Blackberry Froyo Bites

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Make a batch ahead to have frozen treats ready all week long!

Cute, bite-size and healthy, these Blackberry Froyo Bites make a perfect quick snack or breakfast (yes, frozen yogurt for breakfast!) They get a huge boost of blackberry flavor from a homemade blackberry coulis- which is a fancy name for blackberry syrup. This post is really two recipes in one because extra coulis comes in handy for all sorts of fun applications, use it when you’re making cocktails (Blackberry mojito or gin and tonic anyone?) salad dressings, pour it on pancakes or waffles, you name it! Let me know in the comments if there’s another way to use the blackberry coulis that I’ve missed.

Another fun thing about this recipe is that it’s really customizable. For starters, any type of berry will work well for making the coulis and garnishing the froyo bites, swap out the graham crackers for vanilla wafers or Oreos for another take on the crust. I think for my next batch I might even try making a peanut butter chocolate chip version by adding¬†powdered peanut butter¬†to the yogurt along with some chocolate shavings. Next time I might also opt for silicone rather than metal cupcake pans to make the process of getting individual froyo bites out of the pan easier.

Using low-fat Greek yogurt and plenty of fresh fruit while keeping added sugar to a minimum makes these mini froyo bites a healthy frozen treat for any time of day. What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

Blackberry Froyo Bites

Recipe Note: If left in the freezer overnight or longer, froyo bites may need to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before they’re soft enough to eat.

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • about 2 cups low-fat plain greek yogurt
  • about 3/4 cup blackberry coulis (recipe follows)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 36 whole blackberries (from about 2 pints)
  1. Line 36 mini muffin cups with paper liners. Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Press enough of the graham cracker mixture into each muffin cup to just cover the bottom. Reserve remaining graham cracker crumbs and set aside.
  2. Combine yogurt, blackberry coulis and honey, divide mixture evenly among muffin cups. (Reserve extra coulis for another use.) Place a whole blackberry in each cup and sprinkle all with remaining graham cracker crumbs.
  3. Cover froyo bites with plastic wrap and freeze 3-4 hours or until firm.

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  • 2 pints blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Mash all ingredients together using a food processor or potato masher and strain through a fine mesh sieve set over a large bowl. Allow juice to drain through the sieve for about 30 minutes, gently pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon every few minutes to release more juice. Discard any remaining solids.

 

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Yummy looking layers

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