If you’re looking for a quick and healthy snack or dessert option, look no further! This vanilla Greek yogurt bark with fruits, almonds and pumpkin seeds is delicious and super easy to make. With just five nutritious ingredients, you can prep this treat in 10 minutes. Your freezer will handle the rest.
Being a dietitian, I’m a firm believer in the importance of paying heed to your body’s signals. Now, if you’re a bit like me and find yourself yearning for a little something after dinner, you’ll appreciate the charm of a quick and healthful snack.
This is where my delightful yogurt bark comes into play. It’s the perfect choice for appeasing those late-night hunger pangs — all while promoting a peaceful and restorative night’s sleep.
If you’re looking for more sweet and wholesome delights, you don’t miss out on these options: an apple pie smoothie, divine dates and yogurt parfaits, and the most irresistible almond flour cookies. These recipes are bursting with flavour and goodness, just waiting for you to dive into a world of deliciousness!
Ingredients with benefits: Why this healthy yogurt bark is the ideal snooze bite.
This ingredient selection isn’t only about taste; it’s about delivering nutritional benefits that promote a peaceful night’s sleep.
- Greek yogurt: Packed with protein and low in carbohydrates, this creamy delight satisfies – without causing blood sugar spikes – which affects the nervous system and disrupts sleep. But that’s not all! Greek yogurt also contains tryptophan—a natural sleep-promoting amino acid.
- Cherries – the tart kind! These juicy gems are a natural source of melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycles.
- Kiwi fruit: It’s packed with antioxidants and dietary fibre and contains serotonin precursors, substances that the body uses to produce serotonin. Serotonin regulates melatonin production, signalling the body when it’s time to sleep.
- Almonds: Packed with magnesium, these nutty delights help relax your muscles and promote a sense of calm.
- Pumpkin seeds: These tiny wonders are loaded with zinc, which can help you relax by slowing down the brain’s ‘wakefulness’ signals. It’s also needed to make melatonin and has been shown to improve the quality of your sleep.
How to make frozen yogurt bark
Here’s your step-by-step guide for crafting this delectable frozen yogurt Bark recipe.
Prepare your ingredients:
To begin, gather all your ingredients. You want the cherries to be both pitted and halved. Then, dice the kiwi (peeling it first) into small slices. Finish up by roughly chopping the almonds, and you’re all set!
Line a baking sheet and spread the Greek Yogurt:
You can use a spatula or the back of a spoon to create an even layer. Make sure it’s not too thin but not too thick either, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in thickness.
Add the fruits, nuts and seeds:
Break into pieces:
Serve and enjoy:
Your fruity vanilla Greek yogurt bark is now ready to be enjoyed. Serve it immediately as a healthy snack or dessert option.
For a complete list of ingredient measurements and detailed step-by-step instructions, you can find everything you need in the printable recipe card located at the bottom of this post.
Diabetes diet-friendly advice
The best diabetes friendly sweet snacks have the perfect balance of low glycemic index (GI) fruits, such as cherries and kiwi, which release sugar into the bloodstream more slowly – paired with healthy fats and protein like almonds and seeds. This frozen yogurt bark is a smart choice if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your blood sugar steady and supporting diabetes management. Yes, this also checks off as a “keto yogurt bark.”
Pro-tip for storing your yogurt bark
If you happen to have some leftovers (though it’s hard to resist), no worries! Just toss those extra pieces into an airtight container and stash it in the freezer. That way, you’ve got a healthy and delicious snack waiting for you whenever the mood strikes. It’ll stay good for up to a month, so you’re covered for those late-night cravings or whenever you need a tasty pick-me-up.
Commonly ask questions (You asked)
Why is my yogurt bark icy?
If your yogurt is turning icy, it’s likely because it’s been frozen and then thawed, causing the water content in the yogurt to separate and form ice crystals. To prevent this, try not to let the yogurt thaw and refreeze. If you plan to enjoy just a piece or two, avoid leaving the entire batch on your counter to thaw. Instead, take out only what you’ll consume, safely storing the rest in the freezer.
Ready to give this frozen berry yogurt bark a whirl? I’d love to hear how it turns out! Share your thoughts in the comments, drop a rating if you fancy, or snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #DesiliciousRD.
- 2 cups Greek yogurt, vanilla
- ½ cup cherries, fresh or frozen, pitted, halved
- 1 kiwi fruit, large, peeled, chopped into thin slices
- ¼ cup almonds, plain, chopped
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds, plain
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread Greek yogurt evenly on the parchment paper to create a smooth layer.
- Arrange cherries, kiwi, almonds, and pumpkin seeds on top of the yogurt.
- Freeze the yogurt bark for 4 hours or until it's completely solid.
- Remove from the freezer and break the bark into bite-sized pieces. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Food safe storage
- Toss those extra pieces into an airtight container and stash it in the freezer. That way, you’ve got a healthy and delicious snack waiting for you whenever the mood strikes.
- The yogurt bark will stay good for up to a month, so you’re covered for those late-night cravings or whenever you need a tasty pick-me-up.
Diabetes diet friendly advice
- The best diabetes sweet snacks have the perfect balance of low glycemic index (GI) fruits, such as cherries and kiwi, which release sugar into the bloodstream more slowly – paired with healthy fats and protein like almonds and seeds.
- This frozen yogurt bark is a smart choice if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your blood sugar steady and supporting diabetes management.
Keep in mind that the nutritional values provided are approximations and suggestions, and might fluctuate depending on ingredient variations, portion sizes, and recipe adjustments. This nutrition facts table cannot account for your individual needs. Your body — including your hunger and satiety cues — change daily. It’s perfectly fine to eat more or less on different days. Instead of letting food guilt take over, consider mindful eating.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.