthy dessert recipe blog where I use good-for-you ingredients to make dishes that you can feel good about eating!  I like to make my recipes high in protein, high in fiber, refined sugar-free and as allergy-friendly as I can.  I like to think my blog is like a sinless love affair between decadent desserts and healthy eats.

You know, so we can indulge…  no strings attached  :)

Healthy Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt - Desserts with Benefits

I like fro yo and I like guilt-free desserts.

 

 

I presume you do too, I mean, you’re here aren’t ya?  ;)

Healthy Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt - Desserts with Benefits

So, naturally, I fell in love this Greek Frozen Yogurt recipe.  It looks so incredibly smooth, creamy, light and refreshing.  And absolutely delicious of course.

 

I’m dying.

 

Dying of happiness.

Healthy Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt - Desserts with Benefits

So I got right onto healthifying that fro yo.  Most of the readers who visit my blog like guilt-free treats that taste just like the real deal (aka unhealthy), so I usually make a few substitutions here and there when recipe-testing.

The original recipe calls for plain, low-fat Greek yogurt, but I only had a tub of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt in the fridge, so I used that instead.  Feel free to use low-fat if you got it!  I wanted to make a large batch too (I tend to “breathe in” my frozen treats, if ya know what I mean), so I increased the amount of yogurt from 24oz to 32oz, while increasing the salt from 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon for flavor.  We need to increase the amount of salt since the batch is larger, otherwise you won’t get a fully rounded out flavor.

I also wanted more of an “ice cream” feel rather than a tangy yogurt flavor, so I added 16oz of organic half-and-half and omitted the lemon juice.

And, since I had just finished making a batch of DIY Vanilla Paste, I substituted the 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract with 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste.  I absolutely love how you can see little black speckles throughout the fro yo!

Finally, I substituted the granulated sugar with 2 teaspoons of organic vanilla-flavored stevia extract – an all-natural, calorie-free, sugar-free sweetener.  I always try to cut out the excess calories and sugar from the desserts I make, and stevia is my favorite go-to sweetener.

All you need to do is freeze your ice cream maker bowl for 24+ hours (I use my KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment).  After that, add the Greek yogurt, salt, half-and-half, vanilla paste and stevia extract to a bowl and whisk together until it’s nice and even.  Place the frozen bowl onto the stand mixer and turn on the “stir” speed.  Pour the fro yo mixture into the frozen bowl and churn until it’s a creamy and dreamy soft-serve consistency.  Scoop the fro yo into a freezer-proof container, cover, and freeze until it’s the texture you like (~2-4 hours).  Scoop into bowls and serve!

This easy, 5-ingredient, healthy Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt is sweet, yet refined sugar free.  Even though it’s delicious as is, you can serve it with fresh fruit (sliced strawberries, whole raspberries and blueberries are all great), fresh mint, mini dark chocolate chips, granola, DIY sugar-free Strawberry Syrup or my personal favorite, natural rainbow sprinkles!

Healthy Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt - Desserts with Benefits

Now here is some sprinkle action!

Healthy Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt - Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt - Desserts with Benefits

(And for those of you who might be asking, “Wait, WHAT?  Frozen yogurt in October?!?”  Nope, that’s not weird at all.  Just like chocolate and cake, there is never a bad time for a lil’ bit of fro yo…  especially when it’s made secretly healthy!)

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Julie Deily

Perfect Lemon Bars

Perfect Lemon Bars | BHG Delish Dish

Ahhh lemon bars…these are seriously the most perfect lemon bars!

Two of my favorite things, the color yellow, summer and lemons…okay that was three! Hehe! I love summer so much, the sunshine and going outside. I don’t however love the heat in the summer in Florida. But I do love the sunshine. I like to hold onto summer as long as I can and with these lemon bars, you can too!

Perfect Lemon Bars | BHG Delish Dish

Making the crust is super easy! Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or a fork.

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Grace Wenzel

Friday Finds 8.1

Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s already August? School will be starting soon and every one will be getting back into their old schedules, but I think the summer still has a few more parties left in it! I found some awesome dips that will please all of your party guests!

Greek dishes will always have my heart (and stomach). This Garlicky Feta Dip found on Host the Toast Blog looks perfect if you’re looking to “travel” but don’t have the funds!

Lemon desserts always make my day! The lightness of the citrus is a great alternative to a heavy dessert. Try this Lemon Cream Pie Cheesecake Dip with vanilla wafers from Food, Folks and Fun for an easy summer treat.

Damn Delicious brings all the best flavors of summer in this incredible Bacon Corn Dip. Really, it has everything.

If you’ve read my Friday Finds before, you know just how much I adore a good guac. Two Peas & Their Pod brings the flavor in a yummy Green Chile and Roasted Tomato Guacamole, which is perfect for a warm summer’s night. (And goes well with a margarita or two!)

