Berry Frozen Yogurt Bars #IceCreamWeek

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Ice cream week is in full swing! In order to combat all the extra ice cream in my presence I have been drinking a lot more green monster smoothies for breakfast. Unfortunately the other morning I managed to knock my smoothie off the counter and it didn’t just spill onto the floor, it exploded and splattered all over my kitchen and into my dining room. Who knew smoothie cold fly so far? As a result I not only lost my breakfast but also had to fully clean my kitchen floor and surrounding walls/areas. I am still finding little flecks of green in places though.

But I digress. I thought I’d take a little break and share a slightly healthier ice cream treat for today’s post since I resorted to a less-healthy breakfast option after the smoothie incident (hello peanut butter poptarts). These bars are a fruity version of a traditional ice cream sandwich, but instead the cookie is a chocolate graham cracker and the filling is a berry frozen yogurt. It’s like chocolate covered fruit! Kinda…

Berry Frozen Yogurt Bars

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BERRY FROZEN YOGURT BARS

Makes 9 bars

Ingredients:

9 whole chocolate graham crackers, broken into 18 squares

1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, pureed

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I used 0% Chobani)

1-1/2 cups thawed frozen reduced fat whipped topping

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

      1. Line an 8-inch* square pan with wax paper, with ends extending over the sides. Arrange half the graham crackers (nine) on the bottom of the pan.
      2. In a medium bowl, stir together the pureed berries, yogurt, whipped topping and vanilla. Spread over graham crackers. Top with remaining graham crackers, aligning to match the placement of the crackers on the bottom layer.
      3. Freezer for 4 hours. Use the overhanging wax paper to remove from pan. Cut between crackers to form 9 square bars. Allow to thaw for just a couple minutes before serving. Store any leftovers wrapped in freezer.

*My graham crackers fit in an 8-inch square pan, but if yours are slightly bigger you may need to use a 9-inch pan. Check by simply placing crackers in the bottom.

Source: Adapted from Baked Perfection.

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