Sometimes a rainy night can ruin campfire plans, or if you’re like me you avoid the outside because you just really hate mosquitoes. Either way, Simple Green Moms solved your s’more fix if you can’t get outside! Simple S’more Dip is easy and delicious.

Do you have a favorite dip for the summertime? Besides a dip in the pool?

Bloggers, would you like your recipes to be included in our Friday Finds? Apply to be a BHG Insider here: BHG.com/BHGinsiders. And don’t forget to tweet at @BHG with your favorite recipes.

Warmly,

Grace Wenzel

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Guest Blogger Gourmande in the Kitchen: Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

Hi Delish Dish readers; my name is Sylvie Shirazi and I’m the recipe developer, food photographer and real food lover behind Gourmande in the Kitchen.

I love spending time in the kitchen creating simple, seasonal, whole-food recipes that are fresh and free of processed ingredients with minimal preparation. I’m especially excited to share this Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie recipe with you today as it has quickly become one of my favorites.

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As temperatures climb frosty drinks offer a welcome salvation from the heat, especially when you can barely stand the thought of a hot meal.  Even when it’s hot outside and my appetite isn’t what it used to be, I’m always happy to sip on something cool and refreshing like a smoothie.

Blueberries and pineapple are a winning combination and this meal in a glass is bursting with berries, pineapple and greens.

Super refreshing and filling thanks to the fiber from the greens and fruit, it really hits the spot on a hot summer day.  I absolutely love it for breakfast; quick, easy and nutritious it’s a great way to start off the day.  Pour it into a thermal cup if you’re running low on time in the mornings and need to get out the door in a hurry.

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I used this Better Homes and Garden Blueberry-Pineapple Smoothie recipe as a base to build my own creation by swapping out a few fruits and adding in a couple extras:

  • First I swapped out the baby spinach for an equal mix of greens like kale and chard.
  • I left out the banana and yogurt and used a cup of coconut milk instead for a similarly creamy feel.
  • I sometimes add a scoop of protein powder or chia seeds for an extra boost.
  • Next I upped the pineapple to ½ a cup for a more prominent taste which adds a nice hit of acidity that balances out the richness of the coconut milk.
  • Lastly I left out the orange juice as I found the smoothie to be sweet enough without it.

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The result is a cool, colorful and satisfying smoothie that just might become your new favorite too!


Jocelyn Delk Adams

Pink Lemonade Cake

To me, summer means long days at the beach, rooftop parties, family barbeques and drinking refreshing lemonade non-stop.

Lemonade is the drink I crave as it heats up outside.   The overwhelming citrus flavor that makes you pucker coupled with the precise amount of sweetness over a glass of ice is liquid perfection.  I simply can’t get enough.

pink lemonade cake

I have been adding lemonade flavor to everything this summer including this Pink Lemonade Cake.  I was inspired by the original Lemonade Cake on BHG which looked like a simple and delightful sheet cake that I could definitely have fun making!

I simply made the following small changes to the recipe:

  • I swapped the regular lemonade concentrate for pink lemonade concentrate in both the cake and frosting recipes.
  • I also added a few drops of red food coloring to both the cake and frosting recipes to punch up the cute pink color.

pink lemonade cake

The result was just what I expected: tart, sweet and delicious just like my beloved pink lemonade drink I adore.  If you are looking for the perfect summer dessert, you have found it right here.


Michael Wurm, Jr.

Arugula, Asparagus, and Pea Bruschetta

I don’t know about you, but during these hot months I’m always looking for easy, flavorful recipes. I like things that I can quickly fix for myself or use for simple, no-fuss get-togethers with friends. As you can imagine, when I saw this recipe for Grilled Arugula Bruschetta, I was thrilled.

Not only could this work as an easy summertime meal / snack for one, but it would also be a great little treat for entertaining.

I took a few liberties with the original recipe and gave it a twist using ingredients I had in my refrigerator. To start, I roasted some asparagus tips with a little olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Just before they were ready to come out of the oven, I threw in a cup of frozen peas.

Once this mixture was cooled, I tossed in the fresh arugula listed in the recipe. I’m all about eating as many veggies as I can, so when I saw the opportunity to add a few more to this recipe, I went for it.

I also opted to prepare the bruschetta in my oven. Since my grill was out of propane, it was the best option. I simply set the oven on broil. So simple!

As I was sampling my creation, I realized that you could vary this recipe and have a lot of fun by using the same base, but topping it instead with your favorite veggies or any leftovers from your fridge. You also could up the protein by adding some diced chicken.

You can get the full recipe here, but remember the options and flavor combinations are only limited by your imagination and what you have access to.

Happy Cooking!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm